Up to 10,000 troops could be deployed in the UK in the event of a Paris-style attack, David Cameron has said, as he announced 12 bn extra defense spending.
The PM said pastors wanted to replace the Trident nuclear deterrent, but the estimated cost had risen and finish been put back until “the early 2030 s”.
The number of civilians employed by the MoD is to be reduced by virtually 30% by the end of the Parliament, he added.
Dai Hudd, the Prospect union general secretary, called this “devastating”.
Setting out the government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review( SDSR ), Mr Cameron announced plans for investment in two 5,000 -strong “strike brigades”, additional F-3 5 airplanes, maritime patrol aircraft and high-altitude drones.
It goes after he held talks with French President Francois Hollande following the 13 November attacks in Paris, carried out by so-called Islamic State( IS) militants, which left 130 people dead.
Belgian police have charged a human with participation in the two attacks.
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New cost of replacing Trident nuclear submarine
In case costs overrun, the government will also set aside 10bn
Previous estimations set the cost at up to 25bn
The UK’s four ballistic missile submarines will be replaced, costing 31 bn – up 6bn on previous estimations Plans for nine Boeing P8 maritime patrol aircraft, replacing the scrapped Nimrod aircraft Two additional Typhoon squadrons and the purchase of 24 new F35 fighter aircraft by 2023 A reduction in the number of new Type 26 anti-submarine war frigates being built – from 13 to eight More than 20 new Protector drones, more than doubling the number of Reaper aircraft they replace An extra 2bn on weapons and helicopters for special forces, including the SAS Funding for 1,900 more spies across MI5, MI6 and GCHQ and an extra 1.9 bn to be spent on cyber-security “Strike brigades” sourced from existing Army numbers and equipped to deploy across the globe 85m a year in enhancing BBC services around the world Image caption
4, 500 miles( 7,200 km) maximum range without refuelling
490 knots( 910 km/ h; 560 mph) maximum speed
28 P-8A Poseidon aircraft in use by the United States
2 other countries, India and Australia, have variants of the aircraft in use or on order