The new Royal Navy force structure and commitments announced in the Defence Command Paper should create a force broadly suitable for the foreign policy aims laid out in the Integrated Review. However, the second order implications may create problems in future.
The UK has two options for modernising its armour: developing a Challenger 3 or procuring Leopard 2. The latter is an assured capability that will likely prove cheaper over the life of the programme. The former is risky but offers the UK an opportunity to develop valuable intellectual property.