The UK has been warned that we are “exposed” to the threat of Russian hypersonic and ballistic missiles, according to a retired Air Marshall.
There are concerns there could be an escalation by Vladimir Putin and retired Air Marshal Edward Stinger told The Telegraph that the UK has “much to learn” from the war in Ukraine.
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Stringer said, “Nuclear weapons did not disappear at the end of the Cold War, and that nuclear powers do not just hold these weapons as an act of deterrence.”
He added that the only way to protect London from Russian missile attacks would be to place a Type 45 destroyer in the River Thames as the UK’s air defences are limited.
The Air Marshall urged to the UK to review their nuclear deterrence’s amid the ongoing threat from Moscow, he wrote in a paper for the British think tank Policy Exchange.
The UK does have submarines constantly patrolling which are there to act as a nuclear deterrent, but he warned the British armed forces have reverted to the dangerous position of being “very comfortable position of assuming the battlefield is now solely conventional.”
He added, “We are the outliers here, and our position has been found wanting if an adversary calls our bluff.
“We should consider how our armed forces are configured to deal with and deter use of nuclear weapons; not just the deterrence of a strategic exchange, but also the use of tactical nuclear weapons that our adversaries see as a legitimate rung on the escalation ladder.”