All UK Royal Navy articles

  • UK F-35B QE - Crown Copyright
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    UK F-35s make debut on new aircraft carrier

    2019-10-15T11:31:00Z

    UK-owned Lockheed Martin F-35Bs have landed on the deck of the Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time, just over a year before the combination will be declared operationally ready.

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth - Crown Copyright
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    UK prepares to test combined strike with Royal Navy and RAF

    2019-09-06T15:30:54Z

    The Royal Navy (RN), Royal Air Force (RAF) and UK industry are approaching a crucial demonstration of the country's formative carrier strike capability, with the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth at the heart of the activity.

  • F-35B SRVL thumb - Crown Copyright
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    ANALYSIS: UK on a roll after F-35B carrier trials

    2018-12-07T13:30:00Z

    After more than a decade of study, experimentation, modelling and simulation, the UK has successfully completed first trials of a shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) manoeuvre for the Lockheed Martin F-35B on board the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

  • F-35B SRVL - Crown Copyright
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    PICTURES: UK trials unique carrier landing technique with F-35B

    2018-10-16T09:17:51Z

    The UK has for the first time tested an experimental shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) technique at sea using a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning.

  • F-35B Queen Elizabeth pass - Crown Copyright
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    PICTURES: F-35Bs make debut appearance aboard UK aircraft carrier

    2018-10-01T12:09:32Z

    Preparations to restore the UK Royal Navy's lapsed carrier strike capability took a major step forward on 25 September, with the arrival of two Lockheed Martin F-35Bs for embarked testing aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

  • F-35B - NAVAIR
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    UK prepares for F-35B carrier trials

    2018-09-27T09:46:57Z

    The UK has taken delivery of its latest example of the Lockheed Martin F-35B, as an integrated test force (ITF) prepares to evaluate the short take-off and vertical landing type from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier for the first time.

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    Royal Navy bids farewell to Sea Kings

    2018-09-26T15:28:13Z

    The Royal Navy has withdrawn its final Westland Sea King helicopters from use, ending 49 years of UK operation for the twin-engined type.

  • F-35B over Marham - Crown Copyright
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    UK re-forms 617 Sqn for F-35B era

    2018-04-18T11:25:08Z

    The Royal Air Force's 617 Sqn – the UK's first frontline unit to field the Lockheed Martin F-35B – has been officially re-formed during a ceremony in Washington DC.

  • F-35B over Marham - Crown Copyright
    Analysis

    ANALYSIS: UK preparing ground for F-35B's arrival

    2017-12-04T11:35:25Z

    Sixteen years after signing up as a Level 1 partner on the US military's Joint Strike Fighter programme, the UK is now just months away from welcoming its first examples of the Lockheed Martin F-35B to home shores.

  • Merlins Queen Elizabeth - Crown Copyright
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    Merlin makes first landing aboard new UK aircraft carrier

    2017-07-05T11:26:31Z

    UK Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin helicopters performed the first deck landings aboard the service's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, just four days after the 65,000t vessel embarked on its maiden voyage.

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    Anglo-French anti-ship missile completes first test

    2017-07-05T10:23:17Z

    ​MBDA has detailed a successful first test firing of its helicopter-launched Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile, in development for France and the UK.

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    PARIS: UK carrier's helicopter fleet comes to the fore

    2017-06-21T17:21:04Z

    ​While the Lockheed Martin F-35B will inevitably be the main attraction of the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class carrier, the service is expecting the rotary fleet to really come into its own through the deployment of the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin, plus other possible rotorcraft in the future.

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    PARIS: Raytheon talks to UK over US Navy precision landing system for new carriers

    2017-06-19T07:08:17Z

    ​Raytheon is in discussions with the UK government regarding the potential adoption of the US Navy’s precision landing system onto the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, for use with the Royal Navy’s Lockheed Martin F-35B.

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    Royal Navy Lynx HMA8 fleet bows out of service

    2017-03-17T13:37:31Z

    A final flypast of four Royal Navy Westland Lynx HMA8 helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, will take place on 17 March, before the type is officially decommissioned on 23 March.

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    UK extends RWUAS activity with Leonardo

    2017-03-03T10:35:47Z

    The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a two-year contract extension with Leonardo to continue research and development into a rotary wing unmanned air system (RWUAS) for use during maritime operations.

  • Merlin Crowsnest - Thales
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    UK's Crowsnest surveillance programme takes off

    2017-01-17T11:52:59Z

    Prime contractor Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded £269 million ($327 million) to launch the manufacturing phase of the Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) system upgrade to the Royal Navy’s fleet of AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HM2s.

  • F-35B Paveway IV drop - BAE Systems
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    PICTURE: Paveway IV dropped from F-35

    2016-12-05T14:29:53Z

    Raytheon Systems' Paveway IV laser-guided bomb has been dropped from a Lockheed Martin F-35B, paving the way for integration of the weapon on the UK’s future Joint Strike Fighter fleet.

  • ScanEagle ship - Insitu
    News

    Boeing to test high levels of unmanned autonomy

    2016-10-24T13:23:54Z

    Boeing is planning to demonstrate the autonomous capabilities of a number of its unmanned systems during maritime surveillance operations.

  • Scan Eagle Royal Navy FS
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    Industry presents UAV upgrades to Royal Navy

    2016-10-17T11:49:15Z

    As the Royal Navy moves towards retiring its only unmanned air vehicle from service in 2017, industry has presented a number of upgrades to UK-operated systems to try and tempt the service into continuing operations with such technology.

  • Sw-4 Solo at Benbecula - Beth
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    Royal Navy embarks on Unmanned Warrior exercise

    2016-10-10T12:53:16Z

    The UK Royal Navy kicked off its first exercise dedicated to the introduction of unmanned systems on 10 October, in a demonstration of the service’s commitment to the introduction of the technology into future operations.