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Introduction
This is a plan for the continued re-equipment of the Defence Forces. It is being funded under the
National Development Plan – Project Ireland 2040.
Capability is at the heart of Defence. Defence equipment is one of the most important components
of capability. Ireland’s Defence Forces are small by many international standards, however, a
premium has always been put on ensuring that they have available the very best equipment to deliver
on the roles set by Government and the range of tasks required to fulfil these.
The White Paper on Defence sets out overall Defence policy covering the roles of the Defence Forces,
including the Reserve Defence Forces. It also sets out the plans in relation to the development and
retention of military capabilities. The White Paper noted that capabilities are developed through
appropriate investment in doctrine, human resources policies, regulatory reform, equipment,
infrastructure, organisation, education and training.