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News - RAF

Programme Results - Defence Insight

  • Transport/tanker aircraft

    A400M-UK

    RAF base at Brize Norton built a new training facility for A400M pilots and crew. The aircraft will look to reach full operation capability by 2022 when ...

  • ISR/special mission

    Shadow R1 (UK)

    Programme Background The RAF is moving forward with an ambitious plan to transform its intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) force to enable greater ...

  • AEW&C

    E-7 Wedgetail (737) - UK

    Programme Background The E-7 fleet will replace the current E-3D Sentry aircraft and ensure continued delivery of the UK’s Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C;) ...

  • Fighter - multirole

    Typhoon Tranche 3A - Qatar

    As a part of the agreement to sell Typhoon, the UK is establishing a ‘Joint Operations Squadron’ (to be known as 12 Squadron) with the ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Protector RG1 (UK)

    Programme Background Programme Goal The programme's stated goal is to replace the MQ-9As in the RAF's inventory with the new, improved MQ-9Bs. With MQ-9B delivering a UK Sovereign ...

  • Maritime patrol

    P-8A Poseidon-UK

    Programme Background In July 2016, the UK government announced that it had ordered nine aircraft for service with the RAF. Under this frame, in January ...

  • Transport

    Command Support Air Transport Recapitalisation (UK)

    Programme Background The tender, originally released on 28 October 2021, requires industry bidders to put forward aircraft that can achieve a minimum unrefuelled range of ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Bayraktar TB2 - Second Batch (Morocco)

    Programme Background Morocco's military modernisation In 2017, Morocco established a five-year plan to modernise the military equipment of its navy, army and airforce to bring ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    FCAS Loyal Wingman (UK)

    Programme Background FCAS Loyal Wingman Tim Martin reported for Shephard in December 2021 that the international partners involved in the sixth-generation Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Tempest programme ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing

    Project Mosquito (UK)

    Programme Background Inception and Capabilities In 2019, the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), in collaboration with the RAF, released details of its new UAS ...

  • Fighter - naval

    F-35B UK

    The total cost of the currently funded programme as reported through the UK Major Projects Report is expected to be £10.5 billion ($13.5 billion), covering ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Bayraktar TB2 - First Batch (Morocco)

    Programme Background Morocco's military modernisation In 2017, Morocco established a five-year plan to modernise the military equipment of its navy, army and airforce to bring ...

  • ISR/special mission

    ISTAR Aircraft (South Korea)

    Programme Background South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration stated that Seoul is planning to procure additional aircraft to minimize potential surveillance gaps amid growing security ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing, Military UAS - MALE

    Project Vixen (UK)

    Programme Background Project Goal The Royal Navy uses Leonardo crewed Merlin (AW101) helicopters fitted with CROWSNEST pods to provide airborne early warning capabilities for carriers. An early ...

  • Military helicopters - multirole

    New Medium Helicopter (UK)

    Programme Background Details of the £1 billion ($1.34 billion) plan were included in an NMH Market Interest Day solicitation issued to the industry on 11 ...

Equipment Results - Defence Insight

  • EO/IR systems

    RAPTOR

    The Reconnaissance Airborne Pod for Tornado (RAPTOR), based on Raytheon's DB-110, was developed for the UK RAF Tornado GR4s. RAF specifications required target recognition with ...

  • EO/IR systems

    DJRP

    The Digital Joint Reconnaissance Pod (DJRP) is a tactical EO/IR reconnaissance system. It provides simultaneous high resolution and wide field-of-view EO imagery and horizon-to-horizon day/night ...

  • Avionics: displays

    Tornado Advanced Radar Dsiplay & Information System (TARDIS)

    The Tornado Advanced Radar Display & Information System (TARDIS) is developed by BAE Systems, UK, specifically for the UK's Royal Air Force's (RAF) fleet of ...

  • Air: air combat simulators

    Tornado GR4 Synthetic Training Service

    Thales provides its Tornado GR4 Synthetic Training Service (TSTS) through its 100%-owned subsidiary, Ace. The service is a complete suite of synthetic training for Tornado ...

  • Air: fixed-wing flight simulators

    FIASTS

    Thales, through 100%-owned subsidiary Merlin, is delivering a ‘packaged’ training and maintenance system for RAF aircrew through the FsAST Integrated Aircrew Synthetic Training Service (FIASTS). ...

  • Air: air combat simulators

    Air Combat Training

    Boeing has experience in delivering training for fixed-wing air combat platforms including F-15C/E, F-16, F/A-18E/F, EA-18G, F-22 and MV/CV-22.

  • Air: maintenance simulators

    Engineering and Maintenance Training

    BAE Systems designs and delivers engineering and maintenance training, with the ability to provide a package to address the needs of all personnel ranging from ...

  • Air: maintenance simulators

    C-17 Globemaster III MTS

    TRU Simulation and Training C-17 Maintenance Training System (MTS) supports training needs for this complex computerised aircraft. The MTS provides skill development for more than 1,100 ...

  • ISR/special mission, Trainer

    TC-135S/W

    The TC-135S and TC-135W are training aircraft developed by Boeing based on the EC-135 to provide crew training for RC-135S Cobra Ball optical and electronic ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing

    LANCA / Mosquito

    The Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) is a developmental 'Loyal Wingman' UAS that the RAF and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) hoped would support its crewed ...

  • Air: air combat simulators

    Hawk Oman Training System

    In 2014, L3 Link (now L3Harris Technologies) received a contract from BAE Systems to develop the Hawk Oman Training System (HOTS). The training system will ...

  • Air: fixed-wing flight simulators

    TTF

    BAE Systems manages the Typhoon Training Facility (TTF) for the UK MoD at RAF Coningsby, England. The facility supports the operational conversion unit and squadron ...

  • Air: fixed-wing flight simulators

    UK MFTS

    The Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme, is a private finance initiative involving the MoD and Ascent, a JV of Lockheed Martin and Babcock, which was ...

  • Air: helicopter flight simulators

    Chinook HC Mk 4 HATS

    Thales’ Helicopter Avionics Training System (HATS) for the RAF is designed to accurately simulate the avionic systems on the Chinook Mk 4 using physical flight ...

  • Air: UAV simulators

    Predator Mission Trainer (PMT)

    The CAE Predator Mission Trainer (PMT) is an integrated platform that combines the features of CAE's UAS mission trainer with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' Predator-specific ...