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UK marks ‘century of airpower’ with platform milestones
Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Defence Weekly
11 January 2019

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The event at Royal Air Force (RAF) Marham on 10 January, which was attended by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and senior service officials, saw the Ministry of Defence (MoD) declare initial operating capability (IOC) Land (L) for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Force as well as IOC for the multirole Project Centurion weapons configuration for the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4.

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BAE begins Meteor and SPEAR integration for F-35 - 17 March 2019

--- Quote ---As noted by BAE Systems, the Meteor and SPEAR 3 work is part of a wider package that includes further integration of the MBDA AIM-132 Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) and the Raytheon Paveway IV laser-guided bomb (LGB) in support of delivering initial operating capability (IOC) for the UK. While all of this work is being done specifically for the UK customer, Cliff Waldwyn, head of Combat Air, Group Business Development of MBDA said that it also added additional capability choice for international customers.
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A concept of a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning launching the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM missile. (BAE Systems)

UK begins integrating next-gen weapons for F-35 - 18 March 2019

--- Quote ---The Meteor, which has been developed by France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the UK, has a speed of more than Mach 4 and a range in excess of 100 km. Whereas similar-type missiles have a relatively short boost-phase after launch, after which they glide to the target while bleeding energy, the Meteorʼs ramjet means it is propelled up to the point of impact. This reduces the adversary aircraft’s chances of escaping the missile and gives the pilot more assurance of success when engaging enemy aircraft, leading it to be been described by industry and military officials as a step-change in air-to-air combat capabilities.

The SPEAR is a datalinked turbojet-powered stand-off ground-attack weapon that is expected to possess a range of about 100 km. It will be released from an aircraft regardless of its position relative to the target, and although it will be able to engage numerous target types, its subsonic speed and relatively small warhead will likely require a saturating attack using multiple missiles.

Both of these weapon types will be carried in the internal bays of the F-35 to maintain the aircraft’s low-observable characteristics, while they will also be carried externally for missions that require a greater weapons load without the need for stealth. Meteor and SPEAR 3 integration is expected to run through to 2025.
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A UK F-35B seen with the ASRAAM, SPEAR, and Meteor missiles that will largely make up its national-specific weapons fit. (Crown Copyright)


--- Quote ---RAF F-35Bs decamp to Cyprus for first overseas deployment
22 May 2019

The contingent of six F-35Bs took off from their home base at RAF Marham in Norfolk and flew non-stop to RAF Akrotiri with support from an RAF Airbus A330 air-to-air refuelling aircraft.

According to an announcement by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 21 May, the aircraft will be participating in Exercise 'Lightning Dawn' for six weeks.
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--- Quote ---UK F-35s land onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth
14th October 2019 - 09:30 GMT

The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force jets have landed, taken off and hovered on the carrier, with the goal of confirming that the aircraft are compatible with the vessel. The tests involve mission planning, arming the aircraft using the ship’s Highly Automated Weapon Handling System, flying missions and debriefing on completion.

The trials follow successful developmental trials in 2018 with US military F-35 jets, where forces conducted 500 take offs and landings over their 11-week period at sea.

The landings on HMS Queen Elizabeth are part of the ‘Westlant 19’ Carrier Strike Group deployment.
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--- Quote ---UK F35 Lightning jets complete night trials with HMS Queen Elizabeth
February 10, 2020

The first operational deployment for HMS Queen Elizabeth 617 Squadron and a squadron of US Marine Corps Lightning jets is due to take place in 2021.
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Photo: UK MOD

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