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05/08/2019 Final Tide-Class Tanker joins Royal Navy Fleet

Almost a year after arriving in the UK for military customization and armament, Tide-class tanker RFA Tideforce entered service.
Tideforce is the final of four ships in the class acquired to support Royal Navy, NATO and ally ship operations by providing fuel and fresh water.
After receiving military read more »

11/07/2019 MOD to Develop Cutting-Edge Laser and Radio Frequency Weapons

The state-of-the-art weapons systems, known as Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition.

The systems could be fuelled by a vehicle’s engine or a generator, significantly reducing their operating costs and providing unprecedented flexibility on the frontline.

In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published read more »

28/06/2019 History Made as UK F-35s Complete First Operational Missions

The UK’s newest and most advanced fighter jet, the Lightning F-35B, has successfully completed its first operational missions.

F-35s have flown alongside Typhoon aircraft on operational flights over the skies of Syria and Iraq, as part of the ongoing fight against Daesh.

It follows a successful training period in Cyprus, read more »

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 »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

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 »


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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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