List of active United Kingdom military aircraft

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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]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Airbus A400M Atlas C1 Spain Propeller Transport 2014 20 20[1][2] [1]Two on order
Airbus Voyager Spain Jet Tanker / Transport 2011 9 9 [3] 5 Additional aircraft available upon request from AirTanker Services for a total of 14.
Beechcraft Shadow R1 USA Propeller ISTAR 2009 4 5 [1]
Bell Griffin HAR2 Canada Rotorcraft Utility 2003 3 3 [1] Used for SAR duties in RAF Akrotiri Cyprus
Boeing Chinook USA Rotorcraft Transport 1980 60 60 [1]
Boeing C‑17A Globemaster III USA Jet Transport 2001 8 8 [1]
Boeing Sentry AEW1 USA Jet AEW&C 1991 6 6 [1]
Boeing Airseeker R1 USA Jet SIGINT 2013 3 3 [1]
British Aerospace 146 UK Jet Transport 1995 4 4 [1]
British Aerospace Hawk T1 UK Jet Trainer 1976 82 82 [1] Used in the aggressor role by 100 squadron and the Red Arrows
British Aerospace Hawk T2 UK Jet Trainer 2009 28 28 [1] Used as an advanced fast jet lead-in trainer
Eurofighter Typhoon UK Jet Multi-role 2007 142 156[4] [1] Of the 22 two seat trainer aircraft[5] 16 Tranche 1's are to be scrapped under the RTP (reduce to produce) requirement[6] which started in late 2016[7][8][9][10]
General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper USA UAV ISR / attack 2007 10 10 [1]
Grob Tutor T1 Germany Propeller Basic Trainer 1999 90 91 [1] To be replaced as part of the new Ascent UK Military Flight Training System detailed below [11]
Grob Viking TX1 Germany Glider Trainer 1990 60 60 [1]
Lockheed C‑130J Hercules USA Propeller Transport 2000 17 18[12] [1] All but one shorter C5 variant being withdrawn as part of SDSR 2015 to leave one C5 and 13 C4 variant after one C4 was lost after a mission against ISIS[13]
Leonardo AW109SP Italy Rotorcraft Transport 2016 1 1 [14] Used for transportation of senior military commanders or government ministers
Lockheed Martin F‑35B Lightning II USA Jet Multi-role 2013 17 22 Joint operated with Fleet Air Arm. Total of 138 aircraft to be procured. [15][16]
Panavia Tornado GR4 UK Jet Attack 1982 22 82 [1] OSD March 29, 2019.
Raytheon Sentinel R1 Canada / USA Jet ISTAR 2008 4[17] 5 [1]
Short Tucano T1 UK Propeller Trainer 1989 51 51 [1] To be replaced as part of the new Ascent UK Military Flight Training System detailed below
Westland Puma HC2 UK Rotorcraft Transport 1971 23 27 [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 2 753 2 T.10
Douglas Dakota USA Propeller Transport 1942 1 1 C.3
Hawker Hurricane UK Propeller Fighter 1937 2 14533 2 Mk IIc
Supermarine Spitfire UK Propeller Fighter 1938 6 20341 1 Mk IIa, 1 Mk Vb, 1 LF.IXe, 1 LF.XVIe, 2 PR.XIX

Fleet Air Arm[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat HMA2 UK Rotorcraft Attack 2014 28 28 [1]
AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HM2 UK Rotorcraft Transport 2000 30 30 [1] Maritime helicopter
AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk3/3i/4 UK Rotorcraft Transport 2000 25 25 [1] Troop carrying aircraft used to support the Royal Marines
The Mk4/4A are undergoing a capability upgrade and will be fully delivered by 2021[18][19]
British Aerospace Hawk T1 UK Jet Trainer 1994 14 14 [20] Used in the aggressor role by 736 squadron
Beechcraft Avenger USA Propeller Trainer 2011 3 3 [1] Used for RN potential aircrew Flying Grading
Grob Tutor T1 (Heron) Germany Propeller Basic Trainer 2002 5 5 [1] To be replaced as part of the new Ascent UK Military Flight Training System detailed below
Lockheed Martin F‑35B Lightning II USA Jet Multi-role 2013 - - Jointly operated with Royal Air Force

Royal Navy Historic Flight[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
de Havilland Chipmunk UK Propeller Trainer 1946 1 1 T.10
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 66 [1]
AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat UK Rotorcraft Attack 2014 34 34 [1]
Bell 212 Canada Rotorcraft Attack 1995 5 5 Used by No.7 Flight and No.25 Flight AAC in Brunei and Kenya in support of TTB and BATUK[1]
Britten-Norman Defender UK Propeller Patrol 2003 9 9
Britten-Norman Islander UK Propeller Patrol 1997 3 3
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin II France Rotorcraft SAS 2009 5 5
Thales Watchkeeper WK450 UK UAV ISR 2014 50 50 [1]
Westland Gazelle UK Rotorcraft Patrol 1974 34 36 to be retired in 2025.[21] The two additional units are currently undergoing work to bring them back into service[21]

UK Military Flying Training System[edit]

The contractors 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 Prefect T1 Germany Propeller Basic Trainer 2018 23[22] 23 ISD expected early 2019[23]
Beechcraft Texan T1 USA Propeller Trainer 2018 10[22] 10 ISD expected early 2019[23]
Embraer Phenom 100 Brazil Jet Trainer 2018 5[22] 5 ISD expected mid 2018[23]
Airbus H135 Juno Germany Rotorcraft Trainer 2018 29[24] 29 ISD 1 April 2018[24]
Airbus H145 Jupiter Germany Rotorcraft Trainer 2018 3[24] 3 ISD 1 April 2018[24]

Empire Test Pilots' School[edit]

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service No. Notes
British Aerospace Hawk UK Jet Trainer / experimental 2 [25]Operated for the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine

Ministry of Defence[edit]

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

Type Origin Class Role Introduced In service Total Notes
Agusta AW109 Italy Rotorcraft Utility 1 QinetiQ Boscombe Down.
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin II France Rotorcraft Utility 1999 2 2[1] Used as transport of instructors as part of FOST training. Operated by British International Helicopters under MRCOA [a] [26]
Eurocopter Squirrel France Rotorcraft Training 3 Cobham Helicopter Academy, Newquay under CFAOS [b]
Eurofighter Typhoon UK Jet Multi-role 2 BAE Systems, Warton.
Hawker Hunter UK Jet Fighter 3 Hawker Hunter Aviation.
Lockheed Martin F‑35B Lightning II USA Jet Multi-role 2013 3 3 Lockheed Martin, United States.[15]
Panavia Tornado UK Jet Attack 2 BAE Systems, Warton.
Westland Sea King UK Rotorcraft Training 2 HeliOperations under CFAOS [c]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Military Registered Civil Owned Aircraft
  2. ^ leased from the Ministry of Defence and operated on the military register under the Contractor Flying Approved Organisation Scheme {CFAOS)
  3. ^ leased from the Ministry of Defence and operated on the military register under the Contractor Flying Approved Organisation Scheme {CFAOS)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad "UK Armed Forces Equipment and Formations 2018". Gov.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  2. ^ "British RAF opens new £70m hangar for Atlas aircraft - Airforce Technology". 2 February 2018.
  3. ^ "The Voyager family is complete at RAF Brize Norton". Royal Air Force. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.airbus.com/content/dam/corporate-topics/publications/o&d/2019-01_MRS_GEN_Ord-Deliv-by-country.pdf
  5. ^ "UK Typhoon Fleet by Block « Articles « Fast Air Photography". www.fast-air.co.uk.
  6. ^ "RAF to scrap twin-seat Typhoons - Jane's 360". www.janes.com.
  7. ^ "Scrapped: Eurofighter Typhoon ZJ815 Sent for RTP - Urban Ghosts". 12 December 2016.
  8. ^ https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/728241/UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2018.pdf
  9. ^ https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/728241/UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2018.pdf
  10. ^ "Written evidence submitted by the Ministry of Defence". House of Commons Defence Committee. 12 February 2019.
  11. ^ 28 Tutors have been sold to the Finnish Air Force as of 2018 "Five More ex-UK Grob Tutors Delivered to Finnish Air Force". Royal Air Force. 22 October 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  12. ^ "RAF lost C-130J in Iraq - Jane's 360". www.janes.com.
  13. ^ https://www.janes.com/article/82290/raf-revises-hercules-plans-to-reflect-iraq-loss
  14. ^ "Leonardo GrandNew A109SP". Official RAF website. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  15. ^ a b Delivering Carrier Strike. National Audit Office. 10 March 2017. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-78604-110-4. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Written question HL867: Lord Campbell of Pittenweem 17-07-2017". UK Parliament.
  17. ^ "RAF Sentinel R1 hunting IS again - Jane's 360". www.janes.com.
  18. ^ "Farnborough 2018: More Merlin magic for the UK (video) - DH - Defence Helicopter - Shephard Media". www.shephardmedia.com.
  19. ^ https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/defence-helicopter/uk-merlin-mk44a-programme-hit-delays/
  20. ^ "Navy Hawks get new boss - Royal Navy". www.royalnavy.mod.uk.
  21. ^ a b "Farnborough 2018: UK helicopters in Transition". DH – Defence Helicopter. Shephard Media.
  22. ^ a b c "T-6C arrival completes UK trainer fleet renewal". Flight global. 7 December 2018.
  23. ^ a b c "£1.1 billion investment by MOD in future military flying training". UK Government.
  24. ^ a b c d "Pictures: Juno and Jupiter helicopters arrive at RAF Shawbury". Flight global. 29 March 2018.
  25. ^ Empire Test Pilots' School - Our Fleet and Facilities Archived 19 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine, etps.qinetiq.com
  26. ^ MAA Approved Organistations

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