Archive: Defence Procurement

Military commanders say Snatch Land Rovers remain vital to UK troops in Afghanistan

Snatch inquiry dismissed by Hutton

Snatch Land Rovers will not be the subject of a public inquiry after concerns over their safety, defence secretary John Hutton has told the Commons.

  • The MoD is accused of undermining parliament

    Raised eyebrows at MoD budget changes

    A "conspiracy of optimism" in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is masking the department's ongoing failures, a Commons report has found.

  • Qinetiq's sale disputed

    Qinetiq sale 'wasted £90m'

    Poor negotiating by the government over the sale of defence research firm Qinetiq cost the taxpayer £90 million, according to an influential group of MPs.

  • Tony Blair and George Bush signed the treaty earlier this year

    MPs back US-UK arms treaty

    A new US-UK treaty will help alleviate American controls over arms exports to Britain which are undermining UK sovereignty, MPs believe.

  • Former defence chiefs call for more money

    Ex-defence chiefs call for more MoD funding

    The government is under renewed pressure to increase military spending after complaints the armed forces lack the resources to fight a war on two fronts.

  • 12,000 reservists have served in Iraq

    Territorial Army use at 'unprecedented levels'

    The Territorial Army (TA) is being used in "unprecedented" numbers and has become an "integral" part of UK defence, despite the fact it need far better training and support, the Commons public accounts committee (PAC) has concluded.

  • Arms controls 'poorly implemented'

    Government flouting own arms controls

    The government has failed to rigorously enforce its own guidelines on ethical arms exports, a new independent report has claimed.

  • Lord Drayson signs joint strike fighter deal

    Joint strike fighter deal agreed

    The government has signed up to the next stage of the £140 billion joint strike fighter (JSF) programme with the US, after assurances that it could use it independently.

  • Des Browne has expressed confidence about the joint strike fighter

    Ministers urged to renege on US aircraft deal

    MPs have urged the government to pull out of a £140 billion joint strike fighter unless the US provides the information needed to operate the planes independently.

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