Tag Archives: Royal Air Force

BAE-Leonardo Team Secures $420M Contract to Build UK’s Combat Aircraft Radar System

ECRS Mk2

BAE Systems and Leonardo have been awarded a potential $420M contract to develop the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA), the European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) for the Royal Air Force's (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons, BAE said Thursday. Under the contract, the two companies will work to develop a standard radar to be integrated on to RAF Typhoons.

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General Atomics Flies SkyGuardian RPA on Maiden Trans-Atlantic Voyage

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business flew an MQ-9B SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft Tuesday from Grand Forks, N.D., to a U.K. air force station located in Gloucestershire, England. The company said Tuesday it used Inmarsat‘s SwiftBroadband L-band satellite communications system to manage the first trans-Atlantic flight of the medium-altitude, long-endurance RPA. SkyGuardian will be …

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Airbus, Thales Extend Military Flight Simulator Supply Partnership

Airbus has ordered an additional two flight training simulators from Thales for the AM400 military transport aircraft crewmen of the French and German air forces. Both simulators are designed to prepare A400M crews for missions such as in-flight refueling and low-level tactical operations, Thales said Tuesday. Thales has delivered A400M full flight simulators and a pair …

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UK Air Force Gets Third L3-Built SIGINT Aircraft

L3 Technologies has transferred the third and last RC-135V/W Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft to the U.K. air force. The RJ aircraft is designed to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support for global security missions as part of the U.S.-U.K. Airseeker program, L3 said said Wednesday. U.K. procured three KC-135R tankers for conversion …

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BAE, UK Air Force Test Weapons & Software Updates on Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft

BAE Systems has assisted the U.K.’s air force with testing a new set of weapons, software and avionics updates for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. BAE said Friday the trials involved MBDA‘s Meteor air-to-air and Storm Shadow air-to-surface missile software systems and were conducted as part of Project Centurion, an initiative that aids the …

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General Atomics RPA Hits 48-Hour Continuous Flight Milestone

General Atomics‘ aeronautical systems business unit has flown a “certifiable” variant of the company-built Predator B remotely piloted aircraft for 48.2 hours non-stop, breaking a company record for the longest endurance flight of any Predator-series platform. The MQ-9B SkyGuardian set off on May 16 from Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona with 6,065 pounds of internal fuel then flew …

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Thales Links Simulators of 2 UK Air Force Bases Under Self-Funded Project

Thales has connected flight simulators for Tornado aircraft at the British air force’s bases in Lossiemouth and Marham under a self-funded initiative. The company said Friday it provided the building, engineers, instructors, administration staff, classroom facilities and desktop training systems as well as two flight simulators at RAF Lossiemouth and one at RAF Marham under a private financial …

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Northrop, UK Air Force Demo Communication Interoperability Between F-35, Typhoon Jets

The U.K.’s air force and Northrop Grumman have collaborated to test communications interoperability between the Typhoon FGR4 fighter aircraft and Lockheed Martin-built F-35B. Northrop said Wednesday it provided an airborne gateway for the two-week Babel Fish III trial that was held in Mojave Desert, California. F-35 jets communicate through the Multifunction Advanced Data Link while the Typhoon aircraft uses Link …

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Northrop to Sponsor UK Air Force Museum’s Centenary Program; Andrew Tyler Comments

Northrop Grumman has agreed to serve as a sponsor of renovation efforts at the Royal Air Force Museum as part of the military branch’s centennial anniversary celebrations. RAF Museum’s centenary program aims to transform the London-based gallery through landscaping, new exhibits and education and volunteering opportunities, Northrop said Wednesday. The company will also highlight …

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