So it would seem that amidst the belt tightening in Defence, about 7% to 8% depending on how it is measured, the EU is not feeling the same pain. David Cameron has managed the herculean task of restricting the EU budget increase to 2.9%, or about £430 million. Remember, this is an increase, not total
We can brush the fact that nothing is actually confirmed under the carpet for now and stand back slack jawed in amazement.
What does £430 million pounds buy in the world of defence these days?
- 860 Ocelot Light Protected Vehicles to replace the Snatch Land Rover
- The salaries of 25,273 army privates for a year
- A couple of C17 transport aircraft
- 8,600 Javelin missiles
- Half a squadron of Typhoon fighter jets
- 143,000 sets of Osprey body armour
Well done Dave, remember these…
I am passionately pro-defence, passionately pro our armed forces. I will not take any risks with Britain’s defence
My biggest duty as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is to our Armed Forces and to make sure that they have all the equipment and all of the protection that they need to do the absolutely vital job that they are doing