Britain To Get New Maritime Patrol Aircraft in £2billion Boost

The Sun has reported today that a “senior defence source” has told them that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) is to get a £2billion windfall to rebuild Britains maritime patrol capabilities, in particular, anti-submarine warfare. The deal which is likely to include aircraft such as the Boeing P8 Poseidon is designed to replace the capabilities lost when britain scrapped teh Nimrod MR2 patrol aircraft in 2011. Britain had intended to replace the ageing Nimrod MR2 aircraft with a newer Nimrod MR4 but this was scrapped in the Strategic Defence Review at a cost of around £789million. There has been an increase of incidents involving foreign submarines, in particular, russian submarines […]

Russia Renews Production of TU-160 Blackjack Nuclear Bomber

Russia’s Defense Ministry has confirmed that it is to renew production of the its long range strategic nuclear bomber the Tupolev TU-160 (NATO Codename BLACKJACK). The TU-160 first flew in 1981 and was believed to be Russia’s answer to the Rockwell B1-B Lancer and the type cerainly has many similarities, a trait often found with Soviet aircraft. It has recently started a major modernisation and upgrade programme and this new production run makes it the only Russian bomber still in production. Unlike the TU-95 (NATO: Bear) aircraft it was built solely for delivering nuclear payloads by method of cruise missile and the new types are likely to carry Russia new […]

Russian Ships in English Channel to Conduct Exercises

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that a Udaloy class Russian Destroyer, The Severomorsk, is currently in the English channel with two support ships and is being escorted by HMS Argyll, a Type 23 Frigate of the Royal Navy (RN). Whilst the Severomorsk is officially on its way to exercises in the North Atlantic, its passing through the channel at this time is likely to be no coincidence given that the NATO’s Joint Warrior Exercise is under way. Russia have claimed that the Severomorsk will undertake Anti-Aircraft and Anti-Submarine drills whilst in the channel in a desperate attempt to show Russia is not a fading power. Severomosk has just […]

Russia Tries to Spy on NATO Excersises in UK

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has been scrambled to intercept 2 Russian Air Force aircraft close to UK airspace. The aircraft, believed to be TU95 “Bear” types were intercepted by Eurofighter Typhoon Interceptors from RAF Lossiemouth. They later turned back and headed back up the norweigan coast towards Russia. It is no suprise that multiple aircraft have been seen in the area given that NATO Excercise Joint Warrior is under way across the UK which many naval aspects taking place off the coast of Scotland. In addition to the overhead monitoring, NATO has been forced to allow Russian military experts to attend Joint Warrior under a european arms treaty. “A […]