All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 3

  • UK F-35B Marham - Crown Copyright

    UK confirms new deal for 17 F-35Bs


    The UK Ministry of Defence has ordered its next 17 Lockheed Martin F-35Bs, as part of a 255-unit, multinational framework agreement announced by the US Department of Defense.

  • Protector 31 Sqn - Mark Kwiatkowski/FlightGlobal

    UK watchdog concerned by defence funding shortfall


    ​The UK Ministry of Defence is making some progress with improving its financial planning around major projects, but the budget for its current equipment plan falls short of expected requirements by around £7 billion ($9.2 billion), the National Audit Office watchdog has warned.

  • Tornado GR4 9 Sqn tail - Crown Copyright

    PICTURE: RAF Tornado gains retirement markings


    The UK Royal Air Force is advancing with preparations to mark the departure from service of its last Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft next March.

  • E-3D Sentry - Crown Copyright

    Saab voices opposition to UK Wedgetail buy


    Rival producers of airborne early warning and control/battle management aircraft are stepping up their efforts to halt a non-competitive acquisition of the Boeing/Northrop Grumman E-7 Wedgetail system by the UK.

  • F-35B SRVL - Crown Copyright

    PICTURES: UK trials unique carrier landing technique with F-35B


    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.

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    UK in talks to buy Boeing E-7 Wedgetail Early Warning and Control aircraft


    ​The British Ministry of Defense (MOD) is in talks with Boeing to acquire the E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control System.

  • F-35B Queen Elizabeth pass - Crown Copyright

    PICTURES: F-35Bs make debut appearance aboard UK aircraft carrier


    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

    UK prepares for F-35B carrier trials


    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.

  • RAF Chinooks Mali - Crown Copyright

    PICTURE: RAF Chinooks boost French mission in Mali


    A trio of Royal Air Force Boeing Chinook HC5 transport helicopters have been deployed to Mali, where they will provide logistics support for a French-led counter-terrorism operation.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: UK gets headstart on Poseidon


    Although the UK's first Boeing P-8A Poseidon is only in the early stages of production, the Royal Air Force is already making major strides with gaining experience on the maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare type.

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    FARNBOROUGH: Airbus flight-test guru prepares for final landing


    Putting the Airbus A350-1000 through its paces during this week’s flying display is a ­Farnborough veteran making his last appearance before retiring this summer.

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    FARNBOROUGH: Team Shadow adds lift to UK surveillance fleets


    ​Two of the UK Royal Air Force's key surveillance types have received an operational lift, thanks to a new agreement between the Ministry of Defence, Raytheon UK and Textron Aviation.

  • Tempest FIA - BAE Systems

    FARNBOROUGH: Tempest concept underscores UK fighter ambitions


    ​A highly ambitious vision of the UK's next-generation fighter was revealed on the opening day of the Farnborough air show, with the Tempest concept adding significant firepower to the Ministry of Defence's new Combat Air strategy.

  • Protector 31 Sqn - Mark Kwiatkowski/FlightGlobal

    FARNBOROUGH: RAF touts potential of Protector programme


    ​General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is arriving at the Farnborough air show on a high, after completing a historic transatlantic first with its MQ-9B SkyGuardian – the basis for the UK Royal Air Force's future Protector remotely-piloted air system.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: Centurion delivers for RAF Typhoon force


    ​Expanded Royal Air Force operations with the Eurofighter Typhoon are on track to cover the retirement of its last Panavia Tornado GR4s in March 2019, while the service's long-term strike ambitions could be laid out in a new Combat Air strategy as the Farnborough air show starts.

  • A400M Voyager

    UK receives 20th Atlas as testing continues


    ​The UK Royal Air Force has received its 20th of an eventual 22 A400M Atlas transports from Airbus Defence & Space, while test flights of additional capabilities continue.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: The history of the Supermarine Spitfire and Eurofighter Typhoon


    ​To mark the 100th anniversary of the UK establishing the Royal Air Force as the first independent service of its kind, our cutaway choice for this Farnborough air show preview issue features two of the most significant types flown during its first century of operations.

  • News

    PICTURES: London flypast marks RAF's centenary


    ​Three of the UK's new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings were among around 100 aircraft which took part in a flypast over central London on 10 July as part of the Royal Air Force's ongoing centenary celebrations.

  • Typhoon Brimstones - BAE Systems

    Centurion update nears service with RAF Typhoons


    A vital programme to transfer ground-attack capabilities from the UK Royal Air Force's retiring Panavia Tornado GR4s to the Eurofighter Typhoon remains on target to deliver by year-end, according to BAE Systems.

  • Wedgetail - Commonwealth of Australia

    UK committee urges against Wedgetail selection


    The chairman of the UK's cross-party parliamentary Defence Committee has taken the unusual step of making public its concerns over a possible plan to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Boeing E-3D Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft.