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Royal Navy Hawk Jets Getting Ready for Joint Warrior 2017

Royal Navy Hawk’s from 736 NAS departing RNAS Culdrose on route to Scotland to take park in exercise Joint Warrior. Their role is to simulate low level high speed attacks on surface vessels as if they were an enemy aircraft or missile.

Pilots begin flights in new F-35 Lightning II simulator

A world-leading flight engineering simulator created by BAE Systems is ready to be “flown” by F-35 Lightning II pilots for the first time as they prepare for flight trials on the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier next year.

RAF Strategy 2017

The new RAF Strategy was launched on 13 January 2017 and has been shared widely. This video clip includes an introduction from the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, and provides feedback on the Strategy from personnel across the Whole Force.

UK troops arrive in Estonia

Hundred twenty UK soldiers from 5 th Battalion The Rifles arrived in Estonia on Saturday 18 March 2017. They are the first of 800 UK soldiers to be deployed in a new NATO deployment. French soldiers and vehicles will follow in the coming weeks.

NATO’s “enhanced Forward Presence” will see four new deployments that bring multinational battalion-sized battlegroups into Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to respond to changing security environments in the eastern part of the Alliance, as agreed at the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016.

Typhoon Capability

Aircrew Advisor Paul Smith talks about Eurofighter Typhoon’s capability and how the aircraft meets the Belgian defence requirement

Defence laser technology melts mortar

Early testing of laser capability at DSTL is already melting mortars.

This research will feed into the Dragonfire programme – creating a laser capable of becoming an alternative to missiles – used for downing drones and cutting through the hulls of aircraft and armoured vehicles.

The technology is not yet ready to deploy, with another 5 to 10 years of research on the cards – and it won’t be a thing of sleek, space age beauty, looking more like a fridge on a truck than a thing of science fiction!

But while it might not look the part, its capability will be incredible.

The Accelerator gets Military Advisers opinion on the Enduring Challenge

We asked our military advisers what they hope the Accelerator will bring to front line services and what they want the suppliers to keep in mind when developing their new product or service.

Accelerator advantage

Innovation Partner, Jim Pennycook, explained how the MOD’s new Defence and Security Accelerator selects the best ideas and supports and nurtures them through to exploitation.

Our aim is to help suppliers translate their research into products which we can ultimately use to keep the UK and its Armed Forces safe and secure.

Enduring Competition Launch

The Accelerator interviews Harriett Baldwin MP Minister for Defence Procurement at the launch of the Innovation Initiative’s £6m Accelerator Enduring Challenge.

At the event Harriett Baldwin MP invited suppliers with innovative ideas to apply to our fast-track route to research funding.

UK in NATO 2017

In 60 seconds: What is NATO and how is the UK playing a leading role in the alliance in 2017?