News A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan

The move follows on from the 2010 agreement to enhance defence co-operation including sharing aircraft carriers, joint expeditionary forces and training

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MoD are planning to station high-velocity counter-terrorism missiles

Londoners' fury at MoD plans to put Olympic missiles on roofs

Missile batteries will be placed on the top of residential flats in east London over the coming days as Britain's armed forces prepare to conduct a major trial of their Olympic defence systems.

BAE Systems in line for £500m boost from Saudi jet contract

Defence giant BAE Systems should receive a boost of around £500m this year, as it enters final negotiations with Saudi Arabia over changes to a huge aircraft contract.

Spitfires 'lost' in Burma could fly again

Twenty "lost" Spitfires that were buried in Burma during the Second World War could return to the skies, it has been revealed.

The burning fuselage of an F/A-18 Hornet lies smoldering after crashing into a residential building in Virginia Beach

US Navy fighter crashes into beach apartment building

Emergency workers were searching for the occupants of six homes last night after a US Navy jet crashed into a group of apartment buildings.

The burning fuselage of an F/A-18 Hornet lies smoldering after crashing into a residential building in Virginia Beach

US navy jet crashes in residential Virginia

A US navy jet crashed in Virginia today with the two pilots aboard believed to have ejected before the impact, according to reports.

Drug smugglers make wrong turning

The pilot of a small Cessna aircraft was doubtless hoping to remain under the radar, figuratively if not literally, as he puttered gently from central California to the Pacific coast on Thursday morning because of what he had on board – 22lb of marijuana.

MoD close to eliminating 'black hole' in budget

The Ministry of Defence is close to eliminating the £38 billion “black hole” found in its books following the 2010 election and achieving a “sustainable and balanced budget”, it was revealed today.

The Eurofighter Typhoon, made at BAe Systems' Brough plant

Sales down 14 per cent at defence giant BAE

The pressure on BAE Systems was highlighted today after the defence giant reported a 14 per cent fall in sales as military spending in the US and UK is cut.

Andrew Buncombe: If aid is 'peanuts' and not required, why does Britain continue to give it to India?

World Focus: In a recent poll four times as many people in the UK were opposed to aid for India than supported it

David Cameron disappointed over India jet-fighter deal

David Cameron expressed “disappointment” today that a French firm had beaten BAE Systems to become preferred bidder for a major fighter plane contract with India.

Eurofighter loses Indian jet contract to French firm

The Indian government said yesterday that it was entering into exclusive talks with French company Dassault Aviation to provide 126 jets, delivering a devastating blow to the Eurofighter consortium that was hoping to secure the $12 billion (£7.6bn) deal.

Blow for BAE as India picks Dassault jet

The Indian government said yesterday it was entering into exclusive talks with the French company Dassault Aviation to provide 126 jets, delivering a devastating blow to the Eurofighter consortium that was hoping to secure the $12bn deal.

BAE Systems in talks with Oman over fighter aircraft deal

Defence giant BAE Systems is in talks with the Government of Oman to supply a number of Typhoon fighter aircraft, which would be delivered within three years of a contract being signed.

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Well, it worked for Peter Parker: genetic scientists unleash power of the spider web

Breakthrough may pave way for new biomaterials that could be used in medicine and engineering

Leading article: The Navy goes south

Why wouldn't they? Some of the 5,000 sailors facing redundancy from the Royal Navy are being targeted by recruiters from the Australian navy offering a fast track to citizenship. They are even offering the reverse of the Queen's shilling waiting, at the end of the gang-plank, as the sailors disembark from their British vessels.

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