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UK Defence Secretary sets out 2030 vision for armed forces

23 Mar 2021 (Last Updated March 23rd, 2021 12:16)

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has outlined the 2030 vision for the country’s armed forces as part of the ‘Defence in a Competitive Age’ report.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has outlined the 2030 vision for the country’s armed forces as part of the ‘Defence in a Competitive Age’ report.

The report ensures that the military is prepared for new and emerging threats and challenges.

Published on 22 March, it describes defence’s contribution to the ‘Integrated Review Of Security, Defence, Development And Foreign Policy’.

The report will serve as a blueprint for the armed forces and foreign policy until 2030.

According to the report, billions will be invested across land, sea, air, space and cyber domains.

Over the next four years, the UK Defence Department will spend more than $117.7bn (£85bn) on equipment for the armed forces to ‘adapt, compete effectively, and fight decisively when needed’.

This would support some 400,000 jobs across all four UK nations, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The British Army will receive an additional $4.15bn (£3bn) for new vehicles, long-range rocket systems, air defence systems, drones, electronic warfare (EW) and cyber capabilities.

New Ranger Regiments with four battalions to support Special Forces will be created with an investment of £120m. A new Warfighting Experimentation Battlegroup will also be launched.

Furthermore, $9.14bn (£6.6bn) will be invested into research and development (R&D) projects.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “This Defence Command Paper ensures our armed forces are threat-focused, modernised and financially sustainable. Our military will be ready to confront future challenges, seize new opportunities for Global Britain and lay the foundations of a more secure and prosperous Union.

“We will continue to work with allied partners to address future global security threats whilst also enhancing critical outputs in the battlespace domains.

“Our people and their expertise are at the heart of what we do and further investments into training, welfare and support facilities will be reflective of this and ensure our armed forces are well equipped to face tomorrow’s threats today.”