BRITISH troops would be unable to combat an adversary such as Russia due to swingeing cuts limiting army training capabilities, it has been claimed.
The shock warning comes as the army reportedly struggles to make an extra £1billion in savings over the next year.
The crucial training exercise involving tanks and other armoured vehicles takes place at British Army Training Unit Suffield (Batus) on the Alberta plain in Canada.
There could be a defence funding shortfall of up to £10billion over 10 years, it is claimed.
The manoeuvres have been described as “vital” by Colonel Lincoln Jopp of the Scots Guards, who led a battle group on the exercise in 2009.