The British Army could slash 10,000 soldiers' jobs and replace them with high-tech drones.
Ministers are reportedly considering the cuts as part of a strategic review.
Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons defence select committee, told the Mail on Sunday: “All the indications suggest we are moving towards an even smaller, high-tech force.
"But retaining relationships with our allies is critical and cannot be achieved if we cut the army by 10,000.
"I fear the army is bracing itself for cuts to numbers, especially infantry regiments, before its wider fundamental purpose has been established.
“Any further delay to the publication of the review denies the Ministry of Defence the clarity it seeks in understanding our global ambitions and the threats we face.
"We must not forget our allies and adversaries are watching this.”
Ministers have insisted they would keep a permanent force of 82,000 soldiers.
But plans included in drafts of the review – set to be published next month – suggested the Army faces a loss of 10,000 soldiers in a shift towards drones.
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John Healey, the shadow defence secretary, said: “Highly trained service personnel are indispensable and should be at the heart of this review.
"Since 2010 full-time forces have been cut by a quarter.”
A statement from the Ministry of Defence said: “The integrated review is not yet complete and decisions about army force structure have not been finalised.
"The defence secretary has been clear that ambitions must match resources.
"Taxpayers are entitled to expect the armed forces to be credible, capable and ready to confront the threats of the future.”
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