Over the next 10 years, the government wants England had spent on the purchase and development of the latest technology 159 billion pounds / 250 billion dollars /. Such plans in the interview «Sky News» Now the Minister of Defence Philip Hammond.
According to its placement agency plan for the designated period of planned had spent 35.8 billion pounds / 56 billion dollars / for nuclear submarines latest generation of 18.5 billion pounds / $ 29 billion dollars / on combat aircraft for the Air Force and the kingdom 17400000000 lb / 27.3 billion dollars / — on ships for the Navy, including aircraft carriers class «Queen Elizabeth.» In addition, another 4.8 billion pounds / 7.5 billion dollars / «stands for unexpected expenses,» which are defined as a sudden rise in prices, as the rest of the adverse factors that may hinder completion of projects already started. With all this the Defense Ministry also reserves the right had spent up to eight billion pounds / 12.5 billion dollars / available funds on «new priority programs from weapons and equipment» in the case of the respective need specifically in the near decade.
Plan of the Ministry of Defence was placed after Hammond said that «the defense department budget to balance one hundred percent.» According to the minister, this was achieved for the first time since the early 2000s, after a couple of years back the side was 79 billion pounds / 124 billion dollars /.
In general, in order to be able to support the troops in the combat readiness of the country, the government was forced to reduce their numbers. This state of affairs, according to Hammond, England «should» policy had been in power since 1997, the Labor Party, which at one time were given plenty of populist promises, but have not been able to translate them. «We have inherited a large cost overruns from the previous government and is now obliged to take languid solutions — said earlier the Minister. — After a decade of sustained operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, we must transform the army and make equilibrium, combat-capable and adaptable forces that are able to cope with future puzzles. «
In this regard, the Ministry of Defence has already approved applets, in accordance with which the quantitative composition of the ground forces of the country would be reduced from 102 thousand to 82 thousand people by 2015. Will be reduced by a quarter and the number of commanders of the defense department. The latter measure, which is devoted to the implementation of two years, should assist the country to save about 3.8 million pounds / 5.9 million dollars / year.
England estimated professionals, recovering from the financial crisis slower, if other large economies of the world, which can not affect the funding of the armed forces of the kingdom.