All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 8

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: Aviation struggles to attract new talent


    Difficult though it may be for those in the aerospace industry to comprehend it, there is a real problem generating sufficient interest in aviation careers to meet the demand for highly skilled jobs like engineers, pilots and air traffic controllers.

  • News

    Team Tempest pursues UCAS demonstrator deal


    The UK Ministry of Defence plans to conduct a future test campaign using a low-cost unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator, with the work to build on the lessons learned from previous activities including its BAE Systems-led Taranis programme.

  • Typhoon Brimstone 2 - BAE Systems

    Brimstone deal to support MBDA sales offensive


    ​MBDA has received a long-term contract from the UK Ministry of Defence that will extend the production and sustainment of its improved Brimstone air-to-surface missile into the 2030s.

  • Tornado GR4 - Crown Copyright

    RAF Tornados ready to deploy BriteCloud decoys


    Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4 crews flying missions over Iraq and Syria are poised to benefit from a defensive update developed by Leonardo and recently approved for operational use by the UK Ministry of Defence.

  • 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.