2,000 British soldiers to withdraw from Afghanistan

The UK is to pull out 2,000 British troops from Afghanistan. In 2012 David Cameron made a pledge to totally pull all combat forces out from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. This followed the United States pledging first to pull half of their combat forces leaving only a force to train the Afghan National Army...

6 killed after Mastiff fails to protect occupants

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has reported that three British troops were killed and six other individuals seriously harmed after a large roadside bomb (IED) detonated and caused major damage to their Mastiff armored vehicle. The 23 tonne vehicle, which has been in operation in Afghanistan since 2006, is...

Taiwan to deploy Patriot missiles to its south

Taiwan is to deploy 3 U.S. made Patriot anti-missile batteries in the southern part of Taiwan, adding to the 1 located in the northern part of Taiwan, Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Yang said on Thursday. On Monday, Mr. Yang said, “Peace and stability in Taiwan could only be realized through self...

South Korea and US military drills end (“Foal Eagle”)

  The US and South Korea have wrapped up joint military drills that took place amid high tensions with North Korea. The two month operation called “Foal Eagle”, held annually, angered North Korea. It made threats after the U.S. flew nuclear capable B-52 bombers over South Korea and then...

China says it will never use nuclear weapons on “nuke-free zones”

China’s Pang Sen, the director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Arms Control Department has made a statement declaring that China would not use its nuclear weapons on ‘nuclear free zones’. It comes after a visit to the United Nations HQ in Geneva with the topic being about...

China to buy aircraft and submarines from Russia

    China has inked a deal with Russia to buy 24 Sukhoi Su-35 and 2 Amur-1650 Class submarines. The announcement was made by President Xi Jinping before an anticipated visit to Russia. Two of the submarines will be built in Russia, while an extra two submarines is to be built in China by...

The trident debate (UK)

There is currently a debate going on in the UK with politicians and free thinkers alike. Whether or not the UK should keep a nuclear deterrent or at current pay for an upgrade when the life of the UK’s current nuclear weapons cease; which is estimated at 2020 when the weapons become non-safe to...

US moves two warships towards Libya

The US has moved two warships, the USS Laboon and the USS McFaul to the coast of Libya. Both warships are equipped with deadly accurate Tomahawk missiles, however it is moreover thought that the destroyers will only be used in the event that an evacuation is required or if the insertion of a special...

NATO kills 25 Pakistani troops

A raid gone wrong… An engagement with NATO forces occurred on the 26 Nov 2011, it left 25 Pakistani troops dead on their own soil, the incident supposedly looks like a mistaken identity situation however has erupted fury within Pakistan. It again violates Pakistan’s territory/sovereignty and...

British Army upgrading Warrior IFV

The government has announced an upgrade for the ageing Warrior IFV worth approximately £1bn. First put into service in the late 1980’s the Warrior IFV has proven itself in Kosovo, Iraq and is currently still in active military war conditions in Afghanistan. New Turrets In 2006 BAE Systems trialed new...

Infra-red defeated

It is technology vs technology. BAE Systems has developed technology or surface material called “Adaptiv” a patented technology “based on sheets of hexagonal ‘pixels'”. What the technology does is allow armoured vehicles such as tanks, APCs or any sort of vehicle be either...

Pres. Obama: US decreasing military in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama has announced to reduce a chunk of the US military presence in Afghanistan. By this year Obama stated in his announcement that 10,000 US troops would return to the US from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. There will also be a gradual decrease throughout the next year to bring the...

Britain and France use attack helicopters over Libya says NATO

NATO¹ has confirmed that British Apaches and French Tiger close air support attack helicopters have been used with success according to the pilots over Libya. This comes at a time where NATO has announced that it will extend its operations in Libya for an extra 90 days under Resolution 1973, enacted to the...

Britain sends military advisors to Libya

In an attempt to reorganize the rebels in Libya, Britain is sending in military advisors to give advice to the rebel organization. The British Foreign Office, issued in a statement: “This deployment is fully within the terms of UNSCR 1973 both in respect of civilian protection and its provision...

LIBYA: NATO urged to do more

NATO has been urged to to go further combat-wise in its military operation in Libya. William Hague, the Foreign Secretary said in an EU meeting in Luxemburg: ”We must maintain and intensify our efforts in Nato. That is why the UK has in the last week supplied additional aircraft for striking ground targets...

The United Nations (UN) and Libya, Western forces on the attack

The UN just recently passed Resolution 1973 on Libya essentially a resolution which allows UN members to protect the civilians of Libya at-all costs. 10 nations of the UN accepted the resolution while 5 nations abstained which included China (PRC), Russia, Brazil, India and Germany. – While the 10...

The Chinese response on military build up

Defense secretary Robert Gates recently visited Beijing shortly after the release of the highly speculated leaked pictures of the J-20 aircaft. It is again speculated that the photos were released in conjunction with Mr. Gates visit however the reason is not known why. However it has further been reported...

Pentagon considers the cancellation of the EFV

The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), an armoured amphibious assault vehicle is under the prying eyes of the Pentagon today as it is considered for cancellation as Defense secretary Robert Gates has planned a cut in defense spending to meet a Pentagon operations spending reduction of $100 billion ($US)....

France confirms the sale of warships to Russia

French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has confirmed the sale of 2 French warships of the Mistral Class amphibious assault ship. A ship of this class weighs at around 21,300 tonnes full load at a cost of $400 million (USD). This is subject to change as any modifications to the ship are likely to cost more....

South Korean military exercises and the bewildering threat of a “sacred war”…

In light of on-going tensions between the two Korean countries of the North and South on the Korean peninsula, the South have demonstrated military exercises in protest to the firing of artillery shells on the small island of Yeonpyang Island, though have only stated that these are regular military drills....

U.S. Airforce unmanned space vehicle returns (X-37B)

The highly secret U.S. Air Force unmanned space aircraft made a historic return to Earth. Unknown is the mission the vehicle has flown and this remains today in-secret. The vehicle is known as Oribtal Test Vehicle 1 (OTV) and made its historic landing after a long 7 months of space exploration, at 1:15 a.m....

Yeonpyeong island fired on by North Korean artillery

[23rd of November 2010] North Korea has fired artillery shells into the Yeonpyeong island which is recognised by the UN as a South Korean territory. Though the North does not recognise this even though agreed by them in the 1953 armistice. In a firing exchange which involved usage of both nations artillery...

HEADLINES: ‘Combined Joint Expeditionary Force’ Announced (British and French forces)

The announcement of a new united military force between the UK and French has seen a force of up to 6,500 servicemen involved in a multi-national defence deal between both countries. French special forces, French Marines are to be involved in this deal as well as its UK counterparts such as the Royal...

The future of the UK’s armed forces

The future of UK military power is under question and especially so with the new coalition government ramping up pressure on the MoD by cutting its budget. The UK has the fourth largest annual budget in the World and is heavily involved in Afghanistan as well as having bases in several other countries. The...

Ocelot (LPPV) vehicle to replace Snatch Land Rover

Recently the UK’s ministry of defense announced the dates for the replacement of the Snatch Land Rover where they revealed the Ocelot on the 22nd of September. The Snatch Land Rover is one of the largest vehicles in terms of numbers in the UK forces arsenal. However they were  hugely criticized over...

$60 billion dollar US – Saudi Armaments deal

There has been negotiations going back three years between the United States and Saudi Arabia involving an expected arms deal involving aircraft and weaponry. Initially this changes the balance of power greatly in the middle East, however reports suggest this arms deal is due to increasing military power...

UK Aircraft Carriers at risk

In the UK two aircraft carriers are being manufactured by British industry in various places around Britain, mainly being assembled in Scotland. Since the Tories have been in power both the carriers (HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales) are under threat due to heavy cuts being made by the current...

WIKILEAKS: US agrees to tell Russia about the UK’s nuclear secrets

The “special relationship” coined in reference to a speech which Winston Churchill gave in 1946. In an apparent new founding close friendship between the UK and the US. But is there a special relationship anymore between the United Kingdom and the United States? — In reference to US giving...
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