All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 6

  • GlobalEye - Saab

    Saab identifies UK as potential GlobalEye customer


    Saab sees the UK as a potential customer for its new airborne early warning and control products as a replacement for the Royal Air Force’s Boeing E-3 Sentry.

  • Tornado GR4 pair - Crown Copyright

    RAF purchases BriteCloud decoy for operational testing


    The UK Ministry of Defence has bought a number of Leonardo BriteCloud active decoys for operational testing on-board the Royal Air Force’s Panavia Tornado GR4.

  • CPB - GA-ASI

    Certifiable Predator B nears flight test phase


    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is carrying out ground tests of its newly built Certifiable Predator B unmanned air vehicle, ahead of a flight campaign at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground throughout 2017 and 2018.

  • A400M sand - Airbus D&S

    Video: A400M carries out sand strip landing tests


    Airbus Defence & Space has carried out flight testing of its A400M transport on a specially prepared sand runway during certification demonstrations in Woodridge, UK.

  • Asraam on F-35 - Lockheed Martin

    UK orders advanced ASRAAM weapons for F-35B


    MBDA has been awarded a £184 million ($238 million) contract for the provision of advanced short range air-to-air missiles (ASRAAMs) for the UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: MoD outlines scope of ASDOT aggressor project


    ​The UK Ministry of Defence is developing a complex set of aggressor-type training requirements for all three of its armed services, with the ambition of developing a "Red Air" capability via its Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: RAF Sentinel chief makes plea to keep full fleet


    The Royal Air Force’s force commander for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISTAR) has made an impassioned plea for his full fleet of Raytheon Sentinel R1s to be retained past September, despite the current planning to retire one-fifth of the fleet.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: MBDA on target with Spear 3 development


    ​MBDA is on target with its development of the Spear 3 missile for the UK, following the receipt of a £411 million ($540 million) contract on 1 April.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: Details emerge of UK's Seedcorn staffing on P-8


    Royal Air Force personnel from the UK's ​Project Seedcorn activity broke cover at Farnborough on 11 July, as prime minister David Cameron confirmed the signature of an order to buy nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

  • Boeing P-8 Poseidon,

    FARNBOROUGH: UK firms up two big military buys


    The UK Ministry of Defence has firmed up two expected orders at the Farnborough air show, committing to the purchase of both the Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and AH-64E Apache attack helicopter.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: F-35B displays as UK is poised to sign key military contracts


    ​UK Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the show today amid hope that in the wake of recent political turmoil he will make key announcements demonstrating the country’s position as a top buyer of high-level military aircraft. Meanwhile the UK’s new fighter is expected to wow the crowds.

  • F-35 at RIAT - Mark Kwiatkowski

    RAF hints that UK could still opt for mixed F-35 fleet


    A Royal Air Force official has revealed that the UK has not ruled out acquiring a mixed fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35s, as the short take-off and vertical landing F-35B that is currently contracted carries out its first display to the British public.

  • UK F-35B - Crown Copyright

    Plans under way for October F-35B sea-based test


    Lockheed Martin's F-35B is due to embark on a third phase of ship-based developmental testing (DT) in October, the final step before it begins qualification trials on the UK’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier.

  • VIP Voyager - Crown Copyright

    RAF reveals VIP-configured Voyager


    The Royal Air Force’s VIP-roled Airbus Defence & Space A330 Voyager has been revealed ahead of its first deployment – transporting the UK defence secretary Michael Fallon to a NATO summit in Warsaw on 8 July.

  • News

    F-35 arrivals raise expectations for bumper RIAT


    For three days in early July, a normally sleepy air base in the Gloucestershire countryside will become one of the busiest in the UK, as military aircraft from around the globe descend for the annual showcase that is the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).

  • USAF MQ-9 at Holloman AFB - Beth Stevenson

    US Reaper pilot shortage prompts UK to consider sovereign training capability


    As the number of slots available to foreign allies at the US Air Force’s unmanned air vehicle training school continues to be limited, the UK is considering establishing its own domestic capability, ahead of a planned acquisition of a new fleet of remotely-piloted aircraft.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: Excitement builds around F-35's UK debut


    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s promised appearance at Farnborough is one of the most anticipated highlights of the show. Two years ago the type’s planned UK debut was cancelled after an engine fire grounded the fleet on the eve of the 2014 event. That Pratt & Whitney F135 ...

  • News

    PICTURES: F-35B touches down in UK for show debut


    ​Two years after the US Marine Corps' planned first transatlantic crossing with the short take-off and vertical landing F-35B was thwarted by an engine fire, a trio of the jets have touched down at RAF Fairford in the UK.

  • RAF C-17 at Papa Hungary - Crown Copyright

    PICTURES: RAF C-17 deploys to Hungary for joint training


    A Boeing C-17 strategic transport belonging to the Royal Air Force has been deployed to Hungary for the first time, to carry out night vision training alongside the multinational Heavy Airlift Wing’s fleet of the same type.

  • Storm Shadow on Tornado at Akrotiri - Crown Copyri

    PICTURES: RAF launches first Storm Shadow strike against IS in Iraq


    MBDA's Storm Shadow cruise missile has been used by the Royal Air Force in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq for the first time, with the weapon having been deployed by Panavia Tornado GR4s operating from its Akrotiri base in Cyprus.