Military Capabilities

UK MoD equipment plans not affordable

01 February 2018

UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to buy GBP180 billion (USD255 billion) worth of military hardware over the next decade are unaffordable and unrealistic, according to the country’s spending watchdog.

The strong criticism came in the National Audit Office’s (NAO's) latest annual assessment of the ministry’s Equipment Plan, which encompasses all UK spending on new military equipment and its in-service logistic support. The GBP179.7 billion in spending includes GBP84.8 billion on new procurement, GBP88.9 billion on support, and a GBP6 billion reserve fund.

“The [MoD’s] Equipment Plan is not affordable,” Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said on 31 January.

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