The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation released its corporate plan for 2019–22 on 12 July, revealing details of its budget for the current financial year.
DE&S, which is responsible for the procurement and in-service support of equipment for the United Kingdom’s armed forces, manages a budget of approximately GBP11.8 billion (USD14.8 billion) annually. In the UK’s 2019/20 financial year GBP5.4 billion, or 46% of this funding, is allocated to the acquisition of materiel, while an equal amount goes towards the support of existing equipment.
Compared with the previous year’s budget, this represents a marked increase in DE&S’s procurement spend, which increased GBP1 billion year on year, while equipment support spending fell by GBP400 million.
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