All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 9

  • 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.

  • CPB - GA-ASI

    General Atomics performs first flight of next-generation Predator


    ​General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has carried out the maiden flight of its Certifiable Predator B (CPB), which will eventually lead to deliveries of the aircraft to the UK's Royal Air Force in 2018.

  • G120TP UK - Affinity

    PICTURE: First G120TPs delivered for UK training programme


    Grob Aircraft has delivered the UK military’s first pair of G120TPs to the Affinity Flight Training Services consortium, with the elementary trainers on track to enter use during 2017.

  • Reaper Brimstone grab - MBDA Inc

    US approves sale of up to 26 Protector UAVs to UK


    The UK is likely to acquire 26 examples of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Certifiable Predator B (CPB), according to a US State Department approval issued on 16 November.

  • RAF E-3D Sentry AWACS - Gary Dawson/REX Shuttersto

    Fire risk leads RAF to withdraw Sentry from operations


    The Royal Air Force’s Boeing E-3D Sentry airborne early warning aircraft have been temporarily removed from service, as a result of “major” issues with the platform’s electrical and fire safety equipment.

  • RAF Typhoon Russian Tu-95 QRA in UK - Crown Copyri

    RAF Typhoons to support NATO mission from Romania


    UK defence secretary Michael Fallon has agreed to commit Eurofighter Typhoons to NATO’s southern Europe air policing mission, with the type to be deployed to Romania in 2017.

  • Sentinel ZJ691 8C upgrade Broughton - Beth

    RAF Sentinel fleet unaffected until at least March


    The UK Royal Air Force will continue to operate its entire fleet of Raytheon Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft until at least March 2017, despite plans that should have seen one example retired two months ago.

  • Typhoon P3E - BAE Systems

    RAF Typhoon begins operational assessment of new upgrades


    The UK Royal Air Force has begun an operational evaluation of upgrades to its Eurofighter Typhoon, which will ultimately enable it to take over the ground-attack role currently performed by the Panavia Tornado GR4.

  • Interview

    INTERVIEW: Former RAF pilot makes mark in Red Bull Air Race


    ​After a Royal Air Force career as a Harrier pilot and Red Arrows team leader, Ben Murphy is now competing in the Red Bull Air Race’s Challenger Cup.

  • CPB - GA-ASI

    RAF eyes British weapons for Protector fleet


    The UK Royal Air Force remains confident that it will introduce British-made weapons onto its future Protector unmanned air vehicle, although a final decision on this element of the programme has yet to be made.

  • GlobalEye - Saab

    Saab identifies UK as potential GlobalEye customer


    Saab sees the UK as a potential customer for its new airborne early warning and control products as a replacement for the Royal Air Force’s Boeing E-3 Sentry.

  • Tornado GR4 pair - Crown Copyright

    RAF purchases BriteCloud decoy for operational testing


    The UK Ministry of Defence has bought a number of Leonardo BriteCloud active decoys for operational testing on-board the Royal Air Force’s Panavia Tornado GR4.

  • CPB - GA-ASI

    Certifiable Predator B nears flight test phase


    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is carrying out ground tests of its newly built Certifiable Predator B unmanned air vehicle, ahead of a flight campaign at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground throughout 2017 and 2018.

  • A400M sand - Airbus D&S

    Video: A400M carries out sand strip landing tests


    Airbus Defence & Space has carried out flight testing of its A400M transport on a specially prepared sand runway during certification demonstrations in Woodridge, UK.

  • Asraam on F-35 - Lockheed Martin

    UK orders advanced ASRAAM weapons for F-35B


    MBDA has been awarded a £184 million ($238 million) contract for the provision of advanced short range air-to-air missiles (ASRAAMs) for the UK’s Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: MoD outlines scope of ASDOT aggressor project


    ​The UK Ministry of Defence is developing a complex set of aggressor-type training requirements for all three of its armed services, with the ambition of developing a "Red Air" capability via its Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: RAF Sentinel chief makes plea to keep full fleet


    The Royal Air Force’s force commander for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISTAR) has made an impassioned plea for his full fleet of Raytheon Sentinel R1s to be retained past September, despite the current planning to retire one-fifth of the fleet.