The Ministry of Defence have announced a £178 billion investment in defence equipment, including the purchase of 9 new Boeing P-8 maritime patrol aircraft.
The £178 billion investment in defence equipment over the next decade includes:
- £12 billion uplift in equipment budget
- 9 new Boeing P8 maritime patrol aircraft
- 2 New Strike Brigades by 2025 for rapid deployment missions both of which will be up to 5000 strong
Further details of the investment will came as then Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled the Government’s five year National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security review in the House of Commons.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the £12 billion uplift in funding will be focused on investments that will “help to ensure the UK can respond to diverse threats in an increasingly dangerous and uncertain world”. This will include:
- 9 new Boeing P8 maritime patrol aircraft for maritime surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-surface ship warfare, increasing further the protection of our nuclear deterrent and our new aircraft carriers. These roles require an aircraft that can carry torpedoes, as well as being fitted with a broad range of sensors, including radar and sonobuoys, which are operated from the rear of the cabin by a team of specialists. These aircraft will also provide maritime search and rescue and surveillance capabilities over land.
- We will be extending the life of our multirole Typhoon for 10 extra years through to 2040, meaning we will be able to create 2 additional squadrons. This will give us a total of frontline 7 squadrons, consisting of around 12 aircraft per squadron. We will also invest in their ground attack capability and fit them with a new Active Electronically Scanned Array radar to ensure they can continue to operate in hostile environments in the future.
- Create two new ‘Strike Brigades’ by 2025 to be rapidly deployable, able to self-deploy thousands of kilometres, and with a much lower logistic footprint. They will use the new Ajax family (previously known as Scout) range of vehicles, comprising 6 variants and almost 600 armoured vehicles.