UK Prime Minister David Cameron has released the results of the much awaited Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) amidst mounting speculation.
“Securing Britain in an Age of Uncertainty: The Strategic Defence and Security Review” details how UK Armed Forces will be reshaped to tackle emerging and future threats.
The SDSR aims to balance defence plans, commitments and resources for a consistent defence capability and to have a sustainable defence programme for the future.
The British Army is set to be structured around five multirole brigades, each including reconnaissance, armoured, mechanised and light infantry forces with supporting units of equipment and enablers.
The army will retain 16 Air Assault Brigade for intervention operations with supporting units, trained and equipped to be one of the first ground forces to intervene in a new conflict.
The number of personnel will be reduced by around 7,000 to 95,000 by 2015 and the holdings of Challenger 2 tanks will also fall by around 40%, with heavy artillery dropping by around 35%.
The army hopes to deliver one fully deployable, senior-level (divisional) headquarters, and be able to regenerate a second deployable divisional headquarters.