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IT2EC 2022: NATO and UK MoD deploy in numbers to Europe

29th April 2022 - 12:15 GMT | by Trevor Nash in London

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An AS90 self-propelled gun being loaded at Marchwood Military Port in Southampton en route to Europe. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

NATO exercises planned for this summer reflect a heightened posture and the need to send a message to Moscow — but are they sustainable?

In what is clearly a message to Moscow, the UK MoD is to send 8,000 troops to support NATO exercises in Europe this summer.

The exercises will take place from Finland to North Macedonia and will include 72 Challenger 2 MBTs, a dozen AS90 155mm self-propelled artillery pieces and 120 Warrior IFVs.

Commenting on the deployment, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that ‘the security of Europe has never been more important. These exercises will see our troops join forces with allies and partners across NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force in a show of solidarity and strength in one of

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