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CAE installs synthetic training systems for TFST programme

Canadian training provider CAE has installed the first two Medallion MR e-Series visual display systems for the UK Royal Air Force’s Typhoon Future Synthetic Training programme

RAF Typhoon marks first air-to-air kill over Syria

A Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon has shot down an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) while operating over Syria, marking the first operational air-to-air engagement conducted by the type in UK service

RAF C-17 takes part in exercise Clockwork for the first time

RAF Air Mobility Force (AMF) assets from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, have started deploying personnel from all three UK MOD services to Northern Norway for an annual cold weather training exercise

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UK assumes risk of F-35B loss every 30,000 hours

The crash of a UK F-35B Lightning II fighter during take-off from the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) in the Mediterranean Sea recently came only one-third of the way into the planned for risk of loss of an airframe, based on fleet flight hours conducted

RAF to carry out ACE deployment in Outer Hebrides

Commencing November 29, the RAF will deploy both aircraft and personnel to Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, for a training exercise to develop the Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept

HMS Queen Elizabeth hosts Italian F-35s during cross deck exercise

HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) welcomed Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters from both the Marina Militare/ Italian Navy and the Aeronautica Militare/ Italian Air Force during a cross deck exercise with Italian Carrier, ITS Cavour, on November 21

RAF refuels Qatari Rafales for the first time

The Qatari Emiri Air Force's (QEAF) Dassault Rafales have conducted air-to-air refuelling (AAR) missions with a RAF Voyager KC2 Tanker for the first time during week-long Exercise Galway in Qatar

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Exclusive: RAF bases record hundreds of bird strikes or near-misses

More than 250 bird strikes or near-misses have been recorded at Royal Air Force (RAF) bases in the Southern and Eastern Regions since 2017, including a high of 73 incidents reported by RAF aircrews in 2020, with a further 46 up to October 28 this year

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Synth Wave: UK military embraces virtual training

For much of the past decade, the UK military has been busy shifting its real-world pilot training into synthetic environments, looking to utilise simulators instead of expensive fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, whose precious flight hours are considered better spent elsewhere

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MOD confirms retired RAF Sentinel sale to the US

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that the retired fleet of RAF Sentinel R1s are to be sold to a consortium instead of being scrapped, this is due to the sales bid being deemed more value for money to the UK taxpayer than the original fait of scrapping