All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 7

  • Opinion

    OPINION: Why Red Arrows have put safety first for Farnborough


    ​For the first time in living memory, next month’s Farnborough air show will not be able to call on the awe-inspiring aerobatic skills of the pride of the Royal Air Force: the Red Arrows. A shining icon of the UK’s aerospace prowess, the team will be performing only a number ...

  • RAF Red arrows

    RAF cancels Red Arrows aerobatic display at Farnborough


    The Royal Air Force’s BAE Systems Hawk T1-equipped Red Arrows team will not carry out its aerobatic display during July’s Farnborough air show, amid concerns surrounding the safety of high-speed displays over populated areas following the fatal crash of a Hawker Hunter at the Shoreham air show last August.

  • Typhoon Storm Shadow - Eurofighter

    Typhoon weapons testing on target for UK


    ​The UK’s Project Centurion activity is on track to deliver a seamless transition between the UK Royal Air Force’s Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft and the multi-role Eurofighter Typhoon later this decade, according to BAE Systems.

  • USN P-8 Jacksonville - Beth Stevenson

    UK P-8 decision imminent


    UK defence officials are likely to approve a planned purchase of nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), with a decision possible over the next seven days.

  • Final RAF Voyager - BillyPix

    ILA: Airbus introduces final RAF Voyager


    ​The last example of the Royal Air Force’s 14-strong fleet of Airbus Defence & Space A330 Voyager tankers has made an appearance at ILA, fresh from being painted at Manching in Germany, and ahead of its planned delivery to manager AirTanker in July.

  • RAF Typhoon Dubai 2015 - BillyPix

    UK air strike data shows scale of involvement in Iraq and Syria


    Figures released by the UK government show 43 air strikes have been carried out in Syria by the Royal Air Force under its Operation Shader since offensive activities were extended into the country in December: only a fraction of the total since the campaign began over Iraq in September 2014.

  • 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.