The situation is so serious that the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) annual Major Projects Portfolio has warned that "successful delivery of the projec
The situation is so serious that the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) annual Major Projects Portfolio has warned that “successful delivery of the project appears to be unachievable”. In another blow for Britain’s Armed Forces, it emerged that the MoD will be selling off the remainder of its 3,200 armoured troop carriers in a cost-saving exercise. Britain’s new carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will go the Far East next year for its first operational deployment, in a show of force to counter Chinese territorial aggression.
The Royal Navy is preparing two attack class submarines to give the carrier extra protection.
Commanders had hoped to have Spearfish missiles upgraded after a £227million enhancement which was supposed to have been completed early this year.
But a Ministry of Defence report has revealed that, due to operational demands, the Royal Navy has been unable to provide an Astute-class submarine to carry out live firing tests, or even a warship to monitor the process it also emerged that the MoD is to sell off the remaining of its 3,200 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected troop carriers.
Bought for £2.5billion less than a decade ago, the Mastiff, Ridgeback, Husky and Wolfhound vehicles will be replaced by 500 Boxer armoured fighting vehicles at a cost of £1billion.
Jeremy Quin, Procurement Minister, said: “The Army continues to rationalise its legacy vehicle fleets. The next strand of this work seeks to remove several legacy vehicle types from service.”
But there are doubts as to whether the Defence Equipment Sales Authority will deliver value with the sales. The vehicles remain in storage awaiting a buyer.
On Tuesday the head of Britain’s Armed Forces, Gen Sir Nick Carter, was criticised over the MoD’s “shambolic” procurement policies.
Asked about selling off the vehicles, he acknowledged that the decision had been made before Britain decides on its strategic interests in the impending integrated review.
He said: “The question is whether you feel you might need platforms which are counter IED [Improvised Explosive Device] platforms. That judgment needs to be made during the course of this integrated review.”
Bob Swann, who worked on the procurement of Mastiff and other vehicles, questioned the decision. He said: “There is nothing wrong with these vehicles, they have only been in service for a decade and cost the taxpayer a fortune.”