British Army think-tank recommends ditching procurement competitions


Key Points

  • The British Army’s think-tank has suggested the United Kingdom end competitive tenders for defence procurement
  • CHACR’s report instead envisages greater investment in the UK defence industry

The UK’s default preference for competition in equipment procurement should be reversed to help rebuild the country’s land industrial sector, according to an internal British Army report into the rebuilding of its warfighting capability.

These Warrior IFVs and Challenger 2 MBTs are among a dwindling number of UK-designed equipment in the British Army. A report from the army's own think tank has called for a change in UK defence procurement policy to end competitive tenders and to invest more in the UK defence industry. (IHS/Patrick Allen)These Warrior IFVs and Challenger 2 MBTs are among a dwindling number of UK-designed equipment in the British Army. A report from the army’s own think tank has called for a change in UK defence procurement policy to end competitive tenders and to invest more in the UK defence industry. (IHS/Patrick Allen)

The availability of critical army equipment, including armoured vehicles, communications systems and night vision devices, could be blocked by foreign suppliers in time of war or major crisis, according to the British Army’s think tank, the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research (CHACR).

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