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The British Army and an Integrated Review

The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy is due any time soon and I have no doubt it will reflect the hard work and smart thinking of its contributors. There will be much discussion after its publication…

Folding Boat Equipment (FBE)

FBE Bridge, IWM
Folding Boat Equipment (FBE) was the name given to a portable bridging system that could be used as a floating bridge, a raft, ferry or general purpose boat. Introduced in the late twenties, FBE was continually developed and remained in…

SPEAR Missile System

Selected Precision Effects at Range (SPEAR) Capability 3 is the name given to a Category A project (>£400m) to deliver a weapon described as; A new 100 kg class weapon being developed to be the primary air to ground armament…

Helicopter Transportable Vehicles

Chinook underslung Land Rover HMS Ocean
Usually seen as the sole domain of special forces, helicopter transportable vehicles provide a mobility advantage for all land and amphibious forces. They extend the range over which personnel can operate once on the ground and increase the amount of…

Boxer Armoured Vehicle Details and Variants

Boxer is described by Artec as BOXER is a truly modular vehicle providing multiple functions for its users, several communication interfaces for participation in network-enabled warfare and diverse mission relevant capabilities. The flexibility of its modularity allows BOXER to be…

Multi Role Vehicle – Protected (MRV-P)

The Multi-Role Vehicle – Protected (MRV-P) is defined by the British Army as; A Category A project intended to meet the requirement for a protected deployable platform employed by all Force Elements, at all scales of effort, in a wide…

Towards the Integrated Review

The UK Government is currently (September 2020) working on the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy that will set out a plan of action for the next several years. I don’t claim any great insight or special…

Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The Warrior combat vehicle is the mainstay of the British Army’s armoured infantry force, a solid and capable vehicle with a long and successful service history. Currently subject to a controversial upgrade programme, it is set to remain in service…

A UK Hospital Ship

A UK Hospital Ship has been a recurring theme in the media and over the years, accompanied by much online discussion, but it has never really gained much traction in Government. Comments from the Secretary of State for International Development…