All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 7

  • F-35B - NAVAIR

    UK prepares for F-35B carrier trials


    The UK has taken delivery of its latest example of the Lockheed Martin F-35B, as an integrated test force (ITF) prepares to evaluate the short take-off and vertical landing type from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier for the first time.

  • RAF Chinooks Mali - Crown Copyright

    PICTURE: RAF Chinooks boost French mission in Mali


    A trio of Royal Air Force Boeing Chinook HC5 transport helicopters have been deployed to Mali, where they will provide logistics support for a French-led counter-terrorism operation.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: UK gets headstart on Poseidon


    Although the UK's first Boeing P-8A Poseidon is only in the early stages of production, the Royal Air Force is already making major strides with gaining experience on the maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare type.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: Airbus flight-test guru prepares for final landing


    Putting the Airbus A350-1000 through its paces during this week’s flying display is a ­Farnborough veteran making his last appearance before retiring this summer.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: Team Shadow adds lift to UK surveillance fleets


    ​Two of the UK Royal Air Force's key surveillance types have received an operational lift, thanks to a new agreement between the Ministry of Defence, Raytheon UK and Textron Aviation.

  • Tempest FIA - BAE Systems

    FARNBOROUGH: Tempest concept underscores UK fighter ambitions


    ​A highly ambitious vision of the UK's next-generation fighter was revealed on the opening day of the Farnborough air show, with the Tempest concept adding significant firepower to the Ministry of Defence's new Combat Air strategy.

  • Protector 31 Sqn - Mark Kwiatkowski/FlightGlobal

    FARNBOROUGH: RAF touts potential of Protector programme


    ​General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is arriving at the Farnborough air show on a high, after completing a historic transatlantic first with its MQ-9B SkyGuardian – the basis for the UK Royal Air Force's future Protector remotely-piloted air system.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: Centurion delivers for RAF Typhoon force


    ​Expanded Royal Air Force operations with the Eurofighter Typhoon are on track to cover the retirement of its last Panavia Tornado GR4s in March 2019, while the service's long-term strike ambitions could be laid out in a new Combat Air strategy as the Farnborough air show starts.

  • A400M Voyager

    UK receives 20th Atlas as testing continues


    ​The UK Royal Air Force has received its 20th of an eventual 22 A400M Atlas transports from Airbus Defence & Space, while test flights of additional capabilities continue.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: The history of the Supermarine Spitfire and Eurofighter Typhoon


    ​To mark the 100th anniversary of the UK establishing the Royal Air Force as the first independent service of its kind, our cutaway choice for this Farnborough air show preview issue features two of the most significant types flown during its first century of operations.

  • News

    PICTURES: London flypast marks RAF's centenary


    ​Three of the UK's new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings were among around 100 aircraft which took part in a flypast over central London on 10 July as part of the Royal Air Force's ongoing centenary celebrations.

  • Typhoon Brimstones - BAE Systems

    Centurion update nears service with RAF Typhoons


    A vital programme to transfer ground-attack capabilities from the UK Royal Air Force's retiring Panavia Tornado GR4s to the Eurofighter Typhoon remains on target to deliver by year-end, according to BAE Systems.

  • Wedgetail - Commonwealth of Australia

    UK committee urges against Wedgetail selection


    The chairman of the UK's cross-party parliamentary Defence Committee has taken the unusual step of making public its concerns over a possible plan to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Boeing E-3D Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft.

  • 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.

  • G120TP Prefect - Crown Copyright

    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 ...

  • F-35B over Marham - Crown Copyright

    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.