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  • The UK’s first orbital rocket launch could blast off from the Shetland islands in October or November this year, spaceport bosses have said.
  • France's Emmanuel Macron declares his ambition to bring €400 billion to France's forces between 2024 and 2030, in following through on the launch of France's new "war economy".
  • Jupiter icy moon explorer (JUICE)

    30 Jan 2023 UK Space Agency
    JUICE will make detailed observations of the giant gas planet and its large ocean-bearing moons – Callisto, Europa and in particular the largest, Ganymede.
  • House of Lords report: UK defence policy: from aspiration to reality?

    23 Jan 2023 House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee
    'The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee has published its report looking at the UK’s defence policy, entitled ‘UK defence policy: from aspiration to reality?’ Report: UK defe ...
  • Finland to join NATO if joined by Sweden

    23 Jan 2023 The Wall Street Journal
    Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, declaring her intention to join NATO alongside Sweden. Whilst Finland's ascension to the alliance is not opposed by Turke ...
  • Speaking as part of a panel at the World Economic Forum, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke of the ongoing need to supply Ukraine with increasingly advanced weaponry. Warning of the threat ...
  • Pentagon purchases 398 F-35s from Lockheed

    16 Jan 2023 UK Defence Journal
    According to various sources, the US has come to an agreement last week to purchase 398 F-35s from Lockheed. The advanced 5th generation fighters are for a combination of domestic and international bu ...
  • Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced a major shift in Japanese defence posture, with $37 billion planned for weapons acquisitions in a groundbreaking new $300 billion budget. The rise in bud ...
  • The Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract for digital engineering support to advanced jet developer AERALIS. The £9 million contract has been referred to as "Digital Aviation Learning from Experi ...
  • India has signed a contract for armed, swarming Naval drones as it affirms its 50th contract under the 'SPRINT' initiative.
  • Poland signs $1.4 billion Abrams MBT order

    09 Jan 2023 Army Technology
    Poland's Ministry of National Defence authorises the procurement of 116 Abrams MBTs from the US, at a cost of $1.4 billion.
  • 9 satellites will be launched into orbit, from Spaceport Cornwall at Newquay Airport, making the UK the first country in western Europe to develop the end-to-end capability. "Among the satellites is a ...
  • The ten helicopters assigned to the first contract come with a logistical support package, all to be delivered within three years. According to the Defence Blog publication, "the KAI’s LAH aims to rep ...
  • The latest round of US DOD Tricare awards have been won by Humana and TriWest Healthcare Alliance, totalling $136 billion. 
  • Germany has announced a deal to buy 35 F-35 fighter jets from the US, in a contract worth $8.4 billion.  The aircraft are set to replace Germany's Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft throughout the coming de ...
  • £102 million for nuclear and hydrogen innovation in the UK

    19 Dec 2022 UK Government Press Release
    Government further commits to the future of nuclear power by investing £77 million to support nuclear fuel production and next generation advanced nuclear reactors in the UK further £25 million fundin ...
  • After decades of research and investment by institutions, industry and governments around the world, the first net energy gain from a fusion power experiment represents a landmark scientific achieveme ...
  • A French defence procurement agency has awarded Thales $758 million, as the prime contractor on the third stage of the Army's communications network programme.  The programme called 'ASTRIDE', is set ...
  • The next-generation programme is set to replace roughly 2000 Black Hawk helicopters. The transport abilities of the aircraft will enable to US to replace its current workhorse after 2030. The various ...
  • Japan set to increase Defence funding by 50%

    12 Dec 2022 The Japan Times
    In a dramatic change of approach, Japan is set to increase its defence budget by around 50% to $315 billion, in recognition of the threats faced by the island nation. With tensions high in the South C ...
  • The US Congress considers an 8% rise in defence budgets to help offset inflation, in the defense authorization bill. The move would signal a greater commitment to replenishing supplies and stocks whic ...
  • The signing of the deal has been hailed as a major event for the Defence industry, with some predicting an over £25 billion contribution to the UK economy. The supersonic jet will carry hypersonic wea ...
  • The Royal Navy Digital and Data Plan 2022-2025

    05 Dec 2022 UK Government Policy Paper
    Our ambition is to engage and empower everyone across the naval enterprise: our service personnel, civil service, contracted workforce and delivery partners, in building a truly data driven organisati ...
  • The Urban Series will conduct experimentation focused on the urban environment to optimize the Army for Urban Operations, incorporating dawning technologies into brigade, battle-group, and sub-echelon ...