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  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port
    UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port 12 September 2020
    French News Agency Agence France Press reported that Britain on Friday announced a $30.5 million, investment to triple the size of its base in an Omani port close to the sensitive waters of the Gulf. The expansion of the "logistics hub" at Duqm will "facilitate Royal Navy deployments to the Indian Ocean" and "further support British Army training in Oman," the Ministry of Defence said. "The long-standing friendships between the UK and the Gulf states are mor...
  • Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon
    Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon 4 September 2020
    Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets. A U.S. $420 million contract to develop the next generation of radar for Royal Air Force Typhoon jets has been awarded to BAE Systems and Leonardo. British Ministry of Defence and industry announced the deal on Sept 3rd. BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European ...
  • Rolls-Royce To Lay Off 9,000 Employees
    Rolls-Royce To Lay Off 9,000 Employees 21 May 2020
    Coronavirus also affected Britain-based engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. Due to the uncertainty and economic crisis brought by the virus, the company will lay off its 9,000 employees.  Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East also told BBC radio that some factories could be shut down. “But again, we have to consult with our unions and do a thorough run through with the unions on exactly where the job losses are going to be,” East said.  Rolls-Royce, which employs 52,000 people...
  • The Desperate Wriggling of Poor Regimes… 30 April 2020
    The calendars were showing October 3rd, 2018, and the President of the United States, Donald Trump, has once again made its place in history, making the most realistic description of the Middle East among US presidents: “We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich? And I love the king, King Salman. But I said ‘King - we’re protecting you - you might not be there for two weeks without us - you have to pay for your military.”   This...
  • Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft
    Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Following the success of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, the United States developed the F-16 Agile Falcon variant with advanced avionics, larger wing area and more powerful engine. The platform failed to achieve the expected sales success, and at that time it was Japan's choice in search of a similar platform. Tokyo improved the platform and F-2 developed the base on F-16 Agile Falcon. Tokyo, which wants to produce domestic fighter jets to replace the F-2, has r...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense 31 January 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness
    Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness 25 January 2020
    British Company BAE Systems Israeli firm Elbit Systems are cooperating to build a new main battle tank (MBT) offering 360-degree situational awareness, for British Army urban operations. Elbit’s IronVision electro-optical system will provide the vision to the crew to see through tank armour wall. The company, along with the British army, have reportedly been working on the system to be integrated on to the Streetfighter II since January 2019. It will give the tank the ability ...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power 22 January 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man 22 November 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • Bangladesh Received C-130J
    Bangladesh Received C-130J 2 September 2019
    The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) received the first of five Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules it purchased from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). Britain replaces Hercules with A400Ms. The aircraft arrived in Dhaka on 25 August 2019 and represents the most capable airlifter of the BAF. The four other aircraft purchased by the BAF are arriving before yearend.
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan 5 August 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology
    Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology 18 July 2019
    Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to develop hypersonic propulsion systems for increased aircraft performance and capability. Typhoon’s engine EJ-200 will provide base for further works. Britain’s defence ministry is stepping up its interest in hypersonics with a $12 million contract to Rolls-Royce and its industrial partners to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. The contract will be with Rolls-Royce Plc, (RR) and its technology partners, BAE Systems an...
  • The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies
    The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies 14 July 2019
    The first of Britain’s new fleet of nine maritime patrol aircraft MRA1 ZP801 made its maiden flight. The flight took place near Renton in the United States. The aircraft will be delivered in October this year. The Poseidon is based on the Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. In January, Boeing was awarded an almost $2.5 billion contract to produce 19 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for the US Navy, Norway and the United Kingdom. Ten of the aircraft were for the US Navy,...
  • Sweden May Join Britain’s Tempest Program 8 July 2019
      Sweden may join forces with Britain in the race to develop a European future fighter jet, according to Financial Times. Sweden’s collaboration on the project is expected to be made at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).  Unveiled at the Farnborough air show last July, Tempest is the centrepiece of Britain’s combat air strateg. The British government announced last July that, together with industry, it would commit an initi...
  • F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea
    F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea 2 July 2019
      The "Tri-Lightning" 2019 international aerial exercise was held over the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of the F-35I Adir fighter jet. The IAF's 140th ("Golden Eagle") Squadron participated in the USAF-led exercise alongside aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. This was the first time that the IAF's "Adir" Division participated in an exercise alongside international aircraft of the same model. In th...
  • Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban
    Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban 29 March 2019
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has extended by six months an embargo on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The ban has faced opposition from within the German government and the EU, but has the support of rights groups. “The order to halt authorized weapons exports to Saudi Arabia is extended by six months from March 31 to September 30, 2019,” government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in a Thursday, March 29 statement. “Over...
  • Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s
    Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s 19 March 2019
    British defence contractor BAE announced its involvement with Northrup Grumman on Monday to integrate several new series of missile into the F-35 Lightning fighter planes of Britain's Royal Air Force. According to the Company,  work has started to integrate two advanced missile systems with Britain's fleet of F-35 fighter planes. BAE has agreed with Lockheed Martin, to integrate into the F-35 Meteor air-to-air missiles and SPEAR precision surface attack missil...
  • UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary
    UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary 20 November 2018
    The multi-million-pound contract signed will see the UK own 35 stealth jets by end of 2022 with Britain manufacturing 15% of the overall global order for 255 aircraft. The UK is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. The 17 new F-35B aircraft will be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and will complement the 16 British aircraft currently based at RAF Marham and in t...
  • Euronaval 2018 at Fifty 6 November 2018
    The seas have always bore great significance for France. In line with its geographical location, one part of the country opens up to the Atlantic Ocean while the other to the Mediterranean. In addition to location, France attaches importance to its arch-rival Britain’s naval supremacy policy no less than it cares about continental and offshore threats. For this reason, it always has an essential and efficient navy. Naval warfare systems exhibition, organised biannually in France, which ...
  • Re-birth of the German Navy Pocket Ships 6 November 2018
    Three panzerschiff (armoured ship), which symbolise the German Navy’s rising up from its ashes following the First World War, is widely known as “pocket ships.” These ships inscribed their name in history as the protagonists of naval warfare at the early stages of the Second World War. As Germany realigned its naval strategy towards submarines mainly on the basis of requirements, their bright years came to an end although they acquired their rightful place among the legends....
  • Ukraine Launched Air Drills With NATO Countries 12 October 2018
    Ukraine has opened a series of large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other NATO countries, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry announced. The multinational air force exercise Clear Sky 2018 has begun in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook. "Within 12 days, the tasks in the sky will be carried out by highly skilled pilots from Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the United States and Ukraine,&...
  • F-35B Jets Have Landed On Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth 30 September 2018
    On the 25th of September Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray landed an F-35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth. He was followed by Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, RAF, both of whom are test pilots, operating with the Integrated Test Force (ITF) based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The largest warship in British history is joining forces with the most advanced fighter jets on the planet. This marks a rebirth of ou...
  • An Unstable Turkey is Chaos in Eurasia… 15 September 2018
    Europe has eventually come to the realisation that Turkey should sustain itself as a strong and wealthy state, devoid of internal problems and compatible with European standards. Hastings Lionel Ismay was born in 1887 in India, Nainital, as a subject of the mighty British Empire, on which the sun never set. He was educated in Britain, eventually graduating from the Royal Military College. Throughout the First World War, he served in a very special unit. In British Somaliland, he was...
  • UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept
    UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept 16 July 2018
    British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson unveiled at the Farnborough air show a full-size mock-up of Tempest, a conceptual next-generation fighter that he said will fly alongside the Lockheed Martin F-35 and the Eurofighter Typhoon in the Royal Air Force in the mid-2030s. Britain plans to develop this new fighter as a joint venture between British aerospace contractors BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and MBDA UK Ltd in cooperation with Italy’s Leonardo. UK cooperates with Turkish Aerospace I...
  • UK said to be in discussions with Sweden on new fighter jet
    UK said to be in discussions with Sweden on new fighter jet 6 July 2018
    The Financial Times is reporting that Britain is in preliminary discussions with Sweden about joint development of a new fighter aircraft. Sources stressed that the UK has spoken to several countries about the project. Japan and Republic of Korea are also potential partners. British officials are keen to ensure the RAF has the aircraft it needs and that manufacturers retains the skills and capability to make fighter jets. Currently the UK is working with the US t...
  • EU countries to form Intervention force
    EU countries to form Intervention force 25 June 2018
    French Defence Minister Florence Parly has told the French daily “le Figaro” that France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal are to sign a letter of intent for the creation of a joint military intervention force on June 25. The proposed force, known as the European Intervention Initiative, is kept separated from other EU Defence cooperation programs. Britain, which has always resisted the idea of an “EU army,” wil...
  • UK’s new carrier has its supporter ready
    UK’s new carrier has its supporter ready 24 June 2018
    UK’s new carrier has its supporter ready   Britain's flagship of tomorrow can now strike out across the Seven Seas after refuelling ‘on the go’ for the first time.  After a dry run earlier in the year, HMS Queen Elizabeth successfully took from RFA Tidespring  in the North Atlantic. The tanker is built to support the new aircraft carrier on her global operations.  In fairly choppy conditions, the 65,00...
  • British F-35Bs arrived UK
    British F-35Bs arrived UK 7 June 2018
    The first of Britain’s new F-35B aircraft arrived into RAF Marham their new home in Norfolk. Fighters arrived two months ahead of schedule, having completed a nonstop flight from South Carolina. Describing the F-35 as "the most advanced and dynamic fighter jet in our history," chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier says: "With its stealth and other world-beating technologies, the F-35 Lightning takes the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy to a ...
  • NATO should adopt hybrid warfare trigger: British rapporteur
    NATO should adopt hybrid warfare trigger: British rapporteur 31 May 2018
    NATO states should modify the alliance’s Article 5 collective defence provision to trigger a response in the event of so-called “hybrid warfare” attacks, a conservative British lawmaker said in a special report Sunday according to Agence France-Presse . In his special report on countering Russia’s hybrid threats, Britain’s Lord Jopling told lawmakers meeting at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw this weekend that the alliance should consider a ne...
  • RFQ Sent Under HX Program
    RFQ Sent Under HX Program 1 May 2018
    Finland issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ) on 27 April for the purchase of 64 fighter aircraft to replace the Finnish Air Force’s Hornet fleet that is to be phased out as from 2025.  Under the HX Fighter Programme, the Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command sent a RFQ to the governments of Great Britain, France, Sweden and the United States to be forwarded to the five companies who responded to the requests for information. The companies ...
  • Iran May Plan to Build Nuclear-Powered Submarine
    Iran May Plan to Build Nuclear-Powered Submarine 27 February 2018
    Iran has disclosed plans to develop nuclear reactors for ships. According to German Radio, Tehran has told United Nations nuclear inspectors of its plan to build nuclear reactors for ships. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran had informed the agency in January by a letter of a “decision that has been taken to construct naval nuclear propulsion in future.” The original nuclear deal — signed by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, al...
  • Triangular-Winged Legend of the Skies: Mirage III
    Triangular-Winged Legend of the Skies: Mirage III 1 June 2017
    Although not the first of its kind, Mirage series is the first that comes to mind when referring to delta-wing aircraft. Being the first fighter of this series, Mirage III served the most in the battlefield as compared to other jets commissioned at the time. This triangular-winged aircraft had its name inscribed in history in golden letters owing to its accomplishments in many conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the South Atlantic.  On the eve of the Second World War...
  • Germany delays contract with MBDA for missile defence
    Germany delays contract with MBDA for missile defence 11 March 2017
      Reuter’s news agency stated that Germany will delay signing contract with MBDA for air defence shield. Country’s defence ministry told lawmakers it would not complete a contract with MBDA during the current legislative period. Ministry officials remain committed to concluding a contract with MBDA for the Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) to replace the Patriot air and missile defence system but said there was still work to do on the MBDA proposal.&...
  • Madrid invites Airbus CEO to debrief on military plane woes
    Madrid invites Airbus CEO to debrief on military plane woes 25 February 2017
    Spain has invited the head of Airbus to travel to Madrid next month to brief defence officials about its troubled A400M military transport plane, the defence ministry said Friday. The A400M was commissioned jointly in 2003 by the governments of Germany, Belgium, France, Britain, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey, but since its delayed launch in 2013 it has run into difficulty, with delays in delivery of the plane. A spokesman for the ministry Airbus CEO Tom Enders had asked to ...
  • US offered to share F-117 technology with Britain
    US offered to share F-117 technology with Britain 31 December 2016
    British National Archives’ recently declassified documents show that U.S. former President Ronald Reagan had offered British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher a chance for both countries to work on the F-117 stealth program back in 1986. The program was given the code-name Project Moonflower and the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) declined the offer to buy the F-117 as it was still a highly classified military which were denied as existing until ready to be announced to the p...
  • BAE starts cutting first stell of the Type 26 Global Combat Ships In Summer 2017
    BAE starts cutting first stell of the Type 26 Global Combat Ships In Summer 2017 6 November 2016
    BAE Systems has confirmed that the first steel will be cut on the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ships in Glasgow in summer 2017, subject to final contract negotiations with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). During a visit to BAE Systems’ shipyard in Glasgow Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Backed by Britain’s rising Defence budget, the Type 26 Programme will deliver a new generation of cutting-edge warships for our Royal Navy at best value for tax...
  • The Unfortunate Hero of the Seas: Type 42 23 October 2016
    Type 42 was a destroyer, taking part in all major military operations of the Royal Navy in the last quarter of the 20th century. Designed according to the newest concepts at the dawn of the missile age and the height of the Cold War, this ship was the subject of great expectations. However, the destroyer went down in history mostly with unfortunate events befalling on it. In fact, the period which led to the appearance of the Type 42 was filled with unfortunate events experienced by...
  • UK Aims partnership at sea
    UK Aims partnership at sea 30 September 2016
    Britain expressed their eagerness to deploy US Marine aviation on their newly developed aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The vessel is scheduled to start fixed-wing flight trials with three British F-35Bs at the end of the summer of 2018 and is expected to reach initial operating capability in December 2020. Once the warship becomes operational, Britain wants to deploy US Marine Corps F-35Bs and V-22s up to nine months and progress interoperability.
  • Britain intercepted Russian bombers
    Britain intercepted Russian bombers 23 September 2016
    Britain scrambled fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian bombers approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence said Thursday.  The Russian planes flew from the direction of Norway and passed to the west of Britain’s Shetland Islands, northeast of the mainland. A Royal Air Force spokeswoman said: “Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth intercepted two Russian Blackjack bombers and escorted them while they were in the ...

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