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February 2017 - United Kingdom Special Weapons News
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 28 Feb 2017 -- The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
- Time running out for UK to stop Scotland independence bid: Sturgeon Press TV 28 Feb 2017 -- The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May is pushing Scotland towards another independence bid, says Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, warning London that "time is running out" for making amends.
- UK Gov't Rules Out 2nd Scottish Independence Referendum Amid Brexit Sputnik 27 Feb 2017 -- There is no need to hold the second independence referendum in Scotland and such possibility only leads to uncertainty, UK Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said Monday.
- Defence Secretary confirms £1.7bn investment in Scottish military bases UK MOD 24 Feb 2017 -- The Defence Secretary today (Friday 24 February 2017) confirmed £1.7 billion will be invested to upgrade Scottish military bases as the MOD's Defence Board convened in Edinburgh for the first time.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 23 Feb 2017 -- The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
- US, Oman, France, UK Commence Exercise Khunjar Haad NNS 23 Feb 2017 -- The U.S. Navy with the Royal navy of Oman, the Royal navy, and French Marine Nationale kicked off the 22nd iteration of Exercise Khunjar Haad, an annual multilateral mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise in the Gulf of Oman, Feb. 19.
- MOD signs £146 million contract to upgrade RAF's long-range missile UK MOD 22 Feb 2017 -- Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin has today announced a £146 million contract with MBDA to regenerate an air-launched missile, alongside her French counterpart Laurent Collet-Billon.
- Readout from Secretary Jim Mattis' Bilateral Meeting with UK State Secretary for Defense Michael Fallon DoD 15 Feb 2017
- UK Defense Secretary Urges NATO States to Increase Defense Spending Sputnik 15 Feb 2017 -- The UK defense secretary urged NATO member states to step up their spending to ratchet up the military bloc's might.
- NATO must improve agility and spend, Defence Secretary urges UK MOD 15 Feb 2017 -- NATO must become more agile and share burdens if it is to tackle growing threats, the Defence Secretary will say today during his first meeting with his American counterpart.
- London Refutes IISS Report on UK Spending Not Meeting NATO Requirements Sputnik 14 Feb 2017 -- The UK Defense Ministry refuted a report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) which said the United Kingdom failed to meet the NATO requirements concerning defense spending.
- UK may lose access to EU's GPS navigation Press TV 13 Feb 2017 -- Leaving the European Union would put the UK at the risk of losing access to the EU-wide Galileo satellite navigation, a super-accurate global positioning system (GPS) that is partly designed and implemented by British companies.
- UK May Lose Access to EU Galileo GPS System After Brexit Sputnik 13 Feb 2017 -- According to media reports, the United Kingdom may be cut off from the new EU global positioning system (GPS) Galileo, which British companies helped to develop, and will have to hold separate negotiations to obtain access to the system after London leaves the European Union.
- Britain, coalition and Iraqi forces to maintain momentum in campaign against Daesh, Defence Secretary says UK MOD 12 Feb 2017 -- Operations to liberate western Mosul will begin within weeks, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has confirmed.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 11 Feb 2017 -- The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
- UK to continue Saudi arms sales despite funeral bombing in Yemen Press TV 12 Feb 2017 -- A new report reveals that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had urged the UK government to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia even after Riyadh bombed a funeral in Yemen last October that killed over 140 people and sparked global condemnation.
- UK jets intercept two Russian bombers in intl. airspace Press TV 11 Feb 2017 -- The UK has scrambled its fighter jets to intercept two Russian bombers in the international airspace, claiming that they were flying on the edge of British territories.
- Britain and Cyprus Step Up Defence Co-Operation UK MOD 10 Feb 2017 -- The UK and Cyprus will step up co-operation in areas including maritime security and officer training under a new Defence programme.
- Britain and Italy stand together to tackle security threats UK MOD 09 Feb 2017 -- The Defence Secretary has underlined Britain and Italy's close defence partnership on NATO and EU operations during talks in Rome.
- Halting weapons sales to Saudi risks political issues: UK Press TV 08 Feb 2017 -- The UK government says it can't halt its weapons sales to Saudi Arabia because of "serious political ramifications."
- UK Commons pass law for May to trigger Article 50 Press TV 08 Feb 2017 -- British MPs pass a bill that allows Prime Minister Theresa May to start negotiations on Brexit.
- Scottish lawmakers to vote on rejecting 'catastrophic' Brexit plan Press TV 07 Feb 2017 -- Scotland is underscoring its displeasure with the British government's march towards Brexit with lawmakers in Edinburgh voting to reject the "catastrophic" mechanism of leaving the European Union.
- UK High Court to review arms deals with Saudi Arabia Press TV 07 Feb 2017 -- The UK High Court is set to review the country's weapons deals with Saudi Arabia, after activists accused the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May of complicity in Riyadh's war crimes against Yemen.
- Defence Secretary praises 'good partners' Croatia during visit UK MOD 06 Feb 2017 -- The Defence Secretary has praised Croatia's commitment to NATO operations and wider peacekeeping exercises during a ministerial visit.
- British Warships So Loud Russians Hear Them 100 Miles Away - British Admiral Sputnik 06 Feb 2017 -- British Type 45 destroyers are so loud Russian submarines can hear them 100 miles away, a British Navy officer has revealed.
- Royal Marines Future "Secure" in Scotland UK MOD 02 Feb 2017 -- The Defence Secretary said today that the future of the Royal Marines in Scotland is secure.
- UK invests in new submarine training school on the Clyde UK MOD 02 Feb 2017 -- Defence Secretary announces near £4 million milestone in the building of a single UK hub for Royal Navy's submarine service at HMNB Clyde.
- British MPs vote in favor of triggering Brexit People's Daily 02 Feb 2017 -- Politicians in House of Commons gave overwhelming backing on Wednesday night to a parliamentary bill, paving the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger the Article 50 mechanism for Britain to leave the European Union.
- London rejects another independence referendum in Scotland Press TV 02 Feb 2017 -- UK Prime Minister Theresa May believes that Scotland's effort to secede from Britain was settled by an independence referendum in 2014.
- UK and Egypt continue to tackle joint threats UK MOD 01 Feb 2017 -- The Defence Secretary and Chief of the Defence Staff have reaffirmed the UK's commitment to tackle regional security threats alongside Egypt.
- N Ireland Special Status Irrelevant Amid Brexit - UK Secretary of State Sputnik 01 Feb 2017 -- Granting Northern Ireland a special status within the EU after Brexit would be the wrong approach to UK unity, Britain's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire told the House of Commons on Wednesday.
- Britain's Parliament Votes to Trigger Brexit VOA 01 Feb 2017 -- Britain moved one step closer to a final separation from the European Union late Wednesday as members of parliament voted overwhelmingly to begin the process.
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