RAF Typhoon weapons upgrade agreed at Paris airshow

TYPHOONDuring a short ceremony at the Paris Air Show, Defence Ministers from the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain witnessed a contract being signed between Eurofighter and NATO Eurofighter and… More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF and Navy team in Florida to learn all about fifth-generation stealth aircraft

FLORIDARAF and Navy team in Florida to learn all about fifth-generation stealth aircraft. So far, Britain has taken delivery of 2 Lightning II multi-role Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The pair of STOVL (short take-off and vertical landing) variants of the F-35 fast jet are currently based at Eglin US Air Force Base in Florida and, from 2018, will be landing on… More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Operational pilot takes the Lightning skyward

LIGHTNINGThe first solo flight of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) by a UK operational pilot has taken place at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Sqn Ldr Frankie Buchler piloted the fifth-generation multi-role stealth aircraft for the first time. The RAF pilot has been stationed at the Florida base since November undergoing intensive training in the sim on the JSF which will equip both RAF and RN squadrons in the future. Speaking after his flight Sqn Ldr Buchler said… More information

Rumours surrounding the Joint Strike Fighter

In the Times, Telegraph and Financial Times there are reports that the MoD is considering changing its mind over which variant of the Joint Strike Fighter to purchase. In response the MoD has said: “As part of this process we are reviewing all programmes to validate costs and ensure risks are properly managed. The Defence Secretary expects to announce the outcome to Parliament before Easter…More information »

The MoD is ‘Committed to the Joint Strike Fighter’

The Times is reporting today that the MoD is questioning whether it should go ahead with plans to procure a fleet of new Joint Strike Fighter because of speculated delays in the programme. In response the MoD said: “The MoD is taking delivery of the first JSF for test and evaluation this year. Our plans remain on track to have a new Carrier Strike capability from around 2020…More information »

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