All UK Royal Air Force articles

  • P-8A Kinloss
    News

    RAF welcomes first Poseidon to Kinloss base

    2020-02-04T15:49:00Z

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has moved a step closer towards reinstating its lapsed dedicated maritime patrol aircraft capability, with its first Boeing P-8A Poseidon having touched down at its Kinloss base in Scotland on 4 February.

  • Jupiter
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    UK orders four more H145 Jupiter training helicopters

    2020-01-21T10:17:00Z

    The UK Ministry of Defence has ordered an additional batch of four Airbus Helicopters H145 Jupiter trainers for operation by the Ascent Flight Training joint venture.

  • RAF P-8A Jacksonville - Crown Copyright
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    RAF's first Poseidon delivered for training

    2019-11-04T05:40:00Z

    Boeing has formally delivered a first P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), with the adapted 737NG to support crew training activities in the USA for the next few months.

  • 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.

  • maggie appleton
    Interview

    INTERVIEW: Maggie Appleton chief executive Royal Air Force Museum

    2019-10-10T14:38:00Z

    Maggie Appleton is chief executive of the Royal Air Force Museum, a role that encompasses her vision to inspire the public about the service s activities using personal testimony and immersive exhibitions.

  • News

    Spear-EW concept puts UK on the offensive

    2019-09-12T14:36:09Z

    MBDA and Leonardo have been contracted to test an electronic-attack development of the former's Spear air-to-surface missile for the UK Ministry of Defence.

  • Protector RG1 - Crown Copyright
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    UK signs £100m Protector test and evaluation deal

    2019-09-12T13:58:51Z

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a roughly £100 million ($123 million) contract to complete test and evaluation-phase activities on the Protector RG1 remotely piloted air system on order for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF).

  • Shadow R1 - Crown Copyright
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    Self-protection deal safeguards RAF's Shadow fleet

    2019-09-12T12:58:17Z

    The Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Shadow R1 fleet of intelligence-gathering aircraft is to receive a major self-protection upgrade, intended to safeguard the Beechcraft King Air 350CER-based type against attack using infrared-guided missiles.

  • P-8A Poseidon RAF - Boeing
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    RAF targets April 2020 for maritime patrol resumption

    2019-07-30T16:16:00Z

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is on track to restore its lapsed maritime patrol aircraft capability within the next nine months, according to Air Commodore Rich Barrow, senior responsible owner for the service’s Boeing P-8 and E-7 acquisitions.

  • RAF Reaper Afghanistan - Crown Copyright
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    UK details Reaper transition plan as Protector advances

    2019-07-30T14:30:00Z

    The UK is planning to achieve a seamless transition in its delivery of unmanned surveillance services from the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator to the company’s more capable Protector RG1 by 2024, with flight testing of the new model now gathering pace.

  • Cosmic Girl - Virgin Orbit
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    RAF test pilot to fly with Virgin Orbit crew

    2019-07-24T16:07:00Z

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) test pilot will be seconded to support Virgin Orbit’s small satellite launch activities, with a successful candidate to fly on board its modified Boeing 747-400 platform, named “Cosmic Girl”.

  • LANCA - Craig Hoyle/FlightGlobal
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    RIAT: UK takes wraps off unmanned LANCA concept

    2019-07-21T08:29:00Z

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

  • Typhoon Centurion - Crown Copyright
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    RIAT: How Typhoon updates put Centurion on guard for UK

    2019-07-20T16:07:54Z

    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 ...

  • E-7 RAF - Crown Copyright
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    RIAT: Acquisition reform to boost UK defence programmes

    2019-07-19T13:00:00Z

    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
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    RIAT: New MFTS arrivals add lift to UK pilot training

    2019-07-19T12:40:00Z

    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.

  • Su-27 Ukraine RIAT 2019 - Craig Hoyle/FlightGlobal
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    PHOTO GALLERY: All the best images from RIAT 2019

    2019-07-19T12:09:00Z

    We showcase some of the hardware on display at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), taking place from 19-21 July at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

  • 207 Sqn F-35B - Crown Copyright
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    PICTURES: UK's second F-35B squadron arrives at Marham home

    2019-07-17T16:15:45Z

    ​Six Lockheed Martin F-35Bs assigned to the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) 207 Sqn operational conversion unit touched down at the service’s Marham base in Norfolk on 16 July.

  • E-7 RAF - Crown Copyright
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    Marshall, Boeing sign UK E-7 risk-reduction contract

    2019-07-16T10:50:35Z

    Boeing and the UK's Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group have signed a risk-reduction-phase contract linked to the latter's modification of five 737NGs for the Royal Air Force (RAF) E-7 airborne early warning and control system aircraft acquisition.

  • RAF P-8 debut – Boeing
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    PICTURES: UK's first Poseidon MRA1 makes flight debut

    2019-07-15T12:59:44Z

    The UK’s first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft made its flight debut on 12 July.

  • F-35B first mission - Crown Copyright
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    PICTURES: UK F-35s make operational debut

    2019-06-27T09:56:17Z

    ​The UK gave an operational debut to its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning force in mid-June, with the fifth-generation type having flown missions over Iraq and Syria alongside Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons.