Air International 2022-04
R.Thomas - Sticking to the plan?
The last of the UK's E-3D Sentry airborne early warning and control aircraft have been retired, leaving the country with a capability gap until the eventual acquisition of the E-7 Wedgetail
The Typhoon fleet will also be cut to reduce costs, with the Tranche 1 aircraft due to be removed, leaving just 107 Tranche 2 and 3 fighters in service
The integration of the Brimstone 3A missile on the Typhoon fleet will be delayed until 2024
The BAe 146 fleet will be retired and replaced, it has emerged, with commercial business jets from French manufacture Dassault
Two UK F-35B Lightning II fighters being refuelled during transit from the US. The UK has apparently committed to another tranche of aircraft, although funding is being held separately
Another incoming type is the AH-64E attack helicopter from the US, the latest variant of the long-serving Apache platform
The C-130J transporter fleet will also be removed from service, with no direct replacement