All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 7

  • 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.

  • News

    UK to drive down Typhoon operating costs to match F-16


    ​The UK Royal Air Force is to enhance the capability of its Eurofighter Typhoons by using money saved via a new in-service support model for the multirole type.

  • Typhoon IPA6 Brimstone - BAE Systems

    UK's Typhoon transition on target after Brimstone test


    BAE Systems says the UK's phased replacement plan for the Panavia Tornado GR4's strike capabilities remains on schedule, following a successful first separation of an MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon.

  • RAF C-130J - Crown Copyright

    Centre wing box replacement deal supports RAF's Hercules


    ​The UK Royal Air Force will continue operating its remaining Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transports until 2035, with their service-life extension to be supported by a key structural upgrade programme.

  • G120TP RIAT - Craig Hoyle FlightGlobal

    G120TP gets UK release to service approval


    ​The UK's operational introduction of the Grob Aircraft G120TP elementary trainer has moved a step closer, after the Affinity Flying Training Services joint venture secured military release to service approval for the type.

  • Meteor F-35B - MBDA

    Meteor integration gets boost for UK F-35s


    ​MBDA has been awarded a £41 million ($52.6 million) contract to begin preparing its Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile for integration with Lockheed Martin's F-35B for the UK.

  • News

    ​Boeing receives $2.2bn order for 17 P-8As


    Boeing has secured a $2.2 billion contract covering 17 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft destined for the US Navy, plus export customers Australia and the UK.

  • Chinook HC5 - Crown Copyright

    PICTURES: RAF welcomes updated Chinook HC5


    The UK Royal Air Force has received the first of its Boeing CH-47 Chinooks upgraded to the HC5 standard.

  • Rafale Scalp-EG - Dassault

    France, UK advance deep strike weapons study


    France and the UK have launched a three-year programme to advance the replacement of their current inventories of air-launched cruise missiles and anti-ship weapons, to enter use around the end of the next decade.

  • A400M RAF - Crown Copyright

    Fallon calls for tactical advance on A400M


    UK defence secretary Michael Fallon has challenged Airbus Defence & Space to maintain its drive on the A400M programme during 2017, so that the Royal Air Force can take full advantage of its capabilities across a wide range of operational conditions.

  • CPB - GA-ASI

    UK allocates funding to Protector programme


    The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded £100 million ($126 million) to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to kick off the Royal Air Force’s Protector unmanned air vehicle programme.

  • F-35B Paveway IV drop - BAE Systems

    PICTURE: Paveway IV dropped from F-35


    Raytheon Systems' Paveway IV laser-guided bomb has been dropped from a Lockheed Martin F-35B, paving the way for integration of the weapon on the UK’s future Joint Strike Fighter fleet.