With Russia and China advancing their own military capabilities, the UK will now look to pursue the latest technologies such as hypersonic missiles. In the Integrated Review, the UK will also develop laser weapons in what has been termed as high-risk research. Announcing the review on the UK’s defence forces in the Commons, the Prime Minister claimed the new goals in the review are the most important since the Cold War.
According to The Daily Telegraph, a further £6.6billion will now be committed to developing new technology.
A Government source claimed the pursuit of developing new technology was to make the UK’s forces the most effective in the world.
Speaking to the House this week, Mr Johnson said: “The greater our unity at home, the stronger our influence abroad, which will, in turn, open up new markets and create jobs in every corner of the UK, not only maximising opportunities for the British people.
“I hope, inspiring a sense of pride that their country is willing to follow in its finest traditions and stand up for what is right.
“With the extra investment and new capabilities of the Integrated Review, I believe the United Kingdom can thrive in an ever more competitive world.”
The US and Russia have so far led the race for the state of the art hypersonic missile.
In a warning to Russia, Mr Biden is set to unveil the new missile which is capable of travelling 20 times the speed of sound.
A test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) is set to take place in the next month in a warning to Russia.
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“At the same time, we will never do anything that puts at risk the integrity of our infrastructure, our telecommunications or anything like that.”
Although the review was unveiled as the biggest since the Cold War, the Foreign Secretary insisted the Government would not take on the mentality of the era.
He added: “I don’t think it would be feasible to go into some old, outdated Cold War mentality with China.”
In a further move to increase the UK’s military capability, the Government will also increase the country’s nuclear warhead capacity.
According to figures, the UK will now stockpile 260 nuclear warheads as opposed to 180 as reported by The Guardian.
The review adds: “A minimum, credible, independent nuclear deterrent, assigned to the defence of Nato, remains essential in order to guarantee our security and that of our allies.”
As well as increasing the nuclear warhead stockpile, the UK will also shift to more Asia-Pacific viewpoint, following China’s increased strength in the region.