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

French fighter 'shot down plane near Misrata'

A French fighter jet has destroyed a Libyan plane after it violated the no-fly zone over the country, a US official said today.

Female pilot in action over Libya

The first female British Typhoon pilot flew into action today as the RAF readied itself for another day enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya.

Billions added to RAF typhoon costs

Billions of pounds have been added to the bill for Typhoon fighter jets due to bad planning and "over-optimism" at the Ministry of Defence, a spending watchdog said today.

Being modern: Voice-control technology

It is a measure of how far voice-control technology has come that you have just read this sentence. The original idea was that your correspondent would speak a line into a machine that turns what you say into text and then open with the gobbledygook the machine had "recognised". Sadly, the ugly facts rather killed the beautiful theory (or, as the machine, still not quite perfect, would have it, "the beautiful scenery").

Passenger fight that triggered a hijacking alert

James Corrigan was on board as RAF jets diverted a flight to Stansted

'Disruptive' passenger arrested after flight diverted

A passenger airliner was diverted under a fighter jet escort today after a man began making threats on board.

US downplays Chinese fighter jet images

China is years away from fielding a stealth aircraft, despite the disclosure of images indicating that it appears to have a working prototype, a US Navy official has said.

BAE to cut 1,300 jobs

BAE Systems is making more than 1,300 staff redundant in response to defence spending cuts.

Hesketh quits Babcock after attack on carrier deal

Lord Hesketh, who labelled the £5.2bn project to build two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers a "disaster" that will make Britain a "laughing stock", has resigned as deputy chairman of Babcock International, the engineering group whose Rosyth yard, in Fife, is building the vessels.

Lord Hesketh quits Babcock over aircraft carrier comment

Lord Hesketh has resigned from his post as deputy chairman at engineering group Babcock International after branding the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier programme a "disaster".

RAF faces 5,000 cut in manpower

Royal Air Force manpower will be cut by 5,000 to 33,000 by 2015, and the iconic Harrier jump-jet removed from service under the Government's defence review announced today.

Navigator fell to death from jet

A civilian navigator died after his ejector seat "detached and fell" from an RAF Tornado as he flew upside down during a test flight, an inquest heard today.

Errors & Omissions: Spare me a thought when you dither at the beginning of a story

The drop intro has its place in the reporter's armoury, though it can easily look like the artifice it is.

Veterans gather for thanksgiving service

Battle of Britain veterans will today be joined by members of the Royal Family for a thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey.

BAE plans US sale to fund acquisition war chest

BAE systems is looking for buyers for its Platform Solution aircraft avionics business headquartered in New York.

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