Funding shortages have led the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) to cancel the majority of its overseas training exercises as part of a reduction of flying training across the country’s armed forces.
The cutbacks were revealed in the 2016–17 Annual Assurance Report of the UK’s Defence Safety Authority (DSA), which was published by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 31 October.
It identifies the 2017 ministry spending round, known as ABC 17, as leading to “significant resource pressures” across the UK armed forces and “activity reductions”.
The report highlights the tri-service JHC, which controls all UK battlefield helicopters, as being particularly hard hit by the “resource pressures”.
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