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Typhoon Flying and Simulator Hours

From a recent published FOI request, the number of flying and simulator hours in support of flying training. During the financial year 2014/15 the RAF provided 3,890 hours of Typhoon simulator flying training and During the financial year 2014/15 the…

Securing the Skies

To coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the RAF have released a an interesting brochure that compares and contrasts the defence of British airspace then and now; the raison d’être of any Air Force is to…

F-15 2040C

Boeing has proposed a series if upgrades to the F-15C to supplement the small numbers of F-22’s and extend the production line once their order for Saudi Arabia is completed by the end of 2019. Apart from all the systems improvements…

The Bare Faced Cheek of Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has announced an improved version of its electro-optical targeting system fitted to the F-35. It is a drop-in replacement for the existing system that will provide a wide range of enhancements including short-wave infrared, high-definition television, an infrared marker and…

Selective Quoting in F-35 Land

Nothing seems to be simple in F-35 reporting but one thing is certain, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discriminate between valid commentary and blatant nonsense. Although this story it hasn’t been widely reported I expect it will, the Daily…

The F-35B is worth it, but

In the 7 years I have been dribbling my thoughts into Think Defence there are a few things on which I have been consistent; the ISO container is the greatest invention since the Bailey Bridge, commonality is not a dirty…

Slim Pickings in Iraq

OP SHADER RAF Tornado GR.4
Below is an extract from a recent MoD update on RAF operations over Iraq; 25 January: a Reaper was once again on patrol over northern Iraq on Sunday, providing top cover to the peshmerga as they consolidated their latest successful…

The Russians are Coming

If you have been living on the moon week there is an outside chance you might not have seen the wall to wall coverage of a pair of Russian Tu-95’s on their south coast sightseeing tour. An MoD spokesman said While…