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MI6 accused of thwarting effort to solve 1961 death of UN chief

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:45:21 GMT

Files on Dag Hammarskjöld plane crash are being withheld, says inquiry

MI6, the secret intelligence service, is under pressure to share its files on the mysterious death of a UN secretary general who was killed in an air crash almost 60 years ago.

Dag Hammarskjöld died with 13 others in September 1961, when his plane crashed near Ndola, in what was then Northern Rhodesia. There has been speculation that the plane was brought down deliberately. A film released this year, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, a winner at the 2019 Sundance film festival, has continued to stir interest.

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Ex-MI6 chief criticises threat to withdraw security cooperation with EU

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:39:53 GMT

Sir John Sawers says it would be hugely damaging if UK-EU relations collapsed

A former MI6 chief has said Brexit negotiations have got to “an extraordinarily damaging state” because unnamed Downing Street officials have been briefing that the UK might withdraw security cooperation with the EU.

Sir John Sawers, in a briefing to reporters at a technology summit, said any attempt to stop working with EU countries in tackling terrorism “would be an act contrary to our own self-interest”.

Related: Downing Street’s tough-talking ‘memo’ is part of a dangerous game | Gaby Hinsliff

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Collusion with Trump over Russia inquiry 'did not happen', says Raab

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:19:04 GMT

Foreign secretary tells MPs the UK government ‘would never’ collude to discredit intelligence services

No member of the British government, including the prime minister, would ever collude with Donald Trump to try to discredit the work of intelligence agencies uncovering Russian interference in the 2016 US election, the UK foreign secretary said.

Dominic Raab told the Commons that “any such collusion is entirely unacceptable, would never happen, and did not happen”.

Related: US attorney general 'met Italian officials to discuss Russiagate'

Related: William Barr discussed FBI Russia inquiry with UK intelligence

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Confession of British spy for the Soviets made public for first time

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 23:01:48 GMT

Double agent Kim Philby’s confession partially released to National Archives

Extracts from Kim Philby’s official confession to the UK’s security services in which he likens joining the Soviet secret police to signing up to the army, have been made public for the first time.

Philby, one of the Soviet Union’s most notorious British cold war spies, fled to Moscow shortly after his 1963 admission of guilt.

Related: Spy Kim Philby died disillusioned with communism

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Revealed: priest’s role in stemming 1970s IRA violence

Sat, 10 Aug 2019 12:00:17 GMT

New book claims former cleric Denis Bradley helped halt attacks during earliest years of Troubles

In 1993, a year before the IRA first laid down its arms, the existence of a secret “back channel” between Martin McGuinness and MI6 was revealed on the front page of the Observer.

The so-called Derry Link – which connected the British government with the Provisionals’ leadership via a former priest – eventually led to the IRA’s cessation of violence a year later.

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The Guardian view on rendition and torture: a shame that Britain cannot erase | Editorial

Sun, 28 Jul 2019 17:38:13 GMT

Boris Johnson’s decision to discontinue a necessary inquiry is immoral, and against the national interest too

A new prime minister, from the same party as his predecessors, cannot exactly wipe the slate clean. But the transition does at least allow the government to take out some of the more odiferous trash, as the flurry of statements and releases in the days before Theresa May’s departure and Boris Johnson’s arrival indicated.

One of the most serious of these was barely noticed in the general bustle. It marks a betrayal of a pledge to investigate UK complicity in rendition and torture that was made, not from an abstract commitment to evaluate Britain’s role in post-9/11 counter-terrorism operations, but from an understanding that a failure to face up to it – and prevent a repetition – would ultimately damage British interests.

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Ex-MI6 chief: UK going through 'political nervous breakdown'

Sat, 06 Jul 2019 09:40:58 GMT

Sir John Sawers says Brexit has left country divided and damaged its global reputation

The UK is going through a “political nervous breakdown”, with the Brexit debate stirring anxiety in Whitehall, a former MI6 chief has claimed.

Sir John Sawers said the Brexit debate had left the country bitterly divided and damaged the UK’s global reputation.

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Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson's intelligence briefings – cartoon

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 17:46:08 GMT

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Boris Johnson says No 10 did not withhold intelligence from him – video

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 13:26:09 GMT

Boris Johnson has hit out at claims that Downing Street sought to restrict his access to some sensitive intelligence information when he became foreign secretary in mid-2016. The Conservative leadership frontrunner told a hustings of party members that ‘he was extremely dubious about the provenance’ of the story

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Boris Johnson denies No 10 tried to block his access to intelligence

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:19:56 GMT

Tory frontrunner says reports of an effort to keep sensitive information from him as foreign secretary are untrue

Boris Johnson has hit out at claims that Downing Street sought to restrict his access to some sensitive intelligence information when he became foreign secretary in mid-2016.

The Conservative leadership frontrunner told a hustings of party members that “he was extremely dubious about the provenance” of the story that had led the BBC morning bulletins and that it was untrue.

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James Bond still a strong 'recruitment sergeant' for MI6, says expert

Thu, 30 May 2019 17:55:51 GMT

Dr Rory Cormac tells Hay festival Bond still loved by MI6 despite bearing no resemblance to a real spy

James Bond remains a powerful recruitment tool for MI6, a secret intelligence expert says – despite claims that he is unrealistically posh and violent.

Dr Rory Cormac, associate professor of international relations with a specialty in secret intelligence at Nottingham university, said MI6 loved the positive brand provided by Ian Fleming’s fictional spy.

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Sajid Javid announces overhaul of espionage and treason laws

Mon, 20 May 2019 11:58:38 GMT

New bill needed to tackle hostile activity by Russia and others, says home secretary

Hostile state actors – spies, assassins or hackers directed by the government of another country – are to be targeted by refreshed espionage and treason laws, the home secretary has announced.

In a speech to security officials in central London, Sajid Javid revealed plans to publish a new espionage bill to tackle increased hostile state activity from countries including but not limited to Russia.

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Huawei poses security threat to UK, says former MI6 chief

Thu, 16 May 2019 10:08:15 GMT

Report calling for 5G ban in UK comes as Netherlands said to be investigating Huawei espionage

Huawei should be completely banned from supplying 5G mobile networks in the UK because its operations are “subject to influence by the Chinese state”, according to a report by a Conservative MP and two academics.

They argue that a decision announced by Theresa May last month, after a fraught meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), to allow Huawei to supply “non-core” equipment should be overturned because using the company’s technology presents “risks”.

Related: Huawei 'prepared to sign no-spy agreement with UK government'

Huawei is a Chinese telecoms company founded in 1987. Politicians in the US have alleged that Huawei’s forthcoming 5G mobile phone networks could be hacked by Chinese spies to eavesdrop on sensitive phone calls and gain access to counter-terrorist operations. Allies who allow Huawei technology inside their 5G networks have been told they may be frozen out of US intelligence sharing. Australia, New Zealand and Japan have banned Huawei from their 5G networks.

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Halloween Brexit is a fitting outcome for the zombie prime minister | John Crace

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:53:24 GMT

The EU summit became absurdist performance art as all agreed on something they did not want

I was rather nonplussed to learn that Prince William had been doing work experience with the intelligence services and, according to the GCHQ head of counter-terrorism, identified only as David, “comfortably held his own with highly skilled analysts and operators”.

Related: May tells MPs 'swift decisions' on Brexit will be needed after recess

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Unsung Bletchley Park hero whose role in D-day was equal to Turing’s

Sun, 07 Apr 2019 08:00:14 GMT

Eric Jones is finally to be unmasked as the ‘king of calm’ in Hut 3 who channelled the work of the wartime codebreakers

No contemporary war reports from the German front mention the name of Eric Jones. And there is not much information about him online – in fact there is more about a Welsh climber of the same name. But the Eric Jones who worked in secret at Bletchley Park in the 1940s is soon to be declared a figure of equal importance to Alan Turing.

Recently declassified documents show that Jones, the son of a Macclesfield textile manufacturer, was the man responsible for interpreting and prioritising all the covert intelligence that came into Britain from Nazi-occupied Europe and from spies working near the frontline.

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On his granny’s secret service: Prince William interns at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Sun, 07 Apr 2019 05:41:27 GMT

Kensington Palace reveals that the prince has just completed three weeks secretly working alongside the UK spy agencies

The name is Wales, William Wales: licensed to kill three weeks on attachment with Britain’s spies.

Kensington Palace has revealed that the Duke of Cambridge has just finished a three-week stint at the secret intelligence service, MI6, the security service, MI5, and GCHQ.

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Letters: Roderick MacFarquhar obituary

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 17:25:00 GMT

When Roderick MacFarquhar was editor of the China Quarterly in the 1960s, it was funded by the CIA and, as he later admitted, carried articles by senior officials from the CIA, MI6 and the Foreign Office’s Information Research Department. He always denied being influenced by the intelligence agencies, but under his editorship the journal was the public forum where the major argument between the CIA and MI6 over the reality and significance of the Soviet-China split was debated. This had consequences in terms of British policy with regard to Vietnam and the long-running dispute over the bona fides of the defector Anatoly Golitsyn.
Stephen Dorril

Before the February 1974 general election, Roderick MacFarquhar appointed me as his press secretary for the Belper constituency, a post that involved both devising and embroidering stories in Derbyshire newspapers to enhance his chances of election. Since he was a skilful journalist my press releases improved no end. He was elected with a majority of more than 5,000.

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Police investigating role of UK officers in torture of al-Qaida suspect

Sun, 31 Mar 2019 17:30:12 GMT

Met looking at how much MI5 and MI6 knew of mistreatment of Abu Zubaydah after 9/11

Metropolitan police detectives have launched an investigation into allegations that MI5 and MI6 officers involved in the interrogation under torture of an al-Qaida suspect committed serious criminal offences.

Scotland Yard has confirmed that a senior investigating officer, who is familiar with other rendition cases, has begun examining the role of UK intelligence officials during the questioning of Abu Zubaydah at CIA so-called “black sites”.

The Saudi-born Palestinian was seized in 2002 in Pakistan following the previous year’s 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. He was held at secret US military detention centres in Thailand, Poland and Lithuania, subjected to waterboarding and eventually transferred to Guantánamo Bay.

A four-year-long inquiry by parliament’s all-party intelligence and security committee published its report last year establishing that MI6 had “direct awareness of extreme mistreatment and possibly torture” of Zubaydah at those locations.

It continued: “In May 2002, a US official briefed SIS [MI6] that Abu Zubaydah was being held in Stirling [believed to be the code name for one of the black sites]. SIS became aware that he was being subjected to some harsh interrogation techniques, including sleep deprivation, and that it was considered that 98% of US Special Forces would have broken if subject to the same conditions.”

The report by MPs and peers added: “The case of Abu Zubaydah shows direct awareness of extreme mistreatment – and, probable torture ... However, the Agencies [MI5 and MI6] continued to send the CIA questions to be used in interrogations without seeking any assurances regarding Zubaydah’s treatment in detention, until at least 2006.”

The parliamentary report noted that, according to a 2014 US Senate select committee on intelligence report on the CIA detention and interrogation programme, Abu Zubaydah was routinely subjected to treatment that by UK standards would be considered torture, including being waterboarded.

The European court of human rights ruled in 2014 that Poland was guily of multiple human rights violations in its treatment of Abu Zubaydah, whose full name is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn.

The judgment included Abu Zubaydah’s account of how he was suffocated, subjected to deafening blasts of music and denied solid food. Describing the waterboarding, Abu Zubaydah wrote: “I was … put on what looked like a hospital bed, and strapped down very tightly with belts. A black cloth was then placed over my face and the interrogators used a mineral water bottle to pour water on the cloth so that I could not breathe. After a few minutes the cloth was removed and the bed was rotated into an upright position.

“The bed was then again lowered to horizontal position and the same torture carried out again with the black cloth over my face and water poured on from a bottle. I struggled against the straps, trying to breathe, but it was hopeless. I thought I was going to die.”

The Metropolitan police launched their inquiry after Raju Bhatt, a solicitor with the London law firm Bhatt Murphy who represents Abu Zubaydah’s interests in the UK, wrote to the force requesting that it launch a criminal investigation or explain why it had failed to take action.

In his letter to the Met, Bhatt wrote: “It is plain that Mr Zubaydah has been subject to mistreatment amounting to torture, and that there is, to say the least, compelling and credible evidence that UK officials had direct awareness of that torture, but nonetheless sent to US officials questions to be put to him in interrogation.

“It is equally plain that such conduct on the part of the UK officials amount to the commission of serious criminality, including offences under section 134 [of the] Criminal Justice Act 1988 and misconduct in public office.”

Abu Zubaydah, he added, “has been unable to make any such complaint until now. He was unaware of the involvement of UK officials prior to the publication of the ISC report, and the circumstances of his detention mean that there has been unavoidable delay ... in his ability thereafter to identify and instruct suitable legal representatives in the UK.”

A lawyer for the Metropolitan police wrote back confirming that a senior investigating officer, who worked on Operation Hinton and Operation Iden, would begin investigating.

Operation Hinton was an inquiry into MI5’s interrogation of Binyam Mohamed after the CIA told the agency he was being “continuously deprived of sleep”. Operation Iden was a parallel police investigation into the actions of MI6 officers who interrogated suspects at the US-run prison at Bagram, Afghanistan, in January 2002. In both cases the Crown Prosecution Service concluded there was insufficient evidence to press charges.

The Foreign Office said it would neither confirm nor deny that British intelligence officials had been aware of allegations of torture.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police confirmed that “it is reviewing allegations regarding the treatment of a non-British citizen who has been in detention in locations outside the United Kingdom since 2002.

“The Met was requested to review these allegations via a letter to the Commissioner on 30 January 2019. The review will involve an assessment of the knowledge and actions of British personnel, and will report through the Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House. “

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MI6 officer found with child abuse images had charges dropped

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 17:22:52 GMT

Inquiry hears sexual material was discovered in 2006 but case never came to trial

An MI6 officer was discovered to have child sexual abuse images on his work computer but the charges against him were eventually dropped, the intelligence service has told an inquiry.

The illegal material was found in 2006 and the official was dismissed, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) heard on Tuesday. The case was referred to the police who investigated. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) brought charges but it never came to trial.

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Former Lib Dem peer and ex-MI6 chief used former spies to aid Romanian tycoon

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:25:00 GMT

Businessman used ‘intricate knowledge’ gathered by British intelligence firm to fight extradition over corruption charges

A former MI6 boss and an ex-Liberal Democrat peer used retired intelligence officers to gather “sensitive” information from secret sources in the Romanian government to help a wealthy businessman facing corruption allegations, according to documents seen by the Observer.

Sir John Scarlett’s private intelligence firm, SC Strategy (SCS), which he co-owns with Lord Carlile, disclosed in a report produced for the businessman’s lawyers that it had obtained information from a range of well-placed “confidential sources” in Romania on sensitive issues including diplomatic negotiations and the activities of anti-corruption prosecutors.

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Jane's 360

India curtails dual-use exports to Turkey over its support for Pakistan on Kashmir

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 01:00:00 GMT

India has curtailed the export of assorted dual-use equipment to Turkey following Ankara’s recent diplomatic and political support for Pakistan in relation to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Official sources told Jane’s that the three-year-old agreement to provide the Turkish

Nepali Army to receive USD21 million in assistance from China

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 01:00:00 GMT

The Nepali Army (NA) is set to receive USD21 million in unspecified disaster-relief materials from China over the next three years as part of a move aimed at advancing strategic and diplomatic ties between Beijing and Kathmandu. Nepali Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel signed the aid agreement with

Pipistrel completes deliveries of Garud trainers to India

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 01:00:00 GMT

Slovenian light aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel announced on 17 October that it has completed delivery of the 194 Virus SW 80 ‘Garud’ light training aircraft the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) had ordered in October 2015. The final batch of these two-seat trainers was handed over on

Rafael’s Trophy APS delivered to US Army for Abrams integration

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 01:00:00 GMT

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has delivered its first Trophy Active Protection Systems (APSs) to the US Army for integration on the M1 Abrams main battle tank. In mid-October the company announced that its first Trophy APSs had been delivered to the service as part of plans to outfit four

Saudi Arabia looks to mobilise foreign militaries against Iran

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 01:00:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia hosted the military chiefs of staff from the five other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and several friendly countries on 21 October to talk about how to defend the region from Iranian aggression, the Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on the same day. “Today’s

Shoigu details Russian weapon deliveries

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 01:00:00 GMT

The Russian Ministry of Defence has received 51 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and more than 200 land combat platforms in 2019, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a military hardware acceptance day on 18 October. “The military has received 16 fixed-wing aircraft and 35 helicopters,

US Army set to lift range ceiling on PrSM

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 01:00:00 GMT

The US Army is set to revise the baseline objective range requirement for the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) to ‘beyond 500 km’, subsequent to prototype demonstration flights of both competitor solutions in November and December this year. PrSM is an accelerated army initiative, dating

USAF moves Raptors to Saudi Arabia

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 01:00:00 GMT

The US Air Force has deployed F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB) in central Saudi Arabia. An F-22 was seen making a low pass over the base in a video clip tweeted by US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) on 22 October. “The ability of fighter jets to operate at

Australian and US forces trial UAV-dropped medical supply service

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Australian and US armed forces have evaluated an autonomous airborne delivery system capable of distributing medical supplies to forward-deployed units. The US Marine Corps (USMC) and Australian Defence Force (ADF) relied upon Zipline’s Drone Delivery Service during a series of four exercises

Boeing’s revenue, profit plunge on 737 MAX woes

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Boeing’s revenue and net earnings plummeted 21% and 51%, respectively, in the third quarter from the same period a year ago, as the US aerospace giant continued to wrestle with fixing its troubled new 737 MAX commercial airliner. The Chicago-based company on 23 October reported third-quarter

Collins Aerospace completes US Navy Tactical Combat Training Systems Increment II CDR

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Key Points Collins Aerospace recently completed its critical design review (CDR) for the Tactical Combat Training Systems Increment II programme CDR ensures a system can proceed into fabrication and test and can meet stated performance requirements within cost, schedule, and risk Collins

DARPA Launch Challenge down to one competitor as launches loom

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Key Points DARPA’s prize competition to demonstrate responsive launch has gone from three companies to one with launches soon The challenge is an agency effort to demonstrate capability for launch on short notice and at an unspecified location The US Defense Advanced Research Projects

Former USCG Island-class patrol boats delivered to Ukraine

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Two former US Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol boats renamed Sloviansk (P 190) and Starobilsk (P 191) were delivered following refit to their new homeport of Odessa in Ukraine on 21 October, the country’s Ministry of Defence has reported. The vessels arrived onboard the cargo ship Ocean

General Dynamics’ revenue, profit both rise 7.3%

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

General Dynamics reported on 23 October that its revenue and net earnings both rose 7.3% in the third quarter of 2019 owing to robust growth in a majority of its business groups. Revenue at the US-based company totalled USD9.8 billion in the third quarter, up from USD9.1 billion in the same period

Lithuania to negotiate acquisition of Black Hawk helicopters

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 18 October that it plans to begin negotiations with the US government to acquire six UH-60M utility helicopters. “Currently the Lithuanian Armed Forces use three operational Soviet-made Mi-8s, which are very near the end of their

MADEX 2019: Hanwha Systems displays model of UUV for ASW operations

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

South Korean company Hanwha Systems has unveiled a model of a large-displacement unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) dedicated to anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. The UUV, which was displayed at the 22–25 October International Maritime Defense Industry Exhibition 2019 (MADEX 2019) in

Politics hold up EDF budget, PESCO’s third country participation rules

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Politics are interfering with the EU’s two main defence initiatives: the European Defence Fund (EDF) and the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) to develop capabilities among 25 of the 28 EU countries. The timing of the EDF’s approval and final size of its budget are now uncertain;

Russia develops new 57 mm combat module

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Rostec’s High-Precision Weapons Company (HPWC) is developing a new weapon system armed with the 2A91 57 mm cannon for use on Russia’s armoured vehicles, Sergey Abramov, a Rostec industrial director, told the TASS news agency on 22 October. The Russian Ministry of Defence is considering

Russia to receive eight Ka-52 combat helicopters in 2019

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The Russian Ministry of Defence is set to receive eight Kamov Ka-52 combat helicopters, Yury Denisenko, managing director of Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, told Jane’s on 18 October. “Progress has produced four Ka-52 rotorcraft

Serbia shows new helicopters and indigenous defence developments

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The Serbian Armed Forces (SAF) showed their military capabilities during the ‘Sloboda 2019’ (‘Freedom 2019’) demonstration held on 19 October at Batajnica Air Base, Belgrade. These included three Mi-17V-5 and the second H145M helicopters delivered to the Serbian Air Force and

Thales launches ‘Javelin’ software-defined radio

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Thales Defense & Security, Inc. (DSI) has launched the latest member in its family of software-defined radios (SDRs) to support requirements such as the US Army’s Network Cross Functional Team’s Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) and its Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS).

Turkey completes delivery of Bayraktar TB2 UAVs to Ukraine

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Turkish company Baykar Makina announced in a tweet on 22 October that it had completed the delivery of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Ukrainian Air Force, the first export order for the UAVs. The company delivered six Bayraktar TB2s, their ground control stations, and related

US Army details CPI2 programme, Elbit Systems of America reveals Rhino

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 GMT

As part of its network modernisation programme, the US Army is addressing the physical configuration of its command posts (CP) with the joint government/commercial command post integrated infrastructure (CPI2) programme. At the Association of the United States Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual

C-Astral Aerospace unveils ATLAS C4EYE micro UAS

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 23:00:00 GMT

Slovenia’s C-Astral Aerospace, an Ajodovšcina-based integrator of small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and member of the Terra Drone group, has completed development of the new Advanced Technology Light Acquisition System (ATLAS) C4EYE mini-UAS following a series of trials with

Indonesia seeks C-130J deals with US

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 23:00:00 GMT

Indonesia is looking to secure deals with the United States government to procure Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft and to facilitate industrial co-operation in relation to the platform, the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has stated. The MoD said in a press release that it

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The Folio Society's illustrated edition of Live And Let Die

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:55:30 +0000

The Folio Society's illustrated edition of Live and Let Die

The Folio Society has released their eight illustrated Ian Fleming novel: Live and Let Die.

Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'designed by Daniel Craig' and platinum Omega Seamaster Limited Edition

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:44:20 +0000

Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'designed by Daniel Craig' and platinum Omega Seamaster Limited Edition

As you can see throughout this website I'm usually happy to write about any 007 special editions and related merchandise, but the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'designed by Daniel Craig' for the 2019 Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts feels a bit fake. Although the all-platinum Omega Seamaster Limited Edition you get for free with the car almost makes it worth the $700,007.

This is the entire N.Peal 007 Cashmere Collection

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 07:22:57 +0000

This is the entire N.Peal 007 Cashmere Collection

A brand new N.Peal 007 Cashmere Collection celebrates more than 50 years of James Bond. The collection is a collaboration with EON Productions and includes recreations and new interpretations of iconic knitwear pieces seen in the James Bond films from all decades and all Bond actors, from the early Sean Connery films up to the latest SPECTRE movie.

Exclusive look at the N.Peal 007 Collection GoldenEye Cable Crew Neck Sweater

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:51:18 +0000

Exclusive look at the N.Peal 007 Collection GoldenEye Cable Crew Neck Sweater

After the Goldfinger Black outfit earlier this week, Bond Lifestyle now takes a closer look at the GoldenEye inspired Cable Crew Neck Sweater from the N.Peal 007 Cashmere Collection.

N.Peal provided me with the GoldenEye sweater before it is launched, so I can reveal the details to you here in this exclusive preview.

Champagne Bollinger and James Bond celebrate 40 years partnership with two special editions

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:27:51 +0000

Champagne Bollinger and James Bond celebrate 40 years partnership with two special editions

Champagne Bollinger is celebrating its 40th year in partnership with James Bond with the launch of two special editions: the Moonraker 2007 magnum in a unique Eric Berthes-designed gift box and a No Time To Die-inspired Millésimé 2011.

#54 Bond Lifestyle Contest: Win a Prop Store Poster Auction Printed Catalog

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:29:21 +0000

Bond Lifestyle offers you the chance to win one of two Prop Store Poster Auction Catalogs! Answer the trivia question before midnight on 22 October 2019 to enter.

Win a Prop Store Poster Auction Printed Catalog


A close look at the Drake's Crosby Moc-Toe Chukka Boots

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 12:46:08 +0000

A close look at the Drake's Crosby Moc-Toe Chukka Boots

On 4 October 2019, a day before Global James Bond Day, I visited the London flagship store of fashion brand Drake's, to pick up a pair of Crosby Moc-Toe Chukka Boots.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will join DB5, V8 Vantage and Valhalla in No Time To Die

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:17:24 +0000

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will join DB5, V8 Vantage and Valhalla in No Time To Die

Aston Martin revealed on James Bond Day (October 5th) that an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will be used in No Time To Die. This would mean we will see four different Aston Martins in the film.

Rare James Bond cinema poster collection worth in excess of £250,000 to be auctioned

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 12:04:39 +0000

Rare James Bond cinema poster collection worth in excess of £250,000 to be auctioned

Prop Store will auction over 460 lots from the Adam Carter-Jones James Bond Poster Collection on Tuesday 5th November 2019 at Prop Store’s UK headquarters in Rickmansworth.

Exclusive look at the N.Peal 007 Collection Goldfinger black V-Neck Sweater and Polo Shirt

Mon, 07 Oct 2019 07:11:14 +0000

Exclusive look at the N.Peal Goldfinger black v-neck sweater and polo shirt

Bond Lifestyle is proud to take a first close look at two pieces of the brand new N.Peal 007 Cashmere Collection: the black V-Neck Sweater and black Polo T-shirt.

N.Peal provided me with their new black V-Neck Jumper and Polo, so I can reveal the details to you here in this exclusive preview.

No Time To Die teaser poster revealed on Global James Bond Day

Sat, 05 Oct 2019 11:32:10 +0000

No Time To Die teaser poster revealed on Global James Bond Day

Today on Global James Bond Day, the official teaser poster for No Time To Die was revealed, showing James Bond once more in his trusted tuxedo.

Vuarnet Edge 1613

Thu, 03 Oct 2019 16:25:31 +0000


James Bond (Daniel Craig) might be wearing Vuarnet Edge 1613 sunglasses in No Time To Die (2020). Daniel Craig has certainly worn them at several public events.

#53 Bond Lifestyle Contest: Win a Turnbull & Asser Shirt and Bow Tie

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 07:35:03 +0000

Turnbull & Asser and Bond Lifestyle offer you the chance to win a Turnbull & Asser Casino Royale shirt and bow tie! Answer the trivia question before midnight on 14 November 2019 to enter (14 November in 2006 was the date of the World Premiere of Casino Royale in London).


Six James Bond figures at Madame Tussauds Orlando

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:07:27 +0000

Six James Bond figures at Madame Tussauds Orlando

Madame Tussauds Orlando will unveil the wax figures of all six James Bonds from the iconic film franchise on October 5, Global James Bond Day.

The lineup includes Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. The figures will appear at Madame Tussauds Orlando until January 2020.

Vuarnet Legend 06 sunglasses

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:18:53 +0000


It looks like James Bond (Daniel Craig) will be wearing a pair of Vuarnet Legend 06 sunglasses in the 2020 film No Time To Die.

Omega reveals new Omega Seamaster 300 James Bond Limited Edition celebrating 50 Years of On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Tue, 24 Sep 2019 12:42:38 +0000

Omega reveals new Omega Seamaster 300 James Bond Limited Edition celebrating 50 Years of On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Omega has released the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Limited Edition watch to celebrate 50 years of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and its enduring partnership with James Bond.

The Aircraft-Spotter's Film and Television Companion

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:52:53 +0000


The Aircraft-Spotter's Film and Television Companion, by Simon D. Beck, is an amazingly detailed and extensive reference guide to airplanes and helicopters in films and tv series, including the James Bond film series.

The book opens with a foreword by leading aviation film historian James H. Farmer and an introduction by the author Simon D Beck.

BMW Z3 Neiman Marcus 007 edition for sale in the USA

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:00:40 +0000

BMW Z3 Neiman Marcus 007 edition for sale in the USA

In the USA, one of the rare BMW Z3 roadster 007 editions is currently for sale. The car is one of 100 special Neiman Marcus James Bond editions.

Drake's Crosby Moc-Toe Chukka Boot Dark Brown Suede

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 13:28:31 +0000


The brown shoes worn by James Bond (Daniel Craig) in the Matera scenes in No Time To Die (2020) are Drake's Crosby Moc-Toe Chukka Boots in Dark Brown Suede.

Samsonite Promotional Briefcase Tomorrow Never Dies

Sat, 14 Sep 2019 16:09:19 +0000


At the time of the premiere of the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997, a promotional Samsonite attaché briefcase was given out (probably by EON Productions) to VIPs and partners. The Samsonite cases contained promotional products from sponsors, an invitation to the World Premiere after party, and various stills, production notes and related material.

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Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:06:23 +0000

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Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:05:55 +0000

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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:53:08 +0000

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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:52:57 +0000

La haine qu’il déverse sur Facebook va se transformer en carnage. Penché sur sa meule de pierre, Christophe affûte sa lame, encore et encore, concentré à l’extrême. Pour ce nouveau couteau « à pompe », entièrement forgé de ses mains à partir d’acier brut, il veut le fil parfait, l’excellence. Manche en corne véritable, signature… En lire plus...

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Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:51:23 +0000

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Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:51:07 +0000

Qu’est-ce qui ne va pas ? Simone observe attentivement son jeune cousin. Visiblement, il a quelque chose à lui annoncer, mais il hésite : — Tu sais, je vais me marier avec la fille dont je t’ai parlé, finit-il par dire de sa voix sur­aiguë. En face de lui, Simone Gendreau, sa vieille cousine, reste...… En lire plus...

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Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:50:51 +0000

Sans quitter des yeux la maison de la petite place, il enfile une cagoule, prend un marteau, un couteau… Il est 7h30. Cernay-la-Ville, petite commune des Yvelines, est encore plongée dans l’obscurité. Seule la boulangerie a ouvert ses portes. Dans les rues glaciales de ce 24 janvier, quelques parents, d’un pas rapide, conduisent leurs enfants… En lire plus...

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Wed, 06 Feb 2019 07:52:27 +0000

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Wed, 06 Feb 2019 07:52:05 +0000

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Wed, 30 Jan 2019 07:50:45 +0000

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