Ben Wallace makes thinly veiled criticism of Germany’s reluctance to send battle tanks to Ukraine

In a surprise announcement, Mr Wallace said he had directed the Ministry of Defence to review the number of Challenger 2 tanks to be upgraded, potentially leaving room for further donations of Britain’s most powerful armoured vehicle to Ukraine. Of Britain’s 227 Challenger 2 tanks, 148 are earmarked to be upgraded with a new gun … Read more

Germany looks for US to lead the way on battle tanks to Ukraine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN/LONDON/WASHINGTON — Britain’s moves toward supplying Ukraine with battle tanks are a headache for Olaf Scholz — but it’s still unlikely that the German chancellor will overcome his reluctance to sending heavy German armor without taking his lead from Washington. Scholz’s spokesperson said Wednesday … Read more

Union attacked for ‘pure propaganda’ after saying borders are less secure during strikes

As well as Manchester, border staff have walked out at Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow airports and the port of Newhaven. Most passengers can avoid disruption by using e-gates but families have to go through manual checks, since children under 12 can not use them. Since the strike began, airports have reported few delays … Read more

Sandhurst urged to tackle ‘toxic culture’ of sexual assault

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is being urged to tackle a “toxic culture” of sexual assault, with a charity saying hundreds of servicewomen had reported abuse during their training. Salute Her UK, a charity for female military personnel who have experienced sexual assault and rape, called on Army chiefs and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) … Read more

Defence spending to rise by more than a billion in victory for Ben Wallace

Defence spending is set to increase by more than a billion pounds to avoid a real term cut over the next two years, The Telegraph can reveal. The Treasury has accepted the argument that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) budget should not be falling relative to inflation while war rages in Ukraine. Jeremy Hunt, the … Read more

UK orders five more counter-submarine frigates for $5 billion

LONDON — The Royal Navy is to receive five anti-submarine warfare frigates in a £4.2 billion ($5 billion) deal between the Ministry of Defence and warship builder BAE Systems announced on Tueday. BAE already has three of the Type 26 warships in construction at its yards in Govan and Scotstoun, Scotland, and the new contract … Read more