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Old 19th May 2024, 09:05
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Sir Humphrey:

Who'd have thought that scrapping, without replacement nearly 50% of your tactical airlift fleet, and then incorrectly claiming the RAF had more airlift capacity than at any point since WW2 would backfire.

Another example of the devasting loss of C130J.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/19...D-Day-ceremony

Spectacular D-Day display under threat as Army grapples with major RAF shortages

The RAF has had to cut the number of A400M Atlas transport planes used for the D-Day 80 commemoration from four to one - because there aren't enough to go round.
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Here's a letter that the (London) Times published as its top letter on 14 June 2023




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Old 19th May 2024, 15:25
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Constant cuts and constant claims that new, very expensive kit will more than make up for the diminution in numbers........... it's been going on for years
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Whist I had an idea that it was like that to see it laid out like that brings it home to us just how truly disgraceful our governments have been in their attitude to such a basic necessity.
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I guess it depends on what you think is necessary 4-6% saw us through the Cold War <3% looks too small

Of course ACTUAL costs went up - but then so has the level of incompetence in planning, orders & execution -e.g HMS Glasgow - laid down 2017, IOC 2028 (hopefully!)
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Originally Posted by Asturias56

Of course ACTUAL costs went up -
This.

I never knew the Department of Trade & Industry index for (e.g.) aviation to be less than double the inflation rate. Your funding would increase by the index, not just inflation, just to stand still.

Then, as the biggest stealth savings measure ever, they stopped that, meaning programmes were having to salami slice each year.

Then it was 'same as last year' and you didn't even get inflation.

Then it was actual cuts.

At each change you were still expected to deliver in full, but you didn't have the readies. You'd have an agreed contract, but 100% of the funding would have been pulled.

And people wonder why things are delayed, or inadequate kit is delivered?
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As an aside, since we seem to be committed to Challenger III,

Chinese media report on tanks on their role on wars:

The conflict in Ukraine showed how outdated modern tanks are in the information battlefield.

Chinese new generation tanks will not be equipped with thick armor and large-caliber guns.

The new tanks, which will be equipped with an active defense system against drones and missiles, will be information nodes capable of fighting over long distances and acting as control centers for unmanned systems.

The armament of tanks will be focused on supporting infantry, and not on tank-versus-tank combat.

The new light tanks, combined with an unmanned turret, the ability to launch and land drones, and a smaller crew compartment, all mean the next generation tank will be lighter.
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