United Kingdom

UPDATE: Hawk T1 fleet grounded following Cornwall crash

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the RAF has temporarily grounded its BAe Hawk T1 jet trainer fleet, after a Royal Navy example crashed during a routine flight from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall on March 25

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Your definitive guide to the UK's radical new defence review

Following a decade of defence cuts, the Integrated Review promised to set out the UK government’s vision of a “Global Britain”, while outlining future defence spending and the posture of the nation’s armed forces through 2030. But what radical changes will this involve? Key.Aero investigates…

Additional AH-64Es delivered to the Army Air Corps

A further two Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters have been delivered to the Army Air Corps, having arrived in the UK on March 11

Storm Shadow makes combat debut with Typhoon

An RAF-operated Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 has fired MBDA's Storm Shadow for the first time in combat, having used the air-launched cruise missile to strike a target in Iraq on March 10

RAF completes final operational Sentinel R1 mission

The Royal Air Force carried out its final mission with the Raytheon Sentinel R.Mk 1 on February 25, bringing almost 13 years of operational UK military service to an end

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What we know so far about AERALIS' jet trainer family

We examine AERALIS, a UK-based start-up that seeks to revolutionise fixed-wing training across the world’s military air arms through its family of low-cost, next-generation customisable jet trainers

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Looking ahead at RAF Mildenhall's now-secure future

Following the USAF's decision to remain at RAF Mildenhall for the foreseeable future, we examine what lies in store for the British base going forward

UK welcomes fifth Poseidon MRA1 at RAF Lossiemouth

The Royal Air Force has now received five of nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft following the arrival of the fifth example at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, on February 2

Spirit AeroSystems selected to build UK’s first LANCA prototype

Northern Ireland-based Spirit AeroSystems has been awarded a £30m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to design and manufacture a prototype for the Royal Air Force’s Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA) programme

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Desert Storm 30: Jaguars over the Gulf

Key.Aero charts the formidable efforts of the Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguar Detachment during the 1991 Gulf War