Thousands of army posts set to be axed

The Ministry of Defence will set out the number of posts it will cut from the service in order to reduce the size of the Army by a fifth.

Aldershot soldier killed

An Aldershot based soldier, who was killed in Afghanistan, has been named as Guardsman Jamie Shadrake of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

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Army redundancies 'unavoidable'

It is with great regret that we have had to make redundancies to deliver the reduction in the size of the armed forces, but unfortunately they were unavoidable due to the size of the defence deficit that this Government inherited.

Although smaller, our armed forces will be more flexible and agile to reflect the challenges of the future with the protection and equipment they need.

They will continue to be the bedrock of our society and provide extremely rewarding and exciting careers for future recruits."

– Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary

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Army job cuts announced

Thousands of soldiers will learn today whether they have lost their jobs in the latest round of Army redundancies.

A fresh tranche of up to 5,300 Army personnel are to be handed redundancy notices as the Government tries to reduce the number of regulars to 82,000 by 2018.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the move was necessary to help balance the books but insisted operational capability would not be affected.

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Government accused of 'flawed plan' for British Army

The Government has a flawed plan for reforming the British Army. There is a huge effort going into sacking soldiers but nowhere near as much is being done to plug the gap by recruiting new reservists.

These redundancies represent not just broken promises but a failing strategy, and the level of voluntary applicants will be a signal of morale.

– Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy

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MoD: 'Tough decisions needed to be made'

Tough decisions needed to be made to address the multibillion-pound deficit and bring the defence budget back into balance.

This unfortunately included making some redundancies across the armed forces. However we can be clear that these reductions will not affect our operational capability.

The end of combat operations in Afghanistan and the restructuring of our armed forces means they will be more reflective of the complex global situation and more adaptable to future challenges and threats.

– Ministry of Defence spokeswoman

See the Army's new £6m 'Terrier' vehicle in action

by Martin Dowse

The Army has been showing off its newest and most advanced vehicle - a remote-controlled armoured digger.

Each 'Terrier' costs six million pounds to build, and weighs as much as 15 transit vans.

The vehicles are driven by using a video game-style controller, which means soldiers can carry out a number of tasks a safe distance away.

Our Correspondent, Martin Dowse, has been to Bovington Camp in Dorset to see 'The Terrier' in action.

The interviewees are: Colonel Simon Hulme, Assistant Director, Military Engineering Capability; and David Bond from BAE Systems.

Army's new 'Terrier' armoured vehicle is state-of-the-art

by Martin Dowse

The British Army has unveiled what it is calling the most sophisticated armoured vehicle ever developed. Troops have been demonstrating their latest bit of kit in Dorset.

The "Terrier" is a highly versatile engineering vehicle with a trick up its sleeve which is hoped will save lives. Martin Dowse reports.

The interviewee is Colonel Simon Hulme, Director of Military Engineering Capability.

The army's newest vehicle the 'Terrier' is unveiled

The 'Terrier'
The Army has order sixty terrier vehicles for use in the UK and abroad Credit: UK Crown copyright

The British Army's newest vehicle is being tested in Dorset. The "Terrier" is a remote-controlled armoured digger weighing 30 tonnes. The Army says it will be a key part of the Royal Engineers' capability for decades to come.

The 'Terrier' military digger
The 'Terrier' is an armoured digger Credit: UK Crown copyright

Sixty terriers have been ordered as part of a £360m project with BAE Systems. The firm has designed and built the diggers in the UK.

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