All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 4

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: RAF100 spectacular adds to RIAT's allure


    One of the best opportunities to become immersed in the Royal Air Force's centenary celebrations will come on the eve of the aviation industry's main trade event at Farnborough, with multiple special events planned during the preceding Royal International Air Tattoo.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: RAF100 events mark strong legacy


    On 10 July, as many as 100 aircraft will take part in an historic flypast over The Mall and Buckingham Palace in London, to commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force's formation.

  • SkyGuardian - Crown Copyright

    Unmanned SkyGuardian to cross Atlantic for RIAT debut


    ​General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' MQ-9B SkyGuardian medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely-piloted air system will make it first transatlantic journey early next month, before appearing at the UK's Royal International Air Tattoo.

  • UK F-35B Marham - Crown Copyright

    PICTURES: UK's first F-35s touch down at Marham home


    ​The UK's first four new-generation strike aircraft touched down at the Royal Air Force's Marham base in Norfolk on the evening of 6 June, with the Lockheed Martin F-35Bs having completed a nonstop flight from South Carolina.

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    Affinity hails UK Phenom, Prefect training milestones


    ​With two of its new aircraft fleets already complete, the fixed-wing element of the UK Military Flying Training System programme recently achieved two key milestones.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: UK 'pleased with progress' of Predator UAV testing


    The UK’s role in the coalition efforts in the Middle East over recent years has led the country to become an operator of a number of discriminating technologies, in particular an armed version of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper UAV. The UK operates a 10-strong fleet of Block ...

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    UK re-forms 617 Sqn for F-35B era


    The Royal Air Force's 617 Sqn – the UK's first frontline unit to field the Lockheed Martin F-35B – has been officially re-formed during a ceremony in Washington DC.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: Aviation struggles to attract new talent


    Difficult though it may be for those in the aerospace industry to comprehend it, there is a real problem generating sufficient interest in aviation careers to meet the demand for highly skilled jobs like engineers, pilots and air traffic controllers.

  • News

    Team Tempest pursues UCAS demonstrator deal


    The UK Ministry of Defence plans to conduct a future test campaign using a low-cost unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator, with the work to build on the lessons learned from previous activities including its BAE Systems-led Taranis programme.

  • Typhoon Brimstone 2 - BAE Systems

    Brimstone deal to support MBDA sales offensive


    ​MBDA has received a long-term contract from the UK Ministry of Defence that will extend the production and sustainment of its improved Brimstone air-to-surface missile into the 2030s.

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    RAF Tornados ready to deploy BriteCloud decoys


    Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4 crews flying missions over Iraq and Syria are poised to benefit from a defensive update developed by Leonardo and recently approved for operational use by the UK Ministry of Defence.

  • F-35B over Marham - Crown Copyright

    UK preparing ambitious combat air strategy


    The UK Ministry of Defence will publish a new combat air strategy document later this year, which defence secretary Gavin Williamson says will “bring together the best of British engineering, skill and design, and deliver a compelling vision for the future of air power".

  • RAF Phenom 100 - Affinity

    Affinity completes UK military's Phenom trainer fleet


    ​The UK's fifth and final Embraer Phenom 100 to have been acquired under its Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme arrived at the Royal Air Force's Cranwell base in Lincolnshire on 30 January.

  • F-35B over Marham - Crown Copyright

    ANALYSIS: UK preparing ground for F-35B's arrival


    Sixteen years after signing up as a Level 1 partner on the US military's Joint Strike Fighter programme, the UK is now just months away from welcoming its first examples of the Lockheed Martin F-35B to home shores.

  • Typhoon Brimstones - BAE Systems

    Typhoon tests keep Brimstone integration on target


    ​A flight-test campaign involving nine live firings of MBDA's Brimstone air-to-surface missile from the Eurofighter Typhoon has been completed in the UK, with the combination on track to enter operational use with the Royal Air Force by March 2019.

  • RAF Puma HC2 - Crown Copyright

    UK extends support helicopter training deal


    The UK Ministry of Defence has signed an eight-year contract extension to its long-standing support helicopter synthetic training deal with CAE, ensuring training continuity until at least October 2025.

  • UK F-35B - Crown Copyright

    UK outlines IOC target for F-35s


    The UK remains on target to achieve initial operational capability (IOC) with the Lockheed Martin F-35B in late 2018, with its personnel training and testing activities gathering pace.

  • Shadow R1 - Crown Copyright

    UK commits to major upgrade for Shadow surveillance fleet


    One of the UK's key intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) types is to receive a major upgrade, under the terms of a long-term arrangement between the Royal Air Force and prime contractor Raytheon UK.

  • News

    Leonardo enters ASDOT training battle for UK


    ​Leonardo has joined forces with Discovery Air Defence Services and Inzpire in pursuit of a major UK aggressor aircraft requirement, making it the latest company to target the air support to defence operational training opportunity.

  • News

    RAF weighs training balance as new fleet nears use


    ​A new fleet of fixed-wing trainers being introduced to Royal Air Force use over the next two years will transform the way it prepares new pilots, with the service now reviewing its plans for the trio of types.