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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 »

02/08/2017 UK Invests £135m in New F-35B Hangar

The MOD announced it has awarded a £135m contract for the construction of a new hangar for its F-35B aircraft.

The hangar will be located at RAF Marham and will house 12 of the new fast jet aircraft which will deploy from there to the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

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 »

06/10/2016 Building to Start on New Nuclear Submarines as Government Announces £1.3b Investment

Construction work will start on the UK’s new nuclear submarines, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced, as he unveiled nearly £1.3b of new investment with BAE Systems.

The Successor project will now move into the next stage, known as ‘Delivery Phase 1’, with manufacturing work beginning on structural steel work read more »

26/09/2016 MOD Sell Off Land for Thousands of New Homes to be Built

More than 1,200 hectares of surplus public sector land is being released across sites which stretch right across the UK. The sites are expected to provide land for up to 17,000 new homes, contributing to the government’s target of building 160,000 new homes by 2020 and all of the money read more »

22/09/2016 Rolls-Royce awarded 'preferred bidder' status for Hinkley Point C contract

Rolls-Royce has been awarded ‘preferred bidder’ status for a contract to supply an integrated nuclear emergency diesel system for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, comprising an MTU diesel generator made by Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Rolls-Royce patented instrumentation and control technology (I&C).

The preferred bidder status has read more »

15/09/2016 ASV Global Delivers Key Surface Vessel for MOD Maritime Programme

Small and medium enterprise ASV Global are working with defence to deliver innovation for the Maritime Mine Countermeasure and Hydrographic Capability Programme. 

 ASV Global is a small business based in Portchester, Hampshire with 60 employees specialising in the design and build of unmanned and autonomous marine systems.

ASV Global is read more »

12/09/2016 UK Warship Heads to Mediterranean to Help Tackle Arms Trafficking

The Royal Navy warship HMS Diamond will sail to the southern Mediterranean to join an operation aimed at countering arms trafficking.

The Type 45 destroyer has left Portsmouth to replace the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay during a planned maintenance period.

Meanwhile her sister ship HMS Daring will read more »

08/09/2016 Royal Navy Ship Supports Removal of Potential Chemical Weapon Materials from Libya

The UK provided RFA Mounts Bay to support the Danish-led maritime operation, escorting a Danish transport ship through the Mediterranean as it carried the chemicals, the Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary have announced.

Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile was destroyed under international supervision in 2014. However, a quantity of chemicals which read more »

01/09/2016 MOD Signs £184m Contract to Secure Air-to-Air Missiles for the F-35B

The MOD has awarded a contract worth around £184 million to ensure the UK’s new supersonic stealth combat aircraft will continue to be equipped with the latest air-to-air missile.

Designed and manufactured in the UK, ASRAAM is an advanced heat-seeking weapon which will give Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal read more »

25/08/2016 Former HMS Illustrious Set to Sail on her Final Voyage

The MOD has announced that, following an open competition, the former aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious is to be recycled.

In 32 years of exemplary service, between 1982 and 2014, HMS Illustrious covered over 900,000 nautical miles. Operations ranged from stabilization efforts in the immediate aftermath of the first Gulf War read more »

22/08/2016 MOD buys Third Record-Breaking UAV

The MOD has announced it has ordered a third, record-breaking, Zephyr-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), as part of a £13-million contract with Airbus Defence and Space (ADS).

Zephyr-S is the latest version of a highly sophisticated series of ultra-lightweight UAVs, capable of flying up to 70,000ft - twice the altitude read more »

18/08/2016 Innovation Initiative to Bring Future-Tech and Ideas to the Armed Forces

Defence Secretary launches new innovation push backed by £800m Fund. 

Surveillance drones inspired by dragonflies, laser weapons, mobile robots that can inspect incidents involving chemical materials, sensors that use gravity to survey underground structures in minutes, and virtual reality helmets to practice calling in simulated air strikes.

These are the read more »

11/08/2016 Employers get Gold for their Support for the Armed Forces

Twenty-two employers have struck Gold in this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)

The scheme is designed to recognise and thank employers who are supporting Armed Forces personnel and their families.

Examples of the support being provided by this year’s winners include offering employment opportunities to veterans, helping Reservist employees to read more »

10/08/2016 £9.7m Construction Contract Awarded for Baker Barracks, Thorney Island

The contract for the final phase of development at Baker Barracks has been signed by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Kier Group.

The contract, which will cover the building of a new training centre, armoury and office extensions at the West Sussex site, will see the latest construction work read more »

04/08/2016 £183m Gun Deal Sustains 43 Skilled UK Jobs

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a £183 million contract for a weapons system which will sit on board the Royal Navy’s new next generation Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

The Maritime Indirect Fire System (MIFS) will be integrated onto the Type 26 Global Combat Ships, currently being designed read more »

01/08/2016 30th Merlin Delivered to UK MoD

The Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopter from industry.

Lockheed Martin UK joined representatives from the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence for a ceremony to mark the handover of the final airframe at Leonardo’s facility in Yeovil.

For the last ten read more »

28/07/2016 Deals From the Farnborough International Airshow to Boost UK Aerospace by $124bn

Figures released today by aerospace trade organisation ADS Group show the industry saw a record June, with 139 aircraft coming off the production line. The order backlog is three per cent higher than the same period in 2015 worth up to £195bn to the UK, demonstrating that while productivity continues read more »

27/07/2016 Red Arrows to Promote Prosperity with Major Asia Tour

The Red Arrows will support Britain’s prosperity by performing in up to 20 locations from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that the RAF’s display team will perform their world-famous aerobatics with displays and flypasts for the first time ever in China, and are read more »

21/07/2016 UK and US Look to Robotics Help for ‘Last Mile’

The UK and the US are speeding up the impact that robotic and autonomous systems can have on resupplying their armies by committing to a joint programme.

The final stage of transportation of supplies to troops in challenging environments, often dubbed ‘the last mile’, can be particularly lengthy and dangerous read more »

18/07/2016 Ministry of Defence Celebrates Innovation in British Defence Companies

The Defence Secretary congratulated award-winning businesses at the Farnborough International Air Show this week.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon met a number of British based small and medium sized companies which won awards in the MOD-funded Defence Growth Partnership Innovation Challenge, run in partnership between the Defence Solutions Centre and the read more »

13/07/2016 Boeing Signs £3bn Deal for Nine Marine Patrol Planes

The UK government will buy nine new marine patrol planes from Boeing in a decade-long deal worth £3bn.

The Ministry of Defence's deal for the submarine-hunting P-8A Poseidon aircraft also covers training, maintenance and support. 

Boeing will build a new £100m facility for the planes at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray. 

read more »

11/07/2016 HMS Mersey to Extend Royal Navy Presence in Aegean

The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has authorised the deployment of HMS Mersey to the Aegean in support of NATO activity to counter migration.

This is a significant extension of the UK contribution reflecting our continuing commitment to tackle illegal people trafficking and migration in the Aegean Sea. The announcement comes read more »

07/07/2016 F-35B Lightning II Visits New Homes for the First Time

Recently the UK future Royal Navy and Royal Air Force combat air fleets, the F-35B Lightning II, flew over their prospective ‘homes’; HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Prince of Wales in Rosyth and RAF Marham in Norfolk.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“The F-35Bs are the most advanced fast jets in read more »

06/07/2016 Typhoon with P3E Weapons will Display at Farnborough International Air Tattoo

A BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft featuring the latest weapons fit will display at the 2016 Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and Farnborough International Air Show.

A UK Typhoon aircraft will take to the skies at the RIAT show on July 8, 9 and 10 followed by this year’s Farnborough read more »

21/06/2016 BAE goes 'Virtual'

BAE Systems is using Virtual Reality (VR) to speed up design, improve the user experience and enable tank commanders to enhance decision making on the battlefield.

During Eurosatory, visitors to BAE Systems’ stand were able to try this approach by exploring the Terrier Combat Engineer vehicle with a VR headset read more »

20/06/2016 DIO Showcases Infrastructure Progress at RNAS Yeovilton

The site is to become the new home for both the Royal Navy’s and the army’s Wildcat helicopter forces.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Project team is working with partner Carillion on the Wildcat Infrastructure (Winfra) programme to provide the new training and office facilities, squadron buildings and living accommodation read more »

16/06/2016 Elephant Fence to be Built around Kenyan UK Training Area

Construction of the Laikipia Elephant Fence around the area used by the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) has began at the official launch, in which His Excellency Joshua Irungu, Governor of Laikipia, and BATUK personnel knocked in the first fence post.

The fence, which will stretch for 100 miles, read more »

08/06/2016 Skanska and Defence Infrastructure Organisation Celebrate New College Building Topping Out

Skanska and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) celebrated the Scandinavian tradition of topping out at Worthy Down’s new college building for the MOD in Hampshire.

The new building, which has reached its highest point in construction terms, will be home to the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration. It read more »

23/05/2016 New Helicopter Deal Boosts UK's Investment in Military Flying Training to £2.8b

A new contract worth around £1.1 billion has been awarded to UK industry to supply rotary wing training to the Armed Forces.

It brings the value of MOD contracts with Ascent Flight Training to £2.8 billion. Their work delivering the four core elements of future military flying training will sustain read more »

19/05/2016 £411 million Investment in New Missile for UK's New Jets Sustains 700 UK Jobs

The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £411 million contract to develop a new missile for the UK’s future F-35B supersonic stealth aircraft.

The contract secures around 350 highly skilled missile engineering jobs across MBDA’s sites in Stevenage, Bristol and Lostock, with an equivalent number of jobs in the wider read more »

18/05/2016 Rolls-Royce Signs MTU Diesel Genset Supply Contract for UK Royal Navy's Type 26 Global Combat Ship

Rolls-Royce is to supply twelve MTU diesel gensets to prime contractor BAE Systems for the first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships due to go into service with the Royal Navy.

The deal means that the core components of the frigate’s combined propulsion system will come from Rolls-Royce: four MTU read more »

09/05/2016 Veterans get Access to Headley Court

The Defence Secretary has announced that a group of amputee veterans are the first non-serving personnel to attend the centre as Headley Court is now open to veterans as well as serving personnel.

Veterans with amputation-related medical issues, as a result of recent operations, can now attend a clinic at read more »

05/05/2016 Versatile Vikings' £37m Upgrade Completed

The Ministry of Defence announced in September 2012 that 99 Viking vehicles, used extensively by the Royal Marines, would be regenerated under a new £37m contract with BAE Systems.

The revamp of the Viking Fleet has seen the vehicles fitted with new mine blast protected Hulls designed to offer additional 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:

• Submission of read more »

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 »