All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 11

  • BF-04 Flt 371 piloted by Lt Col Tom Fields perform

    RAF Voyager begins F-35B refuelling certification


    The Royal Air Force’s Airbus A330 Voyager will become the fourth non-US aerial refuelling tanker to be certified to fill up the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II following recent tests with an F-35B at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

  • H145 MFTS

    Airbus Helicopters wins UK rotary MFTS deal


    Airbus Helicopters has won the UK Ministry of Defence’s rotary-wing training contract under the Military Flying Training System (MFTS) framework, defeating a rival bid from Cobham using AgustaWestland rotorcraft.

  • F-35B UK - Crown Copyright

    UK F-35 commander highlights training challenge


    The Royal Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-35 force commander has emphasised the importance of allied partner testing to ensure that operators make the most of the fifth-generation aircraft.

  • F-35 Spear - MBDA UK

    UK MoD funds further development of Spear 3 missile


    MBDA has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence for further development of its Spear 3 missile for use on the Lockheed Martin F-35B.

  • UK Chinook HC6 - Boeing

    ANALYSIS: UK helicopter training looks to make synthetic shift


    In 2014, the Royal Air Force’s chief of air staff, ACM Andrew Pulford, said that “without any doubt” more of the UK forces' training had to be simulated, moving away from a reliance on live flying.

  • Taranis Typhoon - BAE Systems

    ANALYSIS: Taranis developers reveal test flight specifics


    Despite having performed a maiden sortie some three years ago, details remain sketchy on the flight-test campaign of the BAE Systems Taranis unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator.

  • RAF Reaper - Crown Copyright

    UK committee urges more legal clarity on overseas UAV strikes


    An inquiry into the UK government’s targeted killings overseas using unmanned air vehicles has concluded that more clarification is needed to distinguish the legal boundaries between armed conflicts and counter-terrorism operations.

  • Tornado Brimstone - MBDA

    Enhanced Brimstone completes RAF Tornado assessment


    The Royal Air Force has completed a series of trials of the enhanced variant of MBDA's Brimstone air-to-surface missile using the Panavia Tornado GR4.

  • MQ-9 ER - General Atomics

    UK selects Certifiable Predator B as Reaper replacement


    The UK Ministry of Defence has decided to procure the in-development General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Certifiable Predator B unmanned air vehicle under its Protector programme. The UAV will be acquired through a foreign military sales contract with the US Department of Defense.

  • Typhoon Rafale - Crown Copyright

    Fighter exercise concludes Anglo-French Griffin Strike


    Four French air force Dassault Rafale Cs and eight Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons deployed to RAF Leeming in mid-April for Exercise Griffin Strike. The manoeuvres were intended to validate part of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) component of the bilateral Lancaster House Treaty, signed in 2010.

  • Tornado GR4 Kandahar - Crown Copyright

    RAF Tornado successfully trials BriteCloud protection system


    Finmeccanica is hopeful that the Royal Air Force will be the launch customer for its BriteCloud active decoy, following the completion of a series of tests of the system onboard the service’s Panavia Tornado GR4 combat aircraft.

  • ETPS Hawk - Jamie Hunter Qinetiq

    UK Hawks receive five-year support boost


    Contracts totalling £372 million ($530 million) have been awarded to BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce to continue supporting the UK Ministry of Defence’s Hawk trainer fleet for a five-year term.

  • Reaper Brimstone graphic

    Brimstone Reaper integration still in the pipeline


    MBDA is still hopeful its dual-mode Brimstone air-to-surface missile will be carried on General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles, as it awaits requirements that will lead to the next round of testing.

  • FCAS mock up - BAE Systems

    New $2.2 billion Anglo-French FCAS phase announced


    ​France and the UK are set to launch a new project under their Future Combat Air System (FCAS) effort that will see unmanned air vehicle prototypes developed under a newly announced £1.54 billion ($2.19 billion) agreement.

  • RAF Voyager FSTA 13 - Crown Copyright

    AirTanker receives penultimate Voyager ahead of civilian conversion


    AirTanker has received the 13th of the Royal Air Force’s Airbus Defence & Space A330-200 Voyager tanker transports, ahead of a planned civilian conversion of the type.

  • News

    UK Typhoon tests Reccelite XR pod


    ​The UK Royal Air Force has recently completed a series of test flights of the Eurofighter Typhoon carrying Rafael's Reccelite XR reconnaissance pod.

  • F-35B UK - Crown Copyright

    First ASRAAMs delivered for UK F-35 testing


    MBDA has delivered the first batch of advanced short range air-to-air missiles (ASRAAM) to the USA, ahead of planned flight trials on board the UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

  • Striker II BAE FS

    Striker II HMD development nears completion


    Development of the BAE Systems Striker II helmet-mounted display (HMD) is due to end in the coming months, following the completion of a flight-test campaign to validate its integrated night vision capability.

  • T-6C UK - Affinity

    UK signs £1.1bn deal for new military training fleet


    ​The UK Ministry of Defence has signed contracts worth £1.1 billion ($1.58 billion) to cover the remaining fixed-wing elements of its Military Flight Training System (MFTS) infrastructure. The deals span the provision of a trio of new aircraft types and related ground-based training equipment.

  • RAF Reaper full size - RAF

    UK reveals sharp increase in Reaper Hellfire use


    A sharp surge in the number of Lockheed Martin AGM-114 missiles deployed from the Royal Air Force’s unmanned air vehicle fleet was seen between 2014 and 2015, marking a rise in the type's use from the drawdown from intervention in Afghanistan, to current operations in Iraq and Syria.