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...

Babcock designs weapons handling system for South Korean submarines

British defence and engineering firm says it has completed design definition for a weapons handling system for a new class of South Korean Navy submarines according to its latest press release. Babcock Defense Systems Technology Managing Director Jeff Lewis said: "We are delighted to have completed the design of the handling system, marking an important stage in the weapon handling and...

Royal Navy to assist in search for flight MH370

It was reported today that the Royal Navy is sending HMS Echo. The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the UK is sending HMS Echo - a survey ship - to the southern search corridor. HMS Echo has multi-beam sonar and capability to listen for black box. "The exact role HMS Echo will play will depend on the status and...

Ukraine accuses Russian forces of ‘armed invasion’

Soldier with assault rifle in front of airport

Now that there is a Russian flag planted atop the regional Parliament in Crimea, an even more garve threat to the integrity of Ukraine has reportedly emerged. Ukraine has now accused Russia of staging an "armed invasion" of Crimea today as Ukraines ousted leader prepared to emerge from a period of hiding after gaining protection from Moscow.   Unidentified armed men...

Russian Roulette: Russian forces mobilise, head for Ukraine

The recent news in Ukraine is made even more worrying due to the unconfirmed but widespread reports of the presence of a large volume of armoured vehicles in and around Novorossiysk on the Black Sea, being loaded onto vessels bound for Sevastopol. According to  the International Business Times, Russian naval vessels have arrived on Ukraine's Crimean coast in what some...

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