Senior British Army officers have been tasked with developing a strategic rail capability to allow UK forces and equipment to be rapidly moved to European crisis zones.
The initiative was launched by the UK’s chief of defence staff, Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach, earlier in December in response to increasing Russian anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities, particularly in the Baltic region, where 800 UK troops are deployed.
Brigadier Martin Moore, the head of capability for combat service support at the British Army’s headquarters in Andover, Hampshire, “has been tasked with looking at strategic rail capability”, a senior army source told Jane’s on 21 December.
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