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News - RAF

Programme Results - Defence Insight

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • AEW&C

    E-7 Wedgetail (737) - UK

    Programme Background Seeking to replace its six ageing Boeing E-3 Sentry AEW&C;, the British Royal Air Force awarded Boeing a £1.89 billion contract in 2019 covering the ...

  • Military UAS - fixed-wing

    Tier 1 Disposable [UK]

    Programme Background Autonomous Collaboration Platform (ACP) Strategy Reflecting on lessons learned from the cancellation of the Mosquito programme, the Royal Air Force (RAF) redefined the role of ...

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

    Protector RG1 [UK]

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

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

    Low-Cost Uncrewed Air Systems (LANCA) Follow-On Project [UK]

    Programme Background Project Mosquito Beginning in 2019, the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), in collaboration with the Royal Air Force (RAF), began the ...

  • Military helicopters - transport/heavy lift

    H-47ER Chinook [UK]

    Programme Background 2021 FMS Announcement In October 2018, the US State Department approved a $3.5 billion FMS of 16 CH-47 Chinooks fitted with extended-range fuel tanks ...

  • 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 ...

  • AEW&C

    E-7 Wedgetail - UK (Second Order)

    Programme Background Seeking to replace its six ageing Boeing E-3 Sentry AEW&C;, the British Royal Air Force awarded Boeing a £1.89 billion contract in 2019 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

    Project Mosquito [UK]

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

  • 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, 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 ...

  • 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 ...

Equipment Results - Defence Insight

  • EO/IR systems


    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 ...

  • EO/IR systems


    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 ...

  • 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: 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


    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). ...

  • Fighter - multirole

    Tornado (IDS/ADV)

    The Tornado is a family of two-seat, twin-engine, variable-sweep wing multirole fighters manufactured by Panavia, a trans-European consortium of BAE Systems, Airbus Space and Defence ...

  • Air: 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: transport/tanker simulators

    A400M Training

    Thales is the principal training provider for the Airbus A400M with a contract to provide FFSs and flat-panel trainers. Four A400M FFS and two flat-panel ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • ISR/special mission, Trainer


    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 ...

  • Air: Helmet-mounted displays

    Eurofighter HMSS

    Eurofighter Typhoon’s Helmet Mounted Symbology System (HMSS) provides pilots with enhanced situational awareness, data display and sensor/effector cueing. Developed by BAE Systems, it is in ...

  • Guided munitions


    Paveway is a series of laser guidance systems that can be fitted to a wide range of free-fall bombs to create Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs). ...

  • 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 ...

  • Data links

    Datalink (Hawk)

    Hawk jet trainers are equipped with a bespoke datalink that allows for synthetic training data to be transmitted to pilots in training. According to news sources, ...