List of active United Kingdom military aircraft

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For RAF aircraft no longer in service, see List of aircraft of the Royal Air Force. For aircraft expected to enter service with the RAF in the future, see Future of the Royal Air Force.
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This is a list of military aircraft currently in service with the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom.

Royal Air Force[edit]

Main article: Royal Air Force
Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Agusta A109 Italy Rotorcraft Transport 2006 1 [1]
Airbus A400M Atlas Spain Propeller Transport 2014 14 14 [2]
Airbus Voyager Spain Jet Tanker 2011 14 14 [3]
Beechcraft King Air USA Propeller Trainer 2004 7 [1]
Beechcraft Shadow USA Propeller ISTAR 2009 6 6 [1]
Bell Griffin Canada Rotorcraft Utility 2003 4 11 [1]
Boeing Chinook USA Rotorcraft Transport 1980 60 66 [1]
Boeing C‑17A Globemaster III USA Jet Transport 2001 8 8 [1]
Boeing E‑3D Sentry USA Jet AEW&C 1990 6 7 [1]
Boeing RC‑135W Rivet Joint USA Jet SIGINT 2013 2 2 [1]
British Aerospace 146 UK Jet Transport 1995 4 6 [1]
British Aerospace Hawk UK Jet Trainer 1976 101 [1]
Britten-Norman Islander UK Propeller Patrol 2008 3 3 [1]
Eurofighter Typhoon UK Jet Multi-role 2007 141 141 [4][2]
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper USA UAV ISR / attack 2007 10 10 [1]
Grob G115E Tutor Germany Propeller Trainer 1999 119 [1]
Grob Vigilant Germany Glider Trainer 1991 15 [1]
Grob Viking Germany Glider Trainer 1990 73 [1]
Lockheed C‑130J Hercules USA Propeller Transport 2000 24 25 [1]
Lockheed Martin F‑35B Lightning II USA Jet Multi-role 2013 4 4 [1] Joint operated with Fleet Air Arm
Panavia Tornado GR4 UK Jet Attack 1979 81 81 [1]
Raytheon Sentinel Canada / USA Jet ISTAR 2008 5 5 [1]
Short Tucano UK Propeller Trainer 1989 81 81 [1]
Westland Puma France / UK Rotorcraft Transport 1971 23 [1]

RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Avro Lancaster (PA474) UK Propeller Bomber 1942 1 1 B.I
De Havilland Canada Chipmunk UK Propeller Trainer 1946 2 1 T.10
Douglas Dakota USA Propeller Transport 1942 1 1 C.3
Hawker Hurricane UK Propeller Fighter 1937 2 2 Mk IIc
Supermarine Spitfire UK Propeller Fighter 1938 7 1 Mk IIa, 1 Mk Vb, 1 LF.IXe, 1 LF.XVIe, 2 PR.XIX

Fleet Air Arm[edit]

Main article: Fleet Air Arm
Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat UK Rotorcraft Attack 2014 28 28 [1]
Beechcraft Avenger USA Propeller Trainer 2011 4 4 [1]
Boeing Insitu ScanEagle USA UAV ISR 2014 3 3 [5]
British Aerospace Hawk UK Jet Trainer 1994 17 17 [1]
EH Industries EH101 Merlin UK Rotorcraft Attack / transport 2000 55 71 [1]
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin II France Rotorcraft Utility 1999 2 2 [1]
Grob G115E Tutor Germany Propeller Trainer 2002 5 5 [1]
Lockheed Martin F‑35B Lightning II USA Jet Multi-role 2013 4 4 [1] Joint operated with Royal Air Force
Westland Sea King UK Rotorcraft AEW / transport 1979 11 149 [1]

Royal Navy Historic Flight[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
de Havilland Chipmunk UK Propeller Trainer 1946 1 1 T10
Fairey Swordfish UK Propeller Torpedo-bomber 1936 2 2 Mk.I/II
Hawker Sea Fury UK Propeller Fighter-bomber 1945 1 1 FB11
Hawker Sea Hawk UK Jet Fighter-bomber 1953 1 1 FGA6

Army Air Corps[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
AgustaWestland Apache UK Rotorcraft Attack 2004 50 67 [1]
AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat UK Rotorcraft Attack 2014 30 30 [1]
Bell 212 Canada Rotorcraft Attack 5 [1]
Britten-Norman Defender UK Propeller Patrol 2003 9 9 [1]
Britten-Norman Islander UK Propeller Patrol 1997 3 7 [1]
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin II France Rotorcraft SAS 2009 5 5
Thales Watchkeeper WK450 UK UAV ISR 2014 52 52 [1]
Westland Gazelle UK Rotorcraft Patrol 1974 34 [1]
Westland Lynx UK Rotorcraft Attack 1979 21 [1] OSD 2019

Defence Helicopter Flying School[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Bell Griffin Canada Rotorcraft Trainer 1997 11 11 [1]
Eurocopter AS350 Squirrel France Rotorcraft Trainer 1997 34 [1]

Empire Test Pilots' School[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service No. Notes
Agusta A109 Italy Rotorcraft Utility 2 [6]
Avro RJ UK Jet Transport 2 [6]
British Aerospace Hawk UK Jet Trainer / experimental 3 [6]
Saab JAS 39 Gripen Sweden Jet Multi-role 1999 1 1 [6]
Short Tucano UK Propeller Trainer 2
Westland Gazelle UK Rotorcraft Utility 3 [7]

Ministry of Defence[edit]

As well as the military services a number of defence contractors operate military aircraft on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Agusta AW109 Italy Rotorcraft Utility 1 QinetiQ Boscombe Down.
Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet Germany Jet Trainer 4 QinetiQ, Boscombe Down.
Eurofighter Typhoon UK Jet Multi-role 2 BAE Systems, Warton.
Hawker Hunter UK Jet Fighter 3 Hawker Hunter Aviation.
Panavia Tornado UK Jet Attack 2 BAE Systems, Warton.
Westland Sea King UK Rotorcraft Utility 1 QinetiQ Boscombe Down.

Ascent Flight Training[edit]

The contractor providing the new UK Military Flying Training System will eventually operate 38 fixed wing aircraft and 32 helicopters on the military register, but the aircraft are initially civilian-registered.

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Grob G 120TP Germany Propellor Basic Trainer 2016 2
Beechcraft T-6 Texan II USA Propellor Trainer 2016 4
Embraer Phenom 100 Brazil Jet Trainer 2016 1
H135 Juno Germany Rotorcraft Trainer 2016 3
H145 Jupiter Germany Rotorcraft Trainer 2016 2

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