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  • Britain and Germany Are Still Upgrading the Tornado

    08/29/2014 8:37:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 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...
  • Eurofighter Describes Multi-Role Capability Status

    07/11/2014 10:40:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN online ^ | July 11, 2014 | CHRIS POCOCK
    Multi-role functionality has been a long time coming for the Eurofighter Typhoon. But the four-nation industrial consortium building the combat jet says the Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E) package that is now entering service represents a “paradigm shift” in capability. The commander of the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon force, Air Cmdr. Gary Waterfall, said the new package allows the RAF to drop 500-pound Paveway IV “smart” bombs “at the moment of our choosing, on targets of our choosing, with a multitude of fuse settings, impact angles and arrivals.” Laurie Hilditch, Eurofighter GmbH future capabilities manager, added, “The operator may...
  • BAE contracted to study Brimstone 2 for Typhoon

    06/19/2014 12:05:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Flight International ^ | June 19, 2014 | BETH STEVENSON
    Following doubts over the timeline for the integration of MBDA-developed Brimstone 2 missiles on the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoons, the UK Ministry of Defence has contracted BAE Systems to study the possibility of accelerating the process. In February the National Audit Office released its Major Projects Report 2013, which claimed the integration of the air-to-surface Brimstone 2 on the Typhoon would not come to pass until 2021. This would result in a two year capability gap, following the retirement of the Panavia Tornado GR4 in 2019. The £5 million ($8.5 million) contract for an initial study will facilitate an...
  • RAF jets see off Russian warplanes near the Baltic states

    06/18/2014 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 6/18/14 | John Ingham
    RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept a force of seven Russian warplanes near the Baltic states. A Russian bomber, four fighters, a command and control plane and a transport plane were taking part in exercises in international air space over the Baltic Sea. The two Typhoons, sent from Siauliai air base in Lithuania, escorted them away on Tuesday. Britain sent four Typhoon fighters to Lithuania, a Nato ally, in April as tensions rose over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea from the Ukraine. Nato carries out Baltic air policing because Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania do not have their own fighters.
  • Soldiers secretly join pacifist group that forbids bearing arms in remarkable breach of military law

    06/01/2014 2:19:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:20 EST, 31 May 2014 | Mark Nicol
    Serving members of Britain’s Armed Forces have secretly joined a pacifist organization directly opposed to war and the carrying of weapons, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. In a remarkable breach of military law, members of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have joined Veterans For Peace UK, which campaigns against armed conflict. It also campaigns to stop the UK Government “intervening in the internal affairs of other nations”, and has organized protests at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day as well as visits to schools to teach pupils the “true nature” of armed conflict. Last night, there were...
  • Tom Neil-Veteran Battle of Britain Pilot's Speech - RAF Museum

    05/17/2014 4:31:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jul 22, 2013 | RAF Museum
    Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC & Bar, AFC and AE recounts his days as a RAF pilot during WWII and his experiences during the Battle of Britain For the first time, the RAF Museum brings you this video in one complete, uninterrupted, video.
  • RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK

    04/23/2014 10:36:04 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 36 replies
    Sky.com ^ | April 23 2014 | No Attribution
    Two Russian surveillance planes which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter. The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland. They turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee, where crews are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment's notice.
  • British Fighter Flies with 3D Printed Parts

    01/14/2014 8:01:10 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    DefenseTech ^ | January 13, 2014 | Mike Hoffman
    The United Kingdom’s Tornado became the first fighter jet to fly with 3D printed parts in December. Done by BAE Systems, the Tornado was fitted with metal components constructed by a 3D printer. The plane then completed test flights at the end of December at BAE System’s airfield in Warton, Lancashire. The 3D printer constructed a protective cover for the cockpit radio, a protective guard for the landing gear and support struts on the air intake door, according to BAE Systems. 3D printing has gained a lot of momentum, especially in the defense and aviation industries. Companies such as General...
  • Air force pilots' [RAF and RCAF] remains recovered in Ontario lake 72 years after plane crash

    09/15/2013 6:53:27 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 13 replies
    TORONTO SUN ^ | September 13, 2013 | QMI AGENCY
    The remains of two air force pilots missing nearly 72 years since their plane crashed in a cottage country lake north of Toronto have been recovered. British Royal Air Force Flight Lt. Peter Campbell, 24, and Royal Canadian Air Force Leading Aircraftsman Theodore "Ted" Bates, 27, were recovered in Lake Muskoka in October 2012. Officials said they didn't reveal the recovery operation until Friday as they didn't want the wreckage to be disturbed and wanted to make arrangements for the plane. "This particular dive operation will certainly stay with the team forever," Lt. Greg Oickle, the acting commanding officer of...
  • British Have Premier Industrial Position on F-35

    09/13/2013 8:22:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AIN Online ^ | SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 | CHRIS POCOCK
    British Have Premier Industrial Position on F-35 The premier position of the UK aerospace industry on the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was highlighted by a briefing and presentation at the Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) show in London this week. Some 500 British companies are involved in producing “15 percent of each of the 3,100 F-35s that will be built,” according to Steve O’Bryan, vice president for F-35 program integration at Lockheed Martin. The company has calculated that the program will secure 24,000 high-technology jobs in the UK through 2039. BAE Systems lead for F-35 production Chris Robson said...
  • Syrian Warplanes Test British Air Defenses in Cyprus

    09/08/2013 5:30:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    inn ^ | 9/8/13 | Elad Benari
    RAF Typhoon fighters won a mid-air showdown with two Syrian warplanes heading towards Britain’s main base in Cyprus, the Sunday People reports. The dramatic confrontation came after President Bashar Al-Assad’s air chiefs sent two Russian-made Sukhoi Su-24s to probe British air defenses, the report said. The Syrian bombers refused to respond to repeated attempts by the control tower at the UK’s Akrotiri air base to contact them. RAF pilots flying the advanced combat jet were scrambled before the Sukhois could enter our 14-mile air exclusion zone. The Typhoons – which can scream from runway standstill to seven miles high in...
  • Typhoon at 10 years: The king of swing

    08/22/2013 4:31:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BAE Systems ^ | Monday 19 August 2013
    Typhoon at 10 years: The king of swing Performance of Typhoon jet hailed in its first decade of flying Two of the Royal Air Force’s leading officers have hailed the performance of the Eurofighter Typhoon jet during its first decade of flying and since deliveries were made to the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2003. With the addition of new technology developments over the last 10 years, the aircraft is now the world's only truly ‘swing’ role jet, able to switch from air-to-air to air-to-surface attack capabilities in the same mission. Praise indeed Air Vice-Marshal Edward Stringer, the RAF’s...
  • Newcastle World War II hero mystery solved

    08/01/2013 11:28:30 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Newcastle Evening Chronicle ^ | 20 Aug 2010 12:10
    Newcastle World War II hero mystery solved 20 Aug 2010 12:10 MISSING details about the life and times of a Second World War hero can finally be told. MISSING details about the life and times of a Second World War hero can finally be told. Nearly 70 years after RAF rear gunner Sgt Frederick ‘Leonard’ Molteni paid the ultimate sacrifice over occupied Belgium, his life story can be revealed. Sgt Molteni was killed with his five Wellington bomber crewmates on a doomed mission in 1941 when they were shot down over the Belgian coast. His grave now lies in Belgium...
  • Fighter Jets Scrambled To Passenger Plane

    05/24/2013 6:22:37 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 58 replies
    The airline has confirmed it is for security reasons. There are understood to be 297 passengers on board. The plane was heading west towards Manchester when it was suddenly re-routed near York and headed back out to the North Sea, before travelling south to Stansted. It is believed to have now landed at the airport.
  • Dambusters flypast and ceremony on raid's 70th anniversary

    05/17/2013 10:35:46 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 45 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th May 2013 | BBC News
    'Two of the surviving Dambuster airmen have attended a ceremony after a flypast to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II raid on German dams. Hundreds of onlookers gathered as a Lancaster bomber flew over Derwent reservoir - one of the practice sites used ahead of the top-secret mission. More than a third of the men never returned from the raids, when they had to fly just 60ft above ground. RAF Scampton later hosted a sunset service. The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and 617 Squadron flew over the dam in Derbyshire's Hope Valley on Thursday lunchtime....
  • Cancelled: Britain’s High-Mach Heartbreak (TSR-2)

    03/31/2013 11:03:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | April 2013 | David Noland
    Cancelled: BritainÂ’s High-Mach Heartbreak The TSR-2 bomber was a case of aeronautical genius foiled by political foolishness. For an American teenager, 1963 was a great year to be living in London. Thanks to my dadÂ’s job in international marketing, I was a Beatles fan six months before my pals back home knew there was such a thing as a Beatle. And as a budding airplane buff, I had a front-row seat for the emergence of another symbol of British national pride: the TSR-2 supersonic bomber, a twin-engine, low-level hotshot that I thought was the coolest-looking airplane ever. Shivering in my...
  • RAF Marham to get F-35

    03/26/2013 2:21:18 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 4 replies
    The Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II aircraft will be based at RAF Marham, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed, securing the future of the station. But other stations will be affected in a "rationalisation" of the defence estate, ministers have said. The fighter aircraft, which has continued to hit recent headlines due to design issues, is to be the most advanced jet ever delivered to the armed forces, the Ministry of Defence said. RAF Marham will now receive additional investment and infrastructure so that it can become the main operating base for the aircraft which will also operate from the...
  • Dresden deserves to be remembered

    02/13/2013 9:04:00 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 414 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 02/13/2013 | Tom Chivers
    It's the 68th anniversary of the Dresden bombing. In Britain, we don't think about it as much as, perhaps, we should. The bare facts. More than 1,200 RAF and USAAF bombers attacked the city between the 13th and 15th of February 1945, in four raids. They dropped 3,900 tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs, killing between 22,000 and 25,000 people, almost all civilians. The city's anti-aircraft defences had all been moved to defend the industrial works of the Ruhr valley. The details are chilling.
  • Prince Harry got extra protection after Taliban attack on his base in Afghanistan

    09/18/2012 5:06:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 8:42 AM
    Prince Harry at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan on September 7. LONDON — Britain's defense secretary says Prince Harry got extra protection when the Taliban attacked his base in Afghanistan last Friday. Philip Hammond says the prince, a helicopter pilot, was moved to a secure position once it was clear that the perimeter of Camp Bastion had been breached. In an interview with the BBC Monday night, Hammond said: "He is serving there as an ordinary officer but clearly there are additional security arrangements in place that recognize that he could be a target himself specifically as a result of who...
  • RAF veteran defies health and safety to take to the skies

    08/23/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | Aug 20, 2012
    RAF Bomber Command RAF veteran defies health and safety to take to the skies A 91-year-old former RAF pilot, who was told it was too dangerous to sit in the cockpit of a Spitfire, has taken off once more, flying in the face of health and safety rules. Telegraph News By Telegraph reporters 8:18AM BST 20 Aug 2012 Eric Carter, the last surviving member of Force Benedict, a secret mission to protect the northern Russian port of Murmansk, flew Spitfires during the Second World War. But he was shot down earlier this year when he wanted to sit in the...
  • Finally we honour the bravest of the brave:Queen unveils Bomber Command memorial

    06/28/2012 7:33:22 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    They have waited almost 70 years but thousands of war veterans and their relatives finally watched today as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a lasting legacy to the sacrifice made by tens of thousands of airmen who died in the Second World War. More than 5,000 veterans and veterans' family members from all over the world travelled to the capital for the poignant ceremony to mark the opening of the Bomber Command Memorial, with Air Commodore Malcolm White, chairman of Bomber Command Association vowing: 'We will remember them'. Situated in the heart of London, a stone's throw...
  • RAF Bomber Command Memorial: After 67 years, the sacrifice of 55,000 airmen is honoured

    06/28/2012 6:47:48 PM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 33 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 06-28-2012 | Neil Tweedie, and Gordon Rayner
    RAF Bomber Command Memorial: After 67 years, the sacrifice of 55,000 airmen is honoured They had waited 67 years for this moment to arrive, and when it finally came, none tried to mask their emotions.
  • Queen to Unveil WWII Monument in London: Germans Grudgingly Accept Bomber Memorial

    06/25/2012 2:55:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 118 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 06/25/2012 | David Crossland in Berlin
    The planned unveiling in London of a memorial to the 55,573 Royal Air Force Bomber Command airmen killed in World War II has sparked muted criticism in Germany, where many regard the Allied air raids that destroyed entire cities and killed over 500,000 civilians as unjustified and criminal. Helma Orosz, the mayor of Dresden, which was devastated in an Allied attack in February 1945, criticized the plans for the monument when they first became public in 2010, and spoke to London Mayor Boris Johnson about it. "The planned memorial triggered astonishment in Dresden and was judged critically by us in...
  • WWII Fighter Plane Hailed the 'Aviation Equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' Found Preserved (Sahara)

    05/10/2012 3:33:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Richard Alleyne
    WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sahara A Second World War aeroplane that crash landed in the Sahara Desert before the British pilot walked to his death has been found almost perfectly preserved 70 years later. Most of its cockpit instruments are intact and it still had it guns and ammunition before they were seized by the Egyptian military. There are also signs of the makeshift camp the pilot made alongside the fuselage. No human remains have been found but it is thought the pilot may lie within a 20 mile radius...
  • 30 years ago today, one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time: a long range surprise attack

    05/01/2012 5:26:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | April 30, 2012 | Richard Clements
    30 years ago today, one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time: a long range surprise attack to the Falklands April 30, 2012 At 22.30, on Apr. 30, 1982, the first engine of some 13 Hadley Page Victor K2 Tanker aircraft spooled into life and announced the start of one of the RAF’s greatest missions of all time. It all started a few weeks previously, when some Argentinean scrap metal merchants had claimed some remote British Islands called South Georgia in the name of Argentina. It culminated in General Leopold Galtiere invading the British dependency of the Falkland Islands...
  • Cameron offered air tanker as VIP jet

    04/21/2012 9:49:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 20, 2012 | Tim Hepher
    Cameron offered air tanker as VIP jet (Reuters) - Senior British politicians and royals might consider making foreign visits in converted air force refuelling jets after a row over the use of a rented Boeing for a trade mission to tout European-made Airbus planes. Britain's aerospace industry lobby group said proposals were being drawn up by the industry that could allow Prime Minister David Cameron and even the Queen to use modified Airbus jetliners that double as refuelling planes. The proposals follow a British media storm after Cameron led a business delegation to Indonesia in a chartered Boeing 747 to...
  • The new Battle of Burma: Find 20 buried Spitfires and make them fly

    04/14/2012 4:37:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 46 replies
    Historic planes buried in Second World War are to be shipped back to Britain after their mystery locations were discovered War leaders did not want them to fall into foreign hands when they demobilised in 1945 Hidden in crates at a depth of 4ft to 6ft the RAF then forgot where they were Twenty brand-new RAF Spitfires could soon reach for the sky following a deal reached with Burma yesterday. Experts believe they have discovered the locations of around 20 of the Second World War fighters buried at airfields around the country. David Cameron has secured an agreement that they...
  • Merits of Sentinel Radar Touted, as Axe Looms (British radar)

    04/09/2012 10:56:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN Online ^ | April 6, 2012 | Chris Pocock
    Merits of Sentinel Radar Touted, as Axe Looms Officials from Raytheon UK and personnel from the Royal Air Force (RAF) are emphasizing the excellent performance of the Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (Astor) system over Afghanistan and Libya. They are hoping that the UK Ministry of Defence will reverse its 2010 decision to withdraw the ground surveillance system, which flies on five Bombardier Global Express business jets, after most British troops leave Afghanistan in 2014. Operating from Akrotiri airbase, Cyprus, RAF Sentinels flew more than 2,000 hours during NATO’s Libyan air campaign. They collected wide-area and spot-scene moving-target and synthetic...
  • £10billion spent on refuelling planes which don't work on RAF jets

    04/05/2012 6:13:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 2012 | Jamie Mcginnes
    £10billion spent on refuelling planes which don't work on RAF jets A £10billion fleet of refuelling planes for the RAF have been found to suffer leaks when they fill up British jets. Tests have shown connecting pipes leak on the Voyagers when they try to resupply Tornado jets - although they work fine when used by American fighters. It is feared the latest glitch to affect the aircraft, also used to evacuate battlefield casualties and transport troops, could delay their entry into service. The MoD agreed the PFI programme - the biggest ever - with Oxfordshire-based AirTanker for 14 planes....
  • F-35: UK House of Commons Issues Status Report on JSF

    04/05/2012 1:57:53 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 4/5/2012 | UK Government News
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be the new multirole fast jet for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. It will serve as the strike capability for the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and will partner the Typhoon to form the future fast jet fleet for the RAF. It is a multinational acquisition programme led by the United States in partnership with eight other nations, including the UK. There are three variants of the F-35: F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35C Carrier Variant (CV) The UK selected the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in...
  • How the RAF drew up plans to attack Argentina over the Falklands in 1982

    03/27/2012 7:44:13 PM PDT · by U-238 · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/26/2012 | Thomas Harding
    Vulcan bombers, designed for nuclear raids on Russia, trained night and day in Scotland and Canada for a low level attack hundreds of miles deep into Argentine sovereign territory, a new book has shown. The news is likely to further strain the poor relations between Britain and Argentina that have been at their lowest since in the Falklands War in the lead up to the 30th anniversary of the invasion. The plans were drawn up by Air Commodore Simon Baldwin, who was the wing commander in charge of the last remaining Vulcan squadron in 1982. The officer "was left in...
  • Britain voices concern over future of F-35 in US

    01/05/2012 8:37:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Britain voices concern over future of F-35 in US WASHINGTON — British Defence Minister Philip Hammond voiced concern on Thursday about possible cuts or delays in the US F-35 fighter program as London plans to equip a future aircraft carrier with the stealthy aircraft. In a visit to the US capital, Hammond said he wanted to hear from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about the potential effect of a new US military strategy and budget plan on the future of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. "One of the things I hope to understand in the meetings I am to have later...
  • German City to Evacuate as 2-Ton Bomb Is Defused

    12/02/2011 10:15:52 PM PST · by Racehorse · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 December 2011 | Vanessa Fuhrmans
    Nearly half the residents of the German city of Koblenz are being forced to leave their homes this weekend after the discovery of a 2-ton, unexploded World War II bomb, marking the biggest bomb-related evacuation in Germany's post-war history. Some 45,000 residents of the Rhineland city—including those in a jail, two hospitals and several nursing homes and hotels—are under orders to evacuate by Sunday, when a bomb-disposal squad plans to defuse the 10-foot bomb dropped by British fliers, most likely in a 1944 bombing raid. Found lodged in the bed of the ebbing Rhine River earlier this week, the bomb...
  • PICTURES: Lockheed rolls out UK's first Joint Strike Fighter

    11/22/2011 7:13:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight International ^ | 21 Nov 2011 | Craig Hoyle
    PICTURES: Lockheed rolls out UK's first Joint Strike Fighter By: Craig Hoyle London Lockheed Martin has rolled out the UK's first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft to be delivered in 2012. As the first F-35 to have been manufactured for an international partner, aircraft BK-1 will now enter a period of functional fuel system checks at Lockheed's Fort Worth site in Texas. It will then undergo "ground and flight tests in the coming months", the US-based airframer said. © Lockheed Martin The UK ordered three STOVL F-35Bs to participate in the...
  • the Airman's Grave

    10/10/2011 11:45:52 AM PDT · by sussex · 4 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 10/10/11 | The Aged P
    In a spot of surpassing peace and beauty on a lonely hillside in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex we often pause for a while at The Airman’s Grave. It is not really a grave but a memorial to brave young men who gave their tomorrows for our today.
  • Hero War Dog is Bow Wowing Out

    10/05/2011 5:38:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Express ^ | 10-5-11 | John Ingham
    SITTING proudly to attention, displaying a row of campaign medals on his chest, this RAF veteran is a military hero. But now Air Dog Buster is retiring after braving bombs and bullets on five operational tours. The nine-year-old English springer spaniel saw active service on two tours of Bosnia and two of Afghanistan, fitting in a few months in Iraq in between. The arms and explosives sniffer dog lives with his handler, RAF Police Sergeant Michael “Will” Barrow, 45, and his wife, Tracy. But he is not turning his back on military life – Buster will be the RAF Police...
  • Typhoon: The last hurrah for the UK aerospace industry?

    08/22/2011 10:38:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Defence Management, UK ^ | 22 August 2011 | Anthony Hall
    Typhoon: The last hurrah for the UK aerospace industry? 22 August 2011 Outgoing GKN plc Chief Executive Sir Kevin Smith tellls DMJ editor Anthony Hall what the UK aerospace industry must do to secure its future in tough economic times… With the government focusing its defence industry policy towards a drive for exports, the invitation from UKTI DSO to visit the Pall Mall offices of GKN plc to speak to CEO Sir Kevin Smith was a timely one. A business leader with over 30 years' experience in the aerospace industry, Smith has been chief executive of GKN since 2003 and...
  • Libya: RAF airstrikes sink boat filled with Gaddafi troops after refinery battle

    08/19/2011 5:36:35 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 60 replies
    Telegraph ^ | August 19, 2011 | Damien McElroy, Harsha
    Pro-Gaddafi forces had taken to the sea by boat after fighting a desperate rearguard battle for the refinery, the regime’s last source of fuel for its besieged capital. ... “Although a challenging target, small and under way at sea, a direct hit was scored with a laser-guided Paveway bomb which sank the vessel,” Major Gen Nick Pope said.
  • 'British Typhoons whacked India's Sukhois in joint exercises'

    07/24/2011 5:45:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    'British Typhoons whacked India's Sukhois in joint exercises' Jul 24, 2011 | IANS Britain's frontline fighter jet Eurofighter Typhoon, shortlisted for India's $10.4-billion combat jets tender, whacked the Indian Air Force (IAF) warhorse Sukhoi in one-on-one dog fights during bilateral air war games, if Britain's air chief is to be believed. "Well, they lost," was Stephen Dalton's response when asked how the Russian-developed India-manufactured Su-30MKI air superiority jets performed against the Royal Air Force's (RAF) Typhoons when they matched their wits during the joint exercises in recent years. However, he was quick to add that the two aircraft are different...
  • RAF's giant of skies to be 'christened' by defence chiefs

    07/15/2011 12:18:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    British Forces News ^ | 15 July 2011
    RAF's giant of skies to be 'christened' by defence chiefs 15 July 2011 |UK The RAF’s largest and newest aircraft - the A330 ‘Voyager’ – was officially christened today. It was making its first official public appearance at RAF Fairford for the Royal International Air Tattoo - an event that every year keeps the capabilities and importance of air power in the minds of the nation. The Defence Secretary Liam Fox and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton attended the naming ceremony. Dr Fox said: "I am delighted to see the new Royal Air Force...
  • Foreigners take sacked RAF pilots' places

    06/24/2011 12:44:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 24 Jun 2011 | James Kirkup
    Foreigners take sacked RAF pilots' places Trainee RAF pilots sacked under defence cuts will be replaced on flying courses by officers from foreign air forces. The Ministry of Defence is "actively seeking" foreign personnel to pay for "surplus" training places left by British personnel dismissed earlier this year, a minister has admitted. The Daily Telegraph revealed in February that scores of RAF pilots in training are being sacked to save money. A defence minister has now admitted that because the trainees were dismissed at such short notice, the staff and equipment for their training are still in service and must...
  • Paris 2011: Next-generation Hawk vies for export sales

    06/20/2011 11:13:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    AIN Online ^ | June 20, 2011 | David Donald
    Paris 2011: Next-generation Hawk vies for export sales By: David Donald June 20, 2011 Military Aircraft BAE Systems brings its Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) to the Paris Air Show seeking to extend the life of its hugely successful trainer, which has already trained around 20,000 pilots. There are plenty of opportunities for the Hawk AJT, including the potentially massive T-X requirement for a T-38 replacement for the U.S. Air Force. T-X envisions the acquisition of around 350 aircraft with initial operating capability to be achieved in 2017. A formal request is expected in the third quarter of this year,...
  • Old Tornado jets no crutch for Typhoon in Libya: pilot

    06/19/2011 8:23:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2011 | Rhys Jones
    Old Tornado jets no crutch for Typhoon in Libya: pilot (Reuters) - The aging Tornado and the Eurofighter Typhoon's joint sorties in Libya give a tactical advantage to both warplanes and the older jet is not babysitting the younger, a UK air force official said on Sunday. While enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya since mid-March, the modern Eurofighter, which had not been used in real-life combat since its introduction in 2003, has generally been accompanied on missions by Tornado jets, which have been used in air-to-ground combat for some 20 years. "It may seem strange to fly with the...
  • LIBYA: UK commits Eurofighter Typhoons for ground-attack duties

    04/06/2011 12:40:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight International ^ | 06/04/11 | Craig Hoyle
    LIBYA: UK commits Eurofighter Typhoons for ground-attack duties By Craig Hoyle The UK has stepped up its commitment to the NATO-led campaign to contain Libya's armed forces by adding four Panavia Tornado GR4s to its contribution and placing an equal number of Eurofighter Typhoons at readiness to conduct offensive action. Prime Minister David Cameron announced the decision to send the four additional Tornado ground-attack aircraft during a 5 April visit to Royal Air Force personnel forward-deployed at Gioia del Colle air base in Italy. Eight GR4s are already at the site and have been used to conduct multiple strikes during...
  • Lone British female Typhoon pilot takes to skies to keep up the pressure on Colonel Gaddafi

    03/23/2011 9:05:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 23rd March 2011 | By Tom Kelly
    Our ace in the pack: Lone British female Typhoon pilot takes to skies to keep up the pressure on Colonel Gaddafi By Tom Kelly In Gioia Del Colle Unnamed woman one of just ten maintaining no-fly zone over Libya With a relaxed air that conceals her steely resolve, this is the lone female RAF pilot flying combat missions over Libya. The woman, who has not been named, is one of ten Typhoon pilots deployed to enforce the no-fly zone by North Africa and blast Colonel Gaddafi's aircraft from the skies. Stationed at the British advanced post in southern Italy, she...
  • PICTURES: UK outlines Typhoon, Tornado operations against Gaddafi forces

    03/22/2011 10:39:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 22/03/11 | Craig Hoyle
    PICTURES: UK outlines Typhoon, Tornado operations against Gaddafi forces By Craig Hoyle The UK Ministry of Defence has provided fresh details about its commitment to supporting the UN-mandated no-fly zone over Libya, including the first combat employment of its Eurofighter Typhoons. At least nine Royal Air Force aircraft types are involved in the UK’s Operation “Ellamy”, with their activities now largely being conducted from Gioia del Colle air base in Italy and RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. After arriving at Gioia del Colle on 20 March, RAF Typhoons took part in their first combat operation for the UK within less than 24h....
  • Typhoon makes history in Libya with first combat mission

    03/21/2011 9:27:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 21 Mar 2011 | John Bingham & Andy Bloxham
    Typhoon makes history in Libya with first combat mission The RAF’s new Typhoon Eurofighter fighter jet made history yesterday as it took to the skies on its first combat mission. By John Bingham, and Andy Bloxham 11:09PM GMT 21 Mar 2011 A pair of British F2 Typhoon aircraft took off from southern Italy on their first patrols to enforce the UN-imposed no-fly zone over Libya. Around a dozen of £70 million supersonic jets have been assigned to take part in the international efforts designed to keep Colonel Gaddafi’s air force grounded. The aircraft, usually based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire,...
  • UK commits Typhoons, Tornado GR4s to Libyan no-fly zone

    03/18/2011 6:35:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Flight International ^ | 18/03/11 | Craig Hoyle
    UK commits Typhoons, Tornado GR4s to Libyan no-fly zone By Craig Hoyle The UK has started preparations to deploy Eurofighter Typhoon and Panavia Tornado GR4 strike aircraft to the Mediterranean region to support an international operation to restrict the activity of forces loyal to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. The action was confirmed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron on 18 March, who told the House of Commons that further assets, including air-to-air refuelling and reconnaissance aircraft will also be involved. "Preparations to deploy these aircraft have already started, and in the coming hours they will move to air bases...