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The first RAF F-35B Lightning II to land in the UK. Crown copyright

Once again, UK doesn't rule out buying F-35A fighter jets

The United Kingdom is edging ever closer to buying F-35As, instead of the B model needed to fly from the Navy’s new aircraft carriers, as a senior officer once again refused to rule out a future F-35A purchase. Lieutenant General Mark Poffley, deputy chief of the defence staff for military capability, told MPs “I don’t think …
The UK's sole F-35B in flight. Crown copyright

Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

Rising costs might force the UK to reduce its order of F-35 fighter jets, the House of Commons has been told. Lieutenant General Mark Poffley, chief of British military capability, told the Commons Defence Committee that he was "sympathetic" to the idea of reducing Britain's planned order of 138 F-35B jets. The short takeoff …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Nov 2017
HMS Queen Elizabeth approaching Portsmouth for the first time. Crown copyright

New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

Her Majesty the Queen will commission the new British aircraft carrier named after her into Royal Navy service in three weeks – on the anniversary of an infamous naval battle where numerous warships were sunk. On Thursday, December 7, the Queen will formally welcome the 75,000-tonne warship into her fleet. During the last few …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Nov 2017
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Coming live to a warzone near you: Army Truck Driver for Xbox!

As recently retired senior officers told UK Parliament that the armed forces are at risk of "institutional failure", the Ministry of Defence told the world's press that soldiers are playing with Xbox controllers. General Sir Richard Barrons, Admiral Sir George Zambellas and Air Marshal Sir Barry North all gave evidence to the …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Nov 2017
An RAF Chinook Mk.3 over RAF Odiham, Hampshire, in 2013. Crown copyright

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

British military helicopters are at risk of crashing while wheels are literally falling off Army Land Rovers thanks to poor maintenance and funding cuts, according to a damning report by the Defence Safety Authority. The UK watchdog's six-monthly report, published earlier this week, is a blistering look at Ministry of Defence …
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MoD: Sci-tech strategy? Er, here's a bunch of words and diagrams

The UK Ministry of Defence has unveiled latest its science and technology strategy by writing a jargon-ridden report full of incomprehensible diagrams – but it contains good news for startups. In the Science and Technology Strategy 2017, which is supposed to underpin the £80m/year Defence Innovation Fund, the ministry’s chief …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Oct 2017

MoD: We've got a handle on contract costs. Audit Office: About that...

Ministry of Defence plans to cut costs on “non-competitive procurement” look nice but won’t work unless the cash-strapped ministry keeps a close eye on its contracts, the public sector spending watchdog said today. The UK National Audit Office’s latest report into the MoD’s financial situation, snappily titled “Improving value …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Oct 2017
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MoD brainbox repo opens up IP treasure chest for world+dog

British military boffins are letting world+dog use bright ideas they devised for, among other things, compact antennas, military bouncy castles and a dog-training programme. The Defence and Science Technology Laboratory holds the Ministry of Defence's IP portfolio. The agency announced earlier this week that it is extending …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Sep 2017
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Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

Fresh from showing off its gotta-zap-'em-all Dragonfire laser cannon, the Ministry of Defence is now buying a £20m anti-drone system. The "urgent" requirement from the MoD was issued last week, and could be linked to the mischievous Scot who landed his hobby drone aboard aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in August. "The …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Sep 2017
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Drones aren't evil and won't trigger the Rise of the Machines: MoD

The Ministry of Defence has issued a new strategy document for its drones, stating humans will be kept in the decision-making loop – yet critics are unhappy with the questions the doc sidesteps. Joint Doctrine Publication 0-30.2, published at the start of this week, sets out how the British armed forces will use their unmanned …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Sep 2017
A Royal Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone. Crown copyright

Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

The UK's Information Tribunal has rejected an appeal by campaigners trying to find out how many British Reaper drones are being used for warlike missions in the Middle East. The Tribunal ruled that Blighty's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was right to reject anti-drone campaign group Drone Wars UK’s Freedom of …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Aug 2017
The UK's sole F-35B in flight. Crown copyright

Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

Slower purchases of the F-35 fighter jet have piled $27bn on top of the cost of buying the ridiculously expensive aircraft, according to reports. The Defense News website reports that the “estimated total acquisition cost of the F-35 program” increased by seven per cent in one year, from $379bn to $406.5bn. This figure covers …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Jul 2017
Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth under construction in Rosyth. Crown copyright

'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

The Ministry of Defence has insisted it has made “no decision” to install the US Navy’s JPALS aircraft carrier landing system aboard HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers. US defence contractor Raytheon this week said it was in talks with the MoD over fitting its JPALS …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jun 2017

Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

American defence firm Raytheon has said it is in talks with the Ministry of Defence to put the US Navy’s “satnav for F-35s” system onto new British carrier HMS Prince of Wales. The USN’s Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) is already being integrated onto the service’s F-35Cs and the US Marine Corps’ F-35Bs – …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Jun 2017
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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

The Ministry of Defence is looking for drone startups to throw their hats into the ring for a Just-Eat-for-bullets ‘bot competition. The two-stage competition being run by the MoD focuses on “last-mile supply” systems. As the camo-wearing Sir Humphries put it: “Last-mile resupply involves delivery of combat materials from a …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Apr 2017
An RAF Chinook Mk.3 over RAF Odiham, Hampshire, in 2013. Crown copyright

UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

The Ministry of Defence has started replacing the flight control software on its all-but-useless Chinook Mk.3 special forces helicopters, a mere 16 years after bungled attempts to bake its own software without involving manufacturer Boeing. Branded "the most incompetent procurement of all time", the Chinook Mk.3 saga began in …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Mar 2017
A US V-22 Osprey tiltrotor lands aboard HMS Illustrious in 2013. Crown copyright

UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

Britain is not buying V-22 Osprey aircraft to fly from its new aircraft carriers, the government has confirmed. “The V-22 Osprey is not part of the resourced plan to deliver the UK Carrier Strike capability,” said junior defence minister Earl Howe. “However, the Ministry of Defence will continue to explore a variety of options …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Mar 2017
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First the Rise of the Machines, now this: UK military's Exercise Information Warrior

Comment Fresh from signing contracts to put artificial intelligence into its warships, the Royal Navy is now running an exercise to demonstrate robotic warfighting tech at work – Ex Information Warrior. Held in Scotland to coincide with the first of this year’s two Joint Warrior exercises – which see most NATO nations contributing …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Mar 2017

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