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Aircraft Report: Boeing E-3 Sentry

With its distinctive fuselage-mounted rotating radar dome, Boeing’s E-3 Sentry is one of the most recognisable AEW&C aircraft in operational service

US to stay at Mildenhall, proposes Spangdahlem Air Base withdrawal

The US Defense Secretary, Dr Mark Esper, announced plans to reduce the US military’s presence in Germany on July 29 – a move which cancels previous plans to relocate RAF Mildenhall-based aircraft and personnel to the country.

System of systems could bankrupt Tempest

The UK’s Tempest programme which aims to have a next generation fighter and supporting assets in service from 2035 could see spiralling costs if it takes a narrow system of systems approach.

UK’s QinetiQ claims manned-unmanned teaming first

With a point and click interface, on June 19 a semi-autonomous drone was directed to identify targets on the UK Army’s Salisbury Plain test range by an operator onboard an Airbus Helicopters H125.

Saab invests £50m for FCAS Centre in UK

Saab announced £50 million for a new Future Combat Air System (FCAS) UK centre on day one of Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) Connect, which also saw seven new industrial partners for Team Tempest unveiled.

UK orders first three Protectors

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has been contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to build its first three Protector RG1 unmanned combat air systems (UCAS) for the Royal Air Force.

RAF modifies pilot training for Reaper, Protector

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has unveiled a new, improved personnel training pathway for unmanned aerial system (UAS) pilots ahead of the arrival of its new Protector RG1 platform.

RAF Typhoons take part in German-led exercise

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from No 11 (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, have taken part in the German-led Exercise MAGDay over the southern North Sea.

RAF unveils new scheme for VIP Voyager

The RAF has rolled out a specially painted Airbus A330 Voyager KC2 multi-role tanker/transport for special use as a VIP transport for senior UK government officials and members of the Royal Family.

Joint UK-Qatari Typhoon unit takes flight

The Royal Air Force (RAF) and Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) have commenced flying operations under No 12 Squadron, a joint force Eurofighter Typhoon unit based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.