All articles by Richard Thomas

Richard is editor-in-chief for defence and transport at GlobalData.

Richard Thomas

Mediterranean-based UK patrol vessel HMS Trent unavailable for operations

The Batch 2 offshore patrol vessel is suffering from an undisclosed issue and is currently alongside in Gibraltar while repairs are carried out.

Was the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship a mistake?

The US Navy’s LCS programme promised a two-variant class of warship intended to function as both a light frigate and littoral patrol ship, but its days are numbered.

Russo-Ukraine war equipment loss ten times that of Moscow’s Chechen conflicts

Ten months of fighting has resulted in thousands of equipment losses on both sides, as the war drags on into 2023.

Lessons in lethality: Global Defence Technology 138

Soldier modernisation trends in lethality, the UK-based training of Ukraine’s raw recruits, and the threats of undersea warfare.

New missile selection ends UK’s anti-ship dilemma, for now

The announced purchase of the Naval Strike Missile from Norway will enable the Royal Navy to retain a surface warship-based anti-ship missile capability into the 2030s.

UK commits to naval splurge before Autumn Statement

In the space of 24 hours the UK Ministry of Defence awarded or announced preferred bidder status to nearly £6bn worth of contracts, hours before the Government’s latest financial statement.

Pragmatism wins the day as MROSS chosen over National Flagship

The decision by the UK Secretary of Defence to suspend the National Flagship programme has enabled investment into subsurface surveillance platforms.

Charting the extent of Iran’s arms proliferation

Iran’s support of proxies in the Middle East and allies such as Russia has extended to the provision of sophisticated weapons.

US Seventh Fleet continues “experimentation” with assault carriers

The US Navy is looking at different combinations of embarked air wing to enable its LHA vessels to operate as aircraft carriers.

OSINT in Ukraine: Global Defence Technology 137

In this edition: OSINT in Ukraine, India’s new carrier, digital avionics, and more.