The British Army is in a state of “enormous modernisation” which they say will transform the force “into a state-of-the-art fighting force equipped with the latest vehicles, informed by coherent information systems and networks, and employing the very best people”.
The British Army say that is currently managing one of the largest military modernisation projects in the world. Concurrently, we are looking to upgrade Challenger 2 and Warrior and introducing the Ajax and Boxer families of vehicles. Although it should be noted that there are some serious delays and issues involved.
Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Christopher Tickell CBE, was quoted as saying:
“Our armoured forces will remain central to our ability to win in the close battle. Modernised platforms with enhanced lethality, sensors and connectivity will deliver surprise and shock action on enemy positions, seizing and retaining the initiative and capitalising on fleeting opportunities to keep the adversary off balance. They will continue to be at the heart of our land contribution to NATO, continuing to contribute to modern deterrence through deployments in Europe.
They will operate as part of increasingly sophisticated multi-domain combined arms manoeuvre, augmented more and more with remote autonomous systems.
These projects have another benefit, they represent huge investment in UK industry. Moreover, that investment is often made in parts of the country where our industrial expertise is strongest and in areas which are the focus of the government’s ‘levelling-up’ policy.”