The military equipment
in The challenge of defending Britain
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This chapter considers the need to understand the uniqueness of the process of defence procurement and its special market conditions. This is vital in appreciating the falling numbers of weapons platforms available to British forces and the need to understand how new generations of defence equipment figure in relation to what they are replacing. The current ten-year British defence equipment programme and the problems inherent in making it sustainable are considered. The chapter also looks at the perception that military equipment forms a ‘baroque arsenal’, set against the reality that there are some elements of military equipment that are impossible to replicate in other ways.


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