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23 octobre 2014 4 23 /10 /octobre /2014 16:30
A Tornado GR4 at RAF Akrotiri

A Tornado GR4 at RAF Akrotiri

 

20 October 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

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

 

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.

Yesterday, 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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23 octobre 2014 4 23 /10 /octobre /2014 16:30
Surveillance missions over Syria confirmed

 

21 October 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

The Defence Secretary has announced that UK Reaper and Rivet Joint aircraft will fly surveillance missions over Syria.

 

UK Reaper remotely piloted aircraft systems and Rivet Joint aircraft will be authorised to fly surveillance missions over Syria.

The deployment will see the Royal Air Force aircraft gathering intelligence as the UK ramps up efforts to protect our national interests from the terrorist threat emanating the country.

Reapers are not authorised to use weapons in Syria and, alongside Rivet Joint, will provide vital situational awareness making it an invaluable asset to the coalition allies who are combating ISIL.

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

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13 octobre 2014 1 13 /10 /octobre /2014 19:50
Europe's Largest Military Exercise Underway


13 oct. 2014 British Forces News

 

Europe's largest military exercise is currently taking place in Scotland. Exercise Joint Warrior involves more than three and a half thousand personnel from 16 different nations and from all three services. The air assets are based at RAF Lossiemouth in the Highlands. From there Ali Gibson has this special report.

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9 octobre 2014 4 09 /10 /octobre /2014 17:35
Closing ceremony of Camp Bastion Memorial Wall

 

9 oct. 2014 Defence HQ

 

British sailors, soldiers and airmen have conducted a poignant vigil to mark the return of Camp Bastion’s memorial wall to the UK.

The memorial bore the names of all 453 UK personnel who have died on operations in Afghanistan and has been the focus for commemoration and reflection since it was erected.

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Visite du 33th Squadron à Cazaux

 

08/10/2014 Armée de l’Air

 

Un détachement hélicoptère du 33th Squadron de la Royal Air Force (RAF) a été accueilli au sein de l’escadron d’hélicoptères (EH) 1/67 « Pyrénées » de la base aérienne (BA) 120 de Cazaux, du 29 septembre au 2 octobre 2014. Cette visite s’inscrivait dans la campagne de valorisation de leur hélicoptère Puma 2.

 

Pendant ces quelques jours, les aviateurs de l’EH 1/67 ont bénéficié de vols conjoints avec leurs homologues britanniques. L’occasion de découvrir les évolutions de leur machine. Les équipages de la RAF ont, quant à eux, profité de l’environnement particulièrement intéressant offert par la BA 120 de Cazaux en matière d’entraînement.

 

Quelques mois auparavant c’est un équipage français qui se rendait sur la base aérienne de Benson, au Royaume-Uni, pour participer à une conférence relative à l’utilisation du pilote automatique.

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MBDA Wins £40M Order for ASRAAM Missile

 

October 8th, 2014 By MBDA - defencetalk.com

 

A number of highly skilled technology jobs have been protected across the country thanks to a £40 million contract to support the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) air-to-air missile system.

 

The contract with MBDA, which designed and manufactured the Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM), will provide support infrastructure and maintenance for the weapon for the next five years.

 

The deal will sustain multiple positions at the company’s factories in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Greater Manchester and Bedfordshire and will ensure the effectiveness of these highly agile air-to-air missiles which equip the UK’s Air Quick Reaction Alert aircraft, who are responsible for protecting UK airspace as well as on operations in the Gulf and Libya.

 

Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne MP said:

“This contract is more positive news for MBDA and the United Kingdom’s Complex Weapons sector. It will sustain a number of highly skilled jobs and is another example of the Ministry of Defence’s continuing commitment to British technology.

 

“ASRAAM continues to provide the Royal Air Force with crucial battle-winning capability for Within Visual Range combat missions. This contract will enable MBDA to maintain the skills required to ensure that the RAF continues to perform at its very best on operations.

 

Background Information

The contract with MBDA represents the second phase of a joint project between MOD and the company to determine whether this approach to providing in-service support could provide significant benefits over the next five years.

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7 octobre 2014 2 07 /10 /octobre /2014 16:55
Le général Borel, COMDAOA, et ses homologues britannique et américain

Le général Borel, COMDAOA, et ses homologues britannique et américain

 

07/10/2014 Armée de l'air

 

Du 22 septembre au 2 octobre 2014, s’est déroulé l’exercice trilatéral « Tonnerre Lightning » sur la base aérienne 942 de Lyon-Mont-Verdun. Il vise à améliorer l’interopérabilité et la sécurité des systèmes d’informations entre les forces aériennes françaises,  britanniques et américaines (FRUKUS). Entièrement piloté depuis Lyon, l’exercice comportait deux phases.

 

Du 22 au 26 septembre, des experts américains et britanniques sont venus en appui du French CORE JFACC (Joint Force Air Component Command) en vue d’élaborer conjointement des solutions opérationnelles crédibles en réponse à un scénario élaboré. Dans cet esprit, l’équipe de planification constituée à Lyon a été chargée de planifier l’opération aérienne et de produire la documentation nécessaire à la seconde phase de l’opération, la phase de conduite des missions aériennes du jeudi 2 octobre.

 

À l’occasion de ce « LIVEX », le général Jean-Jacques Borel, commandant la défense aérienne et les opérations aériennes (CDAOA) a accueilli en salle de conduite du centre national des opérations aériennes (CNOA) le Lieutenant General Roberson commandant la 3e Air Force (USA) et l’Air Command Sampson de la Royal Air Force (RAF). Au cœur de ce centre opérationnel, les trois autorités ont suivi le déroulement de la mission : un raid aérien au-dessus du centre de la France. Deux Rafale et deux Mirage 2000RDI ont participé à cet exercice aux côtés de six F16 CJ américains, un AWACS et quatre Typhoon britanniques.

 

 En parallèle au processus de certification du JFACC français pour la prise d’alerte de la composante aérienne de la force de réaction rapide de l’OTAN (NRF), la série des « Tonnerre Lightning » prépare les forces aériennes à réagir à une crise soudaine nécessitant un engagement tripartite « hors OTAN ».

Tonnerre Lightning, exercice trilatéral dans le ciel français
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RAF Tornado GR4's on return to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus after armed mission in support of OP SHADER.  photo Cpl Neil Bryden

RAF Tornado GR4's on return to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus after armed mission in support of OP SHADER. photo Cpl Neil Bryden

 

07 oct. 2014 by Craig Hoyle - FG

 

All three of the Royal Air Force’s current Panavia Tornado GR4-equipped frontline squadrons will continue to operate the strike aircraft for the immediate future, after the UK government reversed a decision to disband one of the units early next year.

Prime Minister David Cameron on 3 October confirmed that 2 Sqn – based at RAF Marham in Norfolk – will continue to operate the Tornado GR4 until March 2016. It had previously been expected to stand down in March 2015, following the completion of the UK’s combat involvement in Afghanistan by the end of this year.

 

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6 octobre 2014 1 06 /10 /octobre /2014 14:50
PM confirms additional measures in support of operations against ISIL

HMS Defender and US aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Dan Rosenbaum, Crown copyright]

 

3 October 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

During a visit to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus the Prime Minister thanked RAF air and ground crew for their efforts in tackling ISIL in Iraq.

 

The Prime Minister announced the deployment of a further 2 RAF Tornado GR4 jets to Akrotiri to increase the resilience of the force, which now numbers 8 aircraft.

He also announced a decision to maintain 3 Tornado squadrons in service until March 2016. No 2 (Army Cooperation) Squadron was due to stand down from service in March 2015 but will now continue to offer precision firepower together with vital intelligence and surveillance.

An RAF Tornado GR4
An RAF Tornado GR4 at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus [Picture: Corporal Neil Bryden RAF, Crown copyright]

An RAF spokesperson said:

RAF Tornado GR4s deployed to RAF Akrotiri in mid-August in a purely intelligence and surveillance role.

Since then we have been looking at ensuring the resilience of this deployment and, with this in mind, an additional 2 aircraft have been deployed to ensure that we are able to maintain support to the Iraqi government by ensuring operational patrols over Iraq alongside our international allies.

The Royal Navy has also been participating in a support role in the Middle East with warship HMS Defender having been in the Gulf since June.

The ship recently joined the international operation and is providing protection for US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush and her aircraft as they launch air strikes against ISIL targets, supporting Iraqi and Kurdish forces on the ground.

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6 octobre 2014 1 06 /10 /octobre /2014 13:30
Latest air strikes in Iraq

A Tornado GR4 at RAF Akrotiri [Picture: Corporal Neil Bryden RAF]

 

6 October 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

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

 

Last night, 2 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.

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4 octobre 2014 6 04 /10 /octobre /2014 12:30
L’incroyable Scud anglais contre l’armée de l’air française



01.10.2014 Vincent Lamigeon, grand reporter à Challenges - Supersonique

 

Il aurait pu venir d’Iran, de Russie, de Corée du Nord. Mais il est venu de l’allié britannique, celui avec lequel la France a signé en grande pompe les traités de collaboration de défense dits de Lancaster House en 2010. Lui ? Un Scud incroyable, inattendu, tellement grossier qu’on se demande si c’est bien un ministre des affaires étrangères britannique qui l’a dégainé. Interrogé par la BBC qui évoquait l’engagement britannique en Irak et le nombre supérieur d’escadrons de chasse en France par rapport à au Royaume-Uni, Philip Hammond a répondu hier d’un tacle dénué de toute subtilité diplomatique : « Vous ne trouverez personne qui s'y connaît dans ce domaine qui dira que l'armée de l'air française constitue une force plus redoutable que la Royal Air Force ».

Quelle mouche a donc piqué Hammond ? Difficile à dire, tant l’attaque relève plus du coup de menton de cour de récré que d’une analyse argumentée. Le constat qu’il dresse, même en excluant toute fierté cocardière, est éminemment contestable. Si l’armée de l’air britannique reste un acteur de premier plan, au savoir-faire et à l’expérience redoutables, elle traîne avec elle un boulet redoutable : l’incapacité latente de l’Eurofighter Typhoon, commandé à 160 exemplaires, de mener des frappes au sol.

La meilleure illustration est le fait que les appareils envoyés par la RAF en Irak sont de bons vieux Tornado, des appareils dont la version initiale a volé pour la première fois il y a 40 ans (14 août 1974), et dont les premières livraisons à la RAF datent de 1979. Le rapport du NAO, la Cour des Comptes britanniques, sur l’Eurofighter en 2011 soulignait que les véritables capacités multi-rôles de l’Eurofighter attendraient 2018… soit la possible fin de production de l’avion au rythme de production actuel.

 

Sortie d'un Rafale équipé d'un ASMP-A

Sortie d'un Rafale équipé d'un ASMP-A

L'autre différence, et de taille, entre les deux armées de l'air est que l'une a la capacité nucléaire, pas l'autre. La France dispose des Rafale et Mirage 2000N, équipés de missiles ASMPA, qui complètent la Force océanique stratégique de quatre sous-marins lanceurs d'engins (SNLE) équipés de missiles M51 (et les six sous-matins nucléaires d'attaque). Le Royaume-Uni, lui, n'a plus de composante aéroportée de sa force de dissuasion depuis 1993, se reposant uniquement sur les sous-marins de classe Vanguard équipés de missiles Trident.

Cela n’empêche évidemment pas la RAF d’afficher des équipements qui font saliver l’armée de l’air française : une dizaine de ravitailleurs A330 MRTT sur les quatorze commandés ont déjà été livrés, quand la France se débat encore avec des antiques C-135 dont certains datent d’Eisenhower et tarde toujours à commander ses nouveaux appareils ; une dizaine de Reaper (General Atomics), capables de tirer de l’armement (459 tirs effectués à fin décembre 2013) quand la France se contente de deux Reaper non armés et d’une poignée de vieux Harfang.

Mais on comprend mal l’intérêt d’une telle saillie télévisée, à l’heure où les deux pays tentent de collaborer ensemble sur les drones ou les missiles. A moins que la sortie ne soit une énième tentative de disqualifier le Rafale à l’export, en Inde ou au Qatar par exemple. Comme se demandent judicieusement certains sur la twittosphère, les Anglais auraient-ils inventé le fair-play pour les autres ?

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RAF Tornado squadron saved from the scrap heap to bomb Isil

 

02 Oct 2014 By Matthew Holehouse, Political Correspondent, at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus

 

David Cameron announces that No 2 squadron, comprising 16 Tornados, will no longer be disbanded in March as it will help with airstrikes in Iraq

 

AN RAF Tornado squadron that was due to be disbanded has been reprieved for a year in order to bomb Isil, David Cameron announced on Thursday night as he thanked British pilots for their bravery and sacrifice.

In a surprise visit to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, Mr Cameron said the public must "never forget" the risks taken British aircrews whose actions in Iraq "make Britain safer".

Two more Tornado GR4 jets have been dispatched to join six British planes taking part in bombing raids and reconnaissance missions over Iraq under Operation Shader, Mr Cameron said.

 

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3 octobre 2014 5 03 /10 /octobre /2014 07:30
Third Air Strike In Iraq

RAF Tornado GR4's on return to RAF Akrotiri Cyprus after armed mission in support of OP SHADER.  photo Cpl Neil Bryden

 

02 October 2014 Royal Air Force

 

Tornados have been assisting Kurdish forces engaged in combat with ISIL.

 

This afternoon, 2 Royal Air Force Tornados on patrol over north-west Iraq, as part of a coalition force, were tasked to assist Kurdish ground forces engaged in combat with ISIL.

 

The aircraft pin-pointed the location from which ISIL fighters were directing heavy fire on the Kurdish troops, and conducted a precision strike with Paveway IV guided bombs. Initial reports indicates that the strike was successful.

 

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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 14:30
Further air strikes in Iraq

A Tornado GR4 returning to RAF Akrotiri after a mission [Picture: Corporal Neil Bryden RAF, Crown copyright]

 

2 October 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

Tornados continue to provide vital air support to Kurdish forces in Iraq.

 

Royal Air Force Tornados have conducted further operations in support of Kurdish ground forces engaged in combat with ISIL in north west Iraq.

 

Overnight, 2 GR4s provided vital air support to Peshmerga forces advancing on an ISIL position, conducting a successful precision attack on an armed pick-up truck with a Paveway IV guided bomb.

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1 octobre 2014 3 01 /10 /octobre /2014 11:30
Footage of a strike on an ISIL armed pick-up truck, using a Brimstone missile.


1 oct. 2014 Royal Air Force

 

As announced by the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft were in action over Iraq this afternoon, 30 September 2014, as part of the international coalition’s operations to support the democratic Iraqi Government in the fight against ISIL.

In the course of an armed reconnaissance mission from RAF Akrotiri, two Tornados were tasked to assist Kurdish troops in north-west Iraq who were under attack from ISIL terrorists.

This footage shows a Brimstone missile strike on an ISIL armed pick-up truck in Iraq.

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30 septembre 2014 2 30 /09 /septembre /2014 19:30
RAF jets strike first IS targets in Iraq

 

30 September 2014 BBC News

 

RAF jets have attacked a "heavy weapon position" and an armed pick-up truck in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has said. In the first attacks since Parliament approved military action on Friday, two "precision strikes" were launched and both were "successful", the MoD said.

 

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photo UK MoD

photo UK MoD

 

30 septembre 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Londres - La Grande-Bretagne a mené ses premières frappes aériennes en Irak contre les positions du groupe Etat Islamique (EI), a annoncé mardi le ministre de la Défense Michael Fallon.

 

Deux chasseurs-bombardiers Tornado ont détruit un poste d'artillerie et un véhicule équipé d'une mitrailleuse lourde, a indiqué le ministère de la Défense.

 

Ces deux frappes ciblées ont été un succès, a ajouté le ministère, qui n'a pas précisé quand les raids ont eu lieu, ni leur localisation exacte.

 

Les deux avions de combat étaient en mission de reconnaissance lorsqu'on leur a demandé de venir appuyer des troupes kurdes prises pour cible par les jihadistes de l'EI dans le nord-ouest de l'Irak.

 

Ces frappes sont les premières depuis que le Royaume-Uni s'est rallié vendredi à la coalition militaire internationale après l'adoption par le Parlement d'une motion du gouvernement autorisant le recours aux raids aériens en Irak.

 

Six Tornado de la Royal Air Force, basés à Chypre, étaient engagés depuis plusieurs semaines déjà en Irak pour des missions de surveillance.

 

Depuis vendredi, ils ont effectué plusieurs sorties, équipés de bombes à guidage laser et de missiles, mais sans ouvrir le feu.

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29 septembre 2014 1 29 /09 /septembre /2014 05:30
OP SHADER Media
 
September 28, 2014 Think Defence

A collection of images and videos from Operation SHADER, the UK operation against ISIS, in Iraq

 

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25 septembre 2014 4 25 /09 /septembre /2014 09:50
GB: Cameron rappelle le Parlement en vue de s'associer aux frappes aériennes en Irak

 

24 septembre 2014 Romandie.com(AFP)

 

Londres - Le Premier ministre britannique David Cameron a annoncé mercredi sur son compte Twitter avoir obtenu le rappel du parlement vendredi, afin de débattre de la demande d'aide irakienne de frappes aériennes contre les djihadistes de l'Etat Islamique.

 

J'ai demandé que le parlement soit rappelé pour débattre de la réponse britannique à la demande du gouvernement irakien de soutien contre le groupe Etat islamique, a-t-il twitté, après avoir rencontré son homologue irakien Haidar Al-Abadi, en marge de l'Assemblée générale des Nations Unies à New York.

 

Le Speaker (président de la chambre des Communes) a accepté ma demande de rappeler le parlement vendredi, a déclaré le Premier ministre dans un second message sur son compte officiel Twitter.

 

La Chambre des Communes se réunira vendredi pour un débat sur une motion de fond, a précisé un porte-parole de Downing Street, les services du Premier ministre.

 

Le Premier ministre ouvrira les débats et le Vice-Premier ministre (Nick Clegg: NDLR) les conclura, a-t-il également précisé, ajoutant que David Cameron présidera une réunion du cabinet ministériel jeudi à 13H00 (12H00 GMT).

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First flight of MSN15, the first A400M aircraft for the Royal Air Force



24 sept. 2014 Airbus DS

 

First flight of MSN15 and interview with Ed Strongman, Chief Test Pilot Military.

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Pilotes français de la Royal Air Force honorés à Paris

 

19/09/2014 Actus Air

 

Lundi 15 septembre 2014, jour anniversaire de la bataille d’Angleterre, l’ambassadeur britannique de France, Sir Peter Ricketts, a accueilli les familles des onze pilotes de l’armée de l’air française qui s’enfuirent de France pour combattre au coté de la Royal Air Force (RAF – armée de l’air britannique) pendant la bataille d’Angleterre en 1940.

 

La cérémonie fut organisée par le Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial d’Elvington, York et s’est déroulée à l’ambassade britannique de Paris où les 41 nouvelles médailles britanniques de la Seconde Guerre mondiale furent présentées  par l’Air Vice-Marshal Malcolm Brecht, dont neuf médailles de la bataille d’Angleterre.

 

À cette occasion, l’ambassadeur a présenté et a remis les médailles de la Seconde Guerre mondiale que les familles n’avaient jamais reçues.

 

Plus tard dans la journée, une cérémonie officielle a été organisée sous l’Arc de Triomphe à Paris pour commémorer la bataille d’Angleterre. L’hommage fut rendu par des représentants militaires d’Australie, de France, de Pologne, de République tchèque, du Royaume-Uni et des USA.

 

Le directeur du Yorkshire Air Museum, Ian Reed dit : « Ce fut une cérémonie émouvante, spécialement pour les familles des 11 pilotes français, dont 9 furent tués au combat en défendant notre pays". Et d'ajouter : "Cette commémoration fait suite à une cérémonie similaire pour le commandant R Mouchotte et le colonel H Lafont, il y a deux ans où il nous fut demandé de rechercher et d’organiser un nouvel événement franco-anglais. Cela nous a pris 20 mois pour localiser les familles en France et en Italie. » Pour mener à bien ce projet, le musée a travaillé étroitement avec le musée de l’Ordre de la Libération à Paris et avec l’attaché de Défense de Paris, l’Air Commodore John Maas.

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First QRA for RAF Lossiemouth

 

19 September 2014 Royal Air Force

 

Royal Air Force aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth have launched the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) for the first time since the Moray base took on the role of defending the UK’s Northern airspace. Typhoon jets were scrambled to identify aircraft in international airspace. The aircraft identified as Russian military ‘Bears’, did not enter UK airspace.

 

RAF Lossiemouth’s Station Commander, Group Captain Mark Chappell, said:

 

“This first successful launch for QRA North has been what all of the hard work by RAF Leuchars and RAF Lossiemouth personnel over recent months has been for.

“The relocation of two Typhoon squadrons was a significant challenge, one that was met by our whole team. The many months of preparation and infrastructure improvements have made us absolutely ready for this launch, and shows we are in the best position to provide the service to the United Kingdom that the Royal Air Force was primarily created for – that is, the protection of our airspace.”

 

Royal Air Force Lossiemouth began a new era in its history on the 1st of September when it assumed the provision of what the RAF calls the ‘Quick Reaction Alert (Interceptor) North’ task for the United Kingdom.

 

The role is carried out by crews from 6 Squadron. The pilot of the first launch said:

 

“It was an honour to be part of what is a milestone in the history of RAF Lossiemouth. With the move of Quick Reaction Alert from Leuchars to Lossiemouth, it has been a huge ask of many personnel. The fact that we had a flawless scramble and intercept of two Russian Bears was a testament to the hard work and commitment of all personnel involved.

 

“A very proud moment, not just for the pilots who did the intercept but the engineering crews who did a fantastic job, as well as many other station personnel involved in this constant commitment.”

First QRA for RAF Lossiemouth
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Royal Air Force Tornados deployed to West Africa

 

08 September 2014 by defenceWeb

 

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has deployed three Tornado GR.4 combat aircraft to Chad to help search for missing Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April.

 

The aircraft, from II Army Cooperation Squadron, departed Norfolk in late August, according to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly. The Tornados are operating from N’Djamena International Airport in Chad, where they are hosted by the French military detachment there, reports Air Forces Daily.

 

The Royal Air Force announced in late August it would deploy Tornados to fly reconnaissance missions over northeast Nigeria to track Boko Haram movement in an effort to find the girls. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The UK continues to work with the US, France, Nigeria, its neighbours and international partners to provide advice and assistance to the Nigerian government. Together with our allies, we have provided continuous surveillance support to the Nigerian authorities, including satellite imagery and we are still in discussion with partners on the deployment of further surveillance capability."

 

It is believed that the Tornados will use Rafael Litening III targeting pods or Goodrich Raptor photographic reconnaissance pods to gather intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data.

 

The RAF on May 18 sent a Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft to Accra, Ghana, to assist with the search. The Sentinel R1 aircraft is a modified Bombardier Global Express business jet fitted with a synthetic aperture radar and ground moving target indicator (GMTI). The RAF has five Sentinels in service.

 

Other nations have also contributed assets to help find the schoolgirls with the United States in May sending MC-12W Liberty and unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft to search for the girls. The unmanned aerial vehicle and Air Force personnel were deployed to neighbouring Chad.

 

More than 200 of the schoolgirls kidnapped from a boarding school in Chibok on April 14 are still missing despite Nigerian and international efforts to find them. Around 50 of the girls escaped from their abductors.

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UK arms delivery to Iraq


11 sept. 2014 defenceheadquarters

 

Weapons and ammunition provided by the UK to support Kurdish regional forces battling ISIL insurgents in Northern Iraq have arrived in Erbil, Iraq.

At the request of the Government of Iraq to provide urgent military support, the UK will supply heavy machine guns and nearly half a million rounds of ammunition. This will give the Kurdish Peshmerga additional firepower in order to help them defend the front line, protect civilians and push back ISIL advances.

The weapons and ammunition, flown in by an RAF C-130 Hercules transport plane, arrived in Iraq yesterday evening.

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Typhoon aircraft relocate to RAF Lossiemouth

Two 6 Squadron Typhoon jets at RAF Leuchars [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Matt Baker, UK MoD]

 

8 September 2014 Ministry of Defence

 

Number 1 (Fighter) Squadron marks relocation with a special 8-ship formation in the shape of a number 1.

 

Relocating from RAF Leuchars in Fife, Scotland, to RAF Lossiemouth, Typhoon aircraft of 1 (Fighter) Squadron will now provide quick reaction alert (QRA) cover alongside the Typhoons of 6 Squadron for the north of the UK. Quick reaction alert for the south will be based at RAF Coningsby.

Air Officer Scotland and station commander at RAF Leuchars, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew, said:

As the Typhoon aircraft and personnel of 1 (Fighter) Squadron begin their timely relocation to RAF Lossiemouth, it is fitting for us to pause and celebrate over 100 years of outstanding military aviation history at RAF Leuchars.

From its humble beginnings as a balloon station, Leuchars grew throughout the Second World War and beyond to become one of the United Kingdom’s foremost air defence stations. It’s exemplary record as the home of northern QRA stands as a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our people.

Speaking about the future of his squadron, officer commanding 1 (Fighter) Squadron, Wing Commander Mark Flewin, said:

The relocation of an entire fast-jet squadron is a phenomenal achievement and it is testament to the commitment, flexibility and capability of all personnel involved that it was carried out so successfully.

1 (Fighter) Squadron is delighted to have arrived at RAF Lossiemouth and now looks forward to continuing its quick reaction alert duties alongside 6 Squadron.

As for the future of RAF Leuchars, it will now focus on becoming home to army units the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 2 Close Support Battalion of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and 110 Provost Company of the Royal Military Police in 2015.

Brigadier Paul Harkness, Commander 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland, said of the army’s move to Leuchars:

We are delighted to have such a good location for 3 of our units relocating from Germany. We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to be part of the local community and look forward to maintaining the good relationship which the RAF has enjoyed.

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