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Women in the British Army could soon be taking up combat roles

LONDON — Women in the British Army could be allowed to fight on the front line for the first time, the Ministry of Defence announced Friday A review into the Army's current restrictions says the change could come by 2016. See also: Church...Show More Summary

Netherlands to Place First Order of 8 F-35s

The Netherlands’ defence ministry has announced plans to order a first batch of eight operational Lockheed Martin F-35s, with the type to be delivered from 2019.In an update published on 15 December, the defence ministry says it still plans to obtain a total of 37 F-35s, including five which will be employed as training assets. Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin Reportedly Orders Baltic Military Drills To Test Russia’s ‘Battle-Readiness’

Russian president Vladimir Putin has reportedly ordered sudden military drills for Russian armed forces serving in the Baltic region, in order to test his countries readiness for a world war. A spokesman for the ministry of defence in...Show More Summary

At the Heart of COP20: Loss and Damage

Bianca Jagger at COP20, at the Ministry of Defence, Lima Peru I am writing from Lima, Peru, where the 20th Conference of Parties (COP) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was supposed to be coming to a close... Show More Summary

Russia Delivers New Batch of Mi-171Sh Helicopters to Peru

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has delivered the first batch of four Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters, made by Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, to the Ministry of Defence of Peru. The Mi-171Sh are being delivered to Peru a month ahead […]

Norway Launches New Submarine Project

A project led by the Ministry of Defence has since 2007 studied Norway’s future submarine capability. Several options have been looked at in the process. The Government has now decided that the project will enter a definition phase and evaluate […]

Very little impact from mobile services in the 2.3 GHz band

Ofcom has today published a further analysis of potential coexistence issues between new mobile broadband services in the 2.3 GHz band and Wi-Fi and other services in the neighbouring 2.4 GHz band. The Ministry of Defence is releasing the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands to Ofcom for award in late 2015 or early 2016, through […]

Nigeria Buying Sino-Pakistani JF-17 Fighters?

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is close to finalising an order for the purchase of one or two squadrons of the JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft co-produced by Pakistan and China, a senior Pakistani Ministry of Defence official told IHS Jane's...Show More Summary

Japan Purchases Global Hawk, V-22 & E-2D

Japan has announced the selection of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk for its high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requirement and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey for its tilt-rotor requirement.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) also...Show More Summary

AIR5428 Platform Selected for UK Military Flying Training System?

BAE Systems Air5428 pilot training platform, Beechcraft’s T-6C military trainer, will be used to train the next generation of United Kingdom military pilots. On behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence, the Ascent consortium recently selected the Beechcraft T-6C as […]

Afghan War inquiry: generals owe us an explanation

Alt Text: Columnist Crispin Black There is no point in having armed forces that keep on getting beaten – however gallantly they performed Column Crispin Black Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 9:10am The Ministry of Defence looks set to announce an inquiry into the Afghan War once the final British troops leave the country next month. Show More Summary

UK to auction off more radio spectrum to boost 4G capacity and raise at least $79 million

2 months agoTechnology / Mobile : jkOnTheRun

The spectrum, in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands, is mostly in the hands of the Ministry of Defence right now, but will be up for grabs in late 2015 or early 2016.

French to start arms deliveries to Lebanon ‘early next year’

France will begin shipping arms to the Lebanese army in the first quarter of next year, a defence ministry source in Paris said Wednesday, as part of a $3-billion deal financed by Saudi Arabia. The shipment will consist of combat and transport helicopters, armoured vehicles, anti-tank missiles and heavy artillery, the source added. The deliveries […]

UK MoD Set to Order Its First Batch of F-35 Lightning II Combat Aircraft

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon today announced that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has reached agreement in principle on an order for the first production batch of four Lightning II stealth combat aircraft – which will operate from both the Royal […]

Saab and Brazil Sign Contract for Gripen NG

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Brazilian Federal Government (Ministry of Defense through the Aeronautics Command, COMAER) covering the development and production of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force. The total […]

Government not required to disclose full details of defence

CF v The Ministry of Defence and others [2014] EWHC 3171 (QB) – read judgment Angus McCullough QC of 1 Crown Office Row acted as Special Advocate in this case. He has nothing to do with the writing of this post. The High Court has ruled that in a case against the state which did not […]

Ebola Fight: Royal Navy Medical Ship Deployed to West Africa

2 months agoVehicles / Watercraft : gCaptain

The UK Ministry of Defence is ramping up its efforts in the fight against Ebola with the deployment of troops, equipment and a medical ship to West Africa as the World Health Organization warns that the outbreak could infect 10,000 new people per week. The post Ebola Fight: Royal Navy Medical Ship Deployed to West Africa appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

HMS Ocean receives all-in-one computer system

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

HMS Ocean is already the largest vessel in the British Royal Navy, so to help lighten ship, BAE Systems and Ministry of Defence is deploying a new system on the helicopter carrier that hosts software across multiple systems from a single...Show More Summary

British Army Training Kurdish Fighters In Desperate Attempt to Halt ISIS

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the British Army has deployed a “small specialist team” to help train the Kurdish Peshmerga trying to hold back ISIS. The team is the latest initiative in the desperate effort to stop Kobane on the Syrian/Turkish border from being taken by the terrorists. Show More Summary

Indonesia Reaffirms Participation in South Korea's KFX Stealth Fighter Program

Jakarta has reaffirmed its commitment to partnering with Seoul on the KFX indigenous fighter programme.In a statement, Indonesia’s defence ministry says that six prototypes will be developed, of which one will be given to Indonesia for flight tests. Show More Summary

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