Army to be slashed by 20,000 under new plans by defence chiefs.

The move could slash the size of the army by a quarter, close airfields and remove helicopters out of the service.

Royal Marines commandos could also face an uncertain future under the plans with the brigade disbanded and its artillery, engineers and landing craft all axed in a worst case scenario.

The drastic cuts are being lined up as part of Boris Johnson’s defence and security review to be unveiled in the autumn, according to the Sunday Times.

The plans have been drawn up in response to the Treasury’s diktak for every Whitehall department to cut spending by at least 5 per cent.


But in the worst case scenario it would see the number of troops in the UK Armed Forces drop from 74,000 to 55,000.null

Security sources told the newspaper that Dominic Cummings wants to divert a large amount of resources from the army to cyber warfare, space and artificial intelligence.

The Tory election manifesto promised to spend at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence and raise the budget by 0.5 per cent above inflation each year.

But military experts fear they could still achieve this goal by spending the cash on cyber warfare.

A No 10 spokesman told the Sunday Times: “It is false to say No 10 plans to cut defence. We will fulfil our manifesto commitments, including to increase the defence budget above inflation.

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