22 October 2015The United Kingdom's defences have been at the cutting edge of technology for several years. Our nation has many friends, but we must also work to protect ourselves and advance our technologies. That is why I am announcing the following projects that will be completed in the year 2016:1. Laser defence systems: at a cost of only £0.49, firing a laser is extremely cost effective and ships, planes, and UAVs cannot outrun them. The Duxburian Union has already conducted successful trials and began fitting their Nimitz class carriers with them. The United Kingdom has also been developing its own laser defence system, and we will begin trials on them in the next month. If the trials prove successful, all British destroyers and carriers will be fitted with the equipment by the end of 2016. It is a cost effective way to keep our high capital fleet protected, and adds another layer of defence to our Royal Navy. 2. Blighter anti-UAV system: British companies Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems have engineered an anti-UAV system. AUDs manages to sabotage drones by severing the connection between the drone itself and the operator. AUDS consists of three parts. The first is the radar which detects the drones over a range of up to 32 kilometres. Once a drone is found, the electro-optical tracker picks up the job and allows the user to inspect the drone from a distance. When the time for killing comes, the Directional Radio Frequency Inhibitor swings the axe. The Inhibitor shoots radio signals at the same frequency as the drone is controlled, effectively blocking them. Without that connection between pilot and drone, it will fall to its untimely death or keep flying until it does. We will be installing them in several locations around London and onto high capital ships.3. Further development of UAVs: The British Army and Royal Air Force have already begun using the Desert Hawk and Watchkeeper drones in combat missions, most notably in the Teutonic States as a compliment to the British-Davishirian blockade. BAE Systems Taranis has nearly completed its trials and the unmanned aircraft looks to be operational by 2020. The Protector UAV will also be operational, thanks to our Duxburian partners. Our partnership and contract with their defence contractors have given us a derivative of their MQ-9 Reaper to be used by the RAF as its ISTAR UAV. The Novel Air Concept programme will reach its zenith next year, after nearly 7 years of design.4. Type 26 Frigate: construction of the Type 26 frigate to replace our current frigates have been under way since 2011, the first one due to be operational in 2016. This Global Combat Ship will have a crew of 116 and be capable on unmanned undersea vehicles, unmanned surface vehicles, aircraft launchpad capable of holding the Boeing Chinook as well as Merlin and Wildcat helicopters. This Global Combat Ship will also have the Type 997 Artisan 3D radar and Sea Ceptor (CAMM) air defence missiles as well as Tomahawk capabilities. Its hull will be quite, capable of anti-submarine warfare.It will be armed with Sting Ray acoustic homing torpedoes and next generation sonar capabilities. This is a ship that will compliment our Type 45 destroyers and the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers planned.5. F-35B Lightning II: The Duxburian Union, again through contracts existing between Britain and the Duxburians, has provided us with the initial 48 F-35B Lightning II aircraft. These aircraft will be placed on our Queen Eliabeth-type aircraft carriers, both of whom are awaiting aircraft before entering service in 2016.These updates are designed to keep the British homeland safe, meet the challenges of modern warfare, serve with our allies, and protect British interests abroad. Any further questions will be answered in Parilament over several periods of questions directed to myself and there will be further press conferences.The Rt. Hon. Bob Ainsworth, MPSecretary of State for Defence
Duxburian Navy to Receive Major Technical Upgrades, New ShipsI am proud to announce that the entire Duxburian Navy has been scheduled to undergo a period of comprehensive upgrades and refits. New technologies have recently become mature and we need to take advantage of these in order to continue fulfilling national policy objectives on the high seas. The list of planned changes include:1. Refit of all Burke Class destroyers and Nimitz Class Supercarriers with the Laser Weapon System (LaWS). This system has been successfully tested at 33 kW in sea trials. The laser is capable of dazzling or destroying all manner of targets like drones, boats, and missiles, up to a mile away. Its pinpoint accuracy allows the controller to even target small arms while leaving enemy soldiers unharmed. This is a highly economical weapon, with each shot costing about K:0.30. The Navy has deemed it an operational weapon, to be run at 60-100 kW for full military load. Each eligible destroyer and carrier will receive two modules, for standard use in any engagement.2. Refit of 4 Burke Class destroyers (DNS Dairghazbury, DNS Verington, DNS Lamington, and DNS Linden) with the experimental Third Generation HEL 300 kW laser system. This laser is more compact, more energy efficient, and much more devastating than the LaWS. Each of these destroyers will receive one module, which may be used offensively or defensively at the discretion of ship captains.3. Refit of all 3 Zimwalt Class destroyers with the Electromagnetic Railgun. Railguns use electricity to create a magnetic field and fire a kinetic kill projectile at hypersonic speeds. Current stable load is Mach 7.5 out to 100 nautical miles. This weapon is so powerful that the warhead may pass through both sides of an enemy warship, and in theory, even continue on to hit another one. The railgun can engage any target that our lasers can, but to far greater range, and in all-weather. The Navy intends to achieve speeds of Mach 30 and equip Burke destroyers with the weapon, but electromagnetic railgun technology is not quite mature enough for these goals. Each Zimwalt destroyer will receive 2 modules, for standard use in any engagement.4. Refit of all fleet flagships to include the CHAMP missile. This missile generates an EMP capable of destroying sensitive electronics in narrowly targeted areas, and can be assigned to hit multiple targets. The missile is considered experimental, to be used at the discretion of ship captains. Each eligible flagship will receive one missile.5. Refit of all VLS ships with the Standard Missile 6. The SM6 is our new long range defensive weapon for intercepting enemy missiles, aircraft, and other airborne threats. It replaces older SM versions.6. Commissioning of new ships and re-organization of the Fleet System. The Navy intends to form new fleets and re-assign ships until it is satisfied that our policy objectives can be met with a given configuration. These changes will be made on a rolling basis, with priority given to ships currently in port and in full seaworthy condition. All fleets have been called back to port in order to refit and re-organize. However, the Atlantic and Mortec submarine fleets, about 60 strong combined, will be stationed in the Atlantic and around the Red Sea entrance during this time. The Duxburian Navy is always prepared to protect its allies, obliterate its enemies, and serve its country. We hope these updates will enhance the Navy's capabilities to fulfill its obligations, deter potential rivals, and keep us at the forefront of military innovation. For questions or more information, please contact me at 1-800-DUX-NAVY or email@example.com.Jay NormanMedia Representative, Duxburian Navy
The next afternoon another 4 Vulcan B.2s were flying high over the Teutonic State. Because it was daylight they were being escorted at a distance by two F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft. The target was an area of military factories that produced munitions and other key things which would be exported to other nations, if there was no blockade that is. 10 minutes ahead of the main bomber force was a British aircraft, flying low and at speed the British plane dropped leaflets over the area that was due to be targeted 10 minutes later. The leaflets advised anybody in the area to move away from the area immediately and warned them of the impending strike. Each bomber was carrying 12, 1000Ib high explosive bombs. The three aircraft had seperate targets in the industrial area so would split off and target them each individually. The purpose of the strike was to show that the British and Davishirian Taskforce was committed to protecting the rights of the Teutonic people and that the Teutonic Government that it needs to change. With 15 minutes to the target the bombers once again started a rapid descent down to 2000ft in altitude. With the engines producing hardly any power at all this was an incredibly quiet manoeuvre. At this point the 4 pilots left their tight formation and headed for their individual targets. A munitions factory, a ball bearings factory, a gear manufacturing factory and a warehouse believed to be housing weapons. When the aircraft were flying straight and level at 2000ft the bomb aimers took control. "30 seconds... 20.....10.....5, 3, 2, 1, AWAY!" The bomb aimers pressed the red button and within half a second 12,000Ib of explosives were headed towards the factories below. Once again the pilots took back control, pushed the engines to full throttle creating an amazing Vulcan howl (see link on last post)as the aircraft began its climb back to its maximum operating altitude whilst heading north towards a refuelling tanker. The pilot radioed back, "Whisky" with the reply "Briefcase".This was the signal for another group further west to begin its run on an airport. The intention was to bomb the runway to a point where it could no longer be used. Flying below radar level 2 Vulcan B.2s were carrying a full payload of 21,000Ib high explosives. There was no fighter escort and on this occasion no warning. The Aircraft could see the runway, the bomb aimer took control of the aircraft. The first aircraft waited until the start of the runway before dropping its deadly payload one bomb at a time creating massive craters in the runway. The second plane gave it slightly longer before dropping its bombs so that the entire runway from one end to the other was smashed to bits. Once again the Vulcans accelerated toward the nearby Davishirian Military base which was still in existance. The amazing Vulcan Howl its goodbye to a shattered military airport. "Zero this is blackjack confirming zulu" Blackbuck 2 was a success...
It didn't take long for the Chinook, travelling at full speed, to reach HMS Ocean, a helicopter carrier which just happened to be going past on its return to Davishire. Once the aircraft had landed Lucinda was taken straight to the hospital bay where she was treated for various injuries. After about an hour or so she was taken to a private cabin just down the corridor. It was basically furnished, as could be imagined on a warship. After a short while a junior rating knocked on the door,
"Mrs Bareham, we have some clothes for you" he said as he entered the room. "If you need anything just ask a member of the crew, the captain will be popping down to see you in a short while"
Lucinda put the clothes on, it was less revealing than here normal attire but it would do until she could get to some decent shops. After a short while the captain came into the cabin,
"Mrs Bareham, welcome aboard HMS Ocean, she is a good ship and will get us back to Davishire safely. Once we are within range, which will be in a couple of days, a helicopter will take you to London where you will be housed in Sandford Palace for a few days at the instruction of the PM. Here you will continue your medical treatment until your release is revealed to the Union. Framptonian representatives are on the ship, they will be along shortly"
After a few complimentary words the captain left, leaving Lucinda alone in the cabin.It had been nearly 6 hours since she was picked up by the Davishirian soldiers in the middle of the night, it was in fact daylight. She however, didn't feel like sleeping, she sat on the single bed staring out of the porthole watching the world go by just thinking about her ordeal...
[font=Courier New][size=3]HM Ministry of Defence-Internal Memo- SECRET:Ultra[/size]
[/font][/b][font=Courier New]Due to recent events which have taken place in the Teutonic State, notably the successful rescue and significant firefight by Davishirian Forces to rescue Lucinda Bareham and Eric Pickles and ongoing opertions within the nation, the Davishirian Threat Level is increased to Severe with the military readiness increased to Exceptional.
[b]SPECIFIC SECURITY IMPLEMENTATIONS
[/b]-His Majesties Forces Teutonic State must take the highest security stance, ensure gates locked, inroads monitored and base secure
-10% increase in Teutonic State Deployment[/font]
The Inimician Armed Forces use a
unified, standardised rank system, consisting of six officer ranks, and six
enlisted ranks. The rank titles are different for every branch of the military
(army, navy, air force), but the rank ‘value’ is similar.[u]Army Ranks[/u] [u]Navy Ranks[/u][u]Air Force Ranks[/u]Please note: the Imperial Guard uses an independent ranking system as it is not formally part of the Inimician military, but rather an independent group financed from the Emperor's Household Budget and employed only at His Majesty's command. The same goes for the Imperial Wardens, who are not formally part of the Inimician Police Force, nor of the army, but are rather the Emperor's personal paramilitary and investigative service.
The woman gasped upon hearing Maletta's response, both imtimidated and fascinated by the man's way with words. In her past she was never challenged like this, considering that Red Croatia's well organized political system and the faith it's people put in their rulers kept her from facing issues this serious, and she never in her wildest dreams thought that she would be striking deals with a handsome foreigner that dared to challenge her divine right to rule. At that point the woman was left speechless, staring the Inquistan man down as she took a lot of time to think about this issue, even though she soon became distracted by his golden hair, piercing brown eyes and tanned skin, all rare traits in the north of Red Croatia. There was a certain irresistible, adventorous aura that Maletta exuded, with it keeping her wanting more, something that wouldn't do her well in this situation.
"Here's what we're going to do, Maletta. It is not up to me to decide what's going to happen between Inquista and Red Croatia, as I'm not the Queen. However, I'm interested in what Inquista would have to offer to our kingdom, because I see a lot of potential in you, which is why I'm going to have you travel to our capital to meet with this glorious nation's matriarch herself. At the end of the day, if she desires to make her rule a great one, she will be interested in what you have to say." Alasia then stood up and took a deep, relieving breath. "Perhaps this is not the best idea." she thought as she walked down the stairs, past the Inquistan man and towards the statue of Artemis, the great goddess she served. "If there was ever a time I needed a sign, it is now."
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