It is a similar, though less severe, story in the US forces. Outstanding men and women doing a near-impossible job in the best way possible, while the politicians at home verbally support them and then cut their funding. The GI on the streets of Kirkuk doesn't need 200 more F-22 fighters, at a cost of $325 million EACH; he needs a raise, better equipment, and a clearer mission. (I'll refrain from the discussion about whether he needs to come home.)
The generals can talk til they're blue in the face, explaining why they don't need a certain piece of equipment, but they get it anyway, because the manufacturer's lobbyists convince the politicians to spend the money, needs-be-damned. And to many of the politicians, troops-be-damned, too.
Two things are aesthetically perfect in the world - the clock and the cat. - Emile Auguste Chartier