Drone jammers to guard top events

Sophisticated drone-jamming technology is to be deployed at major public and sporting events in the UK following a successful trial at last month’s Remembrance Sunday parade. In the first example of such technology being used to police a public event in the UK, a radar device was installed on the roof of New Scotland Yard, … Read more Drone jammers to guard top events

Ministry of Defence warns Enemies will outgun UK within 20 years

Britain’s military may be unable to cope with the weaponry of foreign powers and even terrorist groups within 20 years, a report by the Ministry of Defence (has warned. The study, written by the MoD’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, an internal think tank based at Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, admits that “our key [weapons] systems may … Read more Ministry of Defence warns Enemies will outgun UK within 20 years

Royal Navy ignored warning of Iranian attack

Navy top brass failed to act on warnings of Iranian aggression, leaving British sailors vulnerable to a surprise attack that resulted in 15 of them being taken hostage in Tehran, according to a secret report. The incident in March 2007 was described at the time as a “national embarrassment” after sailors from HMS Cornwall were paraded … Read more Royal Navy ignored warning of Iranian attack

Royals fly free of cuts to get new jets

The RAF is planning to spend millions of pounds on a new fleet of executive jets dedicated to flying the royal family, government ministers and military top brass on trips overseas. Overlooked in last week’s defence review is a controversial plan to replace four BAe 146 jets that make up the so-called “royal flight”, which is … Read more Royals fly free of cuts to get new jets

Ministry of Defence sinks £2bn sub-hunter jet deal

Britain’s Ministry of Defence is understood to have dropped a £2bn plan to buy a fleet of US-made submarine-hunting jets for the Royal Air Force. The proposed purchase of up to nine P-8 Poseidon aircraft was expected to be the centrepiece of the government’s forthcoming defence review, but sources say the project has been shelved … Read more Ministry of Defence sinks £2bn sub-hunter jet deal

Chinese ‘spy’ tried to get into Queen’s coach

British and Chinese security engaged in a tense stand-off during the state visit of President Xi Jinping after a Beijing-based “spy” tried to get too close to the Queen. The Chinese official was intercepted by members of the diplomatic protection squad when he posed as an official interpreter, according to documents circulating in Whitehall. British officials … Read more Chinese ‘spy’ tried to get into Queen’s coach

British sniper rifles used against Assad rebels

High-powered British sniper rifles made by a Portsmouth-based company, Accuracy International, are being used by marksmen loyal to the Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to attack opposition rebels. Footage of the regime’s marksmen using the weapons, which each cost £4,500 and have a range of just under a mile, appeared last week on Russian television as … Read more British sniper rifles used against Assad rebels

Americans in frame to build new Trident submarines?

Defence officials are considering the appointment of an American contractor to run the construction of Britain’s four new nuclear missile submarines. The Ministry of Defence confirmed last week that it was looking to shake up the procurement process for the planned £20bn project, which is highly contentious politically. • Read my article on The Sunday … Read more Americans in frame to build new Trident submarines?

RAF squadrons will double to face Isis and Russian threat

The number of fast-jet squadrons is expected to double, amid fears that years of deep cuts have left the RAF too small to tackle the twin threats of Isis and Russian aggression. Senior defence sources say the RAF’s senior commanders have made increasing the number of fighter and bomber squadrons from six to 12 a cornerstone … Read more RAF squadrons will double to face Isis and Russian threat

Battle of Britain scramble will be largest since 1945

A mass formation of nearly 50 Spitfires and Hurricanes — about 70% of the iconic fighters still flying worldwide — will take to the skies over southern England next month to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Hundreds of thousands of people will see and hear the Second World War aircraft on September … Read more Battle of Britain scramble will be largest since 1945