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UK will never be a superpower

Britain's shrinking military will "never again be among the global superpowers" but will have enough capability to assist in operations such as Libya and Afghanistan in the future, a study said on Tuesday.

world Updated: Sep 29, 2011 00:25 IST

Britain's shrinking military will "never again be among the global superpowers" but will have enough capability to assist in operations such as Libya and Afghanistan in the future, a study said on Tuesday.

However, the Ministry of Defence's finances will be capsised and its resources further diminished unless there is a substantial increase in defence spending to cover the "looming" costs of the replacement for the Trident nuclear deterrent.

The warning comes from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) thinktank in a tough report which questions whether Britain's defence crisis is really over.