The Westminster are proposing to annouce that the army's new light tanks will not be built in the UK.
The government had been told the 30 year old Scimitar tanks presently in service needed to be replaced and had recommended that the CV90 armoured reconnaissance tank be built by BAE Systems in Newcastle and Telford.
Our 'listening' Prime Minister seems to have dismissed the army's preferences and gave the £1 billion contract to the US arms manufacturer General Dynamics.
Initial BAE plans to cut 500 jobs in Britain and for the manufacture in Sweden of most of the parts for a sophisticated vehicle offering greater firepower than the current generation of Scouts in Afghanistan, have been quickly ditched. BAE is now promising to create or sustain 800 jobs in Britain, 500 of them in Newcastle, the home of Britain's last tank-making facility.
The Scout order is part of a bigger armoured vehicle replacement programme that also involves the Warrior. The Warrior upgrade has been delayed because of spending constraints and uncertainty about its firepower but ministers say there is no intention of cancelling the contract for a frontline armoured vehicle.
Our country is at war. Why can't decisions be taken swiftly? There are plenty extremely knowledgeable people in the Army who know the detail of tank requirements. Get the tanks built and out to our troops. It's appalling they're operating with 30-year-old equipment. Dare I suggest the money is taken out of the climate change propaganda fund.