The head of the British Army, Gen Sir Nick Carter, has warned that Britain is struggling to keep up with Russian military advances, as he makes the case for more money.
According to the latest figures from the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Russia’s defence budget was around $46.6billion in 2016, and Britain’s was around $52.5billion or £38.3billion.
Yet though Britain apparently spends more, Russia had 831000 active members of the military, compared to 152000 in the UK, and there is a vast difference in the volume of equipment.
Comparing armies alone, the British Army is supposed to be 82000 strong, while Russia has an army of 270000. Russia has 2700 tanks compared to Britain’s 227, and 4900 vehicles compared to 623 in the British Army.