UK’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will start receiving F-35 fighter jet and various helicopters including Apache, Merlin, Wildcat, Chinook in 2018.
UK has set target to reach initial operating capability for its new F-35B aircraft by 2018 and seeks to have 24 jets available for service by 2023 end, UK Defense Journal reported today.
UK Navy sailors have also trained alongside their US Navy counterparts on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp multipurpose amphibious assault aircraft, with training having started at the end of June.
The Navy sent six sailors to integrate into Wasp’s flight deck operations to prepare them for their upcoming Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.
Royal Navy sailors have also trained alongside their US Navy counterparts on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, with training having started at the end of June.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier. It is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy and capable of carrying up to forty aircraft.
She was expected to begin sea trials in March 2017, and was scheduled to be formally commissioned in May 2017. The sea trials, however, were delayed until summer 2017.
Instead of being fitted with catapults and arrestor wires, the aircraft carrier is designed to operate V/STOL aircraft. Her air wing will typically consist of F-35B Lightning II fighter-bombers and Merlin helicopters for airborne early warning and anti-submarine warfare.
The design emphasises flexibility, with accommodation for 250 Royal Marines and the ability to support them with attack helicopters and troop transports up to Chinook size and larger.
UKs £1billion HMS Dragon destroyer has been damaged in a blaze caused by a spark inside its machinery area while it was in the Portsmouth Naval base. The crew rushed immediately to extinguish the fire before it swept through the Type 45 destroyer,
Kelvin Hughes will be supplying SharpEye radar systems for the two latest Batch 2 ships, HMS Tamar and HMS Spey. Each ship will be equipped with a SharpEye I-Band radar for helicopter control and navigation as well as an E/F-Band SharpEye radar for navigation and collision avoidance, the company announced today
Lockheed Martin has selected a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to existing Merlin Mk2s helicopters for delivering Royal Navy with an airborne surveillance and control capability (ASaC). Lockheed Martin acts as the Ministry of Defences prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter
The UK Navy is operating a robot fleet of seven submarine gliders and three surface wave gliders to collect environmental data in real time as part of its demonstrator missions run by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). “This deployment will showcase the capabilities of marine robots to the Royal Navy, and other defence and industry partners,” NOCs Professor Russell Wynn, chief scientist of the mission was quoted as saying by
Leonardo today at the FIDAE exhibition in Chile announced a contract to provide a defensive aids suite (DAS) for the British Armys new fleet of Apache AH-64E helicopters. Under related contracts from the UK MOD and Boeing, Leonardo will integrate sensors and countermeasures to ensure that UK Apaches remain amongst the best protected attack helicopters in the world
The UK Royal Navy has taken delivery of its 14th F-35B lightning II fighter aircraft set to operate from HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Operated jointly by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, the F-35 Lightning jets will be able to operate on land or embarked on the UKs new aircraft carriers, the Navy said in a statement Monday
Thales has secured a seven year contract worth £100 million to provide through-life support for communications systems of the Royal Navys fleet. The awarded contract provides an intelligent, unified approach to supporting the Thales communications systems, including those fitted to the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers coming into service
A DJI Phantom drone, piloted by a UK photographer, landed aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth and took pictures and video footage reportedly undetected by the ship's advanced intrusion detection system. The unnamed photographer spent 'quite some time' remotely filming the most advanced British aircraft carrier from above using a DJI Phantom drone without any interference when the wind forced him to land his UAV aboard the ship
The Niles branch of Arconic Titanium and Engineered Products has received a $1.1 billion contract for supplying titanium parts for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II fighter jets
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