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Sturgeon: 'Arrogant' Osborne pre-empting Trident decision

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has criticised a £500 million investment in the home of the UK's nuclear deterrent as "Tory arrogance of the worst kind".

Ms Sturgeon said it was wrong of Chancellor George Osborne to pre-empt the outcome of a vote on the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent, which is due to be decided by MPs next year.

The SNP leader said that while she wanted to see Faslane have a strong future as a conventional naval yard, the money should be invested in health and education and used to reverse "cruel" welfare cuts.

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Fallon: 'We'll always defend right of Falkland Islanders'

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Credit: PA

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told the House of Commons: 'We will always defend the right of the Falkland Islanders'. He said he had approved the "return of military support helicopters" with two Chinooks operational next year to allow "24/7 tactical mobility".

"We will be renewing the ground-based air defence system when Rapier comes out of service around the end of the decade. We will also maintain our commitment to provide a Falkland Islands patrol vessel," he added.

Falkland defence bolster expected amid invasion fears

Britain is expected to increase the defences of the Falklands over fears that Argentina could launch a fresh invasion of the islands.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said land, sea and air defences were being upgraded in the face of a "very live threat" from the government in Buenos Aires.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon (right). Credit: PA

The move comes amid reports that Russia is working on an agreement to lease 12 long-range bombers to Argentina which could be used to support a renewed attack. Mr Fallon, who is due to set out the Government's plans in a Commons statement later today, said the deal was unconfirmed but that Britain had to take account of any future possible threat.

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Reports: Leaked documents show China hacked F-35 plans

Leaked documents reportedly show that Chinese spies hacked large amounts of data relating to the design of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet.

A Lockheed Martin F-35 at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Media reports suggest the alleged cyber theft is revealed in documents leaked to the German magazine Der Spiegel by former US security analyst Edward Snowden.

The F-35 is a stealth bomber developed by the US-based defence firm Lockheed Martin. The Royal Air Force is among the major customers for the jet.

The Sydney Morning Herald cites one document as saying that the theft amounts to "many terabytes of data" including information about the F-35's radar systems, engines and method for cooling exhaust gases.

MoD's £3.2bn deal to support naval bases and sustain 7,500 jobs

The Ministry of Defence has made a "huge investment" after awarding £3.2 billion of contracts to support the management of the UK's naval bases and help sustain more than 7,500 jobs.

HMS Ocean arrives into the docks at Royal Naval Base Devonport Plymouth. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

BAE Systems, which manages HMNB Portsmouth, has been awarded a £600 million contract while Babcock, which manages Devonport and Faslane, has been given a £2.6 billion deal.

The Royal Navy's warships and submarines will be maintained and repaired as part of the deal, the MoD said.

This huge investment in our naval bases will directly sustain more than 7,500 jobs and skills across the UK and ensure that the Royal Navy's fleet of 56 warships and submarines are in the best possible condition and available for operations.

– Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

The contract will secure around 1,500 jobs at Faslane on the Clyde, up to 4,000 posts at HMNB Devonport and more than 2,000 at Portsmouth.

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