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Defence Command Paper cuts: IFVs, tanks and army personnel numbers
The UK MOD's Defence Command Paper confirms previously rumoured cuts to troop numbers, infantry fighting vehicles and main battle tanks would be cut.
SMEs set to benefit from UK Defence and Security Industrial Strategy
Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are set to benefit from the UK’s new Defence and Security Industrial Strategy which promises to refresh the MOD commitment to cooperate with industry.
Royal Navy to lose two Type 23s under future fleet plans
The UK Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper have set out that the Royal Navy will retire two of its Type 23 Frigates early as it sets the stage for a future fleet of new ships and autonomous systems.
Strategically, Russia has to understand that Ukraine belongs to the world of democracies, to the Western world, and the West will not allow Russia to shatter Ukrainian democracy and sovereignty.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at a press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
This planned increase in US personnel underscores our commitment to Germany and the entire NATO alliance.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announcing 500 more US troops would be based in Germany.
IAI & @ThalesUK have joined forces to offer SEA SERPENT the most advanced ship-launched anti-surface missile in the free world to equip the @RoyalNavy Type 23 frigates with an anti-ship and anti-surface missile that can strike targets at ranges significantly in excess of 200km. pic.twitter.com/PcTnsaVNAS— Israel Aerospace Industries (@ILAerospaceIAI) April 13, 2021
Impressive SWARM DRONE display:— Tobias Ellwood MP (@Tobias_Ellwood) April 12, 2021
Lighting up the Russian sky to mark 60 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space.
It’s also a glimpse of the future battlefield and the changing character of conflict. We must relearn how to defend our skies. @SkyNews pic.twitter.com/xdbqan34km
South Korea has officially unveiled a prototype of its new, indigenously-built, KF-X fighter that will eventually replace the country’s F-4D/E Phantom II and F-5E/F Tiger II aircraft. Credit: Credit Republic of Korea Cheong Wa Dae
The US Air Force has revealed and named its newest fighter, the F-15EX Eagle II. The aircraft will be the first Air Force aircraft to be tested and fielded from beginning to end, through combined developmental and operational tests. Credit: US Air Force
The Honourable Artillery Company’s Light Guns fire a Death Gun Salute at the Tower of London to mark the death of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Across the United Kingdom, in Gibraltar and on HM Ships at sea, saluting batteries fired 41 rounds at one round every minute for 40 minutes. Credit: MOD
A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft departs for a sortie over the Middle East on Operation Shader, armed with Storm Shadow Cruise missiles. Credit: MOD
HMS Queen Elizabeth visits Scotland as part of preparations for her first operational deployment. Credit: MOD
The British Army has sent almost 2,000 troops to Liverpool to help with the mass testing of residents for Covid-19. Image: Crown Copyright / MOD