Fury as MoD plans to upgrade only two-thirds of its Challenger 2 tanks and use the rest for parts 

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Defence experts have voiced concerns that Britain is set to mothball one-third of its Challenger 2 tanks.

The Army will revamp just 148 of its 227 main battle tank, leaving the UK worse off in terms of armoured vehicles than Cambodia, Serbia and Burma, The Times reported.

Constraints - Britain - International - Institute - Strategic

Financial constraints mean Britain would plummet from 48th in the International Institute for Strategic Studies' global ranking of tank numbers down to 56th, according to reports.

It is expected the remaining models could be used for parts, though it said that some tanks could be patched up for deployment in an emergency.

UK - Arsenal - Tanks - Argentina - Germany

Currently the UK's arsenal of 227 tanks leaves us behind Argentina, who have 231, Germany, with 236, and Uganda with 239.

At the top of the table is Russia, who have 12,950, followed by the United States on 6,333, China on 5,800 and India with 4,665.

Defence - Source - Times - Reduction - Standing

A senior defence source told The Times the reduction in international standing would be demoralising for the armed forces.

The source added: 'The Army has fallen behind the Navy and RAF in terms of not getting what they need. They have had a major raid on their budget.

Tank - Battlefield - Message - Adversary - Tonnes

'Nothing can deliver what a tank can deliver on the battlefield. You have no quicker message you can send to an adversary than 60 tonnes of armour.'

Independent defence consultant Nicholas Drummond said a reduction in tank numbers would mean 'a severe loss in capability' for the armed forces.

Ministry - Defence - Spokesperson - Challenger - Tanks

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said they were 'committed to significantly upgrading our Challenger 2 tanks' and 'no final decision on the number of tanks to be upgraded has been made'.

The Challenger 2 has been in service since 1998 - the successor to the Challenger 1 which was used during the first Gulf War - and was used during the invasion of Iraq in...
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