All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 9

  • Typhoon Paveway IV - Raytheon UK

    Raytheon hopeful of full UK adoption of Paveway IV upgrades


    Raytheon is confident the enhanced moving target-tracking seeker it is developing for its Paveway IV laser-guided bomb will be adopted by the UK Royal Air Force, but anticipates this will not happen until a new penetrating warhead has been integrated onto the service’s weapons.

  • RAF Shadow R1 - Sunshine Band AirSpace

    Extended RAF Shadow fleet to include trainer conversion


    Expanding the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Raytheon Shadow R1 signals intelligence aircraft from five to eight operational units – as revealed by the government in November – will include the conversion of one configured as a trainer, plus two new-builds.

  • Typhoon Paveway IVs - Craig Hoyle Flightglobal

    First Typhoons and additional Tornados bolster RAF's anti-IS contribution


    The extension of the UK’s operations against Islamic State militants into Syria has seen an additional two Panavia Tornado GR4s deployed to the Royal Air Force's Akrotiri base in Cyprus, plus a new deployment of six Eurofighter Typhoons.

  • Opinion

    OPINION: Second time lucky for UK defence?


    ​Life experience tells us that after making a mistake, it takes guts, humility – or both even – to recognise it and put things right.

  • SC-130J missile - Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed expresses UK MPA disappointment, looks to new opportunities


    Lockheed Martin says the lack of open competition for the UK’s newly-selected maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) is disappointing, but says there are other opportunities worldwide for its Vigilance mission system on a variety of aircraft types.

  • Apache AH1 - Crown Copyright

    UK defence review promises rotorcraft stability


    ​Reflecting its major investments in military helicopters for several years, the UK government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) contains no major surprises with regard to the rotorcraft sector.

  • P-8A

    SDSR provides surge for UK airborne capabilities


    ​The UK has revealed a commitment to a new maritime patrol aircraft plus a number of life extensions for ongoing aerial capabilities in its highly anticipated and newly-released Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

  • News

    ​UK to obtain nine P-8 maritime patrol aircraft


    The UK is set to announce plans to obtain nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, as well as extend the service life of the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon fighters.

  • News

    DUBAI: Inzpire brings tablets to military cockpits


    UK firm Inzpire is promoting a tablet-based electronic flight bag for used by military air crews.

  • RAF Typhoon Dubai 2015 - BillyPix

    DUBAI: UK defence review to boost international focus


    While its likely equipment contents remain a tightly-guarded secret, strengthening the UK’s relationship with international allies will be a central theme of the UK’s soon-to-be-published Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), one of the nation’s defence ministers has revealed.

  • P-8A

    Experts debate likelihood of UK acquiring favoured P-8


    With the release of the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) around three weeks away, one defence expert has claimed that the government should bypass a competition for the replacement of the Royal Air Force’s cancelled BAE Systems Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol aircraft, and source an aircraft directly.

  • UAV - AscTec

    New-start Iris to offer high-end sensing UAV services


    A newly created company is preparing to penetrate the unmanned air vehicle services market by offering high-end sensing for commercial applications.

  • News

    ​ADEX: RAF A400M makes Seoul debut


    A UK Royal Air Force Airbus Defence & Space A400M was the star of this year’s Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX).

  • RAF Puma HC2 - Crown Copyright

    UK Puma crash kills five in Kabul


    ​A Royal Air Force-operated Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2 transport crashed in Afghanistan on 11 October, killing five of the 10 personnel aboard the upgraded type.

  • Frecce Tricolori RIAT 2011 640 c Lukasz Golowanow/

    KEEP IT TIGHT: 10 flight display teams of note


    With the South Korea air force “Black Eagles” display team featuring on the cover of this week’s Flight International, what better excuse to celebrate – somewhat at random and in no particular order – 10 military flight display teams that may be coming to an air show near you.

  • RAF Reaper - Crown Copyright

    MoD reveals Reaper derivative will be chosen for Protector


    The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the unmanned air vehicle that it plans to acquire under its recently-announced Protector effort will be a derivative of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper that the Royal Air Force operates.

  • RAF Reaper - Crown Copyright

    'Protector' UAV fleet to replace RAF Reapers


    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has introduced a “Protector” programme, which will seek to replace the Royal Air Force’s 10-strong General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicle fleet.

  • Sentinel R1 pair - Crown Copyright

    Sentinel to continue anti-IS ops until 2016


    The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Air Force’s Raytheon Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft will continue to be operated in Iraq and Syria until 2016, despite uncertainty surrounding the fleet's lifespan.

  • RAF A400M DC - James Drew Flightglobal

    RAF A400M stretches legs on US detachment


    With four operational Airbus A400Ms in use, the UK Royal Air Force is working overtime to “unlock” the potential of the service's new tactical transport, with one aircraft now in the USA to assess carriage of the US Army's Stryker armoured fighting vehicle.

  • MQ-9 with sonobuoy - General Atomics

    New maritime capability developed for MQ-9


    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has introduced a new sonobuoy capability for its MQ-9 Guardian maritime unmanned air vehicle which, alongside a number of other developing technologies, could make it a contender to help fill the UK’s maritime patrol gap.