It has been several years since the fate of some 227 Challenger 2 heavy tanks, of which 160 are in service, and of the 388 Infantry Warrior fighting vehicles of the British armies was threatened. It seems that today the savings required facing the Covid19 crisis, as well as the evolutions in progress on the geostrategic theaters, ended up selling the fate of tanks of the first armed force in the world which implemented this type of armament. Indeed, in an article appeared today, the British daily "The Times", announces that the country's authorities would be ready to cocoon the country's entire fleet of heavy tanks and tracked infantry fighting vehicles, and to specialize the British armies in support functions, such as close air support thanks to its AH64 Apache helicopters, logistical support thanks to its CH47 Chinooks, as well as cyber support.
The British project is far from meaningless. Due to its insular configuration, the United Kingdom is not in the best position to rapidly deploy heavy armored units if a crisis in Europe were to arise. Furthermore, for the same reasons, the country is much less likely to be threatened by heavy armored force itself. At the same time, and as the foreign operations in which the British forces have participated over the past 15 years show, it is precisely these support capabilities, but also air strike and naval power, which are most often required from the of the allies of London. Thus, the Royal Air Force CH47 Chinooks bring more than welcome mobility capabilities to the French forces deployed as part of Operation Barkhane in Mali.
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