News: United Kingdom

  • 5th-Generation Fighters Arrive in Bulgaria

    5th-Generation Fighters Arrive in Bulgaria

    U.S. Department of Defense // April 28, 2017
    Two U.S. F-35 Lightning II aircraft and about 20 supporting airmen arrived in Bulgaria today from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, as part of a deployment that enhances the region’s ability to host the aircraft for future deployments and operations.
  • F-35As Deploy to Estonia for the First Time

    F-35As Deploy to Estonia for the First Time

    USAFE-AFAFRICA // April 25, 2017
    Two F-35A Lightning II aircraft and approximately 20 supporting Airmen arrived at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, today, from RAF Lakenheath, England.
  • US, UK Leaders Mark F-35A Program Milestone

    US, UK Leaders Mark F-35A Program Milestone

    DVIDS // April 19, 2017
    Senior leaders from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Air Force and the Royal air force gathered to highlight a significant F-35A Lightning II program milestone, April 19.
  • F-35’s UK Arrival Moves Closer with £80m Contract Award

    F-35’s UK Arrival Moves Closer with £80m Contract Award

    March 31, 2017
    Readiness for the arrival of the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II jets took another step forward with the awarding of a contract by the US Department of Defense F-35 Joint Program Office worth more than £80m (US$102.2m) to Lockheed Martin to deliver the initial training, engineering, maintenance and logistics support for the UK
  • US F-35Bs to Fly on UK Carriers

    US F-35Bs to Fly on UK Carriers

    Air Force Magazine // December 16, 2016
    United Kingdom Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots have been able to test fly F-35s off US aircraft carriers as part of the country's "regeneration of UK carrier strike capability," Fallon said.
  • F-35 MRO&U Initial Component Global Assignments Made by DoD

    F-35 MRO&U Initial Component Global Assignments Made by DoD

    United States Department of Defense // November 07, 2016
    The Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the first component repair assignments Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS), for the first 65 of 774 repairables.
  • Edwards AFB Squadron Tests Missile for European Ally’s F-35

    Edwards AFB Squadron Tests Missile for European Ally’s F-35

    Edwards AFB // November 04, 2016
    From Norway to Australia, members from a number of allied and partner nations have come to Edwards Air Force Base to team with base units to test systems, enhance international cooperation and advance their own air force’s capabilities.
  • 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

    2016 Farnborough International Airshow

    July 16, 2016
    The Farnborough International Airshow combines a five-day tradeshow with a two-day public airshow that displays some of the world's premiere military and commercial aircraft.
  • F-35 Packs a Punch

    F-35 Packs a Punch

    AIN Online // July 13, 2016
    The F-35 is sleek and stealthy, thanks to internally-carried weapons, but that limits the operational payload and the jet’s air-to-ground capability, correct? To some extent, that is true, but here’s an alternative view.
  • Phase II Cost Reductions Announced at Farnborough 2016

    Phase II Cost Reductions Announced at Farnborough 2016

    Farnborough International Airshow // July 11, 2016
    The initiatives are built upon the U.S. Government’s Better Buying Power initiatives, which encourage defense contractors and the USG acquisition community to determine new and innovative ways to reduce the cost of their goods and services.
  • USAF Sees No Major Hurdles To F-35 IOC

    USAF Sees No Major Hurdles To F-35 IOC

    Aviation Week // July 07, 2016
    As the F-35 makes its international debut in the United Kingdom this week, a top U.S. Air Force general says there are no major hurdles to the service declaring the F-35A operational close to its target date of Aug. 1.
  • Marine-RAF Team Bring Lightning to United Kingdom

    Marine-RAF Team Bring Lightning to United Kingdom

    U.S. Marine Corps // June 30, 2016
    Marines with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One and a Royal Air Force pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) successfully conducted the first ever trans-Atlantic flight of the F-35B Lightning II, July 29, 2016.
  • F-35B Touches Down in the UK

    F-35B Touches Down in the UK

    June 29, 2016
    After a day of constant rain and cold temperatures, immediately after the jets landed and taxied to the front of the hangar, the sun came out and a very full and bright double rainbow appeared directly over the jets.​
  • F-35A Nearly Combat Ready

    F-35A Nearly Combat Ready

    419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // June 27, 2016
    The first off-station deployment exercise for the F-35A Lightning II confirmed that the Air Force’s newest fighter jet is on track to reach initial operational capability later this year.
  • The Royal Air Force Completes F-35B Tanker Trials a Week Early

    The Royal Air Force Completes F-35B Tanker Trials a Week Early

    The Aviationist // June 07, 2016
    During a seven week detachment to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, a Royal Air Force (RAF) A330 Voyager tanker conducted 18 air-to-air refueling (AAR) test trials with an F-35B Lightning II Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft from the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF).
  • RAF Voyager and F-35 Air To Air Refuelling

    RAF Voyager and F-35 Air To Air Refuelling

    U.K. MOD // May 18, 2016
    ​On April 15, 2016, the RAF deployed a Voyager aircraft to US Naval Air Station Patuxent River in support of F-35B Lightning II Air to Air Refuelling (AAR) trials.
  • ANALYSIS: Is it Live or is it Simulated? Only F-35 Knows for Sure

    ANALYSIS: Is it Live or is it Simulated? Only F-35 Knows for Sure

    Flightglobal // February 11, 2016
    Not only does the F-35’s full-mission simulator provide greater fidelity than previous generations of fighter trainers, it also compensates for the fact it is too expensive to equip every test and training range with the full complement of threats it would be likely to go up against.
  • First ASRAAMs Delivered for UK F-35 Testing

    First ASRAAMs Delivered for UK F-35 Testing

    Flightglobal // February 08, 2016
    The test examples of ASRAAM will be integrated to become the type's first British-built missile, and will be used during flight trials and air-launch tests this year.
  • F-35 Confirmed for 2016

    F-35 Confirmed for 2016

    Royal International Air Tattoo // January 26, 2016
    Visitors to the Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford will be the first outside the US to see the stealthy, supersonic aircraft's state-of-the-art capabilities when it displays on all three days of the airshow (July 8-10).
  • F-35 Training at Luke AFB Gathers Pace with 34 Jets

    F-35 Training at Luke AFB Gathers Pace with 34 Jets

    Flightglobal // January 13, 2016
    The multinational pilot training centre at Luke AFB in Arizona has grown exponentially since receiving its first Lockheed Martin F-35 in March 2014, and that pace won’t let up in 2016 as the 56th Fighter Wing zips past 3,000 Lightning II sorties.
  • The F-35’s Global Supply Chain

    The F-35’s Global Supply Chain

    Forces TV // December 10, 2015
    Since the first F-35 Lightning II rolled out of the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Texas in 2006, the program’s reach has exponentially expanded around the globe.
  • UK to Buy More F-35 Jets, Boost Anti-Terror Budget

    UK to Buy More F-35 Jets, Boost Anti-Terror Budget

    Reuters // November 23, 2015
    Britain plans to increase the number of stealth fighter jets it can launch from aircraft carriers over the next decade and boost anti-terrorism spending by 30 percent, finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday.
  • Lockheed Prepares for F-35 Program to Take Off

    Lockheed Prepares for F-35 Program to Take Off

    Fort Worth Star Telegram // October 04, 2015
    Over the next few years, the skies around Fort Worth will be filled with even more F-35s on shakedown flights as the Lockheed Martin plant moves toward full production of what, at $391.1 billion, is called the most expensive U.S. weapons system ever made.
  • F-35B Aces First Release of a UK Paveway IV Bomb

    F-35B Aces First Release of a UK Paveway IV Bomb

    Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland // June 19, 2015
    The inaugural weapons separation test of the Paveway IV conducted by the F-35 Lightning II Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) was a major milestone for the U.K. Royal Navy and RAF F-35 program.
  • U.S. Marines Partner with UK Allies in F-35B Operational Test Aboard USS Wasp

    U.S. Marines Partner with UK Allies in F-35B Operational Test Aboard USS Wasp

    U.S. Marine Corps // May 26, 2015
    As the first operational test (OT-1) of the F-35B Lightning II takes place aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) this week, service members from the United Kingdom are working alongside their U.S. Navy and Marine Corps counterparts to assess the integration of the F-35B into amphibious military operations.
  • 17 (Reserve) Squadron Begins UK F-35 Testing

    17 (Reserve) Squadron Begins UK F-35 Testing

    UK Ministry of Defence // February 09, 2015
    The squadron, which was first formed in 1915, will be responsible for all the test and evaluation of the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II.
  • F-35 MRO&U Assignments Made by DoD

    F-35 MRO&U Assignments Made by DoD

    F-35 Joint Program Office // December 11, 2014
    The Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the European Region.
  • UK F-35B Achieves Key Weapons Test Milestone

    UK F-35B Achieves Key Weapons Test Milestone

    BAE Systems // November 27, 2014
    A UK test team including personnel from BAE Systems, has successfully completed initial aircraft handling trials for ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons on the F-35B Lightning II aircraft at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States.
  • UK orders first operational F-35 combat aircraft

    UK orders first operational F-35 combat aircraft

    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly // November 24, 2014
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed for its first four operational Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft as part of the Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP 8) production lot, it was announced on 21 November.
  • BAE Scoop Top Supply Chain Award For F-35 Collaboration

    BAE Scoop Top Supply Chain Award For F-35 Collaboration

    Supply Chain Digital // October 06, 2014
    BAE Systems has been named as the International Procurement Team of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) for the company's role in building vertical tails for the F-35.
  • F-35 QEC Carrier Integration in the UK

    F-35 QEC Carrier Integration in the UK

    BAE Systems // July 22, 2014
    The Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) carrier will be the new home for the UK’s F-35B aircraft, delivering an uncompromising carrier strike capability anywhere in the world.
  • F-35 Horizontal Tails Pass the Structural Test

    BAE Systems // July 14, 2014
    Structural testing of the F-35 horizontal tails for all three variants is now complete, proving the tails are structurally sound for up 24,000 hours of flying, the equivalent to three lifetimes of the aircraft.
  • BAE Working F-35 and Typhoon Interoperability

    BAE Working F-35 and Typhoon Interoperability

    Defense News // July 14, 2014
    BAE, a major partner on both the F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon programs, is undergoing tests to find ways to link the training systems for the two planes together in order to determine best tactics for operations.
  • Carrier-Strike Capability Returning To U.K.

    Carrier-Strike Capability Returning To U.K.

    Aviation Week & Space Technology // July 01, 2014
    Britain’s largest ever warships will not serve as a base for fixed-wing aircraft for at least another four years, but their introduction is being felt across the breadth of the country’s armed forces.
  • F35 Pilot among guests at HMS Queen Elizabeth ceremony

    F35 Pilot among guests at HMS Queen Elizabeth ceremony

    Royal Navy // June 17, 2014
    A Royal Navy instructor pilot working on the F-35B Lightning II jets which will fly off the new aircraft carriers will be among the guests at the naming ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth at Rosyth.
  • Lightning, tornados over Edwards

    Lightning, tornados over Edwards

    412th Test Wing Public Affairs // May 29, 2014
    Two RAF tornados visited Edwards Air Force Base for interoperability testing with the F-35.
  • Air Tattoo Makes Aviation History

    Air Tattoo Makes Aviation History

    Royal Air Force // May 02, 2014
    Aviation history will be made in the UK this summer when the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II makes its much-anticipated European debut.
  • UK expertise leads the way in defence programme

    UK expertise leads the way in defence programme

    Daily Mail // March 24, 2014
    The cream of Britain’s military flyers and maintainers, hand-picked as the pioneers of The UK’s F-35 training programme, are working hand-in-hand with their US allies.
  • Handlers Test Kit to Move F-35 on HMS Queen Elizabeth

    Handlers Test Kit to Move F-35 on HMS Queen Elizabeth

    U.K. Royal Navy // January 02, 2014
    Royal Navy handlers and engineers have tested moving the Fleet Air Arm’s future jet around with a remote-controlled ‘trolley’. The team at Pax River, near Washington DC, tried the prototype of the Electric Shipboard Handler (Aircraft) to move the 23-tonne Lighting II around without the need to flash up its engine.
  • Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Ramping Up

    UK Ministry of Defence // November 11, 2013
    The final section of the flight deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth has been fitted onto the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier.
  • F-35: Lifting The UK’s Economy

    F-35: Lifting The UK’s Economy

    London // September 12, 2013
    Thirteen British companies and the U.K. Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology participated in a Lockheed Martin Industry Recognition Event during the DSEI tradeshow today.
  • British Pilots, Maintainers Praise F-35B Performance Onboard the USS Wasp

    Fort Worth, Texas // September 12, 2013

    The United Kingdom’s future fighter aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35B, earned strong praise for its performance from British pilots and maintainers during recent developmental testing held onboard the USS Wasp.

    “Just flying F-35 is the highlight of my career, so being able to come to the USS Wasp and fly F-35…

  • Joint Statement – Norwegian/UK F-35 collaboration

    The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence // September 06, 2013
    The Norwegian and UK Ministries of Defence have today agreed to cooperate more closely on the future operation of the F-35 Lightning II in Europe.
  • Dambusters To Be Next Lightning II Squadron

    Royal Air Force // July 18, 2013
    The Royal Air Force has today announced that 617 Squadron, the famous ‘Dambusters’, will be the first operational squadron using Lightning II aircraft.
  • Training for Joint, U.K. F-35 Programs Heat Up

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // July 03, 2013

    The largest fleet of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters ramped up to 28 aircraft June 25, bringing in new capability for the F-35 Integrated Training Center as the team trains to provide combat operations capability in the years ahead.

  • Third F-35 for the U.K. Arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

    Third F-35 for the U.K. Arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

    Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. // June 26, 2013
    The third Lockheed Martin F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., yesterday where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training.
  • Pilot Completes First F-35 Vertical Landing for Royal Air Force

    Pilot Completes First F-35 Vertical Landing for Royal Air Force

    Patuxent River, Md. // June 04, 2013
    Squadron Leader Jim Schofield became the first Royal Air Force pilot to complete a vertical landing of a Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) Lightning II on May 28.

    Following the flight, Schofield commented on the F-35B’s handling capabilities.

    “The F-35 has truly revolutionised STOVL…

  • First Navy Pilot Gives Glowing Feedback of ‘Unrivaled’ Next-Generation Fighter

    Navy News // May 21, 2013
    The Navy’s first pilot of its next-generation jump jet says it will give the nation’s future carriers “unrivaled” striking power.

    After a month flying the F35 Lightning II – the most advanced stealth fighter in the world – Lt Cdr Ian Tidball has given the aircraft a glowing testimonial.

    The veteran Harrier…

  • Joint Strike Fighter

    GOV.UK // May 20, 2013
    A small team of UK personnel are learning all about the fifth-generation stealth aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

    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…

  • Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes First Flight

    Third F-35B for United Kingdom makes First Flight

    Fort Worth, Texas // April 02, 2013

    Monday, the third United Kingdom Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II sped down the runway at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base embarking on its first flight. The aircraft, known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman at the controls. ZM137 will complete a…

  • First International Student Pilot Flies F-35

    First International Student Pilot Flies F-35

    33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 21, 2013
    The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing, training to be an F-35B instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter on March 19.
  • United Kingdom Accepts First International F-35

    Fort Worth, Texas // July 19, 2012

    The United Kingdom accepted the first international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft in a ceremony today with senior representatives of the U.K. Ministry of Defence and the U.S. Department of Defense.