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Tempest – A look at what Britain’s next generation combat jet could be

At the Farnborough International Air Show a next generation fighter concept model called 'Tempest' was revealed.

Irish Prime Minister warns British flights could be banned from Irish airspace, despite the...

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has warned that British flights could be banned from Irish airspace with a hard border as a result of Brexit, despite Ireland relying on the Royal Air Force for high-end air policing.

Three Royal Air Force Chinooks arrive in Mali

3 Chinook helicopters have arrived in West Africa to support the French counter-terrorism operation in Mali.  They’ll operate alongside 90 British troops already in the region, and will provide logistical and troop movement support. “The UK and France have a unique security and defence relationship that has lasted for more than a century and this deployment demonstrates our shared commitment to tackling terrorism, instability and reducing threats to European security” Mark Lancaster, Armed Forces Minister The UK has consistently supported UN and EU military operations in Mali in recent years. The intention is to prevent extremists of any nature from operating in the anarchic Sahel region, and in particular to prevent them planning attacks on Europe. The area is also a haven for the illegal trade in people, drugs, weapons and wildlife, and the operation aims to counter this. The move was first agreed back in January when Prime Minister Theresa May met with French President Emmanuel Macron. Whitehall sources said the UK had offered the Chinook to make up for shortfalls in French helicopter numbers. Indeed, several RAF C-17 helped transport French armoured vehicles to Mali in 2013 when the French first began their military campaign against Islamist rebels.

New Aircraft Carrier Prince of Wales takes on fuel for first time

Aircraft Carrier Prince of Wales has taken a major step forward following the delivery of fuel.

UK reaffirms support for East African stability

Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster recently visited Uganda, and pledged that the UK will continue to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). 

UK to build tails for Predator-B-Series aircraft

General Atomics and GKN Aerospace have declared their intent to collaborate on composite tails for the Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft.

International News

German Air Force ‘In dire straits’ says Chief of Staff

Germany’s air force is in dire straits and funds are urgently needed to modernise its weaponry and systems, the air force chief of staff said according to local reports.

France brings back national service

The objective of the service is to "promote engagement of young people in the nation’s life, to value citizenship and reinforce social cohesion".

Joint Expeditionary Force Memorandum of Understanding signed

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson today signed the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding alongside counterparts from the eight partner nations, say the MoD.

Australia to purchase Triton unmanned maritime patrol aircraft

The Australian Department of Defence­ has officially announced its plan to purchase Triton aircraft.

19 NATO Allies and partners wrap up exercise Saber Strike 2018

Saber Strike 2018, a major US-led multinational exercise, wrapped up in Poland, with a live-fire demonstration involving Polish F-16s and MI-24 attack helicopters.

New NATO project to help with real-time detection of explosives in public transport

A new NATO project, EXTRAS, led by research institutions in Italy and Serbia, will make it possible to detect explosives and prevent terrorist attacks on public transport.

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