MOSCOW, March 14 – RIA Novosti. The Defense Committee of the House of Commons of Great Britain published a report on the state of the armored units of the country's armed forces, describing the scenario of a possible military conflict between the kingdom and Russia. The document was published on the website of the parliament.
“If the British army had to fight an equal adversary, which means Russia, in Eastern Europe in the next few years, our soldiers, while undoubtedly still some of the best in the world, would be forced to go into battle using outdated and even outdated armored vehicles. Many of these vehicles are over 30 years old, they have very low mechanical reliability, in terms of firepower they are extremely seriously inferior to modern artillery and missile systems and constantly do not receive sufficient air support, “the document says.
According to British parliamentarians, the country's Defense Ministry and the army leadership knew about the need to update the fleet of military equipment. But the failure of the programs aimed at this led to the further obsolescence of the operating models. This, in turn, “affects the overall potential and combat strength of the army, especially in the face of a potential equal adversary such as Russia,” the report says.
“Since the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s, the army's fleet of combat vehicles has been characterized by increasing obsolescence and an ever-decreasing number of (vehicles. – Ed.). In 1990, Britain had 1,200 main battle tanks, today it has 227, and those that remain are in urgent need of modernization, “the report says.
In addition, the parliamentarians mentioned the newest Armata tank and the creation in Russia of improved armor for other combat vehicles in service. The authors of the report express doubts about the ability of the British Challenger 2 tank to “withstand this new threat.” In addition, it is noted that it is also inferior to similar combat vehicles of NATO allies.
In addition, the report includes analysis by Brigadier General Ben Barry. He concluded that a special, reduced division, to be created by 2025, “will not be able to defeat a modern Russian armored division, but rather will be surpassed.”