Can China become the world’s largest defence supplier?

Poet Allan Ginsberg once said that 'War is a business', and in 2015, we can say without any shadow of a doubt that business is booming. Although a lull was seen after the end of the Cold War due to western budget cuts (SIPRI, 2015), for the last couple of years we have observed a significant increase in defence...

Argentine military capability almost all gone

After a significant period of decline, the Argentine armed forces will cease to become a capable military force.

Malaysia buys Starstreak Missile from UK

Malaysia has signed a deal for the procurement of the Thales Starstreak missiles. Starstreak is a British short range anti-air missile manufactured by Thales, in Belfast. Starstreak has been in service with the British Army since 1997. In 2012 Thales rebranded the system under the ForceShield banner. In 2012, the UK Ministry of Defence announced that it would be placing a...

British Army to join exercise in Ukraine

The announcement comes as the Prime Minister met with the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, for bilateral talks in Downing Street. The exercise, Rapid Trident 2015, brings British soldiers together with troops from several other partner nations in the west of Ukraine. Starting on the 20th of July, the exercise is designed to promote regional stability and security, strengthen Ukraine’s...

Britain delivers equipment to Ukrainian forces

A Royal Air Force C-130J has delivered equipment in support of Ukrainian troops. The equipment includes: 1,000 individual First Aid Kits 54 helmet-mounted monocular night vision goggles (MNVGs) 2,000 Mk6 helmets The equipment is part of the package of support pledged to the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon in March of this year. The specific equipment delivered is designed to...

An Essential Nuclear Alliance: NATO Nuclear Sharing

An Essential Nuclear Alliance: NATO Nuclear Sharing’s Fundamental role in British Security. On the surface, NATO’s Nuclear Sharing arrangements play a negligible role in the nuclear security of the independently nuclear armed United Kingdom. At first glimpse the programme is designed to offer extended deterrence to non-nuclear armed Alliance members, with the UK seemingly able to ensure its own nuclear...

The Dragoon Ride

10 days, 6 countries, covering 1,100 miles, 120 U.S. Army Strykers will convoy through Europe in a demonstration of solidarity with NATO allies and a show of strength to Russia. When Russia invaded Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, it sent NATO into Cold War mode. The U.S. pledged $1 billion and an entire armored battalion to protect the Baltics, along with...

Saudi Arabia purchases Meteor missiles

Saudi Arabia has signed the first export contract of the Meteor air to air missile with manufacturer MBDA, for an estimated £650M, according to French newspaper La Tribune. Meteor missiles will be fitted on the Saudi Typhoon fleet. The Meteor was initially developed by the UK, though Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Sweden joined the project shortly at a later stage. The...

Joint Warrior 2014 kicks off

Joint Warrior, being held for the second time this year, will take place between the 5th and 16th of October and is a programme of exercises conducted by land , sea, submarine and air forces across the UK. The majority of the exercise is focused in the airspace, offshore and coastal waters to the north east, north and north west of...

Britain approves air strikes against ISIS

British MPs have voted in favour of military action in Iraq against the Islamic State by 524 to 43. The United Kingdom will now engage in combat operations against IS. Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour MP's all backed air strikes although some expressed concerns about where it would lead and the prospect of future engagement in Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron...

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