Theresa May threatens US with trade war over Bombardier row

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Theresa May has threatened a trade war with the US after it slapped punitive tariffs on British-built aircraft, casting doubt on a key plank of her Brexit strategy.

The US Department of Commerce decided Bombardier aircraft, built in Northern Ireland, should be subject to 219 per cent import duty after the American aviation giant Boeing complained that Bombardier had been given unfair state aid.

The Government responded by warning that Boeing’s behaviour “could jeopardise” future Ministry of Defence contracts for its aircraft such as Apache helicopters. Continue reading

REVEALED: Russia spy planes in Britain’s skies… and UK Government is ASSISTING the jets

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S spy planes are flying over the skies of Britain – and the UK Government have welcomed the Russian jets with open arms.

And the relationship between the two super powers appears to be so cosy, that the UK air force personnel will be aboard the spy planes.

Russian airmen have been given the green light to carry out reconnaissance missions in British airspace as part of a treaty that was drawn up in the aftermath of the Cold War.

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More Russian spies in Britain than during the COLD WAR, top intelligence official warns

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John Bayliss, a former official who spent 40 years at Government-run GCHQ, said foreign agents are trying to get hold of secret talks between arms companies, Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence.

This is done through sending codes to phones where foreign agents can access calls and texts.

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RAF jets scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers ‘heading for UK airspace’

RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers said to be in a “UK area of interest”.

The fighter jets were launched from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire this afternoon and the incident is currently ongoing, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. Continue reading

Russian jet misses US military plane by just 20 FEET in mid-air clash that risked new WAR

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A RUSSIAN jet came just feet from crashing into a US military plane – avoiding what could have been a devastating mid-air collision.

The Russian Su-27 fighter jet targeted the US reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea in April – narrowly missing it by 20ft.

A research group has reportedly recorded dozens of similar encounters between Russian fighter jets and Western planes since the Russian annexation of the Crimea in March 2014.

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New US fighter jet on course to becoming ‘one of history’s biggest white elephants’

A quick search under the F-35 tag will reveal to you a longer troubled history than what one article alone will.

 

A plane so technologically advanced that it would give Britain and the US air superiority in any future conflict and billed as the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jet, could be one of “the biggest white elephants in history”, according to a former defence minister.

And while costs of the F-35 spiral and delays run into years, another commentator has warned that “our skies and seas are vulnerable”.

The aircraft, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, was designed to replace the Harrier jump-jet, which went out of service in 2011. The UK once envisaged ordering 150 F-35s, to be ready by 2012. Three years on, the F-35 is still far from ready to fly in combat and the cost of a single jet has risen from £33m to £87m. The UK has ordered only eight to date. Continue reading

Ministry of Defence orders £228m of super missiles to protect the Falklands as Argentina strengthens its air force

  • MoD could be set to order £228million super missiles to protect Falklands
  • They would replace ageing Rapier missile batteries stationed on the island
  • New missiles would be able to travel at 1,000 metres per second
  • Comes after reports Argentina is looking to strengthen its air force
  • MoD say they remain vigilant and committed to the Falkland Islands

The Ministry of Defence are to order £228million of super missiles to protect the Falklands as Argentina seeks to bolster its air force, it has been reported.

The British territory in the South Atlantic is currently protected by ageing Rapier missile batteries.

Last month, it was reported that Argentina was looking to strengthen its air force by leasing attack jets from Russia. Continue reading

The maternity military: How nearly 100 female soldiers have been sent home from the Afghan frontline after getting pregnant

  • Between January 2006 and December 2013 99 servicewomen sent home

  • Military rules ban mothers-to-be from serving in a war zone

  • 16 women were removed from Afghanistan in 2013 due to pregnancy

  • In September 2012 Lynette Pearce gave birth at Camp Bastion

According to figures released by the Ministry Of Defence, 16 women were removed from Afghanistan in 2013 due to pregnancy, while 18 were sent home in 2011.

The women were flown back on flights usually reserved for injured troops, meaning the true figure could be higher if other female soldiers came home via routine flights, according to The SunContinue reading

Russian military get coveted foothold in Cyprus

THE RUSSIAN MILITARY will now be given full use of a Cypriot airbase and the main port at Limassol.

According to the Ministry of Defence in Nicosia the use of the Andreas Papandreou airbase will be only used for ‘emergency scenarios’ and humanitarian missions, but the move highlights growing co-operation between Russia and Cyprus.

As it stands, a Russian presence in the region is only made possible by the survival of the Assad government, with Moscow still hanging on to their personnel from the naval base in Tartus. Continue reading

Warship for sale: Britain seeks buyer for old aircraft carrier

Britain’s cash-strapped military on Tuesday launched a search for buyers for its sole remaining aircraft carrier, saying it would entertain bids from companies, charities and trusts.

The ageing, battle-worn HMS Illustrious – 210 metres long and 22,000 tonnes – is one of the Royal Navy’s best-known symbols. It has ferried equipment during the Gulf War and supported evacuations of British nationals from Sierra Leone over the past 32 years. Continue reading

British nuclear submarine ‘surfaces off Gibraltar’ as row with Spain heats up

  • Witnesses said they saw the submarine surface on Saturday
  • Believe sub is HMS Tireless but officials refuse to confirm sighting
  • Comes days after Royal Navy warship HMS Westminster arrived

Witnesses said they saw the vessel surface on Saturday as tensions between Spain and Britain continue to rise over fishing rights around the Mediterranean enclave. Continue reading

Royal Navy pulls out of Nato commitments

DEFENCE ministers have admitted the UK has been forced to pull out of key Nato naval defence groups in a sign of just how stretched the Royal Navy has become.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has acknowledged it has not provided a frigate or destroyer for Nato’s maritime group defending the North and East Atlantic since 2009. Continue reading