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UK spending pledge leaves Army programmes out in the cold

19th November 2020 - 17:00 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in London

Costly and long-running armoured vehicle programmes were conspicuous by their absence from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement of a multi-year spending boost — but a Boxer production contract gives some cause for optimism.

Major British Army armoured vehicle procurement projects were not mentioned in the biggest UK defence investment programme since the end of the Cold War.

In a statement delivered to the House of Commons on 19 November, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a £16.5 billion ($21.8 billion) multi-year settlement that will raise UK defence spending to at least 2.2% of GDP.

‘Equipping our armed forces requires long-term investment and our national security in 20 years time will depend on decisions we take today,’ Johnson claimed.

He emphasised that the army will be reshaped to the age of network warfare in order

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Flavia Camargos Pereira


Flavia Camargos Pereira

Flavia Camargos Pereira is a North America editor at Shephard Media. She joined the company …

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