RAF (Royal Air Force)

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail News Premium

UK’s current E-7A acquisition costs at £800m and counting

The UK has so far spent over £800m on the planned acquisition of E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 airborne early warning and control aircraft

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Runway problems disrupt Voyager ops at RAF Brize Norton

Unusually hot weather caused damage to the runway at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on July 18, which resulted in the disruption of operations for almost a week, particularly with the RAF’s Airbus A330-243MRTT Voyager KC2/KC3 fleet

Protector RPAS News Premium

UK orders 13 more Protector RG1s

UK Defence Minister Jeremy Quin has confirmed that a £195m contract has been signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for a further 13 MQ-9B Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft for the RAF

UK agrees deal for 13 Protector RPAS

The UK has agreed a £195m deal for a further 13 Protector remotely piloted aircraft systems, with a total of 16 now ordered from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

RAF Typhoons test tactical refuelling concept in Norway

RAF-operated Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, have completed a proof of concept exercise in Norway, which tested tactical ground-based refuelling capabilities at a dispersed forward operating location

BAE Systems to support joint UK-Qatar Hawk training unit

BAE Systems has been awarded a six-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide support and training for a new joint British-Qatari Hawk training squadron, which will be based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire

Report highlights environmental challenges for UK aerospace

The UK’s aerospace and defence firms need to “fundamentally rethink” how they will navigate the increasing number of environmental, social and governance challenges

Hawk TMK2 Flying Training Device News Premium

RAF progress on cloud-data, drone swarms and synthetic training

The progression of technologies such as cloud-data processing, unmanned swarming systems and synthetic training environments have been listed as targets for the UK’s Royal Air Force

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British Army retires final Defender, Islander aircraft

Army Air Corps operations with the Britten-Norman Defender and Islander have finally ended following the departure of the last aircraft from 5 Regiment’s No 651 Squadron at Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station Aldergrove (Belfast International Airport) in Northern Ireland

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RAF marks 50 years of Puma ops with national flypast

The RAF has marked the 50th anniversary of its Westland Puma medium-lift tactical transport helicopter fleet by conducting a nationwide flypast, involving ten examples of the type, on July 7