All UK Royal Air Force articles

  • E-7

    Wedgetail conversion work was commercially unviable, says Marshall


    The UK’s Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has confirmed that it withdrew from a project to convert five Boeing 737NGs into E-7A Wedgetail surveillance platforms for the Royal Air Force due to commercial considerations.

  • E-7A Wedgetail

    Boeing picks STS for UK Wedgetail conversions


    Boeing Defence UK has named STS Aviation Services as its conversion partner for the Royal Air Force’s future fleet of five 737NG-based E-7A Wedgetail surveillance aircraft, after Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group withdrew from the project.

  • Posiedon ZP802 Kinloss

    Second UK arrival keeps RAF Poseidon fleet on target


    The UK Royal Air Force’s second Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft arrived at Kinloss in Scotland on 13 March.

  • Saab digital tower

    RAF to trial Saab digital tower technology


    The UK Royal Air Force has selected Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions to conduct an operational concept demonstration of a digital tower capability at its Lossiemouth base in Scotland.

  • P-8A Kinloss

    RAF welcomes first Poseidon to Kinloss base


    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

    UK orders four more H145 Jupiter training helicopters


    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

    RAF's first Poseidon delivered for training


    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

    UK F-35s make debut on new aircraft carrier


    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: Maggie Appleton chief executive Royal Air Force Museum


    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


    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

    UK signs £100m Protector test and evaluation deal


    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

    Self-protection deal safeguards RAF's Shadow fleet


    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

    RAF targets April 2020 for maritime patrol resumption


    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

    UK details Reaper transition plan as Protector advances


    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

    RAF test pilot to fly with Virgin Orbit crew


    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

    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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Su-27 Ukraine RIAT 2019 - Craig Hoyle/FlightGlobal

    PHOTO GALLERY: All the best images from RIAT 2019


    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.