Revealed: the huge gaps in UK defences

  Britain has been left with gaping holes in its defences, with warships so noisy that Russian submarines can hear them 100 miles away, drones costing £1bn that have not entered frontline service 12 years after being ordered and light tanks that are too big to fit into transport aircraft. A Sunday Times investigation has … Read more Revealed: the huge gaps in UK defences

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

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?

Dispute threatens to capsize £4bn Clyde warship deal

  A multi-billion pound deal to build a new generation of Royal Navy combat ships on the Clyde has hit stormy waters. Shipbuilders at Scotstoun and Govan yards are poised to begin work on 13 Type 26 frigates but the £4bn deal is mired in delays because of a dispute over costs between the Ministry of … Read more Dispute threatens to capsize £4bn Clyde warship deal