All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 6

  • Opinion

    E-7 purchase is good news for UK


    Confirming one of the worst-kept ­secrets in UK defence procurement, late March’s £1.5 billion ($1.96 billion) order for five Boeing 737NG-based E-7 airborne early warning and control system aircraft was nevertheless a welcome development for the Royal Air Force (RAF).

  • News

    Brimstone 3 test success fires MBDA ambitions


    ​The latest iteration of MBDA's combat-proven Brimstone precision-strike weapon has undergone a successful first test firing. Conducted at the Vidsel range in Sweden, the telemetry unit-equipped Brimstone 3 was deployed from a surface launcher against a pick-up truck target.

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    UK signs E-7 airborne early warning contract


    ​The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed plans to acquire five Boeing 737-based E-7 airborne early warning and control system aircraft, with the platforms to be modified by Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group.

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    Meteor, Spear additions to give UK F-35s added punch


    Weapons integration activities on the Lockheed Martin F-35B are to be expanded for the UK, with the pending addition of MBDA's Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and in-development Spear ground-attack system.

  • Opinion

    OPINION: Bidding a fond farewell to RAF's mighty Tonka


    ​Out with the old, as the saying goes. This week, we mark the Royal Air Force’s retirement of its last Tornado strike aircraft, a half-century after it was conceived by the three-nation Panavia consortium, and 40 years after it entered UK service.

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    PICTURES: Diamond nine formation marks end for RAF Tornados


    ​The UK Royal Air Force has drawn to a close 40 years of service by its Panavia Tornado strike aircraft, with a final formation flight involving nine GR4-model examples conducted from the service's Marham base in Norfolk on 28 February.

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    PICTURES: RAF Tornados complete operational duties


    ​Deployed operations with the UK's Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft have come to an end, with its last examples having returned to the Royal Air Force's Marham base in Norfolk.

  • News

    UK military studies high-speed helicopter benefits


    The UK Ministry of Defence intends to complete a study later this year that will determine the future requirements for its medium- and heavy-lift helicopter fleets, opening up the possibility of an acquisition of high-speed designs.

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    PICTURES: RAF Tornados poised for operational end


    ​The UK Royal Air Force is within days of completing its last combat deployment involving the Panavia Tornado GR4, as preparations gather pace for the ground-attack stalwart's formal retirement by 31 March.

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    PICTURE: UK F-35s, Typhoon update hit operational milestones


    ​The UK has met its initial operational capability target for the Lockheed Martin F-35B, with nine examples assigned to the Royal Air Force's 617 Sqn now deemed "ready to be deployed on operations around the world".

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    Raytheon UK awarded 11-year Shadow support contract


    Raytheon UK has been awarded a £250 million ($315 million) contract to support operations with the Royal Air Force's Beechcraft King Air 350CER-derived Shadow R1 surveillance fleet until 2030.

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    PICTURE: RAF Typhoon makes air-defence debut with Meteor missile


    ​UK Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons have begun flying quick reaction alert sorties armed with MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles, the Ministry of Defence confirms.

  • RAF T-6C - Iain Mackenzie

    PICTURE: T-6C arrival completes UK trainer fleet renewal


    ​A key milestone in the UK Military Flying Training System programme was met on 3 December, with the early arrival of the last of 38 fixed-wing aircraft acquired via Elbit Systems UK/KBR joint-venture Affinity Flying Training Services.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • News

    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.

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    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.