Defence spending will be increased by at least 0.5% more than inflation every year, the Conservatives have pledged.
The party’s manifesto also committed to meeting the Nato target of spending at least 2% of GDP on defence, stating that the country has a “responsibility to sustain our fine armed forces so that they can defend the realm, our overseas territories and our interests around the globe”.
It promised to “maintain the overall size of the armed forces” with an army capable of “fielding a war-fighting division”, and expand its global reach.
The party also pledged to “protect” armed forces personnel from “persistent legal claims” which “cost the taxpayer millions”.
It said it would invest £178 billion in new military equipment over the next 10 years, and promised to complete the Astute class of hunter-killer submarines.