All UK Royal Navy articles

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    Helicopter-launched MBDA Sea Venom anti-ship missile hits target during test


    The missile was launched from an Airbus Dauphin helicopter close to the minimum release height, reaching its cruise phase whilst sea skimming at very low height. 

  • Wildcat Sea Venom Marlet

    Weapon wing integration keeps Wildcat on target for carrier protection role


    The UK Royal Navy’s Wildcat HMA2 rotorcraft will be ready to defend the service’s largest-ever warships from next year, with the integration of key new armaments proceeding on schedule, Leonardo Helicopters says.

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    UK F-35s make debut on new aircraft carrier


    UK-owned Lockheed Martin F-35Bs have landed on the deck of the Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time, just over a year before the combination will be declared operationally ready.

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    UK prepares to test combined strike with Royal Navy and RAF


    The Royal Navy (RN), Royal Air Force (RAF) and UK industry are approaching a crucial demonstration of the country's formative carrier strike capability, with the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth at the heart of the activity.

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    ANALYSIS: UK on a roll after F-35B carrier trials


    After more than a decade of study, experimentation, modelling and simulation, the UK has successfully completed first trials of a shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) manoeuvre for the Lockheed Martin F-35B on board the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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    PICTURES: UK trials unique carrier landing technique with F-35B


    The UK has for the first time tested an experimental shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) technique at sea using a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning.

  • F-35B Queen Elizabeth pass - Crown Copyright

    PICTURES: F-35Bs make debut appearance aboard UK aircraft carrier


    Preparations to restore the UK Royal Navy's lapsed carrier strike capability took a major step forward on 25 September, with the arrival of two Lockheed Martin F-35Bs for embarked testing aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

  • 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.

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    Royal Navy bids farewell to Sea Kings


    The Royal Navy has withdrawn its final Westland Sea King helicopters from use, ending 49 years of UK operation for the twin-engined type.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Merlins Queen Elizabeth - Crown Copyright

    Merlin makes first landing aboard new UK aircraft carrier


    UK Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin helicopters performed the first deck landings aboard the service's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, just four days after the 65,000t vessel embarked on its maiden voyage.

  • News

    Anglo-French anti-ship missile completes first test


    ​MBDA has detailed a successful first test firing of its helicopter-launched Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile, in development for France and the UK.

  • News

    PARIS: UK carrier's helicopter fleet comes to the fore


    ​While the Lockheed Martin F-35B will inevitably be the main attraction of the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class carrier, the service is expecting the rotary fleet to really come into its own through the deployment of the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin, plus other possible rotorcraft in the future.

  • News

    PARIS: Raytheon talks to UK over US Navy precision landing system for new carriers


    ​Raytheon is in discussions with the UK government regarding the potential adoption of the US Navy’s precision landing system onto the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, for use with the Royal Navy’s Lockheed Martin F-35B.

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    Royal Navy Lynx HMA8 fleet bows out of service


    A final flypast of four Royal Navy Westland Lynx HMA8 helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, will take place on 17 March, before the type is officially decommissioned on 23 March.

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    UK extends RWUAS activity with Leonardo


    The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a two-year contract extension with Leonardo to continue research and development into a rotary wing unmanned air system (RWUAS) for use during maritime operations.

  • Merlin Crowsnest - Thales

    UK's Crowsnest surveillance programme takes off


    Prime contractor Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded £269 million ($327 million) to launch the manufacturing phase of the Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) system upgrade to the Royal Navy’s fleet of AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HM2s.

  • 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.

  • ScanEagle ship - Insitu

    Boeing to test high levels of unmanned autonomy


    Boeing is planning to demonstrate the autonomous capabilities of a number of its unmanned systems during maritime surveillance operations.