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    Royal Air Force (RAF): News

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    Post  Finty Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:28 pm

    Attaboy!

    RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoons based at RAF Lossiemouth scrambled earlier today to intercept Russian TU-142 ‘Bear-F’ Maritime reconnaissance aircraft as they approached the northern edge of the UK’s area of interest.
    The Typhoons, supported by a Voyager air-to-air refuelling aircraft from RAF Brize Norton, tracked the Russian aircraft as they transited across the North Sea in the vicinity of the Shetland Islands before escorting them out of the UK area of interest.

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    Post  JohninMK Sun Aug 08, 2021 3:55 pm

    You couldn't make this up

    The RAF's only runway the airforce's main airport hasn't been fully functioning for three weeks because of the potholes that damaged Boris Johnson's jet.

    Flights have been diverted from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the largest RAF Station with 5,800 service personnel, to Birmingham and Stansted airports.

    New repairs, which cost £700,000 in total, to the runway which were carried out during very hot temperatures in July are believed to have melted because of the heat.


    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9873813/Runway-RAF-Brize-Norton-riddled-POTHOLES.html

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    Post  Finty Sun Aug 08, 2021 4:57 pm

    It’s an embarrassing state of affairs but it has resulted in regular voyager flights from my local airport so every cloud etc. Ironically it happened just after it was announced the raf would be utilising civilian airfields for aircraft dispersals in an exercise next year
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    Post  Finty Sun Aug 08, 2021 9:40 pm

    More interception news from 2 days ago

    https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles/raf-typhoons-scramble-in-response-to-russian-aircraft-activity-close-to-romania/

    RAF Typhoons scramble in response to Russian aircraft activity close to Romania

    RAF Typhoons on NATO Quick Reaction Alert based in Romania have been launched in response to Russian aircraft flying into NATO airspace over the Black Sea.

    Operating from the Romanian Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta on the Black Sea coast, RAF Typhoons on the NATO Enhanced Air Policing mission scrambled on 5th August as NATO radars detected Russian aircraft in international airspace over the southern Black Sea. The aircraft were heading towards Romanian airspace.

    Flight Lieutenant Charlie, one of the RAF Pilots from IX (Bomber) Squadron, operating as part of 121 Expeditionary Air Wing, who was on Quick Reaction Alert duty and responded to the scramble.

    "When the Russian aircraft entered the Romanian Flight Information Region, we were scrambled to conduct a Combat Air Patrol in the area. As the suspect aircraft turned into Romanian airspace we were then instructed to visually identify the track. As we approached our Combat Air Patrol area, the Russian aircraft turned, headed away from us and left the FIR, at which point we resumed our air patrolling mission and practiced some air combat manoeuvres before returning to base."

    Flight Lieutenant Charlie
    IX (Bomber) Squadron Pilot, 121 Expeditionary Air Wing

    Operation BILOXI is the UK contribution to the NATO enhanced Air Policing mission in the region, which in turn is part of the NATO Assurance Measures first authorised in 2014 following the NATO Summit of that year. With this enhanced capability, NATO has demonstrated its collective resolve of deterrence and defence, specifically for the NATO Allies on the eastern flank of the Alliance.

    "This is our eighth scramble since assuming our NATO enhanced Air Policing mission at the start of May. Every time the call to scramble has been given personnel across the Wing have responded with the utmost professionalism to help secure NATO airspace in the Black Sea region."

    Wing Commander Lamping
    Commanding Officer 121 Expeditionary Air Wing
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    Post  JohninMK Sun Aug 08, 2021 11:19 pm

    End of an era. No more UK AWACS for two years and the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (order changed from 5 to 3 previously).

    A Boeing E-3D Sentry has returned to its home base at RAF Waddington from Akrtiri bringing to a close 30 years of operational service.

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-e-3d-sentry-completes-last-mission-before-retirement/

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    Royal Air Force (RAF): News - Page 5 Empty After Afghanistan evacuation mission, UK air force still not reexamining plans to retire C-130

    Post  Finty Thu Sep 09, 2021 12:29 am

    https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/08/30/after-afghanistan-evacuation-mission-uk-air-force-still-not-reexamining-plans-to-retire-c-130/

    WASHINGTON — The arduous airlift demands of the Afghanistan evacuation mission haven’t changed the U.K. Royal Air Force’s plans to retire its C-130s by 2023, its top officer said Aug. 27.

    “This is the first large-scale operation that we’ve done with our A400s, and it’s demonstrated that this is an aircraft with real potential and enormous capacity,” said RAF Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston in an interview with Defense News. “It flies much higher and much faster and carries a greater payload than the C-130. So as every month goes by, my confidence in that decision increases.”


    The RAF ultimately transported more than 15,000 people out of Kabul from Aug. 14 to Aug. 28, according to the U.K. ministry of defence.

    Wigston — who visited the United States last week to attend the Space Symposium — spoke to Defense News on Friday evening, during the last hours of the United Kingdom’s presence in Afghanistan.

    At that point, the Royal Air Force had evacuated about 8,500 Afghans, an estimated 4,500 U.K. passport or visa holders, and 1,500 people from other nations, Wigston said. About 500 to 1,000 others awaited the last RAF flights out of Kabul.


    “We have stopped taking in new people for processing,” he said. “Over the next few hours, those 500 to 1,000 [people] remaining will be taken out. At that stage, our evacuation operation will have come to an end, and we will just focus on getting our people out safely.”

    The RAF used about 15 aircraft during the evacuation mission, with half staged forward — transporting passengers from Kabul to other cities in the Middle East — and the other planes conducting flights from those cities to the United Kingdom, Wigston said.

    Over the two-week period, aircraft spotters frequently documented British C-17s, A400s and C-130s moving in and out of the airspace at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

    In March, the defence ministry announced as part of a command review it would retire the RAF’s remaining 14 C-130Js by 2023.


    “Twenty-two A400Ms, alongside the C17s, will provide a more capable and flexible transport fleet,” U.K. defence secretary Ben Wallace said then.

    Despite the C-130s offering additional airlift capacity, Wigston said there’s no need for the RAF to revisit its current retirement plans.

    “It will be with a heavy heart that we retire the C-130 in two years’ time because it’s been an absolute workhorse, but I have absolute confidence in the A400 and what that aircraft is able to do going forward,” he said.

    So far, Airbus has delivered 20 A400M Atlas aircraft to the RAF.
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    Post  Finty Yesterday at 11:00 pm

    https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/uk-to-retire-tranche-1-typhoons-with-more-than-half-of-airframe-hours-remaining

    The UK's recently revealed plan to prematurely retire its Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft will see the fleet axed with more than half of its airframe fatigue life remaining, the government said on 7 September.

    Answering questions in the House of Commons, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence, James Heappey, said that the Tranche 1 Typhoons that were earmarked for early retirement in the Defence Command Paper published on 22 March would be retired with an average of nearly 60% of their airframe fatigue lives remaining.

    “There are 30 Typhoon Tranche 1 aircraft in the sustainment fleet and the projected average flying hours for each of the aircraft, when they reach their respective out-of-service date, is 2,544.8 flying hours,” Heappey said.

    With the Typhoon notionally rated to an airframe life of 6,000 hours, 2,544.8 hours represent just 42.4% of airframe use. With this figure being averaged out across the fleet, a number of the more recently delivered aircraft will have flown significantly fewer hours than this. Of the 53 Tranche 1 aircraft received by the Royal Air Force (RAF), 30 remain in the inventory. Of these, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Janes that 20 are in active service while the remaining 10 are in storage.
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    Post  Finty Yesterday at 11:14 pm

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/a400m-transport-not-certified-to-transport-f-35-engines/

    The container designed to carry engines for F-35 jets, for example to replace an engine on a deployed F-35, is certified for carriage in the C-17 and C-130J but not the A400M.
    F135 engines for the F-35 Lightning are transported in specialist containers designed by the engine’s manufacturer, Pratt and Whitney. The C-17 and C-130J aircraft were certified to carry the container in May 2020.

    The information came to light in response to a written Parliamentary question.

    Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham, Asled in a written question:

    “To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2021 to Question 40639 on Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft, which UK military aircraft are certified to carry that container; and on what date those aircraft were certified to do so.”

    Jeremy Quin, Minister for Defence Procurement, responded:

    “The F135 engine container is planned for carriage in the Globemaster C-17 and Hercules C-130J. The aircraft were certified to carry the container in May 2020.”

    On their website, the RAF describe the A400m Atlas as follows:

    “Entering operational service with the Royal Air Force in 2014, Atlas (Atlas C.1 A400M) provides tactical airlift and strategic oversize lift capabilities complementing those of the Hercules and C-17 fleets..

    Atlas (Atlas C.1 A400M) has the ability to carry a 37-tonne payload over 2,000nm to established and remote civilian and military airfields, and short unprepared or semi-prepared strips. Capable of operating at altitudes up to 40,000ft, Atlas also offers impressive low-level capability.”
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    Post  Finty Yesterday at 11:16 pm

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-c-17-and-chinook-fleets-to-be-upgraded/

    The Ministry of Defence say that the UK’s Chinook helicopters will be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems while the RAF’s C-17 Globemaster fleet will receive a software and hardware upgrade.
    For C-17, upgrades will include enhancements to the ‘Beyond Line of Sight’ satellite-enabled communication equipment, a wider field of view via the ‘Head-Up Display’ in the cockpit to help increase pilot situational awareness and widening the scope of the current free-fall parachuting capability.

    The five-year Chinook helicopter contract managed by DE&S will see the installation of state-of-the-art Infra-Red Suppression Systems (IRSS) across some of the fleet, offering better protection from threats posed by new missile systems using the heat (infra-red) signature of the aircraft to target.

    IRSS technology will counter with ‘blanking plates’ on the helicopters which mask the hot components and redirect airflow to cool the exhaust gases, making it more difficult to target.

    According to a news release:

    “The RAF will be boosted by an investment of almost £400 million to enhance the capabilities of two of its vital assets – the C-17 Globemaster aircraft and the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. UK’s C-17 fleet – which recently played a key role in the UK’s evacuation from Afghanistan – will receive a £324 million investment. This will upgrade software and hardware to improve airlift capability as part of a contract with the US Air Force. The UK’s fleet of Mk5 and Mk6 Chinook helicopters will be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, as part of a £64 million contract with Boeing Defence UK (BDUK) which will make them harder for adversaries to detect.”

    Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin said:



    “Whether evacuating people in Kabul, transporting people to hospital during Covid-19 or providing crucial logistics on the battlefield, the C-17 and Chinook provide an invaluable service to our Armed Forces across the globe. This investment ensures our aircraft are equipped with cutting-edge technology to face a myriad of emerging threats from adversaries.”


    And here https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/uk-signs-c-17-upgrade-chinook-self-protection-deals-with-boeing/145451.article

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