Published on March 23rd, 2021 📆 | 5129 Views ⚑0
‘Warhorses’ of the military put out to pasture as new era of fighting technology arrives
The remaining 14 C-130 Hercules will be taken out of service by 2023, with the role taken on by the A400M aircraft. It will operate alongside C-17 Globemaster and Voyager transport aircraft and tankers. Although the new propeller-driven transport plane has suffered problems since introduction to service, Defence Chiefs say it is “maturing well”.
The E-3D Sentry will also be retired in 2021, as part of the transition to the fleet of three modern E-7A Wedgetail in 2023.
Investments: Cyber and Space
The paper places Strategic Command at “the heart” of confronting emerging threats. Recruits will be invested in as part of a new dedicated career pathway for cyberspace specialists. This will include a new employment model to manage, develop and reward the UK’s cyberspace talent. There will also be an expansion of the Defence Cyber School.
The Skynet 6 programme will see around £5 billion of investment over the next 10 years to enhance the satellite communication capabilities.
An additional £1.4 billion will be spent over the next decade to establish a new Space command, to enhance the UK’s military command and control of space, assist in coordination of commercial space operations, and lead the development of new space-based capability. A National Space Operations Centre will be established to track and take action against nefarious activity. A UK-built Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance satellite constellation will be built, along with a supporting digital backbone in space, while a Space Academy to train UK Defence space specialists will be developed.
Rockets and missiles
The military plans to invest £250 million over 10 years in the guided multiple launch rocket system, an upgraded long-range artillery platform with new missiles that travel further and are more accurate. The Army will also spend more than £800 million over the next decade on a new automated Mobile Fires Platform. In the short term, money will be invested to sustain the Exactor missile system.
An investment of over £200 million over 10 years will deliver an enhanced electronic warfare and signal intelligence capability. More than £500 million will be used to develop electro-magnetics capabilities.
The Change and Sustainability Strategy will be used to build the resilience of the Armed Forces to more extreme weather conditions brought about by climate change.