Equipment delays threaten UK military
LONDON: The fighting capability of Britain’s armed forces is being put at risk by delays in producing important new pieces of equipment, the government’s spending watchdog warned yesterday.
Delays have hit a wide range of projects, including the F-35 fighter jet, offshore patrol vessels and battlefield communication systems.
A report by the National Audit Office found about a third of the military’s 32 most important projects are behind schedule. The new equipment is on average more than two years late before it can be at full operating capability, it said.