Non-state actors are on the rise, climate and population change are new sources of tension. In a move that will cause uproar in the navy, army chiefs are pressing to mothball one of Britain’s new aircraft carriers — or lease it to the Americans. In the infantry, Mr Hammond said, no current regiments or cap badges would be lost. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Kanye West election: How many votes did he get? “I don’t think this is necessarily the way to win a war. They are thought to have been drawn up in response to the Treasury’s demands for all Government departments to cut their spending by at least 5%, the Sunday Times reports. Last month, the Times reported on plans to mothball the Army's ageing 227 Challenger tanks as part of the government's integrated defence and security review - described as the most important defence review since the end of the Cold War. He said: "After inheriting a massive overspend from the last government, we have had to make tough decisions to implement our vision of a formidable, adaptable and flexible armed forces. He said the Army would be a "forward-looking, modern fighting machine", but Labour said the cuts were short-sighted and could put the UK at risk. The leaked plans are understood to be a draft, and no final decisions have yet been taken. The restructuring of the Army was drawn up under a plan by Lieutenant General Nick Carter, and referred to as Army 2020. Video, US Election results: Biden predicts victory over Trump as counts go on. But he signalled that any cuts would not be as dramatic as some have reported. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Covid-19: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tests positive. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Philip Hammond told MPs that the units to go included four infantry battalions and two sections in the Armoured Corps. It will also look at how the UK can "better use technology and data to adjust to the changing nature of threats we face, from countering hostile state activity to strengthening our Armed Forces". The MoD is progressing its contribution to the Integrated Review by planning how best to meet tomorrow's threats within that increasing budget.". Royal Marines commandos could also face an uncertain future under the plans with the brigade disbanded and its artillery, engineers and landing craft all axed in a worst case scenario. Speaking on a visit to the Middle East, Mr Wallace said there would be a shift to forward-deploy British military forces around the world to protect UK interests and its allies. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. British Army considers a future without tanks, Warning over plans for new Navy aircraft carriers. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}The Army will lose 17 major units as it cuts 20,000 regular soldiers by 2020, the defence secretary has said. Defence chiefs have drawn up plans to cut 20,000 troops from the military and reduce the size of the Royal Marines, replacing the MoD’s firepower with cyber warfare and space technology.

The review of the armed forces will assess “Britain’s place in the world”, including its role in aid, development and counter-terrorism, in the biggest shake-up of its kind since the Cold War. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has quashed speculation that the Army will mothball all its tanks. The Army will be about half the size it was during the Cold War era - it had more than 163,000 troops in 1978. Navy chiefs, in turn, have joined forces with the army to press for the RAF to see a cut in manpower.

However, defence sources say service chiefs are already in conflict over plans that would refocus Britain’s war-fighting capability and cut the number of personnel. Defence bosses will therefore be able to shrink the budget in real terms without breaking a manifesto pledge. A Ministry of Defence source said reports the army could be sized back by 20,000 were "absolute nonsense". US election results 2020: When will we know who has won? Read about our approach to external linking. Unlike the past, it will be set on a firm foundation of men and material, well trained, well equipped and fully funded. But a source inside the Ministry of Defence told the Sun it was ‘absolute nonsense’ to suggest 20,000 soldiers would be axed. Video, Searching for a safe place for my family. Quiz of the week: What did Trump's campaign call Lady Gaga? Security sources told the newspaper that Dominic Cummings wants to divert a large amount of resources from the army to cyber warfare, space and artificial intelligence.

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"We're going to make sure we have an armed forces fit for the 21st Century and meets our obligations to Nato and elsewhere…, "We are not scrapping all the British army's tanks and we will make sure the ones we maintain are up to date, lethal and defendable.".

One source said: “The army hates the aircraft carriers, which they have always seen as white elephants, but the Americans love them. The work is at an early stage but follows instructions from the defence secretary, Ben Wallace, that the armed forces must “cut their cloth” to the resources available. The Government has also promised NATO that it will continue to spend more than 2 per cent of GDP on defence. The Tory election manifesto promised to spend at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence and raise the budget by 0.5 per cent above inflation each year.

Striking news pictures from around the world. Instead, it will vow to maintain defence spending at more than 2% of GDP and raise it each year at half a percentage point above inflation. UK Defence chiefs are discussing plans to slash the size of the British Army and lend one of the Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carriers to the UK’s allies amid fears they may be forced into further defence cuts. The 2015 Tory manifesto promised that the army’s strength would not fall below 82,000, but that commitment has already been dropped, with the army now just 73,000 strong. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. VideoFrank Gardner meets paralysed student, .css-orcmk8-HeadlineContainer{display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:justify;-webkit-justify-content:space-between;-ms-flex-pack:justify;justify-content:space-between;}US Election results: Biden predicts victory over Trump as counts go on.css-1dedj2h-Rank{-webkit-align-self:center;-ms-flex-item-align:center;align-self:center;color:#B80000;margin-left:3.125rem;}1, Kanye West election: How many votes did he get?2, Covid-19: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tests positive3, US election 2020: Who is ahead in the states still counting?4, US election 2020: Donald Trump's speech fact-checked5, US election: Bannon Twitter account banned amid clampdown6, Ariana Grande clashes with Tik Tok stars over pandemic partying7, Johnny Depp leaves Fantastic Beasts film franchise8, Geoffrey Palmer, TV and film actor, dies at 939, US election results 2020: When will we know who has won?10. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. "The regimental system will remain the bedrock of the Army's fighting future.". Mr Wallace confirmed the review would mean "letting go of some equipment that isn't serving any purpose or overmatched by adversaries". Video, The man who feeds hundreds of parrots every day, 'Stop the count' or 'count the votes'? By Jonathan BealeDefence correspondent, BBC News. Downing Street said it did not recognise the plans when they emerged on Sunday and the Ministry of Defence said it would not comment on the detail of the leak, but pointed to a Government commitment to increase defence spending each year above the rate of inflation. “They’ll be floating them, and quite often, let’s face it, people have floated ideas to see what the reaction is from members of parliament, peers, the media and everything. He said that would mean investing in new equipment for the RAF, Royal Navy and the Army. “I’m quite happy to face someone down in a field if I’ve got a machine gun and he’s got a laptop. Please review our, You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. VideoThe man who feeds hundreds of parrots every day, How Americans are coping with the looooong wait. VideoFrank Gardner meets paralysed student, .css-orcmk8-HeadlineContainer{display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:justify;-webkit-justify-content:space-between;-ms-flex-pack:justify;justify-content:space-between;}US Election results: Biden predicts victory over Trump as counts go on.css-1dedj2h-Rank{-webkit-align-self:center;-ms-flex-item-align:center;align-self:center;color:#B80000;margin-left:3.125rem;}1, Kanye West election: How many votes did he get?2, Covid-19: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tests positive3, US election 2020: Who is ahead in the states still counting?4, US election 2020: Donald Trump's speech fact-checked5, US election: Bannon Twitter account banned amid clampdown6, Ariana Grande clashes with Tik Tok stars over pandemic partying7, Johnny Depp leaves Fantastic Beasts film franchise8, Geoffrey Palmer, TV and film actor, dies at 939, US election results 2020: When will we know who has won?10.