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British Defense Secretary denies rumors that the country will completely get rid of tanks

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Last month, sensational claims began to emerge in Britain that the Department of Defense plans to mothball Tanks... One of the newspapers where such rumors were published was The Times. At the same time, experts, commenting on these statements for the media, noted that Britain was the first country to use tanks at one time, and may become the first country to refuse their use.


Today, UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace denies rumors that the British army is going to completely abandon the use of tanks.

In an interview with the BBC, Wallace said the media "misunderstood the idea." According to the minister, we are not talking about the complete conservation of tanks, but the idea of ​​abandoning "some of the most outdated military equipment to free up funds for investment programs in cyber and space technologies."

Ben Wallace:

We are planning to make a kind of shift towards the deployment of British armed forces around the world - to protect the interests of Great Britain and our allies. For example, our Typhoon squadron will be deployed to Qatar to ensure the safety of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

According to Wallace, Britain "will go for some reduction in the number of Challenger tanks, but do not plan to get rid of all of them."
Wallace:

We will not dispose of all the tanks of the British army, and we will make sure that the ones that we contained are up to date, operational. Our army must correspond to the level of the XXI century.
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  1. paul3390
    paul3390 12 September 2020 15: 46 New
    -1
    But where else can they reduce that - according to our concepts, they have barely enough tanks for one division .. Same to me - a great power ..
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 12 September 2020 15: 54 New
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      Quote: paul3390
      then - according to our concepts, they have barely enough tanks for one division ..

      In general, why do they need them?
      Drive the giants?
      1. paul3390
        paul3390 12 September 2020 16: 03 New
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        At least so that at least someone would pay attention to their great-power show-off ..
        1. Deniska999
          Deniska999 12 September 2020 16: 14 New
          +2
          And spend money on maintaining a pile of scrap metal they don't need?
        2. mvg
          mvg 12 September 2020 18: 59 New
          +2
          so that at least someone would pay attention to their great-power show-off

          Look at the fleet. Who will land on their islands? And colonial problems do not threaten them either.
          Their fleet is stronger than our Northern, the strongest we have. And more modern.
          Why do they need MBT? Fundamentally?
      2. Split
        Split 12 September 2020 16: 12 New
        +1
        It is only we who can disperse tanks and shoot at the white house ... Black page in our history ... well, EBN did not bite
        Quote: Lipchanin
        To drive migrants?
        1. Lipchanin
          Lipchanin 12 September 2020 16: 16 New
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          Quote: Split
          Only we can disperse the tanks and shoot at the white house ..

          And in China people were crushed with tanks
          1. Split
            Split 12 September 2020 16: 18 New
            -1
            Yes, we also ... I really don't understand these people who went to bed under the goose
            1. Lipchanin
              Lipchanin 12 September 2020 16: 21 New
              -1
              Yes, or alcohol, or crap in my head
          2. mvg
            mvg 12 September 2020 19: 02 New
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            people were crushed by tanks

            These are those "onizhedets"? People at home, after work, sit, swallow nests are cooked, and not hanging around at demonstrations
      3. strannik1985
        strannik1985 12 September 2020 16: 19 New
        +1
        Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan - the British fought quite actively as part of multinational contingents.
        They estimate their own capabilities rather modestly, for example, in 2015, they could allocate up to 30 thousand people from the l / s BA to invade a foreign country, subject to achieving victory in 8-10 weeks.
        1. Lipchanin
          Lipchanin 12 September 2020 16: 23 New
          -1
          Well, they didn't carry tanks there.
          1. strannik1985
            strannik1985 12 September 2020 16: 31 New
            +3
            Dragged to Kosovo and Iraq (2003 - 2010).
            1. Lipchanin
              Lipchanin 12 September 2020 16: 40 New
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              How much did it cost
              1. strannik1985
                strannik1985 12 September 2020 16: 41 New
                -1
                That's right, women are still giving birth laughing In this I fully support the aspirations of the leading circles of England.
                1. Lipchanin
                  Lipchanin 12 September 2020 16: 44 New
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                  Yes, even if they start divisions, I will not pay laughing
                  1. Lara Croft
                    Lara Croft 12 September 2020 22: 44 New
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                    Quote: Lipchanin
                    Yes, even if they start divisions, I will not pay laughing

                    Why then write?
                    In general, why do they need them?
    2. mavrus
      mavrus 12 September 2020 16: 29 New
      +1
      And why did they have to surrender the second tank division on the island? For the Scots? If they decide to separate on a new one ... Or block the tunnel under the English Channel so that the Arabs do not leak?
    3. RealPilot
      RealPilot 12 September 2020 17: 25 New
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      This is how the minister excused himself.
      In general, a great plan! All British tanks are scrapped good
    4. Lara Croft
      Lara Croft 12 September 2020 23: 03 New
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      Quote: paul3390
      But where else can they cut it - according to our concepts, they barely have tanks for one division ...

      Almost guessed ... but on the other hand, the permanent composition, and imagine any combined-arms armies as part of one division or several brigades ...
  2. Split
    Split 12 September 2020 15: 47 New
    +5
    He apparently read the comments on VO wassat
    1. Clear
      Clear 12 September 2020 16: 48 New
      +3
      Quote: Split
      He apparently read the comments on VO wassat

      No, he basically doesn't read them, but he knows exactly what they write on VO laughing
      1. Split
        Split 12 September 2020 16: 49 New
        +1
        And I lived in Yasnoye laughing
        1. Clear
          Clear 12 September 2020 16: 53 New
          +3
          Quote: Split
          And I lived in Yasnoye laughing

          Fine wink Hello hi
          1. Split
            Split 12 September 2020 16: 57 New
            +1
            Did you live in Yasnoye? winked
            1. Clear
              Clear 12 September 2020 17: 00 New
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              Quote: Split
              Did you live in Yasnoye? winked

              Anatoly, only in image and name.
              1. Split
                Split 12 September 2020 17: 02 New
                +1
                Sorry recourse The town is small, I knew everyone ... But I also try to be like that lol
                1. Clear
                  Clear 12 September 2020 17: 05 New
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                  Quote: Split
                  But I try to be like that too

                  See you yes ... You must be led!
                  1. Split
                    Split 12 September 2020 17: 08 New
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                    Thank you! It seems to be lucky lately ...
                    ZY True, 15 years ago, when the Dnieper was flying overhead with heptyl ... I decided to leave. Not rogozin, I don't remember who, they wanted to build a cosmodrome there with the words "everything here turns into a desert"
                    1. Clear
                      Clear 12 September 2020 17: 13 New
                      +3
                      Quote: Split
                      Thank you! It seems to be lucky lately.

                      Keep it up! good
                      1. Split
                        Split 12 September 2020 17: 16 New
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                        Pasipki! It's hard to meet a positive person these days love
  3. Ded_Mazay
    Ded_Mazay 12 September 2020 15: 52 New
    +2
    What a pity...
  4. Lipchanin
    Lipchanin 12 September 2020 15: 52 New
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    will be deployed in Qatar to ensure the safety of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    Oh how, a sportsman
    But how is he going to provide aviation security?
  5. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 12 September 2020 16: 26 New
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    In short, everything is translated from political to public, something like this - they say we will not cut all the tanks at once, but as they complete m-mm-m catharsis. Well, there is no money in Britain for tanks ... they would have kept a semblance of a fleet with aviation on the island ..
    1. Lara Croft
      Lara Croft 12 September 2020 22: 58 New
      +1
      Quote: KVU-NSVD
      Well, Britain has no money for tanks ..

      Why such an opinion, they do not send the troops from storage to the troops from the storage of the Chiftyns and Challengers-1 again, passing them off as new tanks within the framework of the "update of the Armed Forces", all the Challenger-2 tanks (i.e. one type, and not like ours) and they will soon be replaced by a new modification, incl. with a German cannon ...
      on the island they would have kept a semblance of a fleet with aviation ..

      The Navy and the Air Force do not need a resemblance to them, the strongest and most importantly combat-ready in Europe, after us of course ...
      Well, their tasks are not as global as those of our Armed Forces ...
      ASW in the North Atlantic and the strengthening of the air forces of NATO countries in Europe ... they have no plans to launch any tank armadas to the Volga ...