All UK Royal Air Force articles – Page 9

  • F-35 at RIAT - Mark Kwiatkowski

    RAF hints that UK could still opt for mixed F-35 fleet


    A Royal Air Force official has revealed that the UK has not ruled out acquiring a mixed fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35s, as the short take-off and vertical landing F-35B that is currently contracted carries out its first display to the British public.

  • UK F-35B - Crown Copyright

    Plans under way for October F-35B sea-based test


    Lockheed Martin's F-35B is due to embark on a third phase of ship-based developmental testing (DT) in October, the final step before it begins qualification trials on the UK’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier.

  • VIP Voyager - Crown Copyright

    RAF reveals VIP-configured Voyager


    The Royal Air Force’s VIP-roled Airbus Defence & Space A330 Voyager has been revealed ahead of its first deployment – transporting the UK defence secretary Michael Fallon to a NATO summit in Warsaw on 8 July.

  • News

    F-35 arrivals raise expectations for bumper RIAT


    For three days in early July, a normally sleepy air base in the Gloucestershire countryside will become one of the busiest in the UK, as military aircraft from around the globe descend for the annual showcase that is the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).

  • USAF MQ-9 at Holloman AFB - Beth Stevenson

    US Reaper pilot shortage prompts UK to consider sovereign training capability


    As the number of slots available to foreign allies at the US Air Force’s unmanned air vehicle training school continues to be limited, the UK is considering establishing its own domestic capability, ahead of a planned acquisition of a new fleet of remotely-piloted aircraft.

  • News

    FARNBOROUGH: Excitement builds around F-35's UK debut


    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s promised appearance at Farnborough is one of the most anticipated highlights of the show. Two years ago the type’s planned UK debut was cancelled after an engine fire grounded the fleet on the eve of the 2014 event. That Pratt & Whitney F135 ...

  • News

    PICTURES: F-35B touches down in UK for show debut


    ​Two years after the US Marine Corps' planned first transatlantic crossing with the short take-off and vertical landing F-35B was thwarted by an engine fire, a trio of the jets have touched down at RAF Fairford in the UK.

  • RAF C-17 at Papa Hungary - Crown Copyright

    PICTURES: RAF C-17 deploys to Hungary for joint training


    A Boeing C-17 strategic transport belonging to the Royal Air Force has been deployed to Hungary for the first time, to carry out night vision training alongside the multinational Heavy Airlift Wing’s fleet of the same type.

  • Storm Shadow on Tornado at Akrotiri - Crown Copyri

    PICTURES: RAF launches first Storm Shadow strike against IS in Iraq


    MBDA's Storm Shadow cruise missile has been used by the Royal Air Force in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq for the first time, with the weapon having been deployed by Panavia Tornado GR4s operating from its Akrotiri base in Cyprus.

  • Opinion

    OPINION: Why Red Arrows have put safety first for Farnborough


    ​For the first time in living memory, next month’s Farnborough air show will not be able to call on the awe-inspiring aerobatic skills of the pride of the Royal Air Force: the Red Arrows. A shining icon of the UK’s aerospace prowess, the team will be performing only a number ...

  • RAF Red arrows

    RAF cancels Red Arrows aerobatic display at Farnborough


    The Royal Air Force’s BAE Systems Hawk T1-equipped Red Arrows team will not carry out its aerobatic display during July’s Farnborough air show, amid concerns surrounding the safety of high-speed displays over populated areas following the fatal crash of a Hawker Hunter at the Shoreham air show last August.

  • Typhoon Storm Shadow - Eurofighter

    Typhoon weapons testing on target for UK


    ​The UK’s Project Centurion activity is on track to deliver a seamless transition between the UK Royal Air Force’s Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft and the multi-role Eurofighter Typhoon later this decade, according to BAE Systems.

  • USN P-8 Jacksonville - Beth Stevenson

    UK P-8 decision imminent


    UK defence officials are likely to approve a planned purchase of nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), with a decision possible over the next seven days.

  • Final RAF Voyager - BillyPix

    ILA: Airbus introduces final RAF Voyager


    ​The last example of the Royal Air Force’s 14-strong fleet of Airbus Defence & Space A330 Voyager tankers has made an appearance at ILA, fresh from being painted at Manching in Germany, and ahead of its planned delivery to manager AirTanker in July.

  • RAF Typhoon Dubai 2015 - BillyPix

    UK air strike data shows scale of involvement in Iraq and Syria


    Figures released by the UK government show 43 air strikes have been carried out in Syria by the Royal Air Force under its Operation Shader since offensive activities were extended into the country in December: only a fraction of the total since the campaign began over Iraq in September 2014.

  • BF-04 Flt 371 piloted by Lt Col Tom Fields perform

    RAF Voyager begins F-35B refuelling certification


    The Royal Air Force’s Airbus A330 Voyager will become the fourth non-US aerial refuelling tanker to be certified to fill up the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II following recent tests with an F-35B at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

  • H145 MFTS

    Airbus Helicopters wins UK rotary MFTS deal


    Airbus Helicopters has won the UK Ministry of Defence’s rotary-wing training contract under the Military Flying Training System (MFTS) framework, defeating a rival bid from Cobham using AgustaWestland rotorcraft.

  • F-35B UK - Crown Copyright

    UK F-35 commander highlights training challenge


    The Royal Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-35 force commander has emphasised the importance of allied partner testing to ensure that operators make the most of the fifth-generation aircraft.

  • F-35 Spear - MBDA UK

    UK MoD funds further development of Spear 3 missile


    MBDA has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence for further development of its Spear 3 missile for use on the Lockheed Martin F-35B.

  • UK Chinook HC6 - Boeing

    ANALYSIS: UK helicopter training looks to make synthetic shift


    In 2014, the Royal Air Force’s chief of air staff, ACM Andrew Pulford, said that “without any doubt” more of the UK forces' training had to be simulated, moving away from a reliance on live flying.