Tanks ‘too big’ for RAF

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A NEW Army tank de­signed for fast de­ploy­ment is too big for RAF planes.

Chiefs spent £3.5bil­lion on more than 500 Ajax light re­con­nais­sance tanks, due in ser­vice this month.

But the 42-tonne Strike Bri­gades, which can carry three crew and six sol­diers, will only fit on RAF Air­bus 400 trans­port planes if en­gi­neers strip the ar­moured side pan­els – which can take two days to re­move and re­place.

“It is un­clear how the Strike Bri­gades would reach some op­er­a­tional ar­eas rapidly”, said mil­i­tary jour­nal Jane’s De­fence Re­view.

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