News Round-Up – July 15th 2017

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 Brimstone

Here are some of the latest British military news stories making the headlines this past week.

General News

Watch: Highlights from day one of Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford
(Gloucestershire Live)

North Korea’s biological WAR: Jong-un’s kingdom weaponises deadly diseases to smash enemy
(Daily Express)

HMS Queen Elizabeth will go ‘straight to the bottom of the ocean’ without greater protection, retired RAF chiefs warn
(Daily Telegraph)

UK Defence Ministry to modernise information infrastructure

British, Israeli militaries conduct joint emergency drill

Leonardo, Airbus to bid for UK ‘Top Gun’ training deal

British Army News

British Army to keep vehicle depot in Germany
(IHS Janes)

British Army slams misuse of band uniform during Twelfth parade
(The Irish News)

Germany tries ex-IRA terrorist for ‘trying to bomb Army base’
(Daily Express)

Memorial moment for Welsh fallen in three conflicts

Royal Air Force News

Air Power 2017: RAF looks to regain competitive edge
(Shepard Media)

Fallon to announce defensive upgrades for Typhoon fighters

British RAF to begin recruiting women for ground close combat roles for first time
(Airforce Technology)

Squadrons for RAF Lossiemouth’s new aircraft announced

Sir Michael Fallon hails £120m investment in UK air power
(Belfast Telegraph)

Eurofighter Typhoon Test Fires Brimstone Air-to-Surface Missile

Royal Navy & Marines News

BAE Systems awards contracts to 14 companies for British Royal Navy’s Type 26 ships
(Naval Technology)

UK’s most expensive military assets ‘increasingly vulnerable’ to cheap missile attacks by Russia and China

Trident factory upgrades costs double original budget

British navy vessel arrives in Doha to take part in joint exercise
(The Baltic Post)

Navy minesweeper back at home port after ‘very successful’ NATO deployment
(Herald Scotland)

Eastney Falklands Yomper statue move to museum dropped

Disclaimer: All news stories are the property of their respective publishers. Any opinions expressed in the articles are of the person making them. An effort is made to vary news sources as much as possible to avoid political bias.


7 responses to “News Round-Up – July 15th 2017

  1. Air Tattoo was amazing. The Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 was the star of the show, the Ukrainian crew was rushed off their feet selling merchandise! The F-22, Chinook, RAF Atlas and Belgian F-16s did the most impressive displays. Sadly, the Skyhawk wasn’t there, but it was great to see the Australian air force wedge tail. There was a shortfall of RAF aircraft at the show, although a Typhoon and Atlas were in the static and the Navy provided 2 Merlin’s (one ASW, one ‘Junglie’).

    I took many photos with the intention of posting a report on my blog, only to find that the card became corrupted after I started the download last night. Hey ho. So this is my mini-report on DoTR.

    The air display was curtailed by rain, however, as I pointed out, the displays that did take place were spectacular. Of note were the F-22, which ‘hung’ vertically in the air for a full 5 seconds! I can only imagine that this was achieved with the aid of thrust, but it was an impressive sight nonetheless. The Atlas moved around the sky on a six-pence. It is exceptionally agile for such a large aircraft. At one point, it turned in on itself at low speed, demonstrating it’s ability to evade enemy fighters.

    The RAF was thin on the ground due to operational deployments, but the United States military stepped in, in style and provided an impressive static display with a U2, F-15Cs, F-15Es, F-16s andKC-135s. The Swedes turned out with Gripens – the Czech air force did a fine display with theirs, and the Australians and Japanese contributed, as did the Israeli air force with their J Hercules, which was open to the public.

    The ‘Reds’ did a spectacular display as always, as did the USAF Thunderbirds and the Finnish Midnight Hawks. There was a nice touch when the Red Arrows did a joint fly-past with the F-16s of the Thunderbirds.

    There was an incredible number of people at the show, an estimated 75,000 on Saturday according to the announcer. The show was serviced by numerous food outlets and stalls, and there was an excellent military vehicle section and many hospitality facilities.

    I shook hands and talked briefly with the crew of the Japan Air Self Defense Force. KC-767J-404 Hikotai Tanker and with the crew of the Finnish NH-90.

    As always, it was an excellent day out and didn’t disappoint.

    Thanks Tony.

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