Cuts have left Army ’20 years out of date’ and Forces ‘not fit for purpose’

For example the Army had no defence against Russian long range artillery and drones that had destroyed two Ukranian mechanised infantry battalions in the space of 15 minutes, he said.

“We can’t deal with that. If we want an Army that can actually fight, we have got to acquire some modern capabilities. It is miles from being able to do that,” he said.

He said the military was in denial.

He said: “They are never going to say, publically, or to themselves, or to their enemies, or to their allies, that we are broken. But when they fly, sail, deploy on the land and they look at their equipment, look at their sustainability, they look at the shortfalls in their training, and they look at their allies, they know they are not fit for purpose.”

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