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December 2016 - United Kingdom Special Weapons News
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 28 Dec 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- UK Invokes Fear of 'Russian Threat' to Create New Strike Brigades Sputnik 27 Dec 2016 -- Britain plans to form two Strike Brigades equipped with Ajax armored fighting vehicles to grapple with the alleged "Russian threat", according to the newspaper Izvestia.
- UK councils abused laws to spy on Brits for 5 years: Report Press TV 26 Dec 2016 -- Councils across the UK have abused a law to carry out an extensive spying program on unsuspecting citizens a period of five years, a new report shows.
- UK Local Authorities Revealed Spying on Citizens for 5 Years Sputnik 26 Dec 2016 -- UK local authorities have been spying on public via listening devices, cameras and private detectives for five years, media reported.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 22 Dec 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- MOD awards £46M to start Challenger 2 Tank life extension project competition UK MOD 22 Dec 2016 -- The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded new contracts to BAE Systems and Rheinmetall Land Systeme GmbH to progress the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project.
- EU's top court rules UK's mass snooping of Brits illegal Press TV 22 Dec 2016 -- The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled as illegal the UK government's plan to conduct an indiscriminate mass gathering of data on British citizens.
- UK extends training for Ukrainian troops to counter 'belligerent Russia' Press TV 18 Dec 2016 -- The British government has announced that it is extending the ongoing training program for Ukrainian troops in the face of a "more belligerent Russia."
- UK to Keep Providing Military Training for Ukrainian Army Until 2018 Sputnik 18 Dec 2016 -- The United Kingdom will continue to provide training for the Ukrainian military until early 2018, according to UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 15 Dec 2016-- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- ISIL 'Failing,' Defense Leaders Say After London Meeting AFPS 15 Dec 2016 -- The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is failing, and the campaign to defeat the terror group in Iraq and Syria is on track, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said in London today.
- Beginning of the end for Daesh as Coalition opens second front UK MOD 15 Dec 2016 -- Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has closed today's ministerial in London by reaffirming the UK and Coalition's resolve to defeat Daesh.
- Joint Press Conference with Secretary Carter and Secretary Fallon in London, England DoD 15 Dec 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; U.K. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon
- Labour MP claims Russian president interfered in Brexit referendum Press TV 14 Dec 2016 -- A British lawmaker has claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin might have had a hand in the Brexit referendum.
- Britain extends global Defence reach UK MOD 12 Dec 2016 -- Britain will broaden its global Defence footprint with the introduction of three new regional hubs, the Defence Secretary has announced.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 12 Dec 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- British Gov't Distances Itself From Boris Johnson's Saudi, Iran 'Proxy War' Comments RFE/RL 08 Dec 2016 -- The British government has distanced itself from comments made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who accused Iran, Britain's ally Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern states of engaging in "proxy wars."
- £287M for two more Royal Navy ships as work begins on the next UK MOD 08 Dec 2016 -- Work starts on new Royal Navy ship as MOD signs £287M contract to build two more Offshore Patrol Vehicles in the UK.
- Royal Navy's 'Lusty' on Last Sail From British Port to Turkish Scrapyard Sputnik 07 Dec 2016 -- Royal Navy's former aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, deployed to conflict zones including Bosnia, Iraq and Sierra Leone, has sailed out of its home port of Portsmouth, UK for the final time an is heading to Turkey to be decommissioned.
- Russia fueling 'unprecedented' terror threat against UK: MI6 chief Press TV 08 Dec 2016 -- The head of UK's MI6 spy agency Alex Younger says that Russia is the main contributor to an "unprecedented" terrorism threat Britain currently faces.
- Nowhere to Hide: US, UK Spy on Flight Phone Calls Sputnik 08 Dec 2016 -- US and British spy agencies have been spying on air passengers using their mobile phones, according to a new report, which cites leaked documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden.
- British Spy Chief Accuses Russia of Seeking to Undermine Western Security, Politics VOA 08 Dec 2016 -- Britain and Western nations are facing grave threats to their security and political systems from the hostile propaganda output and cyber attacks by rival states, the head of Britain's espionage service MI6 warned Thursday. Alex Younger, in his first major public speech as "C," the designation given the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, singled out Russia for its high-tech subversion.
- UK, US Intel Services Spied on Cellular Activity Onboard Air France Planes Sputnik 07 Dec 2016 -- Classified documents made public by US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that NSA and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) developed and used special programs for monitoring Internet communications onboard French aircraft, including Air France, French media reported.
- Illustrious leaves Portsmouth to make way for Queen Elizabeth UK MOD 07 Dec 2016 -- The Royal Navy's former aircraft carrier Illustrious will leave Portsmouth today as HMS Queen Elizabeth nears her arrival into the city.
- Britain has 18 months to reach Brexit deal, EU warns Press TV 06 Dec 2016 -- The European Union has warned that Britain will have less than 18 months to strike a deal to exit the bloc once Brexit negotiations begin, assuming London keeps a promise to formally launch the process of leaving the EU by the end of March.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 05 Dec 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- UK Supreme Court to decide if government can trigger Brexit process Press TV 05 Dec 2016 -- The UK Supreme Court has begun a hearing into a landmark case to decide whether the government can trigger the process of Britain's exit from the European Union without the parliament's approval.
- UK Supreme Court Hearing Over Brexit Constitutional Claim Explained Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- The highest civil court in the UK, the Supreme Court, is Monday (December 5) hearing a legal challenge to the British Government that will have serious implications for the decision to leave the European Union as well as for the historic sovereignty of parliament, as Sputnik explains.
- UK Signs $125 Million Next-Gen Predator Deal Sputnik 05 Dec 2016 -- The UK has signed a $125 million contract to develop upgraded Predator drones from US weapons maker General Atomic; buying the new aircraft may push the deal to $1 billion.
- £100M investment in Britain's future 'Protector' programme UK MOD 04 Dec 2016 -- Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon agrees £100M contract to develop cutting-edge Protector Remotely Piloted Air System especially for RAF.
- MOD agrees £1 billion deal for UK test and training sites UK MOD 02 Dec 2016 -- The MOD has agreed a £1bn contract amendment to modernise and run some of its UK test and training sites that will deliver £300M of efficiencies over the next 11 years.
- Better Combat Compensation for Armed Forces UK MOD 01 Dec 2016 -- Members of the Armed Forces and their families are set to receive bigger compensation payments for injuries or death sustained in combat, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced.
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