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Britain cuts front line tank crews

20th December 2016 - 09:18 GMT | by Tim Fish in London

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The British Army could lose up to a third of its front line tank crews under the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

In an announcement on 15 December, defence secretary Michael Fallon stated that one of the three heavy armoured regiments that use the Challenger 2 (CR2) main battle tank – the Kings’s Royal Hussars – would switch to using the Ajax tracked armoured reconnaissance vehicle instead.

This reduction in numbers could impact the tanks’ life extension programme (LEP). An assessment phase contract was award to two industry teams this month at the last minute after it

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Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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