All RIAT 2019 articles

  • Firebird RIAT - Craig Hoyle/FlightGlobal

    RIAT: Firebird makes European debut as Northrop names buyers


    Northrop Grumman has revealed the first two customers for its Firebird intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, as the company exhibits the type in Europe for the first time at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).

  • LANCA - Craig Hoyle/FlightGlobal

    RIAT: UK takes wraps off unmanned LANCA concept


    Three bidders have been selected to pursue a UK demonstration-phase contract for an unmanned lightweight affordable novel combat aircraft (LANCA) capability.

  • F-35B lands - Crown Copyright

    RIAT: Lockheed Martin enjoying European sales high


    Lockheed Martin is eyeing increased opportunities to deliver a broad range of defence products to European customers, with the F-35 Lightning II holding particular appeal as the company continues to drive down the cost of its fifth-generation stealth fighter.

  • Typhoon Centurion - Crown Copyright

    RIAT: How Typhoon updates put Centurion on guard for UK


    The past 12 months have seen a momentous shift in the UK’s combat aircraft balance, with Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s having received new ground-attack weapons, its last Panavia Tornado GR4s retiring and the type’s successor – the Lockheed Martin F-35B – conducting its first operational missions in the ...

  • Typhoon Gripen RIAT 2019 - Craig Hoyle/FlightGloba

    RIAT: Sweden joins formation with UK on Tempest programme


    Sweden has become the first nation to join forces with the UK on its Tempest future combat air system (FCAS) project, with the pair having signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on the initiative.

  • H135 MFTS

    RIAT: UK plans growth of military training fleet


    UK defence procurement officials are evaluating an expansion of the country’s military flight training fleet, with decisions on the acquisition of new rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft due over the next 12 to 18 months.

  • AT-6 RIAT - Craig Hoyle/FlightGlobal

    RIAT: Wolverine hopes for US Air Force certification boost


    Textron Aviation Defense believes a forthcoming US Air Force certification campaign for its Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine light-attack aircraft will open to the door to future export orders.

  • M-346FA

    RIAT: Leonardo stays on target with armed M-346FA


    Leonardo anticipates achieving service entry in 2021 for the M-346FA – an armed variant of its advanced jet trainer – as certification and integration work continues.

  • Airbus Bird of Prey c Airbus

    RIAT: Airbus unveils Bird of Prey concept


    Airbus has revealed a hybrid-electric 80-seat airliner design – with "feathered" wing and tail structures mimicking an eagle or falcon.

  • airbus 50 a400m

    RIAT: Airbus defence unit flies clear of A400M turbulence


    It has been a long time coming, but Europe's largest multinational military aircraft programme appears to be finally flying clear of the turbulence that has buffeted its progress over much of the past decade.

  • E-7 RAF - Crown Copyright

    RIAT: Acquisition reform to boost UK defence programmes


    The UK's defence procurement body is pursuing an acquisition review process, with a new way of working with suppliers, more rapid and efficient development activities and increased export sales among its objectives.

  • RAF T-6C - AirTeamImages

    RIAT: New MFTS arrivals add lift to UK pilot training


    All three of the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) new fixed-wing training aircraft types will be in the static display at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in the hands of military operators, following the recent completion of deliveries via Affinity Flying Training Services.