The deleted page, first reported by UK Defence Journal, also include information about a new first of its kind Army Industrial Strategy and a to-be-released ‘Future Land Combat System’ document that will outline how the Army will fight going forward.
The Future Land Combat System is designed as having ‘six priority areas’ including an ability to work and fight across all domains, anticipate crises, prevent war by ‘acting as a deterrent’ and operating in ‘below the threshold’ operation – commonly called the ‘grey zone’, creating smaller units that can operate more self-sufficiently.
Other priorities are reducing risk ‘associated with mass troops’ by physically dispersing and using electronic deception to ‘hide’ its electronic footprint, and to be well trained for urban operations ‘which are set to become more of a focus in the future.’
Describing a move to Brigade Combat Teams (BCTS), the page said: “In order to be able to operate and fight in the way described in the Future Land Combat System document, the Army will be organised differently.
“Brigade Combat teams will be self-sufficient tactical units with the ability to work across the Army, partners across government, allies and industry.”
The page also outlined how the British Army ‘must be more lethal and more agile’ than it has been in the past to win battles and reduce risks to frontline personnel.
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It describes how combat forces will consist of ‘armoured troops – using modern armoured vehicles’. Mechanised and Infantry soldiers, it says, are to be tasked with ‘seizing and holding complex or urban terrain.’
Close combat forces are set to be supported by a mix of lethal and non-lethal capabilities including artillery, attack helicopters and uncrewed aerial systems or UAS.
The page also described how ‘increasingly automated logistics’ would support troops and “counter-UAS, counter-missile and chemical biological radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) capabilities will provide a protective system which can identify and react to different kinds of attacks: from conventional, cyber or chemical weapons.”
The page also says the Army will increase its global presence to ‘anticipate and prevent war’.
In a section headed ‘How we fight’, the now-deleted page reads: “The nature of war does not change, and we will always need the ability to move quickly to a war footing, with a credible warfighting capability.”
The page describes how the army expects a ‘blended approach’ will be needed to win future battles where drones, infantry and air defences work together.
It adds that ‘growing emphasis’ will be placed on long-range precision weapons – including ‘the upgraded Multi Launch Rocket System’, as well as uncrewed vehicles and cyber capabilities.
Describing how it will fight future conflicts, the army reiterated previous statements about a move to ‘persistent engagement’ which will see it constantly ‘working to keep the country safe’.