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Typhoon FGR4 air to air refuel EX Red Flag


7 janv. 2015 Royal Air Force

 

The deployment by 1(F) Squadron across the Atlantic continues. The 6000 mile journey to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada would not be possible without the support of a pair of Voyager air-refuelling tanker aircraft.#RAFRedFlag

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Air strikes in Iraq

 

18 December 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.

 

Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4s have again struck ISIL terrorists in Iraq over the last few days. In recent weeks, Iraqi ground forces have made a number of successful advances against ISIL. The Kurdish peshmerga, trained, equipped and supported from the air by the international coalition, has liberated several key towns, including Rabiyah on the Syrian border, and Zumar.

On Friday, 2 RAF Tornados used Paveway IV precision guided bombs to attack a fortified ISIL compound.

The early hours of Wednesday morning saw UK Tornados join other coalition aircraft as the peshmerga mounted a further offensive.

They conducted a carefully coordinated attack, again using Paveway IV bombs, on a line of trenches, bunkers and gun emplacements constructed by ISIL between Mosul and Tal Afar in an attempt to hold up the Kurdish advance.

The same Tornado patrol then flew 150 miles south to provide support for an additional offensive against ISIL in Anbar province.

They were tasked to destroy a checkpoint near Rawah, used by the terrorists to deny local people any freedom of movement along a major road.

An attack was conducted with a Brimstone missile on a guard room and equipment store used by those manning the checkpoint.

 

12 December: RAF aircraft operating in support of Iraqi ground forces have seen further action against the ISIL terrorist network. A RAF Reaper conducted armed reconnaissance in northern Iraq, where ISIL are facing increasing pressure from the Kurdish peshmerga. The Reaper’s mission focused on engineering equipment being used by the terrorists to construct defensive positions to hold up peshmerga advances. The remotely piloted aircraft was able to locate 2 of these engineer vehicles, and attacked them with Hellfire missiles. Further south, another Reaper identified an ISIL armed pick-up truck and engaged it with a Hellfire missile. RAF Tornado GR4s were also providing surveillance for the Iraqi army in Anbar province, and were able to assist Iraqi soldiers engaged in a firefight with terrorists near Ramadi. Paveway precision guided bombs and Brimstone missiles were used to deal with ISIL fighting positions and 3 vehicles, including 2 armoured personnel carriers.

10 December: Iraqi troops fighting the ISIL terrorist organisation have received further air support from the international coalition, including the RAF. Early on Wednesday RAF Tornado GR4s attacked an ISIL storage compound near Rawah in Anbar province with a Paveway IV precision guided bomb. In northern Iraq, a British Army team, working with other coalition partners, continues to provide infantry training to the Kurdish peshmerga, who have already succeeded in liberating a number of areas from ISIL’s control, including the towns of Rabiyah and Zumar.

9 December: Military support to the Iraqi government in their fight against ISIL continues, with RAF aircraft conducting further strikes overnight. In the north-west of the country, a patrol of RAF Tornado GR4s was tasked by coalition air controllers to investigate an ISIL site near Mount Sinjar. The aircraft identified an observation tower and guard room in use by the terrorists at a checkpoint controlling a road junction. These were being used to deny the local population any freedom of movement and both were attacked with Brimstone missiles. Elsewhere in Iraq, a RAF Reaper providing surveillance for Iraqi ground forces observed a hostile armoured personnel carrier and successfully attacked it with a Hellfire missile.

8 December: RAF Tornado GR4s have struck further ISIL targets over the weekend while flying in support of Iraqi ground forces. On Friday, an armed reconnaissance patrol of GR4s investigated a reported ISIL position near Rawa in western Iraq. An observation tower and nearby equipment were located and attacked with Paveway IV guided bombs. In the early hours of Saturday morning, a further GR4 patrol in the same area also successfully attacked an ISIL armoured personnel carrier using a Brimstone missile. On Sunday, 2 Tornados were on reconnaissance when Iraqi troops reported coming under fire from terrorists in the vicinity of Bayji. The RAF aircraft responded rapidly, and when they arrived on the scene were able to spot the ISIL position. Since the target was in a built-up area, a very careful assessment was made in cooperation with another coalition surveillance aircraft, and the aircrew used the small and extremely precise Brimstone missile to carry out a successful attack which struck the enemy position. Early this morning, a fourth Tornado patrol operating in north-western Iraq, around Mount Sinjar, located 2 ISIL armoured personnel carriers and hit them with Brimstone missiles.

3 December: RAF aircraft struck a large concentration of ISIL vehicles last night as the UK continued its work as part of an international coalition in the fight against terrorism. Two RAF Tornado GR4s were tasked to investigate reported ISIL activity near Fallujah. A group of ISIL vehicles, including armed pick-up trucks and lorries, was identified and, having confirmed that there were no civilians or friendly forces in close proximity, the jets dropped a cluster of Paveway IV precision guided bombs on the vehicle group. A single truck appeared to survive the initial strike, but was accounted for by a Brimstone missile. A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft also saw action over Iraq, attacking an ISIL vehicle with a Hellfire missile. Combined with the targeted military action in northern Iraq, a British Army training team continues to provide infantry training to Kurdish peshmerga.

1 December: A Tornado GR4 patrol investigated a reported ISIL compound near Tal Afar in north-western Iraq and found a group of armoured personnel carriers. These were successfully attacked using Brimstone missiles. A further pair of Tornado GR4s came to the support of Iraqi forces engaged in a major firefight with ISIL near Tikrit. Two terrorist positions were identified and the precision of the Brimstone missile system allowed both targets to be engaged without risk to friendly forces. Meanwhile, an RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft on a separate patrol was able to attack 3 ISIL positions with Hellfire missiles. Another Reaper conducted a reconnaissance patrol in northern Iraq. Two ISIL positions and a vehicle were located by the Reaper’s crew, allowing coalition fast jets to conduct strikes on each in turn. The Reaper then identified a further ISIL position and engaged it with 1 of its own Hellfire missiles.

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Experimental Typhoon Fitted With RAF's Latest Weapons


16 déc. 2014 Forces TV

 

Forces TV has been given exclusive access to an experimental Typhoon fighter jet fitted with the RAF’s latest weapons.

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MCO commun pour les A400M français et britanniques

 

9 décembre 2014 par Aerobuzz.fr

 

C’est une première dans le monde du soutien aéronautique. Après des années de négociations, les ministères de la Défense français et britannique ont abouti à un accord sur le maintien en conditions opérationnelles (MCO) des avions militaires A400M Atlas de l’Armée de l’air et de la Royal Air Force. Un premier pas vers un accord global impliquant les sept pays impliqués dans le programme A400M.

 

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UK and France support contract to maintain A400M fleet

 

8 December 2014 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

The first contract has been awarded for the maintenance and support of the new A400M Atlas military aircraft

 

The UK and France jointly awarded the common in-service support contract to Airbus Defence and Space.

The contract covers all areas of maintenance and includes the implementation of spare parts pooling and the establishment of maintenance engineering services to benefit both air forces.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

The signature of this joint contract for the support of the A400M Atlas fleet is the achievement of successful British-French discussions over a number of years, and is an important milestone of increasing mutual collaboration at the heart of agreements made under the Lancaster House Treaty for defence and security cooperation.

The joint support contract is another example of cooperation across a truly multinational programme that will see 170 A400M aircraft delivered to 7 partner nations over the coming years.

 
UK and France support contract to maintain A400M fleet

The Délégué général pour l’armement Laurent Collet-Billon added:

The intention is to further expand on early collaboration activities where feasible and value for money in support activities areas.

This newly signed joint contract demonstrates added value under the French and British leadership for a common approach for in-service support and paves the way for possibly our A400M partners to move forward that way.

The contract was awarded by the British MOD’s procurement agency, Defence Equipment & Support, and the French Direction générale de l’armement.

To date, Airbus Defence and Space has delivered 7 of the 170 A400M aircraft ordered by the 7 partner nations – Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Spain, United Kingdom and Turkey.

Five aircraft have been delivered so far to France, while the UK’s first A400M Atlas was officially unveiled by the MOD last month at RAF Brize Norton.

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Air strikes in Iraq (updated 9 Dec. 2014)

 

9 December 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.

 

Military support to the Iraqi government in their fight against ISIL continues, with Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft conducting further strikes overnight.

In the north-west of the country, a patrol of RAF Tornado GR4s was tasked by coalition air controllers to investigate an ISIL site near Mount Sinjar.

The aircraft identified an observation tower and guard room in use by the terrorists at a checkpoint controlling a road junction.

These were being used to deny the local population any freedom of movement and both were attacked with Brimstone missiles.

Elsewhere in Iraq, a RAF Reaper providing surveillance for Iraqi ground forces observed a hostile armoured personnel carrier and successfully attacked it with a Hellfire missile.

 

8 December: RAF Tornado GR4s have struck further ISIL targets over the weekend while flying in support of Iraqi ground forces. On Friday, an armed reconnaissance patrol of GR4s investigated a reported ISIL position near Rawa in western Iraq. An observation tower and nearby equipment were located and attacked with Paveway IV guided bombs. In the early hours of Saturday morning, a further GR4 patrol in the same area also successfully attacked an ISIL armoured personnel carrier using a Brimstone missile. On Sunday, 2 Tornados were on reconnaissance when Iraqi troops reported coming under fire from terrorists in the vicinity of Bayji. The RAF aircraft responded rapidly, and when they arrived on the scene were able to spot the ISIL position. Since the target was in a built-up area, a very careful assessment was made in cooperation with another coalition surveillance aircraft, and the aircrew used the small and extremely precise Brimstone missile to carry out a successful attack which struck the enemy position. Early this morning, a fourth Tornado patrol operating in north-western Iraq, around Mount Sinjar, located 2 ISIL armoured personnel carriers and hit them with Brimstone missiles.

3 December: RAF aircraft struck a large concentration of ISIL vehicles last night as the UK continued its work as part of an international coalition in the fight against terrorism. Two RAF Tornado GR4s were tasked to investigate reported ISIL activity near Fallujah. A group of ISIL vehicles, including armed pick-up trucks and lorries, was identified and, having confirmed that there were no civilians or friendly forces in close proximity, the jets dropped a cluster of Paveway IV precision guided bombs on the vehicle group. A single truck appeared to survive the initial strike, but was accounted for by a Brimstone missile. A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft also saw action over Iraq, attacking an ISIL vehicle with a Hellfire missile. Combined with the targeted military action in northern Iraq, a British Army training team continues to provide infantry training to Kurdish peshmerga.

1 December: A Tornado GR4 patrol investigated a reported ISIL compound near Tal Afar in north-western Iraq and found a group of armoured personnel carriers. These were successfully attacked using Brimstone missiles. A further pair of Tornado GR4s came to the support of Iraqi forces engaged in a major firefight with ISIL near Tikrit. Two terrorist positions were identified and the precision of the Brimstone missile system allowed both targets to be engaged without risk to friendly forces. Meanwhile, an RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft on a separate patrol was able to attack 3 ISIL positions with Hellfire missiles. Another Reaper conducted a reconnaissance patrol in northern Iraq. Two ISIL positions and a vehicle were located by the Reaper’s crew, allowing coalition fast jets to conduct strikes on each in turn. The Reaper then identified a further ISIL position and engaged it with 1 of its own Hellfire missiles.

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9 décembre 2014 2 09 /12 /décembre /2014 08:50
Notification du contrat franco-britannique de soutien des A400M Atlas

 

08/12/2014 Sources : DGA

 

Le premier contrat commun de maintien en conditions opérationnelles (MCO) des avions militaires A400M Atlas a été signé entre les ministères de la Défense français et britannique. Une signature qui marque le début d'une coopération sans précédent dans le monde du soutien aéronautique.

 

Ce contrat couvre le MCO des avions et inclut la mise en place d’un stock partagé de pièces de rechanges et des services d’ingénierie de maintenance au profit des deux armées de l’air. « Cette signature est l’aboutissement de plusieurs années de discussions franco-britanniques fructueuses, souligne le secrétaire d’État britannique Philip Dunne. C’est un jalon important pour notre coopération croissante, au cœur des accords conclus sous couvert du traité de Lancaster House portant sur la coopération en matière de défense et de sécurité. Et d'ajouter : ce contrat de soutien commun est un autre exemple de coopération au sein d’un véritable programme multinational qui verra la fourniture de 170 avions A400M au profit de sept pays partenaires dans les prochaines années. »

 

Les mécaniciens français et britanniques piocheront dans cette réserve unique de pièces détachées pour assurer le maintien en condition opérationnelle de l’appareil. Une révolution dans le monde du soutien aéronautique. « L’intention est de développer plus encore les activités de coopération initiales dans le domaine du MCO quand c’est faisable et que ceci génère un gain en coût/efficacité, précise Laurent Collet-Billon, délégué général pour l'armement. Le contrat qui vient d’être signé démontre sous le leadership franco-britannique, la valeur ajoutée d'une approche commune du soutien. Il ouvre la voie à nos partenaires sur l’A400M pour avancer plus loin dans cette direction. »

 

À ce jour, Airbus Defence and Space a délivré les sept premiers avions A400M sur les 170 commandés par les nations partenaires du programme A400M. Parmi eux, cinq avions sont déployés sur la base aérienne 123 d'Orléans-Bricy, qui attend son sixième appareil d'ici début 2015. Le premier A400M britannique a, quant à lui, été officiellement reçu par la Royal Air Force le 17 novembre 2014 sur la base aérienne de Brize Norton.

 

Retrouvez très prochainement un dossier consacré à l'Atlas dans le prochain numéro d'Air actualités.

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Air strikes in Iraq - updated: 3 Dec. 2014(UK MoD)

 

3 December 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL

 

 

Royal Air Force aircraft struck a large concentration of ISIL vehicles last night as the UK continued its work as part of an international coalition in the fight against terrorism.

Two RAF Tornado GR4s were tasked to investigate reported ISIL activity near Fallujah. A group of ISIL vehicles, including armed pick-up trucks and lorries, was identified and, having confirmed that there were no civilians or friendly forces in close proximity, the jets dropped a cluster of Paveway IV precision guided bombs on the vehicle group. A single truck appeared to survive the initial strike, but was accounted for by a Brimstone missile.

A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft also saw action over Iraq, attacking an ISIL vehicle with a Hellfire missile.

Combined with the targeted military action in northern Iraq, a British Army training team continues to provide infantry training to Kurdish peshmerga.

1 December - A Tornado GR4 patrol investigated a reported ISIL compound near Tal Afar in north-western Iraq and found a group of armoured personnel carriers. These were successfully attacked using Brimstone missiles. A further pair of Tornado GR4s came to the support of Iraqi forces engaged in a major firefight with ISIL near Tikrit. Two terrorist positions were identified and the precision of the Brimstone missile system allowed both targets to be engaged without risk to friendly forces. Meanwhile, an RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft on a separate patrol was able to attack 3 ISIL positions with Hellfire missiles. Another Reaper conducted a reconnaissance patrol in northern Iraq. Two ISIL positions and a vehicle were located by the Reaper’s crew, allowing coalition fast jets to conduct strikes on each in turn. The Reaper then identified a further ISIL position and engaged it with 1 of its own Hellfire missiles.

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Interview to Jon Ager, Royal Air Force Senior Responsible


1 déc. 2014 Airbus DS

 

Interview about how A400M will fit into the overall UK air mobility structure and what RAF is looking forward to.

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Des avions de chasse américains sur le futur porte-avions britannique ?

 

28 novembre 2014. Portail des Sous-Marins

 

La Royal Navy pourrait demander à des escadrilles américaines d’utiliser son futur porte-avions, suite à des retards de livraison de ses chasseurs F-35 B.

 

Des sources au sein du ministère britannique de la défense expliquent que l’US Marine Corps se verrait proposer d’utiliser le HMS Queen Elizabeth.

 

La Grande-Bretagne prévoit que sa première escadrille de F-35 soit opérationnelle en 2018, mais selon la BBC, des retards sont prévisibles. Le ministère ne dit être informé d’aucun retard.

 

L’objectif est qu’une escadrille de F-35 britanniques soit opérationnelle en 2021. Mais il s’écoulera au moins 3 ans entre la mise en service du Queen Elizabeth (2018) et celle des escadrilles de F-35.

 

La commande des 14 premiers chasseurs devait intervenir en février. Mais des doutes persistants sur la fiabilité du logiciel et un incendie de moteur ont retardé la décision. Le mois dernier, la Grande-Bretagne a finalement annoncé sa première commande, mais elle ne portait que sur seulement 4 avions, juste de quoi effectuer les essais du Queen Elizabeth, « avec des F-35 B britanniques, pilotés par des pilotes britanniques. »

 

Après les élections générales en 2015, une nouvelle revue de défense devrait être lancée. Les 2 porte-avions devraient faire l’objet d’une attention particulière.

 

De nombreuses décisions ont été bloquées en attendant le résultat de la revue, comme par exemple les moyens de communication.

 

Référence : BBC News

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RAF Operation X


28 nov. 2014 Royal Air Force

 

Experience the RAF like never before. Join Operation X now: http://bit.ly/1xsvWe3
From Pilot to Chef you’ll discover the vital role each of them plays. Watch full time Regulars and spare time Reserves in action, explore immersive 360 video and test your own skills.

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MSN15 Complete Process


25 nov. 2014 Airbus DS

 

Check out the First Engine run, First Taxi, Painting and First Flight of A400M aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

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Paveway 4 Drop Lossiemouth


28 nov. 2014 Royal Air Force

 

Earlier this week the oldest frontline Royal Air Force squadron in the world became the first frontline Typhoon squadron to release the munition on a weapons range in Scotland.

No 1(Fighter) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth, successfully released 2 live Paveway IV weapons at Cape Wrath Training Area as part of the Squadron’s task to deliver the latest Typhoon capability upgrade, known as P1Eb.

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A400M Atlas at RAF Brize Norton

 

28 nov. 2014 Royal Air Force

 

The first of the UK’s A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft has today been officially unveiled by the MOD at its new home at RAF Brize Norton.

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First Royal Air Force A400M makes its maiden flight

 

24 nov. 2014 Airbus DS

 

The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Royal Air Force made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery.

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A Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 in flight over Lithuania

A Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 in flight over Lithuania

 

20 November 2014 Royal Air Force

 

The £800m contract for the development of a new electronic radar system for the Eurofighter Typhoon has been signed in Scotland

 

The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar capability contract was awarded to Eurofighter Jadgflugzeug GmbH by NETMA – the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency - on behalf of the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy.

 

The radar will further improve the Eurofighter Typhoon's combat effectiveness. Alongside recent announcements for weapon capability upgrades, the contract demonstrates the partners’ commitment to maintain the aircraft’s status as a world class multi role combat aircraft.

 

As well as sustaining UK jobs, the contract also represents a significant step in delivering advanced radar technology required by the Royal Air Force.

 

Meeting with his European counterparts in Edinburgh, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said:

 

"This contract marks a major milestone in the development of the Typhoon programme and offers a significant increase in the capability of the aircraft. The development of this AESA radar is a significant step in delivering technology that will ensure the Royal Air Force is equipped to meet the evolving demands of operations.

 

Following recent announcements on weapon capability enhancements, notably the integration of Storm Shadow, this contract is a further demonstration of our continued commitment to the Typhoon aircraft.

 

The contract also represents another significant investment in the defence industry in Scotland, sustaining around 500 jobs at Selex ES in Edinburgh."

 

The introduction of an AESA radar is designed to give the Eurofighter greater vision than its competitors through simultaneous multirole air-to-air and air-to-ground tracking of targets with increased fidelity and range.

 

The contract marks the culmination of considerable investment by the partner nations and industry in developing the technology required to provide Eurofighter-Typhoon with cutting edge sensor capability.

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Air strikes in Iraq (updated: 17 Nov. 2014)

 

Last updated: 17 November 2014 , Ministry of Defence

 

British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.

 

Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornados and Reapers, operating as part of the international coalition in support of the Iraqi Government, have conducted further strikes against ISIL.

 

On Thursday evening, Kurdish peshmerga reported coming under fire from a dug-in machine-gun position. An RAF Reaper remotely piloted air system succeeded in locating the ISIL position, and attacked it with a Hellfire missile. The crew operating the Reaper then identified further ISIL positions, allowing another coalition aircraft to conduct an attack.

 

Before the end of its patrol, the Reaper crew used another Hellfire to engage an ISIL checkpoint set up to control a road.

 

Elsewhere in Iraq, another Reaper, investigating reported ISIL activity in response to advancing Iraqi forces, identified terrorists boarding a truck. Despite the vehicle moving off at high speed, the Reaper crew were able to hit it with a Hellfire.

 

And on Saturday night, Tornado GR4s conducted an armed reconnaissance patrol over western and northern Iraq, supported by a Voyager refuelling tanker. In the western desert, they were tasked to strike an ISIL communications vehicle, which coalition forces had previously identified. A single Brimstone missile was used to conduct an attack.

 

Later in the patrol, the Tornados were called north to the Mosul area to support Kurdish peshmerga who were under fire from ISIL heavy weapons. Paveway precision guided bombs were used to hit a mortar and firing positions, as well as a bulldozer which the terrorists were using to construct defences against the peshmerga’s advance.

 

In northern Iraq, a British army team continues to provide training to the peshmerga as part of a wider programme of training and assistance provided by the international community to both the Iraqi and Kurdish armed forces.

 

RAF transport aircraft provide logistic support, having delivered numerous deliveries of humanitarian aid and military equipment from both the UK and on behalf of other Coalition partners.

 

13 November - last night a RAF Reaper RPAS was involved in a coalition air strike in the Kirkuk region. The Reaper had been tasked to conduct reconnaissance in an area where Iraqi forces had encountered ISIL fighters. The operators were able to use the Reaper’s advanced systems to identify a number of ISIL positions, enabling another coalition aircraft to attack a command post, bunker, observation post and 2 armed pick-up trucks. They then identified a further 3 positions, and, having carefully checked the area, conducted attacks using the Reaper’s own Hellfire missiles. Initial analysis indicates that the attacks were successful. Other RAF aircraft also continue to fly missions over Iraq, including Tornado GR4s in the armed reconnaissance role, and surveillance, tanker and transport aircraft. A British Army team remains in Erbil, providing training assistance requested by the Kurdish peshmerga.

 

10 November - saw the first air strike by a RAF Reaper RPAS. A series of coalition missions were conducted near Bayji, north of Baghdad, where ISIL terrorists were laying improvised explosive devices. The Reaper, using procedures identical to those of manned aircraft, successfully attacked the terrorists using a Hellfire missile. In addition, 2 RAF Tornado GR4s used a Brimstone missile to successfully destroy a shipping container used by the terrorists to store equipment near Al Anbar, west of Baghdad.

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RAF Tornado strike against an ISIL vehicle


17 nov. 2014 Defence HQ

 

Tornado GR4s conducted an armed reconnaissance patrol over western and northern Iraq this weekend. In the western desert, they were tasked to strike an ISIL communications vehicle, which Coalition forces had previously identified. A single Brimstone missile was used to conduct an attack.

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Dépôt de gerbe sur la stèle dédiée aux Groupes Lourds à Elvington 9 nov 2014

Dépôt de gerbe sur la stèle dédiée aux Groupes Lourds à Elvington 9 nov 2014

 

12/11/2014 Sources : Association des anciens et amis des Groupes Lourds - Armée de l'air

 

La cérémonie annuelle de commémoration du Souvenir s’est déroulée, dimanche 9 novembre 2014, au Allied Air Forces Memorial d’Elvington (Angleterre).

 

À cette occasion, près de 400 représentants des forces aériennes françaises, canadiennes, australiennes et britanniques étaient réunis.

 

Des vétérans français des «Groupes Lourds» assistaient également à la cérémonie, en cette année marquant les 70 ans de leur création. De juin 1944 à octobre 1945, les groupes de bombardement lourd II/23 «Guyenne» et I/25 «Tunisie» ont stationné sur la base de la Royal Air Force (RAF) à Elvington. Ils furent les deux seuls français de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Ils payèrent un lourd tribut. Au total, 21 avions furent abattus et 216 aviateurs tués, l’équivalent d’un sur deux.

Dépôt de gerbe sur la stèle dédiée aux Groupes Lourds à Elvington 9 nov 2014 - Photo Lionel Chatard

Dépôt de gerbe sur la stèle dédiée aux Groupes Lourds à Elvington 9 nov 2014 - Photo Lionel Chatard

Retrouvez ci-dessous le témoignage d’André Hautot, mitrailleur sur Halifax, avion à partir duquel les Groupes Lourds ont opéré.

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British Tornadoes final take-off from Afghanistan


11 nov. 2014 NATO

 

British Tornadoes have taken off from Afghanistan for the last time. Tornado jets from 31 Squadron left Kandahar Air Field earlier today. The Squadron’s history in Afghanistan dates back to 1919 when its planes were involved in the Third Anglo-Afghan War.

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UK Reaper bombs IS militants in Iraq

UK MQ-9 Reaper aircraft launched the first air strike against the Islamic State fighters in Iraq. Photo UK MoD

 

11 November 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

A UK Royal Air Force's (RAF) MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted air system (RPAS) has launched the first air strike against the Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq.

 

Assigned to support a series of coalition missions near Bayji, north of Baghdad over the weekend, Reaper successfully attacked terrorists laying improvised explosive devices using a Hellfire missile.

 

The drone used procedures identical to those of manned aircraft and also continued to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assistance to coalition aircraft. This enabled them to conduct further strikes.

 

Also on 9 November, two RAF Tornado GR4 fighters were tasked to investigate suspected IS activity near Al Anbar, west of Baghdad.

 

The aircraft fired a single Brimstone missile to successfully destroy a shipping container used by the terrorists to store equipment to support extortion and control of the local population.

 

Operating from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, the Tornado fighters have been conducting airstrikes on multiple IS targets in northern Iraq since last month.

 

The Reaper airstrikes come just days before the US Department of Defense announced that the initial group of Iraqi F-16 jets will be sent to Tuscon, Arizona, instead of Balad Air Base, Iraq.

 

Iraq ordered a total of 36 F-16 C/D Block 52 fighters from Lockheed Martin in September 2011 and October 2012, to help rebuild its air force.

 

Deliveries to Iraqi Air Force were originally scheduled to start by mid-2014, but were postponed after IS overran much of the north-western part of the country. This led to evacuation of the programme contractors from Balad airbase.

"We are going to deliver three F-16s to Tucson in December and then one per month after that through May for a total of eight F-16s."

 

US Defense Department spokesman Army colonel Steven Warren said: "We are going to deliver three F-16s to Tucson in December and then one per month after that through May for a total of eight F-16s.

 

"We expect the Iraqi pilots will begin flying their own aircraft for continuation training beginning in January.

 

"All maintenance for the F-16s will be provided by [contracted] logistic support."

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Air strikes in Iraq (UK MoD)

 

Last updated: 10 November 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.

 

This weekend saw the first air strike by a Royal Air Force Reaper remotely piloted air system (RPAS) as British forces continue to assist the Iraqi Government in their fight against ISIL.

A series of coalition missions were conducted near Bayji, north of Baghdad, where ISIL terrorists were laying improvised explosive devices.

The Reaper RPAS, using procedures identical to those of manned aircraft, successfully attacked the terrorists using a Hellfire missile.

UK Reaper continued to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assistance to coalition aircraft which enabled them to conduct further strikes.

In addition, on Sunday morning, 2 RAF Tornado GR4s were tasked to investigate suspected ISIL activity near Al Anbar, west of Baghdad.

A single Brimstone missile was used to successfully destroy a shipping container used by the terrorists to store equipment to support extortion and control of the local population.

 

4 November - saw further action from Royal Air Force aircraft as they continue to assist the Iraqi Government in their fight against ISIL. Two Tornado GR4s, flying in support of Iraqi army units in the area surrounding Bayji north of Baghdad, used a Brimstone precision guided missile to successfully destroy an ISIL armed pick-up truck. Other RAF aircraft, including tankers, transport and surveillance platforms also continue to support coalition air operations.

3 November - over the weekend, 2 Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s were tasked to investigate ISIL activity near the scene of an earlier successful coalition air strike at Al Qaim, north-west of Baghdad. The aircraft, as part of the international coalition supporting the Iraqi government, identified and destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle using a single Brimstone missile. RAF Tornados were involved in further attacks this morning as a Brimstone missile was again used to attack a heavily armed ISIL pick up truck.

24 October - two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s participated in a coordinated coalition air strike overnight (Thursday) at Jar Silah, west of Kirkuk. The aircraft, at the request of the Iraqi Government, used Paveway IV precision guided bombs to successfully attack a former Iraqi military base which ISIL were using as a logistics hub for operations in the area. Other RAF aircraft, including Voyager refuelling tankers, and Rivet Joint and Reaper surveillance platforms, also continue to support coalition air operations.

20 October - Early last week, 2 Tornado GR4s, while on an armed reconnaissance patrol, were tasked to attack an ISIL main battle tank which coalition forces had been tracking near Ramadi. Following extensive surveillance to ensure that there were no civilians nearby the tank was destroyed in a precision attack using a Brimstone missile.

19 October - RAF Tornados were involved in further successful airstrikes on ISIL terrorists who had attacked an Iraqi military convoy south of Fallujah. Brimstone missiles were used to hit the ISIL forces, including 2 trucks, ahead of additional attacks by other coalition forces in the area which were supported by UK Tornados. Video footage of the Ramadi mission is available on the Defence Imagery website

8 October 2014 - Tornado GR4 aircraft completed another round of air strikes in Iraq overnight. The Royal Air Force aircraft flew further missions to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.

7 October 2014 - two Tornado GR4s were tasked to support the Iraqi Army. Brimstone missiles and Paveway IV guided bombs were used to conduct a successful precision attack on ISIL terrorists who were firing on Iraqi troops from a stronghold near Ramadi.

6 October 2014 - Tornado GR4s, flying from RAF Akrotiri, have continued their patrols over Iraq as part of the international coalition against ISIL.

5 October 2014 - two of our aircraft, flying in support of Iraqi security forces, successfully used Paveway IV precision-guided bombs to attack ISIL terrorists, fortified in a building near Ramadi, who were firing on Iraqi soldiers.

For more information see ISIL: UK government response page on GOV.UK

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Royal Air Force Tornados leave Afghanistan


11 nov. 2014 Royal Air Force

 

Royal Air Force Tornado aircraft, operated by 31 Squadron, depart Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, following the end of UK fast jet operations in the country. Since 2009, Tornados have flown more than 33,500 hours supporting Afghan and ISAF forces.

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Opération Chammal: un MRTT britannique ravitaille en vol des Rafale français

 

30/10/2014 Armée de l'air

 

Dimanche 26 octobre 2014, un avion-ravitailleur britannique Voyager a ravitaillé en vol des Rafale français engagés dans l’opération Chammal.

 

Couronnée de succès, cette manœuvre a démontré la totale interopérabilité entre l’armée de l’air et la  Royal Air Force (RAF), ainsi que l’excellente coopération unissant les deux forces aériennes. Un pilote français, en échange depuis 2013 au sein de la RAF, se trouvait par ailleurs à bord de l’appareil britannique.

 

Le Voyager est un A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) équipant la RAF depuis 2012. À terme, le MRTT doit également équiper l’armée de l’air française, en remplacement de la flotte vieillissante des C135. La commande du premier appareil est attendue dans les semaines prochaines.

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Le général Mercier s’est entretenu avec le colonel Boulama Issa, chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’air du Niger

 

23/10/2014 Armée de l'air

 

Les 11 et 12 octobre 2014, le général Denis Mercier, chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’air (CEMAA), s’est rendu au Tchad et au Niger, afin de rencontrer les aviateurs de la force Barkhane. Il était accompagné pour l’occasion de l’AirChiefMarshal Andrew Pulford, chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’air britannique, de l’AirCommodore Steve Shell, chef des opérations aériennes de la Royal Air Force et du général Jean-Jacques Borel, commandant de la défense aérienne et des opérations aériennes.

 

Le général Jean-Pierre Palasset, commandant de l’opération Barkhane a accueilli la délégation au camp Adi Kosseï de N’Djamena et leur a présenté l’opération. Les généraux ont ensuite visité successivement le poste de commandement interarmées de théâtre et la zone opérationnelle, où ils ont pu s’entretenir avec les militaires des unités présentes à N’Djamena. La journée s’est conclue par une rencontre avec le colonel Moukhtar, chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’air tchadienne.

 

Dimanche 12 octobre 2014, le colonel Gilles Villenave, commandant du détachement air de Niamey, a accueilli les CEMAA français et britannique. Ils ont visité les détachements de chasse et de drones (Reaper et Harfang), ainsi que le groupement de transport opérationnel et le détachement du 25e régiment du génie de l’air. Enfin, le général Mercier s’est entretenu avec le colonel Boulama Issa, chef d’état-major de l’armée de l’air du Niger.

 

Le général Mercier a salué l’engagement des aviateurs de la force Barkhane dans la réalisation des missions de la France dans le bande sahélo-saharienne. Il a exprimé sa satisfaction vis-à-vis des remarquables succès accomplis aux côtés de nos alliés africains. Une fois de plus, ces missions « mettent en valeur les superbes qualités de l’aviateur : notre capacité à pouvoir opérer en tous temps et en tous lieux avec une grande réactivité et une grande flexibilité ». Et de conclure, qu’au-delà des capacités, « c’est parce qu’elles sont portées par des valeurs morales fortes que les armées françaises – et l’armée de l’air en particulier – sont capables de faire la différence ».

Visite des chefs d’état-major de l’armée de l’air française et britannique à la force BarkhaneVisite des chefs d’état-major de l’armée de l’air française et britannique à la force Barkhane
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