Brit’s Should Buy American
The Reality Check (and Richard North) has dug up £9.62bn or $14 billion in waste at the UK MoD from failed or troubled weapons such as armored vehicles, UAVs, and warship sonar, when well proven and affordable alternatives were available across the Atlantic:
That 9.62 bn, if saved by buying American weapons rather than European ones, could buy:
35,000 Cougar (Mastiff in British nomenclature) PPVs; or
350 Chinook helicopters; or
16 Burke-class vessels; or
100 Type #23 frigates; or
2 aircraft carriers; or
160 EF-2000 jets.
The writer also lists 15 reforms badly needed by Defence, which sounds reasonable to yours truly. Here are the Top 5:
1) The UK MOD should withdraw from all European defense programs.
2) The UK should withdraw from the EU and the Lisbon Treaty.
3) The UK should withdraw all of its troops from the Balkans.
4) The UK should sell all 401 Panther vehicles and buy 401 Cougar PPVs instead.
5) Britain should always buy whichever weapon type is best, regardless of whether it’s British-made or not.
This also seems to have been a problem during the Cold War, with duplications of planes, tanks, and warships that were very wasteful in funds, unlike the Warsaw Pact which at the point of a gun could only by Russian! Still, the variety also produced some very unique and useful equipment, notably the Harrier jump jet.