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Raytheon bags Tomahawk contracts on either side of the Atlantic

Raytheon Missile Systems picked up two major contracts for its Block V Tomahawk cruise missile in the last week of May

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CONFIRMED: Queen's Jubilee flypast aircraft list

After much speculation, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the line-up for today’s (June 2) flypast to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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A look at the Dauphin IIs supporting the Royal Navy's FOST mission

A familiar sight in the skies above Cornwall and Devon but less so elsewhere, Ian Harding considers the unique and specialised operations of the Dauphin II helicopter that performs an important Flag Officer Sea Training role on behalf of the Royal Navy

£360m contract signed for the Wildcat WIST programme

A total of 340 jobs are due to be sustained with Leonardo at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, and other companies due to a five-year £360m support and training contract being renewed with Leonardo Helicopters UK

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The incredible impact of the Sea Harrier on naval aviation

Devoid of conventional aircraft carriers and relying on land-based RAF assets for protection, in the late 1970s the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm found itself without a fixed-wing fighter for the first time in its history. Bertie Simmonds discovers that, thankfully, it wasn’t for long

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UK carriers could get jet-powered drones under Project Vampire

The UK Ministry of Defence is looking to begin the procurement of a series of jet-powered drones this year that will operate from Royal Navy platforms, potentially including the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers

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Adopting ASaC: Merlins take over Royal Navy surveillance role

Now responsible for covering the Royal Navy’s airborne surveillance and control mission, alongside its established maritime patrol helicopter roles, the Fleet Air Arm’s Merlin Helicopter Force is adapting to meet the challenges of a new operating environment, as we report

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Airborne comeback for former Royal Navy Staggerwing 

Beech D17S Staggerwing N18V flew for the first time in around 35 years late last year from Leopoldsburg, Belgium…

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Bundle of surplus UK Merlin kit offered for sale

The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment & Support is selling more than 1,000 pieces of equipment previously utilised by the country’s Merlin rotary fleet, valued at more than £45m in total

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Wessex – the beginning of a legend

The Royal Navy operated numerous versions of the Wessex and ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ was there to cover the helicopter’s early days with the Fleet Air Arm with this report from the October 5, 1961 issue