British Army Armoured Vehicle Fleet Could be Slashed

13 January 2011 (Last Updated January 13th, 2011 18:30)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) could slash the British Army's fleet of armoured vehicles within the next 18 months as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review. As per the MoD's plans, the fleet of 400 Challenger 2 main battle tanks could be reduced to just 50 and 1,400 armoured

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) could slash the British Army's fleet of armoured vehicles within the next 18 months as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

As per the MoD's plans, the fleet of 400 Challenger 2 main battle tanks could be reduced to just 50 and 1,400 armoured personnel carriers, along with 1,200 CVRT light tanks, will be sold or scrapped.

Of the fleet of 800 Warriors, hundreds of vehicles will be idled and a maximum of 270 vehicles will be upgraded under an £800m programme.

The army will also lose its mine protected vehicles including 300 Mastiff, 177 Ridgeback and around 100 Warthogs in its core equipment programme.

The final proposal, part of a £5bn savings package over the next five years, will be put to ministers at the end of this month, according to the Telegraph.