All UK Royal Navy articles – Page 2

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    The Royal Navy has withdrawn its final Westland Sea King helicopters from use, ending 49 years of UK operation for the twin-engined type.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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Scan Eagle Royal Navy FS

    Industry presents UAV upgrades to Royal Navy


    As the Royal Navy moves towards retiring its only unmanned air vehicle from service in 2017, industry has presented a number of upgrades to UK-operated systems to try and tempt the service into continuing operations with such technology.

  • Sw-4 Solo at Benbecula - Beth

    Royal Navy embarks on Unmanned Warrior exercise


    The UK Royal Navy kicked off its first exercise dedicated to the introduction of unmanned systems on 10 October, in a demonstration of the service’s commitment to the introduction of the technology into future operations.

  • 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.

  • ScanEagle launch - Crown Copyright

    Royal Navy will use Unmanned Warrior to assess ScanEagle replacement


    The Royal Navy is looking towards the Unmanned Warrior exercise that will take place later this year to assess “all options” for the replacement of its Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle unmanned air vehicles, which will go out of service in late 2017.

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    FARNBOROUGH: Bell eyes German heavylift requirement for V-22


    Bell Helicopter is touting its co-developed V-22 tiltrotor for the German air force’s heavylift rotorcraft requirement, despite the programme having largely focused on only two other options to date.

  • 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.