Thales wins MoD contract for servicing electronics of Royal Navy fleet

£600m deal for French firm, covering naval periscopes, sonars and surveillance gear, ‘safeguards 530 skilled jobs in UK’The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £600m contract to the French defence and security group Thales to service the electronic “eyes and ears” of the Royal Navy’s fleet of ships and submarines.The 10-year deal concerning maintenance of […]
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Vince Cable doubts viability of £150m BAE shipbuilding project

Business secretary says project – which would safeguard 1,300 jobs at Portsmouth shipyard – is ‘not a runner’ A £150m project that would guarantee shipbuilding at the threatened BAE Systems yard in Portsmouth and secure 1,300 jobs faces a struggle for government approval after the business secretary, Vince Cable, questioned its viability.The long-term future of […]
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MoD to axe one in four senior military and civil staff

Philip Hammond unveils cost-cutting plan in bid to show all ranks are making savingsOne in four senior military and civilian staff at the Ministry of Defence are to be axed over the next two years, the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, has said.A new senior structure for the ministry will be introduced next year in an […]
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Signing of piracy agreement with Mauritius

The Prime Minister joined a meeting between FCO Minister Henry Bellingham and the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr Navin Ramgoolam, in Downing Street this morning to sign an agreement which will allow the Royal Navy to transfer suspected pirates to Mauritius for prosecution. Piracy remains a serious threat to the international community as a whole […]
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