This is nothing new.
Back in about 1966/7, I was managing a small West End Art Gallery. We dealt in early English watercolours and topographical prints (etchings).
We had one particular client who came back time and time again to buy large Piranesi prints of Rome.
He was a young American naval officer, and was based at the old US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. (Who would have thought there was an American naval base in central London?)
He was a very pleasant person, and he became not only a very good client, but a good friend too. He even used to sell me large bottles of Jim Beam bourbon for a few shillings. Something to do with having two PX token books.
One day he said he'd better be getting back to Grosvenor Square, as it was their day to smash equipment.
When I asked what he was talking about, he said that every year they needed to INCREASE their funding, and the only way to do this was by replacing equipment. This equipment needed to be broken-up by using hammers etc; not unlike in the video above. Failure to replace equipment meant a possible decrease in funding.
The most remarkable thing about this story is that everything broken was classified as 'LOST AT SEA', which was the only reason for replacement.
If you are a US citizen, and you wondered where part of your taxes went; it went to replace smashed-up, perfectly good kit in a London boat-less, sea-less, naval base.