Revealed: the huge gaps in UK defences

  Britain has been left with gaping holes in its defences, with warships so noisy that Russian submarines can hear them 100 miles away, drones costing £1bn that have not entered frontline service 12 years after being ordered and light tanks that are too big to fit into transport aircraft. A Sunday Times investigation has … Read more Revealed: the huge gaps in UK defences

Shrunken army fears Russia could destroy it in an afternoon

  Defence cuts have “effectively removed” Britain’s ability to “deliver and sustain” an effective fighting force against a “competent” enemy such as Russia, according to the army’s think tank. Years of squeezed budgets have resulted in the “hollowing out or deletion of the army’s deployed capabilities”, a paper from the Centre for Historical Analysis and … Read more Shrunken army fears Russia could destroy it in an afternoon

RAF squadrons will double to face Isis and Russian threat

The number of fast-jet squadrons is expected to double, amid fears that years of deep cuts have left the RAF too small to tackle the twin threats of Isis and Russian aggression. Senior defence sources say the RAF’s senior commanders have made increasing the number of fighter and bomber squadrons from six to 12 a cornerstone … Read more RAF squadrons will double to face Isis and Russian threat