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2023

Will The F-16s Be Game Changers for Ukraine?

  Huge sighs of relief all round – well, except from Putin obviously – as Biden’s administration has finally and at long last given clearance for Denmark and Netherlands to
2023

UK MOD awards £89m contract to boost battlefield communications 

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded BAE Systems an £89 million contract to enhance front-line connectivity for military personnel, linking small reconnaissance drones, combat vehicles, fighter jets, aircraft carriers
2023

Failing in the air, hemmed in at sea, pinned down on land, Putin’s war is now doomed

  Putin’s delusional special military operation was supposed to bring Ukraine to heel in three days – 535 days later, with Russian deaths running into the high tens of thousands,
2023

Where have Britain’s Challenger tanks gone?

Only a few months ago the UK promised to supply 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, a move which helped persuade other western nations to supply their own tanks to
2023

Wagner Group Turns Attention To Niger

  Things are hotting up in Central Africa. No, I’m not referring to the temperature, although it seems to be getting warmer there year on year. I’m talking about the
2023

Don’t be fooled – Niger is Putin’s African war on the West

  Niger coup is not just another African conflict – it is a major ally of the West and it would surprise no-one to learn Putin and the Wagner Group
2023

Italian Navy commissions three offshore patrol vessels

Italian Navy commissions three offshore patrol vessels to Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (OSN), a joint venture between Fincantieri and Leonardo for €925 million. OSN has signed a contract with the Italian
Ukrainians were forced to write and learn the National Anthem of Russia and pro-Russian slogans during their detention in the detention center, 1 [Credit - Mobile Justice Team
2023

Claims of ‘torture chambers’ in the liberated city of Kherson

  International human rights law firm, Global Rights Compliance, has released further findings of its Mobile Justice Team’s investigation into ‘torture chambers’ in the liberated city of Kherson. The specialist
2023

Underwater vehicles to be integrated with Fincantieri surface and underwater vessels

  Fincantieri and C.A.B.I. Cattaneo, an Italian military underwater vehicle manufacturer for Naval Special Forces, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the assessment of commercial and industrial cooperation
2023

Babcock launches Skills Academy to provide training for more than 12,000 over next 8 years.

  Skills Academy will provide training for more than 12,000 Babcock employees over the next eight years. Combination of cutting-edge digital resources and hands on training Initially launching in Devonport,
2023

Italian and French navies modernise their anti-air capabilities

A €1.5 billion contract was awarded to Naviris – joint venture formed by Fincantieri and Naval Group – and eurosam by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR). The contract will cover the Mid-Life
2023

Afghanistan’s opposition group rejects call to `re-engage’ with the Taliban

The National Resistance Council for the Salvation of Afghanistan [NRCSA]  opposes the Taliban regime criticises as `unrealistic and misguided a recent assessment of life under the Taliban given by Tobias
2023

Military Coup In Niger sparks Western fears of shift to Russia.

  Niger’s democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum has been overthrown. Niger is a part of the sub-Saharan African region known as the Sahel, a belt of land that stretches from
2023

Where Have The Challengers Gone?

Only a few months ago the UK promised to supply 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, a move which helped persuade other western nations to supply their own tanks to aid the fight
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2023

Wagner fighters marching on Warsaw? They wouldn’t dare.

  Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has met with Vladimir Putin for the first time since he brokered the truce to end the recent mutiny by Wagner fighters which temporarily threatened
2023

West is knowingly throwing Ukrainians into Russian meatgrinder, says Stuart Crawford

  The Ukrainian counter-offensive has been going on for a couple of months without any signs of significant progress, let alone a breakthrough. Putin had been crowing that the UkrAF
2023

Missile interceptors are today’s crucial weapon of war – UK of course is unprotected

  The Russo-Ukraine war has been a wake up call for the west in general and NATO members in particular. The re-emergence of Russia as an aggressor nation in eastern
2023

Army in crisis: We have enough tanks to last about a week in conflict

  If the dreadful Ukraine war has taught us anything it is that big numbers matter, so why are we Hell bent on reducing Britain’s military to Dad’s Army levels.
2023

You can’t do defence on a shoestring

  When I joined the 4th Royal Tank Regiment (Scotland’s Own) as a brand new, wet-behind-the-ears subaltern in Munster, West Germany, in early 1980, I became part of the mighty
2023

China has spread like a cancer to every sector of British life

  The UK parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has just published its report on China. It has its origins in a previous inquiry by the Committee into whether the
2023

Second Vanguard Class submarine refit awarded

  Babcock and the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) have signed an initial contract for the multi-year refit of the second of the UK’s Vanguard Class nuclear submarines, HMS Victorious. The
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2023

Cluster Bombs To Ukraine – right or wrong?

  There has been a bit of a hoo-hah since the US administration announced its intention to supply cluster bombs to Ukraine as part of its most recent £625 million
2023

Babcock ramps up UK military support to Ukraine  

Babcock, the international defence company, has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to support urgent operational requirements for Ukraine’s military land assets as part of the
2023

PQShield selected to participate in AWS European Defence Accelerator

  PQShield, a provider of quantum-safe cryptographic solutions, has been selected by AWS to participate in its AWS European Defence Accelerator, to advance the development and deployment of quantum-resistant encryption
2023

Attack Dog Bites Master

 There were extraordinary developments in Russia this week when Yevgeny Prigozhin, the boss of “Putin’s private army” the Wagner Group, turned on the Russian military hierarchy. The Wagner Group has
2023

What Happens Now In Ukraine?

Just when we all thought that the writing was on the wall for Putin, Prigozhin and his horde of veterans and ex-convicts got cold feet. Having got halfway up the motorway
2023

Sweden And NATO

  British foreign minister James Cleverly has said that the UK will continue to push for a quick conclusion to Sweden’s proposed accession to NATO. Sweden applied to join NATO
2023

What should the next Aircraft be Supplied To Ukraine?

With the US imminent donation of US-built F-16 Fighting Falcon strike aircraft to Ukraine, common sense eventually prevailed. Various western nations are preparing to send them as soon as they
2023

Ukraine Counter-Offensive is Making Slow Progress

The Ukrainian counter-offensive has now been underway for at least a couple of weeks. Fighting has increased significantly along the 1,000 kilometre front line. The UkrAF are mainly involved in probing
2023

Are we just waiting for a Nuclear Catastrophe from Zaporizhzhia Power Station?

  The destruction of the Nova Kokhova dam by the Russians has had many consequences. One of them is the potential for the cooling systems at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear
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