The United Kingdom removes soldiers and puts drones: the renewal of its army puts the focus on a hypothetical cyber war
In the United Kingdom they want to have fewer soldiers. The goal is to have an army with 72,500 troops by 2025, but also to reduce and upgrade its land, air and naval fleet.
Two elements also come into play in this renovation that will undoubtedly generate debate: the British Ministry of Defense will dedicate 3,000 million pounds to add new vehicles like drones, and also to prepare for an eventual electronic and cyber warfare.
More machines and fewer humans in the hypothetical war of the future
The armed forces of this country have been gradually reducing their strength for years. They currently have 76,350 soldiers, but the goal so far was to have 82,040 prepared and trained. Now that number is reduced, and by 2025, they want to have 72,500 soldiers.
There will also be cuts and renovations in the rest of the areas. From 227 tanks to 148 updated -there are various developments in this sense – while the RAF, the air force, will leave 24 of its Typhoons, the old Chinook helicopters and its fleet of Hercules transport aircraft ashore forever. The naval force, for its part, will lose two frigates, going from 19 to 17 in the next few years.
The British Government’s plan is to reorganize some corps of the army, and they are expected to invest £ 24 billion (almost 27,900 million euros) in the next four years for that renewal.
Of these funds, 3,000 million will go to the new vehicles and drones who will be part of those armed forces, but also to prepare the so-called National Cyber Force who will take care of cyber warfare.
The UK’s intentions were already known months ago, but now they are definitively finalized and they rethink the debate about the use of robotic weaponry what theoretically it will be able to operate autonomously but not “shoot” without there being a human behind that decision.
Via | BBC