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UK will never be a superpower

world Updated: Sep 29, 2011 00:25 IST
Ministry of Defence

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.