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UK’s Virtual ‘Hangar’ for Tactical Aircraft Concepts Enters Beta Testing

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory said Tuesday that it will start conducting initial operational analysis of the Aviation Concepts Environment in December. The ACE was developed in collaboration with QinetiQ Training and Simulation to provide a virtual “hanagar” as a centralized repository of concepts from across the Ministry of Defence and industry to address challenges...


QinetiQ Appoints William Blamey as UK Defense Interim Chief Executive

QinetiQ, headquartered in Hampshire, London, has appointed William Blamey as interim chief executive for the defense sector.  In his new role, Blamey will lead the defense technology company’s efforts to meet the needs of the U.K. Ministry of Defence and international allies.  Blamey, who announced his transition to the new role on LinkedIn, is an...


UK Government Launches Engineering Biology for Defense Competition

The United Kingdom’s Defence and Security Accelerator, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the U.S. Department of Defense, is seeking engineering biology technologies that can address defense and security-related challenges.  On Tuesday, the organization launched Themed Competition: Engineering Biology for Defence and Security Phase 2. It is now accepting proposals for innovations that apply engineering biology...


Anduril Industries Lands MoD Contract to Mature Force Protection Technology

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded Anduril Industries a $20.6 million contract to advance the development of force protection technology for the Royal Air Force and the Strategic Command on Permanent Joint Operating Bases. Under the agreement, the company will work on Phase 3 of the MoD and Strategic Command’s Programme TALOS, which seeks...


UK Forms Defense Organization Focused on Integration

The United Kingdom has a new entity to oversee defense integration across the government, with industry and international allies. UK Strategic Command introduced the Integration Design Authority at the recent Defence & Security Equipment International held in London. According to Lt. Gen. Tom Copinger-Symes, who heads StratCom, IDA is “an important outcome” of the military unit’s operating...


Sweden Increases Defense Spending Amid Bid to Join NATO

Sweden seeks to boost its military spending to over $2.45 billion between 2023 and 2024, putting the nation on track to reach NATO’s required defense expenditure target of 2 percent of gross domestic product. The European government recently unveiled its defense bill, which identifies the nation’s spending priorities for the next couple of years.  Of the...

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