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30/05/2019 RAF Typhoon Jets Trial Miniature Missile Decoy Device

 The RAF has commenced trials of a new cutting-edge missile decoy device on its Typhoon fighter jets
BriteCloud uses powerful radar emissions to disrupt the targeting system within air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, drawing them away to a safe distance. The device can be fired from an aircraft flare dispenser read more »

01/05/2019 D-Day 75: Veterans to be Saluted by Land, Sea and Air in June

More than 4,000 Armed Forces personnel will lead the nation in marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day with major commemorative events in Portsmouth and Normandy in June.
A major national commemorative event on Southsea Common in Portsmouth will be attended by D-Day veterans, VIP guests and service personnel.
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23/04/2019 UK’s Most Advanced Jets Deploy Overseas for the First Time

Britain’s new cutting-edge F-35B aircraft will depart their home station of RAF Marham in Norfolk later this year for Cyprus in their first overseas deployment.

Owned and operated by the RAF, the Lightning Force is jointly manned by both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. This deployment will read more »

24/03/2019 Royal Navy’s New Offshore Patrol Vessel Named HMS Tamar

HMS Tamar, which is part of a five-strong OPV contract with BAE Systems, worth a combined £635m.

HMS Tamar, the fourth of the Royal Navy’s five cutting-edge new Offshore Patrol Vessels, has been formally named in Glasgow today.

The next-generation River Class ship will boost Britain’s counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling work read more »

18/03/2019 New Gurkha Battalion to be Established as Brigade Grows

The 3rd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles will be established as a Specialised Infantry Battalion and will begin recruiting in 2019.

The 3rd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles will join other members of the Specialist Infantry Group, to complete plans set out in the 2015 Defence Review to establish up to five read more »

13/03/2019 £30m Boost to Fast-Track Battlefield Apps

Digital apps are set to redefine the battlefield as the announces £30m boost to fast-track agile software development technology

The funding, drawn from the multi-million Transformation Fund, will spark a step change in the development of application software for the Armed Forces and allow the rapid adaption of the state-of-the-art read more »

06/03/2019 £11m Boost to Chemical Defences

On the eve of the Salisbury Novichok poisoning anniversary MOD has allocated £11m of additional funding to bolster the UK’s response to chemical attacks.

The range of measures announced include: Developing plans to deploy drones and robots into potentially hazardous areas, putting personnel in less danger and identifying threats faster. read more »

26/02/2019 Defence Secretary Announces £235m Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Deal

The multi-million-pound deal with Rolls-Royce Submarines Limited will provide the support, advice and material required to ensure the continued safety and availability of the systems on board the current fleet of Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarines until 2022. The contract will sustain around 500 UK jobs.

It has been read more »

20/02/2019 New Veterans ID Cards Rolled Out to Service Leavers

All service leavers will receive a new ID card to mark their time in the armed forces.

A new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.

From today, any personnel who have left the read more »

13/02/2019 The End of an Era: RAF Tornado Returns from Operations for the Last Time

After almost 40 years serving the UK on military operations across the world, iconic RAF Tornado jets have returned home for the last time.

First entering service in 1979, the fast jets have been used in operations across the world, most recently bombarding Daesh to push the terrorist group back read more »

06/02/2019 Defence Minister Opens First Military Airbase to Be Powered by Green Energy

 RAF Marham, the home of the UK's F-35 multi role combat jets, is set to become the first military airbase to be powered by green electricity.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood made the announcement today during a visit to a Norfolk biogas plant, where he officially opened the new site that read more »

30/01/2019 £1m Injection into Pioneering New Space Technology

The development of a new generation of pioneering British deployable satellite antennas has been boosted following a £1m MOD investment.

The ‘wrapped rib’ antenna is lighter, less complex and more cost-competitive than those currently available commercially. The antenna will be exclusively developed in the UK by Oxford Space Systems (OSS). read more »

23/01/2019 Babcock Gets £5m Deal for First-Ever HMS Queen Elizabeth Dry-Dock Maintenance

The MOD have announced it has awarded Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard a £5m contract for the first planned dry-dock maintenance of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The contract will allow the 65,000-tonne carrier to undergo a routine, planned hull survey and maintenance of her underwater systems over a read more »

12/12/2018 Typhoons Launch with New Missile

RAF Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor Air-to-Air missile in defence of UK airspace during a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) mission.

 This event represents the culmination of many years of research, development and testing to bring this advanced weapon into service on front-line aircraft.

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05/12/2018 Names for the Fifth & Sixth New Royal Navy Type 26 Frigate Have Been Announced

Defence Minister Stuart Andrew announced that the fifth Type 26 frigate would be named Sheffield during a visit to Chesterfield Special Cylinders in Sheffield, a key supplier to the multi-billion-pound Type 26 program.

During a visit to Newcastle Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson revealed that the sixth ship in the class read more »

28/11/2018 Defence Secretary Secures Ships to Protect Home Waters

The future of the Batch 1 Offshore Patrols Vessels (OPVs), HMS Tyne, HMS Mersey and HMS Severn, which currently support the Fishery Protection Squadron, have been secured by the Defence Secretary.

 They will be retained for at least the next two years to bolster the UK’s ability to protect our read more »

20/11/2018 Royal Navy Reestablishes 744 Naval Air Squadron

The Royal Navy has reestablished the 744 Naval Air Squadron which will be responsible for introducing the Navy’s Crowsnest Merlin radar over the next 18 months.

The Fleet Air Arm Squadron will also be responsible for the RAF’s upgraded Chinook Mk5s and Mk6s.

Pooling 15 of the best aircrew and read more »

14/11/2018 Army Starts Biggest Military Robot Exercise in British History

British troops will begin testing out over 70 examples of futuristic technology including enhanced surveillance drones and unmanned vehicles on the fields of Salisbury Plain.

The game-changing Autonomous Warrior experiment will last four weeks and test a range of prototype unmanned aerial and autonomous ground vehicles which aim to reduce read more »

05/11/2018 Historic Day for the Military as All Roles are Opened to Women

Defence Secretary has announced that all roles in the military are now open to women.

It was marked at a land power demonstration on Salisbury Plain, involving some of the first women to join the Royal Armoured Corps.

The Defence Secretary said that women already serving in the Army are read more »

30/10/2018 £93m Missile Project Secures over 100 Belfast Jobs

The £93m Future Air Defence Availability Project (F-ADAPT) was awarded to Thales UK during Minister Andrew’s visit to Belfast. The contract will secure over 100 jobs in the city and provide the UK Armed Forces with a potent defensive ability.

The project will enhance the High Velocity and Lightweight Multi-role read more »

17/10/2018 Royal Navy Starts F-35B Rolling Vertical Landing Trials

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was at the centre of an important milestone for the F-35 program as an F-35B performed the first ever shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL)

British test pilot Peter Wilson conducted the landing.

Previously the jets have conducted only vertical landings, hovering by the read more »

10/10/2018 Defence Secretary Announces Devonport will Home all New Type 26 Frigates

The eight Type 26 warships will start being delivered to the Royal Navy from the mid-2020s, heralding yet another new era in the role of a base which has played a central role in the defence of the UK for hundreds of years – from the Napoleonic wars to the read more »

03/10/2018 UK to Maintain Military Presence in Germany

The UK will continue to have a military presence in Germany beyond 2020.

Around 185 British Army personnel and 60 Ministry of Defence civilians will remain in Germany, once the withdrawal of British Army units to the UK has been completed.

Army personnel will be permanently based in the country read more »

26/09/2018 Streets Ahead: British AI Eyes Scan Future Frontline in Multinational Urban Experiment

British autonomous technology able to scour urban environments for enemy advances has been tested alongside an arsenal of futuristic military technology by Canadian soldiers on the streets of Montreal.

The game-changing technology developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and UK industry partners, known as SAPIENT, saw British read more »

19/09/2018 Qatari Jet Export Deal Swings into Action

Qatar’s deal to buy 24 Typhoon jets and nine Hawks is now officially effective after BAE Systems received its first payment.

The deal, worth around £5bn includes the aircraft and a bespoke support and training package. Qatar is now buying nine Hawk trainers, rather than six, which will also be read more »

23/08/2018 HMS Queen Elizabeth Sets Off for F-35B Fighter Jet Trials

Royal Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departs her home port of Portsmouth bound for the USA to land fast jets on deck for the very first time.

Eight years since a British aircraft carrier last flew a fast jet from her decks, the 65,000-tonne carrier will embark two F-35B read more »

15/08/2018 Royal Navy’s Final Astute Submarine ‘Agincourt’ Affiliates with City of Torbay

The Royal Navy has announced that its seventh and final Astute-class submarine HMS Agincourt will be affiliated with the city of Torbay whose residents farewelled the namesake Trafalgar-class submarine HMS Torbay as it bowed out of service a year ago. HMS Agincourt will be affiliated with the Devon borough throughout read more »

08/08/2018 New Competition: Take Cover!

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a new competition to find solutions for lightweight rapidly deployable protection for on-foot troops on the front-line through Field Fortifications.

DASA has launched this competition to focus on protection from ballistic threats and fragmentation. The protection against blast and directed energy (such read more »

31/07/2018 F-35 Jets use New Vertical Landing Pads at RAF Marham for the First Time

The UK’s new F-35 multi role combat jets have used their vertical landing capability to land on new Vertical Landing Pads (VLPs), at RAF Marham for the first time.

To support the aircraft’s short take off vertical landing (STOVL) capability, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation is building three VLPs through its read more »

24/07/2018 Autonomy for Tomorrow's World

Futuristic drones and unmanned ground robots with autonomous ‘deliver to order’ capability could provide timely answers to the vital challenges of access for humanitarian aid and disaster relief in developing countries and future front-line military logistics support.

In a new cross-government collaboration, the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Department for read more »

18/07/2018 Waddington to Operate Protector, with Best of British Air Power on Show at Air Tattoo

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson marked a momentous centenary year for the RAF at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) today, as it was announced that Waddington will operate the air force’s new Protector aircraft, a new Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS).

 RIAT this year saw the arrival of the Protector read more »

11/07/2018 Royal Navy Commissions New Survey Ship HMS Magpie

The Royal Navy’s newest survey ship has been formally welcomed into the naval family in her home of Devonport.

Among the attendees at the commissioning ceremaony was the Duke of Edinburgh, who was in charge of the previous Magpie between 1950 and 1952 in the Mediterranean.

“Having had the honour read more »

05/07/2018 British Army Set to Redefine Warfare with Joint Autonomous Warrior

Autonomous Warrior, the 2018 Army Warfighting Experiment, will push the boundaries of technology and military capability in the land environment.

And one of the key areas it is set to test is the autonomous last mile resupply. The ‘last mile’, which represents the extremely dangerous final approach to the combat read more »

11/06/2018 Britain’s Most Advanced Jets Touch Down on Home Soil

The first four of Britain’s new cutting-edge aircraft arrived into RAF Marham their new home in Norfolk. They touched down after a trans-Atlantic flight from the United States, where Britain has more of the jets and 150 personnel in training.

The F-35s took off from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort read more »

30/05/2018 The First of New Carrier-Ready Helicopter Fleet has been Delivered

The helicopter, known as the Commando Merlin Mk4, has been upgraded to a faster and more powerful aircraft than its predecessor. It now sports a maritime grey coat, has a folding main rotor and tail, upgraded flight controls and a tactical computer. The modifications are designed to ensure it can read more »

23/05/2018 Royal Navy Selling Former Minehunter as Potential “Stylish Restaurant or Floating Bar”

The Royal Navy is selling its decommissioned minehunter HMS Walney and is advertising the vessel as a “one of a kind opportunity” for potential buyers.

Announcing the potential sale of the vessel, the navy said Walney has potential to be turned into “a houseboat, a stylish restaurant, a floating bar read more »

09/05/2018 Royal Navy gets First Unmanned Minesweeping System

An autonomous minesweeper system that can safely clear sea lanes of mines has been handed over to the Royal Navy.

Following a period of successful trials the demonstrator system could go on to be used by the Royal Navy in the future to defeat the threat of modern digital mines.

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02/05/2018 UK Gifts Franklin Wrecks to Canada

The UK has officially gifted the historic Franklin Wrecks to the Canadian government and Inuit community. 

HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, whose locations had been a mystery for over 150 years, are said to be two of the most archaeologically important shipwrecks in the world.

Ownership of the two shipwrecks read more »

17/04/2018 British Army’s Rifle set for Multi-Million-Pound Upgrade

 The Ministry of Defence is upgrading the British Army’s standard combat rifle to ensure troops are equipped with the best possible battle-winning kit.

The SA80 A2 hand held assault weapon will be upgraded into the A3 model under the Mid Life Improvement (MLI) project, which will ensure the rifle has read more »

17/04/2018 New Royal Navy Operations Hub Opens in Gulf

Britain has cemented its enhanced and permanent presence in the Gulf with the opening of the United Kingdom Naval Support Facility at a ceremony at Mina Salman port in Bahrain today.

The Naval Support Facility will play a central role in the UK’s ability to operate in the region, and read more »

05/04/2018 £400m Deal Signed for Battle-Winning Brimstone Missile for RAF Typhoons

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a £400 million deal to launch battle-winning Brimstone missiles from RAF Typhoon jets.

The ultra-accurate Brimstone already has a successful track record, playing a critical role from Tornado fighter jets in the fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, and the deal will read more »

27/03/2018 Porton Down Scientists on Brink of Titanium Revolution

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down has revolutionised the production of titanium by reducing the 40 stage process down to just two steps and potentially halving the cost. 

Titanium is as strong as steel and half the weight - but around ten times the cost. It read more »

19/03/2018 A New Chemical Weapons Defence Centre at Porton Down

In light of the response to the attempted murders in Salisbury, it has been announced that DSTL will receive £48 million of extra funding to invest in a brand new ‘Chemical Weapons Defence Centre’ at Porton Down to ensure the UK retains its world leading capability in chemical analysis and read more »

15/03/2018 UK Steps Up Cyber Defence

UK Cyber Defence is getting a boost, following the opening of a new Defence Cyber School at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham. 

Part of a joint investment by the MOD and the National Cyber Security Programme, the School will address specialist skills and wider education in line with National Cyber Security read more »

07/03/2018 Royal Navy Opens New Survival Training Facility

Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton recently opened a new facility which will provide survival training in the event of a helicopter incident or accident over the water.

The facility in the first stage provides training to Yeovilton’s personnel who will be taught the procedures to follow whilst in an read more »

28/02/2018 UK Agrees Sale of HMS Ocean to Brazil

Sold to the Brazilian Navy for around £84M, the profit generated from the sale will be reinvested in defence at a time when the Royal Navy is being strengthened with two types of brand new frigates and two huge aircraft carriers.

Throughout HMS Ocean’s impressive 20 years since entering service read more »

20/02/2018 Royal Navy’s New Small Survey Vessel will be called HMS Magpie

A new Royal Navy small survey vessel that will replace the recently decommissioned HMSML Gleaner will be named HMS Magpie. 

The last HMS Magpie was commanded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in Malta in the early 1950s.

Motor Survey launch Magpie will be charting ports and estuaries around Britain, read more »

13/02/2018 HMS Queen Elizabeth Arrives in Gibraltar on First Overseas Visit

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth pulled into Gibraltar for her first ever overseas port visit.

The visit will be a logistical one for the 65,000-tonne future flagship which left her home in Portsmouth last week for helicopter trials.

These helicopter trials take place before the fixed wing F35 read more »

13/02/2018 Royal Navy Officially Receives First River-class OPV HMS Forth

HMS Forth, the first of five second-batch River-class offshore patrol vessels to be built for the Royal Navy, has been officially received by the MOD

Forth will be commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet at her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base later this year.

Forth will remain at the read more »

24/01/2018 UK and France Commit to New Defence Cooperation

The Prime Minister and French President have agreed a range of measures to strengthen defence cooperation between the UK and France at a summit at Sandhurst.

The Defence Secretary joined the Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary and other members of the Cabinet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the read more »

17/01/2018 DIO Sets Out Vision for Future Working with Industry

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO),on behalf of the MOD, has launched its commercial strategy setting out its vision for future ways of working with suppliers in the soft and hard facilities management, construction and property advisory sectors

DIO currently spends around £3b each year buying infrastructure services to enable the read more »

09/01/2018 Royal Navy Working with Australians on Massive Drug Bust

A Royal Navy crew has helped seize more than £100m worth of drugs that were being shipped across international waters – and also found time to save a family of turtles. 

Under the command of Combined Task Force (CTF)150, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Rosalie’s Royal Navy Sea King Mark read more »

03/01/2018 Sea Ceptor Missile Test Firing Complete at Sea

Firing trials from the first Royal Navy ship to test the new Sea Ceptor air defence system have been successfully completed. 

The second ship fitted with Sea Ceptor has also conducted a successful firing to verify the weapon system upgrade.

The new missile defence system will provide UK personnel with read more »

12/12/2017 Defence Secretary in Doha as Multi-Billion Pound Jet Contract with Qatar is Signed

A multi-billion pound contract to supply Qatar with 24 Typhoon aircraft has been signed, supporting thousands of British manufacturing jobs. 

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah, oversaw the signing of the deal for 24 Typhoons, building on the Statement of Intent signed read more »

06/12/2017 Business Contribution to Britain's Biggest Warships Recognised

The Defence Minister recognised the vital contribution that businesses have made to the construction of the Royal Navy’s largest ever ships. 

HMS Queen Elizabeth, the nation’s future flagship and the first of Britain’s two new 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers, will be formally commissioned into the Royal Navy by Her Majesty read more »

06/12/2017 The Queen to Commission Namesake Aircraft Carrier on Thursday 7th December 2017

Her Majesty the Queen will then visit the ship in Portsmouth for the formal commissioning ceremony.

Her Majesty will be joined by a host of dignitaries from the Royal Family, Government and the military, before saying a few words as Lady Sponsor. The commissioning warrant will then be read and read more »

28/11/2017 MOD Announces New £18m Long Range Radar Contract

A new £18m contract for work on the Royal Navy’s Long Range Radar (LRR) was announced by Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin.

The contract will ensure the continued availability of Long Range Radar (LRR) equipment on the UK’s six Type 45 destroyers, including maintenance and repairs.

The work will sustain 11 read more »

22/11/2017 New Royal Navy Tanker RFA Tidespring arrives in Portsmouth for Commissioning

The lead ship in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new tanker fleet, the RFA Tidespring, has arrived in Portsmouth to prepare for her 27th November dedication ceremony and joining the RFA Fleet.

The 39,000 tonne tanker will be brought into service with the RFA – the civilian-manned fleet of support vessels read more »

15/11/2017 Xbox Controllers, Hoverbikes and Robotic Trucks Trialled by British and American Armies

A world-first in the US has seen British soldiers controlling 4x4s with Xbox-style controllers and a UK driverless truck leading American trucks in an unmanned convoy. 

Continuing the MOD’s investment in cutting-edge technology, the UK has been working with the US military on autonomous resupply, providing a glimpse into the read more »

08/11/2017 Millions Invested in Pilot Training at State-of-the-Art Helicopter Centre

The MOD has announced an over £90m investment in a world-leading helicopter simulation centre to help train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter pilots of the future. 

The simulators put pilots through their paces, replicating extreme real-life scenarios, from flying in blizzards or under enemy fire to dealing read more »

01/11/2017 Royal Navy Decommissions First River-Class OPV HMS Severn

The Royal Navy has decommissioned River-class patrol vessel HMS Severn after fourteen years of service.

HMS Severn has now reached the end of her planned service life, and the majority of her 45 personnel will remain within the squadron.

Although Severn is the second of three vessels in her class, read more »

25/10/2017 F-35 Jet Cleared for Carrier Take-Off

The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the UK flagship. 

The UK’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured read more »

12/10/2017 Defence Secretary to Announce New £1bn Support Model for Royal Navy

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon is set to unveil a new model worth around £1 billion to support a growing Royal Navy fleet and sustain over a thousand British jobs. 

The Common Support Model (CSM) will provide a framework for comprehensive support across the Royal Navy’s fleet of warships for read more »

03/10/2017 Defence Secretary Names New Warship HMS Belfast in Northern Ireland

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon unveiled the name of one of the new Type 26 frigates as HMS Belfast during a trip to Northern Ireland today. 

The second to be named in the City Class of eight brand new, cutting-edge, anti-submarine warfare frigates, HMS Belfast will provide advanced protection for read more »

03/10/2017 RAF Valley’s Future Secure for Next 25 Years as Restoration Work is Completed

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon unveiled a newly restored runway at RAF Valley on a trip to Anglesey, Wales. 

The station is primarily used for advanced fast jet training for pilots and, whilst the previous infrastructure was strong enough for the Hawk aircraft, it has been restored to support pilots read more »

25/09/2017 HMS Ocean Arrives in Caribbean to Boost UK Disaster Relief Effort

The Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Ocean has arrived in the British Virgin Islands to support those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria. 

The ship arrived with around 650 personnel and 60 tonnes of aid including construction equipment and other essential materials such as hygiene kits and water purification tablets.

Ocean’s read more »

25/09/2017 Last Remaining D-Day Landing Craft Getting Overhaul in UK

UK’s last remaining D-Day landing craft will be receiving a much needed overhaul after receiving nearly £5million from The National Lottery and its Heritage Lottery Fund.

This overhaul will allow the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth to have an original landing craft tank (LCT) on display.

The D-Day Museum, an affiliate read more »

20/09/2017 Babcock Presents Design Contender for Royal Navy Type 31 Frigate

British shipbuilder Babcock has unveiled a new frigate design that will be offered as a design for the Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigate.

Arrowhead, as the design is named is a 120 meter general-purpose frigate Babcock believes it can build for the Royal Navy under the £250 million price limit read more »

13/09/2017 Hurricane Irma: UK Military Provides Relief to the Caribbean

Named Operation Ruman, on Friday nearly 300 UK military personnel equipped with aid supplies left the UK to provide immediate relief to people who have seen their homes destroyed.

Departing from RAF Brize Norton, a C17, Voyager and A400M aircraft carried over 200 Royal Marines, as well as Engineers and read more »

28/08/2017 Defence Secretary Salutes Scots Troops who keep us Safe at Home and Abroad

The Defence Secretary today met Scottish troops who are about to deploy to Iraq as the vanguard of the UK and allied fight against Daesh and international terrorism. 

Visiting Glencorse Barracks, Penicuik, Sir Michael Fallon met 2 SCOTS (2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland) where he praised the contribution read more »

25/08/2017 World Renowned RAF Red Arrows to Tour Middle East

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon will announce that the world famous Royal Air Force Red Arrows will tour the Middle East next month. 

On a visit to Kuwait, Sir Michael will announce that the Reds will perform in the country as part of a wider regional tour, with a programme read more »

23/08/2017 HMS Victory: Preserving the World’s Oldest Commissioned Warship

As part of what contractor BAE Systems described as the most extensive restoration project the 252-year-old HMS Victory underwent following her repair after the Battle of Trafalgar, the world’s oldest commissioned warship will receive a new structural support system for the ship.

Specialist engineers from BAE Systems are collaborating with read more »

16/08/2017 HMS Queen Elizabeth makes Debut in Portsmouth

Britain's future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed into her home port of Portsmouth for the first time on 16th August 2017

Greeted by thousands of people lining the Portsmouth seafront, the 65,000-tonne carrier was met with the warmest of welcomes as she arrived in her home port this morning.

Sailors read more »

14/08/2017 New £48m Contract for Workboat Fleet will Support UK Carriers and UK Jobs

With the Royal Navy growing and Britain’s flagship carrier now set to enter her new home, it has been announced a £48m contract for next-generation workboats which will support both British ships and British jobs. 

The fleet of up to 38 workboats will assist Royal Navy ships from UK bases read more »

10/08/2017 Babcock and BAE Win £170m Worth of Royal Navy Contracts

The MOD's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) office signed a seven-year contract with Babcock International Group to keep Royal Navy ships supplied with items essential for day-to-day maintenance and operations.

The contract is estimated to be worth around £107 million over the next seven years, during which time it is read more »

03/08/2017 UK Armed Forces Star in Global Show

Hundreds of sailors, soldiers, and airmen are set to star in the world renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Returning for a 68th season, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a thrilling display of music, dance, and military entertainment from around the world, rooted firmly in Scottish culture and history. It read more »

27/07/2017 Defence Secretary Visits the Nation’s Future Flagship

The Defence Secretary landed by Merlin helicopter on the deck of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is currently on sea trials off the coast of Scotland. He met with members of the crew and thanked them for their contribution to UK defence.

While addressing the Ship’s Company, read more »

20/07/2017 Defence Secretary Announces £120m Investment in UK Air Power

The deals will sustain 330 British jobs and help the RAF to continue to perform at its best by improving training for fast jet pilots and making sure the Hercules C-130J aircraft can continue to support the UK’s Armed Forces around the world.

The first contract, worth £110 million, is read more »

13/07/2017 Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose Returns to Sea after 2yr Refit

HMS Montrose, the latest Royal Navy frigate to complete her modernization in Devonport, set sail on July 7 for the first time in almost three years.

The Type 23 frigate began her refit in 2014 and the opportunity was seized to fit her with the newly developed Sea Ceptor missile read more »

05/07/2017 Multi-billion Pound Defence Deal Secures Thousands of UK Jobs

The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced the signing of a 

contract worth around £3.7 billion to start building the Royal Navy’s Type

26 Frigates

Manufacture of the first three of these new highly capable warships will 

secure approximately 1700 skilled shipbuilding jobs in Scotland and 1700 jobs 

throughout read more »

26/06/2017 Royal Navy Minehunter starts Sea Trials after 18-month Refit

Royal Navy’s Hunt-class mine counter measure vessel HMS Brocklesby has started her sea trials after spending 18 months in refit.

According to shipbuilder BAE Systems, the trials started four months earlier than usual.

Despite undergoing the largest work package for a Royal Navy mine countermeasure vessel (MCMV) to date, thanks read more »

23/06/2017 1,500 British Troops Exercising with NATO Allies in Europe

The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has visited some of the 1,500 British personnel currently exercising across five countries in Europe, joining NATO allies in a sign of solidarity against any potential threat.

Sir Michael met with the troops in Romania, including the UK’s 20th Armoured Brigade as part of read more »

14/06/2017 New Concept Hawk Demonstrator Aircraft takes to the Skies

A concept of a future variant of BAE Systems' highly successful Hawk aircraft has flown for the first time at the Company’s military aircraft facility in Warton, Lancashire. Equipped with a new type of pilot display, a redesigned wing and defensive aids, the Advanced Hawk will meet market requirements for read more »

02/06/2017 Royal Navy Frigate Confiscate £65m worth of Drugs in the Indian Ocean

Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth intercepted a fishing dhow carrying £65m worth of cannabis and heroin in the Indian Ocean.

The navy further said sailors aboard the Type 23 frigate destroyed 455kg of cannabis and 266kg of heroin after finding it hidden in the freezer of a fishing boat.

The read more »

23/05/2017 Royal Navy Minehunter HMS Grimsby Starts Refit

Royal Navy minehunter HMS Grimsby arrived in Rosyth Royal dockyard, berthing for a refit following six months of operations. 

In Rosyth, Grismby will receive a full refit that will encompass deep level maintenance, fit of new equipment upgrades (a new sonar fit that will make Grimsby the most advanced in read more »

11/05/2017 Scottish Shipyards Begin Building Royal Navy's Latest Patrol Ship

Work has officially begun in Scotland on HMS Spey, the fifth ship in a fleet of new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) being built for the Royal Navy. 

Like her four sister ships HMS Forth, HMS Medway, HMS Trent and HMS Tamar, which are all either under construction or preparing for read more »

03/05/2017 Royal Navy’s Fourth Nuclear Submarine Launched

HMS Audacious, the fourth of overall seven Astute-class nuclear-powered submarines the Royal Navy will operate, was launched on April 28, at BAE Systems’ Devonshire Dock Hall, in Scotland.

HMS Audacious will now test her propulsion and combat systems before joining the Royal Navy in 2018.

As her sister ships, HMS read more »

27/04/2017 Defence Secretary Announces £539m Investment in New Missiles Systems

Secretary of State, Sir Michael Fallon, has announced three new missile contracts worth a combined £539m for state-of-the-art Meteor, Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and Sea Viper missile systems at MBDA Stevenage. 

The deal ensures our Armed Forces have the best equipment available to protect the new Queen Elizabeth Class read more »

25/04/2017 GBA helps to Run Marchwood Military Port

This month sees Solent Gateway, a JV company involving Immingham-based vehicle logistics experts the GBA Group, start to run the Marchwood military port near Southampton.

The company has been awarded a major Ministry of Defence contract, which will see them managing the port operations at the Marchwood Military Port.

In read more »

19/04/2017 Autonomy on the Front Line: Supplying Armed Forces on the Battlefield

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin challenges industry and academia to design autonomous systems that can resupply our front-line troops. 

As part of the MOD’s Innovation Initiative, £3m has been invested through the Defence and Security Accelerator in the next stage of the Innovation Autonomy Challenge. Focusing on the challenging “last mile” read more »

13/04/2017 Royal Marines to be Restructured in Line with Growing Royal Navy

The First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones confirms that the Royal Marines will be restructured to better balance a growing Royal Navy. 

With billions being invested into a growing Royal Navy, the Royal Marines have decided to restructure to better balance skills across the force.

The move comes as read more »

12/04/2017 Defence Secretary Boosts Welsh Jobs on Visit to Aston Martin and GDUK

The Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, as announced a £330m contract to design the next-generation of battlefield communications on a visit to Wales and also formally handed over the St Athan ‘Super Hangar’ to Aston Martin.

Both the Morpheus battlefield communications contract with General Dynamics UK (GDUK), and Aston Martin’s read more »

06/04/2017 Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) Testing

Early trials have been conducted as part of the LDEW project. 

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) scientists are conducting trials that will enable Dstl to characterise the effectiveness of Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW), in support of the LDEW Capability Demonstrator. The programme will culminate in a technology demonstrator read more »

05/04/2017 Royal Fleet Auxiliary's New Tanker Arrives in UK

The first of the newest support ships for the Royal Navy, RFA Tidespring, has arrived in Cornwall for customisation, helping to sustain 300 UK jobs. 

The 39,000-tonne tanker, which can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,300 cubic metres of fresh water, will join the Royal Fleet read more »

27/03/2017 UK’s Carrier Strike Capability could be Delayed

Technical issues and manpower shortage could cause delays in the Royal Navy’s plans for the deployment of its carrier strike group, a UK spending watchdog has warned.

The MOD plans to have an initial carrier strike operating capability by December 2020, something the UK has been without since the Invincible-class read more »

21/03/2017 Defence Secretary Confirms 30,000 Defence Jobs in South West

During the visit to Devon, Sir Michael revealed figures showing the significant contribution Defence makes to the region, with the Ministry of Defence spending billions of pounds with industry and supporting one in 70 roles or 30,000 local jobs.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

“Creating an economy that works read more »

14/03/2017 Royal Navy's First New Offshore Patrol Vessel Formally Named

The 90-metre warship, which will be tasked with vital counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling and maritime defence duties, was named HMS Forth in honour of the famous Scottish river in a ceremony at the BAE Systems Scotstoun shipyard.

The ship will soon depart on sea trials before entering service with the Royal Navy read more »

28/02/2017 Defence Secretary Confirms £1.7bn Investment in Scottish Military Bases

The Defence Secretary has confirmed £1.7bn will be invested to upgrade Scottish military bases as the MOD’s Defence Board convened in Edinburgh for the first time. 

Sir Michael Fallon outlined how Scotland will be home to several additional key Defence capabilities by 2020 to the Board and recognised its unique read more »

23/02/2017 Royal Navy’s Bahrain Establishment will be Ready by November

The first Royal Navy establishment overseas in nearly half a century will be ready for sailors and marines to move into by November, the Royal Navy said.

Workers are on track to complete the future HMS Jufair in Bahrain that will provide accommodation, welfare and support facilities for up to read more »

21/02/2017 MOD Builds Links with SMEs in North East

The North East makes a key contribution to the UK’s defence. A&P Tyneside delivered blocks used in the innovative modular construction of the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers, which are being constructed in Rosyth; as well as manufacturing key parts for the Astute nuclear submarine programme in their read more »

10/02/2017 Ministry of Defence Confirms Aircraft Carrier will be Late

The lead ship of Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will miss the spring time frame set for its seagoing trials, the Minister of Defence Procurement has acknowledged.

Speaking before Parliament’s Defence Select Committee, Minister Harriet Baldwin said that she could not give an estimate on when exactly read more »

07/02/2017 HMS Albion welcomes Crew for First Time in Six Years

A mothballed Royal Navy ship has officially reawakened when she embarked her crew for the first time since 2011.

By doing so, amphibious command ship HMS Albion marked a major milestone in the ship’s multi-million pound capability upgrade in Plymouth.

Abion was mothballed in 2011, just eight years after she read more »

02/02/2017 UK Innovation: Laser Weapon Contract Awarded

MOD awards £30m contract to produce Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) Capability Demonstrator to UK Dragonfire consortium, led by MBDA.

Laser Weapon 

The project will assess innovative LDEW technologies and approaches, culminating in a demonstration of the system in 2019. The contract will assess how the system can pick up read more »

26/01/2017 UK Accepts RFA Tidespring after Ten-Month Delay

After a ten-month delay, the MOD accepted the first Tide-class tanker, RFA Tidespring, from the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.

Several technical issues, including wiring and electrical design, came together to delay the ship delivery.

The Tide-class tankers – RFA Tidespring, RFA Tiderace, RFA Tidesurge and RFA read more »

24/01/2017 First Phase of Hundreds of New Service Family Homes Complete at Tidworth

The first tranche of hundreds of new service family homes being built in Tidworth has been completed.

A total of 322 homes are being delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) working with contractor Hills, as part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP).

The £73m project at the Ashdown Estate read more »

19/01/2017 Crowsnest Helicopter Surveillance Deal to Protect Carriers Sustains 200 High-Skilled UK Jobs

The MOD announces £269m deal for Crowsnest system to protect new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

The deal with Lockheed Martin will see the start of manufacturing on the new Crowsnest system. It will act as the eyes and ears for the Royal Navy’s ships, providing long range air, maritime read more »

17/01/2017 £271m Wildcat Helicopter Support Deal Sustains 500 UK Jobs

The MOD has signed a £271m deal with Leonardo Helicopters to continue to support world-leading Wildcat helicopters, protecting hundreds of highly-skilled British jobs. 

The overwhelming majority (over eighty per cent) of the 500 jobs sustained will be at Leonardo’s facilities in Yeovil and Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, the home read more »

10/01/2017 £410m RAF Atlas Aircraft Support Contract Secures at least 400 UK Jobs

The Ministry of Defence has negotiated a £410m contract that will secure at least 400 highly-skilled British jobs and provide in-service support for the UK’s Atlas A400M aircraft, securing a key part of the RAF airlift fleet until 2026. 

The A400M is the latest addition to the RAF’s tactical airlifter read more »

05/01/2017 2017 is the Year of the Navy

2017 is set to be the year of the Royal Navy as it prepares to welcome new ships to the fleet, following one of their busiest years since the end of the Cold War.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has paid tribute to thousands of personnel involved in the wide read more »

03/01/2017 MOD Awards £46M to start Challenger 2 Tank Life Extension Project Competition

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded new contracts to BAE Systems and Rheinmetall Land Systeme GmbH to progress the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project.

The agreements, worth £23 million each, signal the start of the competitive Assessment Phase. We are building the most adaptive force to meet the threats read more »

20/12/2016 Crowdsourcing Innovative New Defence Technologies

Dstl announces an innovative competition to crowdsource solutions to improve satellite imaging.

In a UK first, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has announced that it is working with Kaggle to source innovative solutions to help intelligence analysts evaluate information more quickly, accurately and effectively. The competition, with a read more »

15/12/2016 Defence Secretary Praises Yorkshire's Dynamism

Emphasising Defence's vital economic relationship with Yorkshire, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon opened a state of the art facility in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield-based company David Brown Santasalo is over 150 years old and has long history of providing gearboxes to the Armed Forces; today it is working with BAE Systems on read more »

12/12/2016 Work Starts on New Royal Navy Ship

MOD signs £287m contract to build two more Offshore Patrol Vehicles in the UK.

The contract with BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships boosts the UK’s fleet of next generation River class OPVs from three to five ships. These five ships will begin to enter service in 2018, in support read more »

05/12/2016 £100m Investment in Britain's Future 'Protector' Programme

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon agrees £100m contract to develop cutting-edge Protector Remotely Piloted Air System especially for RAF.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will develop their current drone technology into new cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicles for use by the Royal Air Force.

Protector will be equipped with the very read more »

29/11/2016 Parker Review: Blueprint for a Strong Naval Shipbuilding Sector

Sir John Parker’s Independent Report into naval shipbuilding published on 29th November sets out far-reaching recommendations to transform the United Kingdom’s shipbuilding industry and boost the prosperity of shipyards and supply chains across the country.

Based on extensive consultation with government, industry, and trades unions, it will inform the government’s read more »

22/11/2016 Defence Secretary Announces UK-French Missile Cooperation

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced Franco-British Centres of Excellence for missile technology in Stevenage and Bolton.

Sir Michael made the announcement, which further deepens the UK-France defence relationship, at the Franco-British Council meeting in Paris.

The revolutionary Cross-Channel Centres of Excellence Strategy will allow Franco-British defence company MBDA read more »

21/11/2016 A400M Atlas Aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Facility Completed at RAF Brize Norton

The structure of a 3 bay hangar for in-depth maintenance of the RAF’s new transport aircraft, the A400M or Atlas, has been completed. 

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) contracted Balfour Beatty to complete the work at a cost of £42 million. RAF Brize Norton is the Royal Air Force’s largest read more »

17/11/2016 UK and Norway Agree New Cooperation on Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Sir Michael, who visited Norway’s top military headquarters, close to the Arctic Circle on Thursday, announced that the UK and Norway would work closer on Maritime Patrol Aircraft cooperation, including in reducing costs and increasing operational effectiveness.

The UK announced that it would procure nine Boeing P8 MPA in last read more »

15/11/2016 UK Chosen as a Global F-35 Repair Hub

The F-35 maintenance programme will generate millions of pounds and support thousands of jobs in North Wales. 

The Ministry of Defence is pleased to announce that the UK has been chosen by the F-35 Program Office to be a global repair hub providing maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for read more »

10/11/2016 £4b to Support Britain's Modern Forces and their Families

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has today announced that over £4 billion will be invested to create a better defence estate for the UK’s Armed Forces and their families.

The ‘Better Defence Estate’ strategy is a review of Ministry of Defence (MOD) land headed up by military leaders to deliver a read more »

27/10/2016 £2.4m Upgrade to Facilities at New Zealand Farm Camp

DIO has invested in the project at New Zealand Farm Camp on Salisbury Plain Training Area, to bring it in line with modern day and future training requirements. 

The investment in the original World War 2 camp has seen 12 buildings demolished and replaced with 11 multi-functional structures, known as read more »

25/10/2016 Defence Secretary Announces Major Cyber Investment

The UK will invest up to £265m to boost the defence of military cyber systems, the Defence Secretary has announced.

Michael Fallon said the investment, which supports the new Cyber Vulnerability Investigations (CVI) programme, will help the MOD better understand cyber risks.

Speaking at the second International Cyber Symposium Mr read more »

20/10/2016 Ceremony Marks Start of Attenborough Polar Ship Construction

Construction of the UK's new £200m polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, formally began on Monday 17th October at Cammell Laird on Merseyside.

A ceremony saw a crane lower a near-100-tonne segment of keel on to blocks on the firm's slipway. The ship is intended to be at read more »

17/10/2016 Royal Navy Tests Unmanned Fleet of the Future

World’s first large scale demonstration of marine robotic systems hosted by the UK. 

The Royal Navy is leading ‘Unmanned Warrior 16’, an innovative demonstration of autonomous systems which could transform the way in which the Armed Forces of the future help keep Britain safe.

Held off the coast of west read more »

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21/01/2013 Defence Solutions Ltd – Appointed to Framework Agreement to Provide Technical Support to Yorkshire & Humber based Companies

Defence Solutions Ltd is pleased to announce that it has been appointed as a solution provider by Sheffield University to a Framework Agreement offering technical support (through the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre - National Metal Technology Centre) to companies based in the Yorkshire and Humber Region.  Details of the project read more »

02/04/2012 The Centre for Defence Enterprise

The role of CDE, part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, is set to grow as outlined in the recent Government White Paper - National Security Through Technology.

This includes its novel 'marketplace' scheme to provide dedicated support to mentor and promote the best projects from SMEs to help read more »


As part of its growing commitment to “Empowering Small to Medium Enterprises” Defence Solutions Ltd, in conjunction with its sister company Support4SME Ltd, has launched its Supplier Development Service.   The service is aimed at enhancing the capability of companies in tackling a number of the areas as follows:

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28/10/2009 Defence Solutions Ltd is upgraded to ISO 9001 - 2008

After an ISO 9001 Continuing Assessment visit, from one of the BSI assessment team, Defence Solutions received an excellent report and because we had encompassed the new 2008 regulations into our Quality Management System we have been upgraded to ISO 9001 - 2008.

Certainly, it is excellent news not just read more »