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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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PM pledges 1,000 troops to multinational Nato force

British soldiers will make up a quarter of the special Nato force Credit: Friso Gentsch/DPA/Press Association Images

The Prime Minister has pledged 1,000 British troops to a "high readiness" Nato force, Downing Street has said.

When the force is ready, in late 2015, it will be capable of deploying within 2-6 days.

British troops will make up a substantial portion of the multinational force, which will total 4,000 troops.

Royal Navy to get £48 million helicopter missile system

The Ministry of Defence announced today a deal to buy new £48 million state-of-the-art missile system for Royal Navy helicopters.

The defence minister Philip Dunne said the system made in east Belfast by the defence company Thales UK "will help win battles."

A display model of the new LMM (lightweight multi-role missile) Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mr Dunne said coastlines represented areas of growing concern to armed forces around the world and this new technology would provide greater protection.

A cross section of a Starburst Missile warhead Credit: PA

The system will be used to target small ships and fast attack craft and be designed and built by Thales UK's Belfast plant.

Rory Stewart elected Defence Select Committee chair

Conservative MP Rory Stewart has been elected the new chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, taking over from fellow Tory James Arbuthnot.

Tory MP Rory Stewart will be the new chair of the Defence Committee. Credit: Bob Collier/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mr Stewart, who represents the Cumbria constituency of Penrith and The Border, has served in the army and the diplomatic service, along with running a charity in Afghanistan.

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