All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 10

  • RAF Sentinel - Crown Copyright

    DSEI: Raytheon eyes Sentinel exports


    ​Raytheon is seeking export customers for its Sentinel R1 wide-area surveillance aircraft, for which it is in talks with three potential customers.

  • Striker II BAE FS

    DSEI: BAE carries out Striker II HMD night trials


    BAE Systems has implemented a number of modifications to its Striker II helmet-mounted display (HMD), following night trials conducted on board a Eurofighter Typhoon in May.

  • News

    DSEI: UK to consider maritime patrol programme in defence review


    ​The UK’s continuing Strategic Defence and Security Review process has identified the lack of a maritime patrol aircraft capability as a key area of consideration, defence secretary Michael Fallon says.

  • Typhoon Paveway IVs - Craig Hoyle Flightglobal

    DSEI: UK orders penetrating warhead for Paveway IV bomb


    ​Raytheon UK has been awarded a £25 million ($38.5 million) contract to complete the development and qualification of a new warhead to equip the Paveway IV precision-guided bomb, for carriage by the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoons.

  • RAF A400M RIAT 2015 - Craig Hoyle Flightglobal

    DSEI: A400M achieves service entry milestone for UK


    The Royal Air Force has achieved the in-service date for its Airbus A400M tactical transport, with the milestone representing the transfer of a seventh aircraft from Airbus Defence & Space.

  • News

    DSEI: Airbus calls for UK maritime patrol competition


    ​The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is being urged to hold an open competition to fill any requirement for maritime patrol or multimission aircraft that may emerge from its Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) later this year, rather than pursue a sole-source procurement with Boeing.

  • SC-130J torpedo - Lockheed Martin

    DSEI: Lockheed Martin pitches SC-130J conversion to UK


    ​Lockheed Martin is proposing to adapt part of the Royal Air Force’s in-service fleet of C-130J tactical transports to meet a potential UK requirement for a maritime patrol or multi-mission aircraft capability.

  • RAF Puma HC2 - Crown Copyright

    DSEI: RAF Puma HC2 helicopters may operate until 2035


    UK service officials are contemplating extending the operational life of the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2 transports for an additional 10 years beyond their current 2025 retirement date, as they eye the possibility of an eventual replacement.

  • News

    UK A400Ms to get Airbus security boost


    ​Royal Air Force A400Ms will be equipped with an important security system from Airbus Defence & Space, under a new contract with the UK Ministry of Defence.

  • RN Sulsa 3D print UAV - Crown Copyright

    ANALYSIS: Royal Navy plays catch up with UAV operations


    While the UK Royal Air Force has an abundance of operational unmanned air vehicle experience, its naval sister service is a relative novice in UAV operations, and is exploring a variety of ways to approach the integration of such technology.

  • Apach AH1

    ANALYSIS: Questions remain as UK's SDSR nears


    As the UK nears the release of its next Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) in October, the pressure on the government to answer a number of questions surrounding capability gaps and needed upgrades continues to mount.

  • UK F-35B - Crown Copyright

    OPINION: What to expect from UK defence review


    ​It might barely have registered in the minds of the British public ahead of the May general election, but the future direction of the UK’s armed forces is within weeks of again dominating the news agenda.

  • UK Rivet Joint 2 - Crown Copyright

    RAF's second Rivet Joint ready for action


    The UK has received its second of an eventual three Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft, and detailed a package of enhancements that have been introduced with the refurbished jet since its lead example entered Royal Air Force use more than a year ago.

  • USAF F-35B

    ANALYSIS: UK combat air future hinges on SDSR decisions


    ​One of the key areas of clarity anticipated with the publication next month of the UK government’s second Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) concerns the size and shape of its future combat aircraft fleet.

  • RAF Typhoon Su-35 intercept Amari - Crown Copyrigh

    UK hands Typhoon baton over to Germany for NATO mission


    A Royal Air Force detachment of Eurofighter Typhoons has completed its rotation in support of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission in Estonia, handing over to a German unit of the same type.

  • Tornado GR4 Raptor - Crown Copyright

    RAF Tornado squadron to continue fighting militants in Iraq


    Panavia Tornado GR4 aircraft from the Royal Air Force’s 12 (Bomber) Sqn will continue to operate against Islamic State militants in Iraq until March 2017, further delaying the retirement of the type from UK service.

  • Puma HC2s - Crown Copyright

    Upgraded self-protection system selected for RAF Pumas


    ​Selex ES has been selected to provide a radar warning receiver (RWR) upgrade to the Royal Air Force’s Airbus Helicopter Puma HC2 rotorcraft fleet, replacing the Sky Guardian 200 that is currently installed on the type.

  • Tornado GR4 Raptor - Crown Copyright

    UTAS sets sights on Raptor integration with Typhoon


    ​UTC Aerospace Systems hopes to close a possible future gap in the UK’s tactical reconnaissance capability, ahead of the planned retirement of the Royal Air Force’s last Panavia Tornado GR4s in 2019.

  • Indian Su-30MKI Coningsby - Peter Foster

    Indian Su-30s start joint exercise with RAF Typhoons


    ​Four Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters from the Indian air force's 2 Sqn have begun their involvement in a UK-based exercise also involving Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons.

  • Typhoon replica RIAT 2015

    RIAT: Eurofighter set for weapons testing, but production questions remain


    The Eurofighter Typhoon is poised to enter a fresh round of advanced weapons testing in the UK, just as the programme’s four partner nations have agreed a new long-term plan to pursue additional future capability enhancements for the multi-role type.