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  • Royal Air Force Pilots Ordered To Shoot Down "Hostile" Russian Jets Over Syria

    10/16/2016 6:15:47 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 55 replies ^ | 13OCT2016 | Tyler Durden
    As the US officially enters the Yemen military campaign, the UK appears ready and willing to precipiate a catalytic event from which there is no going back. With relations between Russia and the West at post-Cold War lows and deteriorating fast, Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian military jets when flying missions over Syria and Iraq, if they are endangered by them. The development comes with warnings that the UK and Russia are now "one step closer" to being at war, according to the Sunday Times. While the RAF's Tornado pilots have...
  • RAF Typhoons hunt for Russian 'bandits' as Nato protects Baltic skies

    08/28/2016 10:19:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 27 AUGUST 2016 | David Blair
    When the siren sounded, the RAF pilots dashed for the cockpits of their Typhoons. Within minutes, two jet fighters were streaking across a summer sky, their wings laden with air-to-air missiles, searching for unidentified intruders they know as “bandits”. Over the next half hour, Wing Commander Roger Elliott and his wingman would make three separate interceptions of Russian military aircraft. “You do have adrenalin pumping and when you launch, you don’t know what’s out there,” said Wg Cdr Elliott. “But it also makes you feel very satisfied because that is what we’re here to do.” These pilots from II Squadron...
  • UK Imam: War is Coming, Muslims Can Take Women As Sex Slaves

    08/01/2016 11:48:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | July 31, 2016 | Liam Deacon
    An Imam has told his congregation in Wales that war is approaching and Islam allows them to take women as slaves and rape them. Ali Hammuda is an Imam at Cardiff’s Al-Manar Mosque, where three Islamic State (IS) fighters worshipped before travelling to Syria. They were known as the “Cardiff jihadis” before one was killed in an RAF drone strike as he was thought to be plotting attacks in the UK. Before the strike, Reyaad Khan and Nasser Muthana, then both 20, appeared in an IS recruiting video in 2014 where they bragged about executing prisoners. Muthana’s younger brother Aseel,...
  • Eurofighter Approaching True Potential

    07/13/2016 10:35:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 12, 2016 | Chris Pocock
    Development of the Eurofighter Typhoon into a multi-role combat jet has taken a long time. But the aircraft displayed here by BAE Systems test pilot Nat Makepeace shows that this capability is finally nearing. It is carrying six MBDA Brimstone air-to-ground missiles on two three-rail under-wing launchers, plus two Raytheon Paveway IV laser and GPS-guided bombs. In addition, four MBDA Meteor BVRAAMs nestle on under-fuselage stations, and two MBDA ASRAAM shorter-range AAMs occupy the outer pylons. The Paveways are already operational on UK Royal Air Force Typhoons, having been integrated as a ‘Phase 1 Enhancement’ (P1E). The Meteors form part...
  • Can Britain Afford F-35 Grand Plans?

    07/11/2016 10:45:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 11, 2016 | Chris Pocock
    Britain has big plans for its F-35s, but whether they are affordable remains a big question. Minister for defense procurement Philip Dunne claimed last week that, apart from the U.S., the UK “will be the only other nation that can project power.” But to meet that ambition, the defense budget must by the early 2020s cover the cost of buying and operating two new 70,000-ton aircraft carriers, and at least two squadrons of F-35Bs—the most expensive version of the stealth jet to buy and fly. Moreover, those F-35s are priced in dollars, against which the British pound has just sunk...
  • Lightning roars through the rainbow: Two years late, the RAF's first Ł100m F-35 stealth jets

    06/29/2016 8:54:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | 30 June 2016 | Larisa Brown
    The RAF's state-of-the art new fighter jet touched down in the UK for the first time tonight. The world’s most advanced stealth aircraft landed at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, after flying from the US with a Briton at the controls. Its arrival came two years after it pulled out of air shows because of an engine fire. As if the sky had been choreographed, a spectacular rainbow broke out on the arrrival of the new jets The Ł100million British F-35B Lightning II jet - joined by two more owned by the US Marine Corps - will take part in a series...
  • RAF jets to face US F-22 stealth fighters in mock battles over UK

    04/14/2016 10:50:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 13 APRIL 2016 | Ben Farmer
    RAF jets will battle American stealth fighters in mock dogfights over Britain for the first time in the coming days. British Typhoon fighters will take part in air-to-air combat drills against United States Air Force F-22 Raptor jets. The contests will be the first time the aircraft have gone head-to-head in UK skies, RAF sources said. A dozen F-22s arrived at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk earlier this week and are due to stay for practice missions with the RAF until the start of next month. An RAF source said the allies were likely to fight scenarios at both close visual...
  • U.S. government approves sale of $3.2B worth of Boeing 'sub-killers' to UK

    03/25/2016 7:55:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | Mar 25, 2016 | Steve Wilhelm
    The U.S. government has approved sale of up to nine P-8 maritime patrol and strike aircraft to the United Kingdom, a new export sale for the popular Boeing (NYSE: BA) military jet. The British deal will be worth up to $3.2 billion, according to Reuters. Boeing also exports the so-called "sub killers" to Australia and India. There's a market for the jets in countries with large coastlines. The approval, while not unexpected, is a boost to the Puget Sound region. Boeing assembles the 737-based aircraft at its Renton site on a production line separate from the commercial 737s. Boeing then...
  • Rover and out: Stray dog takes out RAF jet as it landed at 200 miles per hour

    03/11/2016 2:54:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Sun, U.K. ^ | March 11, 2016
    AN RAF warplane targeting IS was badly damaged after hitting a stray dog as it landed at 200mph. The Ł9.4million Tornado GR4 was returning to a base in Cyprus after a night sortie. Its fearful pilot and navigator even considered ejecting from the jet — still carrying a payload of Brimstone and Paveway missiles. But a relieved source said: “No one was hurt, just shaken up.” Tuesday’s scare at RAF Akrotiri saw fire crews race on to the runway, as a refuelling tanker that had accompanied it was forced to circle for half an hour. Damage to the undercarriage was...
  • Pain and pleasure of the Spitfire Club (1st Flight was 80 yrs ago)

    03/04/2016 7:58:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    BBC News ^ | MARCH 5, 2016 | Greig Watson
    Thinkstock Eighty years ago the first Spitfire prototype flew from Eastleigh aerodrome in Hampshire. One man reveals the impact piloting this aircraft had on his life. It was always an exclusive club, and now there are only a handful of people left who can claim membership. To fly a Spitfire, especially in combat, is as close to holding a place in mythology as modern times allow. But Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Wellum DFC, still passionate and engaging at 94, cautions against hyperbole. "I didn't think of myself as glamorous but certainly I was aware it was a privilege," he says. "Everybody...
  • British Pilots Push Eurofighter Typhoon Upgrades

    01/25/2016 9:41:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    AIN Online ^ | January 25, 2016 | Chris Pocock
    The complete set of weapons planned for the RAF’s Typhoon fleet are displayed on the full-scale model. From left to right: ASRAAM; Brimstone; Storm Shadow; Paveway and Meteor. (Photo: Chris Pocock) British Royal Air Force (RAF) test and evaluation pilots have flown a Eurofighter Typhoon equipped with the Phase 2 Enhancement (P2E) software and avionics. The service is keen to ensure that the P2E and follow-on P3E phases of development are completed on time by the end of 2018, so that it can withdraw its last three remaining Tornado strike aircraft squadrons in 2018-19. The RAF will not be replacing...
  • RAF fighters 'bound for Japan for first time in decades' as UK builds military ties

    01/08/2016 4:40:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 08 Jan 2016 | Ben Farmer
    Britain is considering sending fighter jets to Japan for the first time in decades for joint combat exercises in the country, amid heightened tension in the region over China’s territorial claims. The announcement of closer military ties with Tokyo came as the Foreign Secretary said that any attempt to restrict air or sea travel in the disputed South China Sea would be viewed as a "red flag". Philip Hammond said freedom of navigation and overflight in the region, where tensions are high over territorial disputes between China and its neighbours are “non-negotiable” for Britain. Britain will hold at least one...
  • 6 Dec RAF Bombs Phillips Plant

    12/07/2015 8:53:01 AM PST · by rey · 13 replies
    Looking through events in history I searched the RAF bombing the Phillips radio plant in Eindhoven. HOLY COW! What a wild ride!
  • The U.K. Will Attack ISIS With a Missile the U.S. Could Only Dream Of

    12/07/2015 5:30:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 12/04/2015 | David Hambling
    ​While the British Parliament was debating this week whether to join in airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, one weapon was mentioned repeatedly: Brimstone. In a 36-page report, Prime Minister David Cameron said, "The Brimstone missile which enables us to strike accurately with low collateral damage, therefore increasing the scope for strikes against specific ISIL targets—even the U.S. do not possess this capability." Indeed, Brimstone proved itself and its capability against tanks in Libya, to the point that the British paper The Telegraph called it the "British missile envied by the U.S." But if the Brimstone really is so great, then...
  • British Parliament votes for Airstrikes in Syria.

    12/02/2015 3:38:45 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/02/2015 | BBC News
    After a mammoth and very detailed debate (ten hours!) the UK parliament has decided to launch air strikes on ISIS forces in Syria.
  • British Prime Minister Will Hitch Rides On Flying Gas Station To Save Money

    11/24/2015 12:41:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 11/23/2015 | Andrew P Collins
    The British government is tightening their belts by giving up Prime Minister David Cameron’s private jet charters and shuttling him around in a Voyager A330 mid-air refueling aircraft. The British “Air Force One” equivalent will still be used to fuel up fighters when it’s not transporting VIPs. The BBC says Cameron’s flights were costing over $10,000 per airborne hour on “Royal Squadron planes or long haul charter,” but that figure will drop to just $3,000 on the refitted Voyager. That’s reportedly going to save English taxpayers almost $1.2 million a year. The Royal Air Force says their Voyager A330s have...
  • UK to obtain nine P-8 maritime patrol aircraft

    11/23/2015 3:45:16 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies ^ | 11/23/2015 | GREG WALDRON
    The UK is set to announce plans to obtain nine Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, as well as extend the service life of the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon fighters. The P-8 acquisition and Typhoon life extenstion will be part of a £178 billion ($270 billion) investment that will be made in defence equipment and support over the next ten years, says a statement from the prime minister’s office. Prime Minister David Cameron will outline the plans when he unveils the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) in the House of Commons later today. With the last of the...
  • The Royal Air Force’s Bomber-Killing Bomber Was Just a Dream

    11/15/2015 8:39:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | November 15, 2015 | David Axe
    In 1976, the British Royal Air Force had a problem. In the event of war, Soviet Backfire bombers flying from Europe could have devastated resupply convoys sailing from the United States to Europe. The RAF needed a warplane with enough range to patrol the vast Atlantic — and enough payload to haul long-range, bomber-killing missiles. Plane-maker Hawker Siddeley suggested adding 12 U.S.-made Phoenix missiles to the Avro Vulcan bomber. The addition would have required extensive modifications to the Vulcan’s radar. Blueprint via @AvroVulcan617 In any event, the RAF dropped the idea. To defeat the Backfires, the U.S. Navy deployed carrier-based...
  • New F-35 helmets cost ÂŁ260,000 each

    10/30/2015 3:38:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Oct 2015
    The helmets for Britain's new Lightning II F-35 stealth jet fighter cost £260,000 each. The high-tech helmets are linked to six cameras embedded in the jet which combine images to provide a 360 degree view allowing the pilot to "see through" the airframe. Flight and targetting information is beamed directly onto the visor, into the line of vision of the pilot. Britain has said it will order 48 of the £70 million jets, which will fly from RAF Marham and the UK's new aircraft carriers. Earlier this month it emerged lightweight pilots have been temporarily banned from flying Britain’s new...
  • Officer in charge of Royal Navy's new carriers is top RAF man who has never served at sea

    10/25/2015 8:13:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 25 October 2015 | JENNY STANTON
    The decision to put an RAF officer who has never served at sea in charge of the Royal Navy's Ł6.2billion aircraft carrier project has been described as 'barking mad'. Former Navy chief Lord West of Spithead claims the appointment of Air Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier will 'make Britain and international laughing stock'. Sir Hillier will be responsible for the two new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers - the largest British warships ever built, designed to maintain security for the UK and overseas. The systems of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of the two carriers, are now being tested and in...
  • End of an era: The world's last flying Avro Vulcan prepares for its final flight

    10/02/2015 7:40:36 PM PDT · by DFG · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/2/2015 | DARREN BOYLE
    The world's last flying Avro Vulcan is preparing for its final ever flights after the decision was made to permanently ground the Cold War veteran jet. The four-engined bomber, which saw action in the Falklands, is undertaking two final missions on October 10 and 11, flying long loops of the country from north to south. Chief pilot Martin Withers, who broke the record for the world's longest bombing mission in April 1982, is currently preparing a route for the final flights, which are being designed so as many people as possible will be able to see the jet.
  • Inside Britain's Ł100million stealth fighter that will put the wind up Putin and ISIS

    10/01/2015 5:32:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    mail Online ^ | 29 September 2015 | LARISA BROWN
    At the touch of a red button, an RAF pilot obliterates jihadist militants in Syria with a laser-guided missile – moments after blowing up an enemy warplane that never saw him coming. This is the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jet, which will soon fly secret missions blitzing enemy strongholds. Britain has so far bought eight F-35b Lightning II jets which are set to fly off two UK aircraft carriers, along with American jets, by 2020. The Daily Mail was given access to the cockpit of the aircraft yesterday as a simulator created a scenario in which the warplane would...
  • Hospital told RAF sergeant to leave waiting room in case his uniform upset other patients

    09/26/2015 5:57:13 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 49 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 26 2015 | JOSH WHITE
    An RAF sergeant who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan was moved out of a hospital waiting room because staff feared his uniform would upset people from different cultures, it was reported. Aircraft engineer Mark Prendeville’s treatment was condemned as ‘horrifying’ by military figures and Air Force veterans – but follows a string of incidents in recent years where service personnel were snubbed because of their uniform. Sergeant Prendeville, 38, was taken to the A&E department at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent, after chemicals from a fire extinguisher got in to his eyes during a training...
  • In a Switch, UK Asks Its Arms Makers to Design for Export

    09/16/2015 5:58:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Defense One ^ | September 16, 2015 | MARCUS WEISGERBER
    LONDON — British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has a message for U.K. defense firms: If you want to boost profits, make sure you can sell your products overseas. n return, Fallon vowed that the Defence Ministry would champion U.K. companies to allies and will “lead on key, strategic export campaigns” around the world. “As a government, boosting our export successes in what is an increasingly competitive marketplace has to now be the priority,” Fallon said Tuesday at the Defence Security International Exposition, or DSEI, a massive arms show here. The defense secretary named the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet and “complex...
  • What is the F-35B and Why is the UK Buying It?

    08/20/2015 12:04:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    GIZMODO UK ^ | 19 Aug 2015 | Rich Wordsworth
    Over the past few years, the F-35 Lightning II – the fifth-generation, Lockheed Martin wunder-plane set to eventually take over from almost every fighter jet in the US and UK militaries – has received a public relations kicking. It’s expensive – the total cost for the programme so far is an incredible, not-even-hyperbolic trillion dollars. It’s had some embarrassing technical stumbles – engine fires, a non-functioning cannon and a half-million dollar helmet that fits comfortably in the cockpit or on a pilot’s head (but reportedly not both). And while it’s designed as a multirole, do-everything plane that will see the...
  • Wave Goodbye to the Argentine Air Force

    08/18/2015 11:24:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | August 19, 2015 | David Axe
    After decades of decline, the Argentine air force — once one of the most powerful air arms in South America — has finally given up. In August 2015, the Fuerza Aérea Argentina retired its 16 Mirage supersonic fighters, fewer than 10 of which were actually in flyable condition at the time. That leaves the FAA with just subsonic jet fighters — 25 A-4s and 18 IA-63s. Buenos Aires has made noise about buying new Gripens from the United Kingdom and Sweden via Brazil, JF-17s from China and Kfirs from Israel, but the U.K. vetoed the Gripen idea and the JF-17s...
  • Our RAF jets 'BEATEN' in training exercise with Indian pilots in Russian planes

    08/07/2015 4:58:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Express, U.K. ^ | Fri, Aug 7, 2015 | TOM BATCHELOR
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) boasted that they thrashed the RAF in a friendly dogfight in the skies above Lincolnshire - while using Russian-made aircraft. British crews came head-to-head with their Indian counterparts last month in a 10-day joint exercise codenamed Operation Indradhanush - the fourth of its kind in recent years. The IAF brought four of its Sukhoi SU-30MKI Flanker fighter aircraft to RAF Coningsby to face off against the UK's Typhoon FGR4 fighters. It gave RAF pilots a rare opportunity to train alongside the Russian-designed aircraft - allowing British servicemen to gain experience in air combat with the...
  • Why is the UK still so reliant on the Tornado?

    08/05/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 08/05/2015 | Jon Kelly
    The RAF Tornado mission in Iraq, which was supposed to be disbanded last March, will be extended until "at least" March 2017. Why has this veteran Cold War combat jet proved so enduring? The cockpit of a supersonic Tornado attack bomber is a much more peaceful place than you might expect. "It's incredibly quiet," says Jas Hawker, a former RAF wing commander who flew the aircraft over Iraq and Kosovo. "The pilot and the navigator could drop their oxygen masks and talk to each other. It's not silent but it's a lot quieter than people think." It also has a...
  • RAF fighter plane numbers to reach 'all-time low' (since 1918)

    07/23/2015 4:33:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22 July 2015
    The number of RAF fighter planes is set to fall to the lowest in its history, defence experts have warned. Defence analysis group IHS Jane's said the RAF could be left with 127 combat jets by the end of the decade as 87 Tornados and the first tranche of 53 Typhoon jets are due to be retired. It would leave the RAF with its fewest number of fighter planes since 1918. The Ministry of Defence said the RAF "has and will have" the aircraft it needs to meet its global commitments. The government also says it is increasing the defence...
  • UK Royal Air Force Bombs Diverted to Saudis for Yemen, Syria Strikes

    07/17/2015 7:45:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Britain is diverting precision-guided bombs once intended for its Royal Air Force to Saudi Arabia so the Gulf State can build up a supply of the bombs it is using against targets in Yemen and Syria. The air forces of both nations use the precision-guided Paveway IV bomb on BAE Systems-supplied Tornado and Typhoon jets, making stocks easily interchangeable, Defense News reported. The Saudi Royal Air Force has been using the highly accurate, 500-pound bombs in its airstrikes against Islamic State targets and against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Earlier this week, the UK Ministry of Defense, responding to a House...
  • In defence of the F-35: Why future air combat will be different

    07/03/2015 8:55:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Alan Tovey
    Air combat is advancing at such a pace and about to head in a new direction that reports of a hi-tech F-35 fighter “losing” a simulated dogfight to a 1970s-design F-16 are irrelevant to the new stealth jet’s future, according to an ex-RAF group captain. The advanced systems and sensors aboard the F-35 mean its pilots will fly and fight in a new way, and the jet should not be measured using the same standards as older fighters, according to Andrew Linstead, who spent 27 years in the RAF flying in Tornados. His comments came after a test pilot’s report...
  • The dramatic moment RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian MiG fighters, spy planes and bombers [tr]

    06/18/2015 11:31:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 18, 2015 | Larisa Brown
    British warplanes scrambled to intercept nine Russian aircraft within hours after they flew menacingly close to the Baltic States in what was described as the biggest act of provocation since the Cold War. Moscow sent the world’s fastest supersonic fighter jet, along with spy planes and bombers to ‘snoop’ on Nato war games designed to send a ‘warning to Vladimir Putin’. A senior RAF source last night told the Daily Mail: ‘We’ve never had a period like this in living memory.’
  • Bombs away! The Blenheim's back

    06/14/2015 12:04:15 PM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/13/2015 | SARAH OLIVER
    Beneath the panes of Perspex in her floor, the daisy-strewn runway falls away as fast as 80 years of history. The Blenheim’s snout lifts skywards, her twin engines casting a heat haze behind the propellers’ silver blur. At 200mph, she throttles towards a patchwork of cumulus and sun, quiet, quick and deft. Inside she is bare of today’s technology. Her khaki flight deck contains pedals as delicate as a piano’s, a joystick, and a small black bank of antique instruments. I am perched in the navigator’s place on a circular seat the size of a dinner plate. Above me and...
  • Break up the RAF and stop buying British

    06/01/2015 5:46:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Jun 2015 | Lewis Page
    It’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) time again, in which we follow the new custom of making all defence policy shortly after an election without debate – thereby humanely relieving ministers of any need to justify their actions. Things are dire in the Armed Forces. The RAF is down to embarrassingly few operational bombers and has no submarine-hunting planes at all. The Army is yet again stripping itself of soldiers. The Navy is shortly to receive aircraft carriers, but they can carry only vertical-lift jets. We used to have some of those, but we got rid of them in...
  • VE Day: 92-year-old Second World War veteran flies Spitfire for first time in 70 years

    05/12/2015 3:13:27 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 5 replies
    The Independent ^ | May 12, 2015 | Heather Saul
    Link only due to copyright. WWII vet flies Spitefire for first time in 70 years
  • RAF to get Ł2billion fleet of jets to spot Putin's nuclear submarines off British coast

    05/10/2015 6:01:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Sunday Express, U.K. ^ | May 10, 2015 | ROB VIRTUE
    David Cameron and George Osborne will be persuaded to part with the cash to buy a fleet of jets to hunt Vladimir Putin's nuclear submarines, which have regularly been patrolling the coast of Britain in recent months. Often the Russian underwater vessels have only been discovered after colliding with private boats and now Government ministers are eager to plug the gap in defences with aircraft to track them. Around a dozen top of the range planes will be bought for the RAF over the next two years. These are likely to include the US developed Boeing Poseidon P8, designed for...
  • 7,377 Built, Two left flying...The Lancaster Bomber

    05/01/2015 11:27:45 AM PDT · by Doogle · 31 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 01/21/15 | CWHMuseum
    It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster bombers flew side by side. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper—the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster bomber in the world—the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's (BBMF) Lancaster in England. Suddenly SeeMore...Productions Inc's specialty is reality adventure television and the people who make it. REUNION OF GIANTS documents this historic mission as it unfolds, through the eyes of the flight crews, veterans, friends and family—all part of the bombers’ history, including this new chapter as VeRA crosses the...
  • Avro Lancaster KB882; Coming in From the Cold?

    03/18/2015 7:24:56 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 9 replies
    War History Online ^ | March 7, 2015
    Last year, there was a brief stir concerning the plight of a rare combat veteran Avro Lancaster on outdoor display at Madawaska Municipal Airport in the Canadian city of Edmunston, New Brunswick. The city has owned Lancaster Mk.10P KB882 since her RCAF retirement in 1964. The LancasterÂ’s condition has deteriorated significantly after decades sitting outdoors, and a time of reckoning has arrived. While a small band of dedicated volunteers has done their best to preserve and maintain the old bomber, they do not have the resources to ensure her long term survival without a massive infusion of cash and expertise...
  • Russian bombers in the skies over Bournemouth: RAF jets scramble to intercept intruders (Photos)

    01/29/2015 3:55:22 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Published: 18:00 EST, 28 January 2015 | Larisa Brown, Defence Reporter for the Daily Mail
    British war planes were yesterday scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear missiles as they flew south of Bournemouth. Typhoon jets on high alert were dispatched from two RAF bases and flew alongside the long-range Russian Bear aircraft until they were out of the region. Last night experts said Vladimir Putin’s move to send planes capable of carrying cruise missiles so close to British shores could be seen as an act of aggression.
  • More than a thousand turn up at funeral of RAF veteran after he died with no friends or family

    01/21/2015 10:35:39 AM PST · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st January 2015 | Julian Robinson
    'More than a thousand mourners attended the funeral of an RAF veteran who died without any family or friends. Keith Ingham Nutbrown, 83, passed away at Treflys care home in Llandudno, North Wales recently and it was expected that nobody would attend his funeral. But crowds of well-wishers descended on Chester Crematorium today to pay their respects at the service. Servicemen and ex-servicemen lined the entrance to the crematorium while members of the RAF performed a fly-past before the service started. So many people turned up at the funeral that some were forced to listen to the service from outside....
  • Britain orders more F-35s as part of biggest-ever defence project

    10/28/2014 11:30:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | October 28, 2014 | Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    UK orders four more F-35B stealth jets as partners work to reduce the cost of the controversial fighter-bomber British defence and engineering companies including BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have been given a boost after the Ministry of Defence struck a deal to order the first production batch of F-35 fighter-bombers. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the MoD had reached an agreement in principle to buy four F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft. About 15pc of each aircraft is manufactured in Britain and BAE is the only tier one partner in the F-35 programme, which is headed by Lockheed Martin and is...
  • Royal Air Force Now Flying Their Most Advanced Fighter Jets Ever

    10/17/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BAE Systems ^ | Oct 16, 2014
    The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) most advanced fighters ever are now in operational service following the largest ever fighter upgrade programme delivered by BAE Systems. Known as Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E), the upgrade package delivers a range of enhancements to the Typhoon aircraft. Developed by BAE Systems working together with its Eurofighter Partner companies, the RAF and UK Ministry of Defence, (MOD), the capabilities introduced have been developed on the back of operations in Libya, and cement Typhoon’s place as a world class multi-role fighter. The aircraft upgrades include enhanced computing power, weapons systems integration advancements and improved sensor suites...
  • RAF Tornado squadron saved from the scrap heap to bomb Isil

    10/02/2014 1:21:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Telegaph, UK ^ | October 2, 2014 | Matthew Holehouse, Political Correspondent, at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus
    AN RAF Tornado squadron that was due to be disbanded has been reprieved for a year in order to bomb Isil, David Cameron announced on Thursday night as he thanked British pilots for their bravery and sacrifice. In a surprise visit to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, Mr Cameron said the public must "never forget" the risks taken British aircrews whose actions in Iraq "make Britain safer". Two more Tornado GR4 jets have been dispatched to join six British planes taking part in bombing raids and reconnaissance missions over Iraq under Operation Shader, Mr Cameron said. One left on Thursday, and another...
  • Brimstone: British missile envied by the US for war on Isil

    10/01/2014 9:29:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 01 Oct 2014 | Ben Farmer
    America was keen for Britain to join air strikes against Isil because of its unique Brimstone missile, according to Whitehall sources Tornado GR4s have fired at least five of the missiles to destroy heavily armed Isil pickup trucks Photo: MBDA Missile Systems When the United States asked the RAF to join air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), Pentagon commanders had one particular weapon they wanted the British to bring. American defence chiefs had already seen the formidable Brimstone missile at work in Libya during the 2011 campaign against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and wanted...
  • Tornado could fly on into 2030s, partners say

    09/24/2014 9:32:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flight International ^ | September 24, 2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Europe’s Panavia Tornado will remain in use as a relevant frontline asset for more than another 10 years, according to its programme partners, even though one of its main operators does not plan to retain the type beyond the end of the decade. The multinational effort that led to the Tornado’s creation began in 1969, and partner nations Germany, Italy and the UK on 16 September formally marked the 40th anniversary of the variable geometry design’s first flight. Also present were senior representatives from the Royal Saudi Air Force: the only export customer to have introduced the model. Staged at...
  • Integrating Typhoon and F-35: The Key to Future British Air Power

    09/10/2014 7:22:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Royal United Services Institute ^ | 9 Sep 2014 | Justin Bronk
    British combat air post-2020 will depend on the RAF’s Typhoon fast jet fleet – currently planned to total 107 aircraft at the end of this decade – and the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter, operated jointly by the RAF and the Royal Navy. Then-Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond said in July 2012 that the UK would buy up to forty-eight F-35B short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft in the next ten years of the newly agreed equipment plan. These will not only form the fixed-wing complement of the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, but will also deploy with...
  • Back on the bombing run: One of the last two flying Lancasters pays tribute

    08/30/2014 7:41:20 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 19 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | August 30, 2014 | Carol Driver
    Back on the bombing run: One of the last two flying Lancasters pays tribute to the 55,000 Bomber Boys who never returned with flight on the route thousands of sorties took to target the Nazis MailOnline was granted exclusive access to film while flying alongside the Canadian Lancaster bomber Stunning footage shows the iconic aircraft soaring above the UK in what will be one of its final ever flights Video was shot while flying in a small aircraft just feet away from the world's second only airworthy Lancaster
  • Britain and Germany Are Still Upgrading the Tornado

    08/29/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN online ^ | August 27, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    The deployment of four UK Royal Air Force Tornadoes to perform overwatch of Iraq, and an unconfirmed report last week that more might be deployed for surveillance of northern Nigeria, serves to illustrate the ongoing value of the aging but effective “Tonka.” Although the RAF fleet is scheduled to be retired in 2019 in favor of the F-35, upgrades continue, with another one announced recently. Meanwhile, the German air force intends to keep its Tornado fleet until at least 2025, with its own upgrades. Tornado surveillance of northern Iraq has demonstrated the value of the Rafael Litening III targeting pod...
  • Britain Considers Joining U.S. Iraqi Airstrikes

    08/09/2014 5:17:25 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-9-2014 | Nick Hallett
    British military chiefs are drawing up plans to help American airstrikes in Iraq, the Times reports. Senior figures are considering sending a spy plane to provide intelligence on ISIS positions, while Royal Air Force aircraft capable of refuelling U.S. fighter jets in mid-air will also be sent. The UK government, which has welcomed American intervention in the fight against ISIS, has also not ruled out conducting its own airstrikes if the humanitarian situation worsens. MPs are also discussing the possibility of using British special forces, who have long experience in the Kurdish region, to offer help in pinpointing targets. Former...
  • Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

    07/16/2014 3:02:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | July 16th, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    FARNBOROUGH, England – The British Royal Air Force plans to finish technological upgrades of as many as 59 Tornado aircraft by 2016 as part of a modernization plan to keep the plane relevant as the F-35 and Typhoon come on line, officials said at the Farnborough International Airshow. The upgrades included outfitting the planes with precision weapons, improved information exchange and secure communication technology, said Dave Waddington, Tornado Force Commander, RAF. Although at least eight upgraded Tornado aircraft have recently served in Afghanistan, the RAF plans to fully phase out the plane by 2019 as more Eurofighter Typhoons and F-35s...