Tory Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been accused of “throwing more good money at bad projects” after he announced a £400 million investment for the UK’s nuclear submarine programme.
SNP defence spokesperson Stewart McDonald said there were more “pressing items” needing MoD investment.
“Again the MoD is throwing more good money at bad projects. This obsession with the Dreadnought programme provides no value for money for the taxpayer, and there are much more pressing items that the MoD should be prioritising it’s spending on,” he said.
He added: “Instead of offering anything to the armed forces in his speech, the Defence Secretary has decided to prioritise the broken Dreadnought programme – with this spending just adding to the ever increasing ‘affordability gap’.
“We in the SNP have been clear that the conventional armed forces deserve better.
“The spending on the Dreadnought programme is becoming more and more unusable and unaffordable, and the MoD should instead be looking at giving conventional defence and armed personnel the funding it needs to match the modern day threats and challenges that the UK faces.”