|Here I post what are scheduled adjustment for UK armed forces
Can somebody check what have already been done in the list?
1. Maritime-patrol aircraft capability to be dispensed with. This would permit the mothballing of RAF Kinloss and the disbandment of the Nimrod air wing, with a reduction of at least 1700 uniformed and 200 civilian posts. Annual savings would be in the order of £700m57. Current Nimrod MRA4 project to be shut down, with whatever savings could be achieved (probably slim, as the project is now relatively advanced).
2. Eurofighter Tranche 3 to be cancelled. This would require the agreement of European partner nations (Spain, Germany, Italy) but this could probably be obtained without great difficulty.
Savings to the UK during the EP07 period would be in the order of £3bn.
NOTE FROM FS: UK will likely cancell its TRANCHE 3 only if its fighter can be sold abroad like Saudis.
3. “Deep strike” capability to be mostly dispensed with. Three squadrons of RAF Tornado GR4 bombers and one of Tornado GR4A recce jets to disband as soon as possible. Antique Squadron photographic Canberras to be disbanded. Consideration given to mothballing RAF
Lossiemouth and moving the Tornado training squadron to Marham in the near term.
Remaining Tornados to disappear without replacement as soon as either Eurofighter or F-35 strike capability enters service. Annual savings would be in the order of £1bn immediately and £2bn from the turn of the decade.Some ability to conduct meaningless, destructive showpiece bombings would be temporarily lost.
4. The following pre Main Gate equipment programmes to be shut down without replacement.
Sadly this would not free any money for spending elsewhere, but these measures together would bring the EP07 equipment plan into line with the funds likely to be available, or come close to it. Projects to be dispensed with:
Selective Precision Effects at Range (SPEAR)
Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW)
Medium Sized Vessel Derivative (MVD)
Versatile Surface Combatant (VSC)
All the various successor projects to Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD)
5. Type 45 destroyer programme to be halted after the six ships presently on order.
6. Remaining Type 22 frigates and Type 42 destroyers to be decommissioned without replacement in the near term. Any useful equipment (eg Outboard, close-in air defence weapons) examined for refitting in remaining Type 45s and 23s, or possibly RFA vessels.
7. Type 23 frigate force to be swiftly reduced to 8 hulls, equipped with the 8 sets of Sonar 2087 now on order. The total frigate/destroyer fleet thus to stabilise at 14 ships, with no
replacement even considered before 2021. (All these ships could easily last until 2035.) This would result in annual savings of more than £1bn60. Smaller savings would be possible in the
Royal Fleet Auxiliary. It would still be possible to assign capable escort groups to carrier or amphibous deployments, especially given that such escort groups would often be unnecessary. The only loss would be the present largely pointless single-ship taskings.
Taken together these measures would remove the current EP07 budget nightmare and produce further savings of at least £40bn before 2021. Absolutely no money to be reallocated outside the MoD.
8. Immediate award of firm orders for £3bn-worth of big helicopters: Chinook CH-47F from Boeing for land-based lift and an alternative type for ship-based operations. The latter could be Boeing V-22 Tiltrotors if this programme is genuinely ready to go at last. Other solutions such as the Sikorsky CH-53K might be preferable. American types in current production are to be preferred over European solutions as unit prices will be lower and delivery quicker. This will provide a fleet of heavy lift helicopters in addition to the light ones now on order (FLynx).
The need for medium lift aircraft in addition appears questionable. Existing Puma and Sea
King 4 aircraft to be phased out as the new aircraft arrive. This additional money should
suffice to obtain at least 30 new Chinooks and perhaps a similar number of maritime aircraft.
Existing EP07 funding to be retained for purchasing further rotorcraft during the next decade.
9. Expansion of the C-17 airlift fleet to twenty aircraft. Based on prices paid for the present five, this would not cost more than £2.5bn.
10. An order to be placed for 25 new Hercules C-130J turboprop transports. This would cost in the region of £1bn. Existing order for 25 Airbus A400M European turboprops left in place, but
no further A400Ms to be bought. (Particularly in light of BAE's sale of its stake in Airbus).
Funding of £1bn allocated for use of Hercules/A400M as strike platforms instead of expensive, over-engineered fast jets. AC-130 gunship conversions to be considered, as well as rampdelivered
11. Firm orders to be placed for two aircraft carriers with AWACS aircraft. Preferred option woul