Defence


  • £1.3bn contract for fleet of warships to ‘bring shipbuilding home’

    September 12, 2019

    Aerospace and defence company Babcock has been chosen as the preferred bidder for a new fleet of Royal Navy frigates. The government has committed to buying at least five of the warships, as well as hoping to sell them to other governments, with the first ship expected to begin sea trials in 2023. The £1.3bn Type 31 ...

  • WannaCry-style cyber attack could trigger full NATO response, says Secretary General

    August 28, 2019

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said a cyber attack on a single member state could constitute an attack on all 29 members. The announcement effectively incorporates cyber security into Article 5 of the NATO founding treaty, a “collective defence commitment” which compels all members to come to the defence of one or more countries threatened ...

  • Radioactive isotopes found following Russia rocket explosion

    August 26, 2019

    Radioactive isotopes have been discovered by Russia’s state weather agency following the explosion of a rocket engine. Five nuclear scientists were killed and three others injured in an accident earlier this month during a missile test at a military site in northern Russia, according to the country’s state nuclear agency Rosatom. Rosatom initially refused to say whether there ...

  • UK And Iraq Agree To Future Defence Relationship

    August 22, 2019

    The UK has committed to continuing its military support to Iraq, with a new agreement focusing on education. The deal confirms British troops will work alongside Iraqi Security Forces to develop their intelligence structures and provide wider training and development. The UK has already trained more than 103,000 Iraqi forces in infantry and weapons maintenance, counter IED, ...