Britain does not have enough weapons to counter Russian army threat, report warns

Britain does not have enough weapons to counter Russian army threat, report warns

BRITAIN does not have enough weapons to counter a threat from the Russian army, a report warns.

The armed forces are overstretched and losing personnel faster than they can recruit.

Britain does not have enough weapons to counter Russian army threat, report warns
Britain does not have enough weapons to counter a threat from the Russian army, a report has warned
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And the UK will not be ready to fight an all-out war unless ministers fix stockpile shortages.

A report by the Commons Defence Select Committee says: “UK stockpiles of munitions are far below the level required to counter with certainty a threat from the Russian Army.”

Its inquiry into Britain’s war readiness concluded that hollowing out of the armed forces since 2010 had undermined the UK’s war-fighting resilience.

Committee chair and Tory MP Sir Jeremy Quin said: “A steady, continuous drip of operations and ongoing commitments has meant the military is unable to devote sufficient training and resources to high-intensity warfighting.

“While able to deploy at short notice and to fulfil commitments, our inquiry found that readiness for all-out, prolonged war has received insufficient attention and needs intense ongoing focus.

“On top of this, the high tempo of operations and unrelenting pressure on our Services has led to a drop in retention, compounded by a period of low recruitment and difficulties introducing and maintaining capabilities, thereby creating a vicious cycle.”

It comes after Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said the world is “moving from a post-war to pre-war world” and the UK must ensure its “entire defence ecosystem is ready”.

He insisted the size of the Army will not dip below 73,000 under the Conservatives.

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