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Crunch time for Rafale production rate?

In its proposed defence planning law for the six-year period spanning 2014 to 2019, the French defence ministry has proposed slashing its number of received Dassault Rafales to just 26 aircraft. With the company currently delivering in the region of eleven Rafales to the nation’s air force and navy per year (that’s “one per month” in […]

Fantasia Review: The Machine

PLOT: In a future where the U.K is on the brink of an all-out war with China, a brilliant doctor- Vincent (Toby Stephens) works for the Ministry of Defence, developing artificial limbs, and computer implants to repair wounded soldiers. Show More Summary

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 28 Jul 2013

UK TROOPS IN SECRET AFGHAN MISSION British soldiers have returned to Afghanistan for a week-long operation to clear Taliban insurgents, reports the Sunday Times. The threat to troops was so great that the Ministry of Defence asked the newspaper to delay the reporting until the operation was finished. Show More Summary

Friday flare: Royal Navy Merlin lights the sky

It’s Friday, so here’s a lovely photo showing a Merlin HM1 helicopter of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm blatting off a load of flares in stunning fashion. The shot is one from a selection distributed by the Ministry of Defence from the RN’s annual Peregrine Trophy competition. The winner of the amateur maritime image [...]

5th-Generation Fighter Plan Hits Hurdle As Russia Hikes Cost

India’s biggest defence project in the making, the critical joint development of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) with Russia, has flown into some rough weather. Defence ministry sources said the inking of the final design and R&D contract for the [...]

Friday flare: Royal Navy Merlin lights the sky

It's Friday, so here's a lovely photo showing a Merlin HM1 helicopter of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm blatting off a load of flares in stunning fashion. The shot is one from a selection distributed by the Ministry of Defence from the RN's annual Peregrine Trophy competition. Show More Summary

Irkut, Russian Air Force Agree on Su-30SM Tests

On June 28, 2013 in the State flight test center named after V. Chkalov (Aktyubinsk city, Astrakhan region) the Russian Ministry of Defence and Irkut Corporation signed the preliminary conclusion concerning special joint flight tests of the multirole two-seat Su-30SM fighter. “Su-30SM will improve combat capabilities of the Russian Air Force”, said Deputy Chief of [...]

UK Dropping Fitness Requirements For Cyberwarfare Specialists

last yearOdd : Geekosystem

Like most major players on the world stage, the United Kingdom is stepping up recruiting efforts to bring more skilled computer specialists into its ranks. To that end, the Ministry of Defence has seemingly bowed to reality and decided...Show More Summary

New UK government program aims to tighten cyber security among defense firms

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is taking steps to address the growth in cyber attacks after it entered into a new partnership with nine contractors aimed at tightening Internet... Keep reading ?

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 4 Jul 2013

CAIRO: MORSI HELD AT DEFENCE MINISTRY President Mohammed Morsi, ousted from power yesterday by the Egyptian army for "failing to meet the demands of the Egyptian people", is being detained at the Defence Ministry, latest reports say....Show More Summary

Russia evacuated its military personnel from its base in Syria

Russia currently has no Defence Ministry personnel in Syria, the Vedomosti newspaper reported on Wednesday, indicating Moscow has withdrawn staff from its naval facility in the Mediterranean port of Tartous and may have stopped using it. If accurate, the report could indicate Russia was concerned about the danger to its workers posed by the rebellion [...]

British Mod Releases Final Batch of UFO Files

The Ministry of Defence closed out its UFO hotline in 2009, even though that year sighting reports had tripled. Its reason for closing? "None had indicated the existence of "any... Read Full Post

Why the British gave up looking for UFOs

Do you still believe? If so, don't bother telling the British government. The U.K. Ministry of Defence has released newly declassified files on why it closed its UFO desk in 2009, despite the fact that it was a banner year for UFO sightings. Show More Summary

UK Ministry of Defence's UFO department was disbanded three years ago, had 'no defense purpose'

National Archive documents recently released show that the UK government's very own UFO department, which had reported on sightings for over 50 years, was shut down three years ago. The department apparently never revealed any "potential...Show More Summary

London UFO Sightings

last yearEngland / London : Londonist

The latest records from the Ministry of Defence’s UFO desk have been released – and these will be the final ones, as the documents take us up to the desk’s closure in November 2009. We’ve taken a look at the incidents recorded for London. Reported...Show More Summary

UK/US Trials Review F-35 Interoperability In A Simulated Maritime Scenario

Working with Lockheed Martin and the UK Ministry of Defence, we have linked simulation facilities across five UK sites to create a common synthetic environment to evaluate F-35 interoperability with other UK military platforms. Linking Air and Maritime A recent trial saw Royal Navy, RAF and US Navy pilots operating the F-35 fighter jet during [...]

“Snatch Rover” case – inviting judges into the theatre of war?

Smith and Others (Appellants) v The Ministry of Defence (Respondent) and other appeals – read judgment and our previous post for summary of the facts So, the Supreme Court has refused to allow these claims to be struck out on the principle of combat immunity. It has also asserted that jurisdiction for the purpose of an Article […]

Bring on the drones – the Supreme Court has changed the way we fight wars

On the face of it, the Supreme Court’s decision to allow three suits to be brought against the Ministry of Defence is surprising, almost shocking. My colleague Alex Massie has… Continue reading The post Bring on the drones – the Supreme Court has changed the way we fight wars appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Supreme Court gives the go ahead for negligence claims for British servicemen deaths in Iraq

Smith and Others (Appellants) v The Ministry of Defence (Respondent); Ellis and another (FC) (Respondents) v Ministry of Defence (Appellant); Allbutt and others (FC) (Respondents) v The Ministry of Defence (Appellant) [2013] UKSC 41Show More Summary

Suicide bomber strikes Yemen town

Defence ministry says several people killed after suicide attacker targets market in Saada in north of country.

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