Our hi-tech gear

The RAF uses leading-edge technology – our aircraft are among the most advanced in the world. We’re constantly updating and enhancing our equipment to ensure that we maintain our operational sharpness.

Here are just a few of the amazing aircraft we use in the RAF:

  • The Typhoon F2 (Eurofighter) – is a highly advanced, multi-role aircraft, capable of both airborne and ground attack engagements. This extremely agile aircraft is powered by twin EJ200 turbofan engines and can reach a maximum speed of Mach 2. The Typhoon is equipped with long- and medium-range air-to-air missiles, advanced short-range air-to-air missiles and the advanced ECR90 radar, which can track multiple targets at long range.
  • The Tornado GR4 – the GR4 is the latest version of the Tornado multi-role aircraft. Not only can it fly at low level, it can also exceed twice the speed of sound. Equipped with laser and GPS-guided missiles, it also uses the new RAPTOR reconnaissance pod to image targets from a distant stand-off position.
  • The Merlin HC3 – is our most up-to-date helicopter. It’s armed and able to carry 24 fully-equipped personnel. It can refuel in the air and uses a vibration-dampening system to cut crew fatigue.

But it’s not just our aircraft that have top notch technology; from detection and communications systems, to medical equipment, flight simulators – right down to the clothes we wear; we use the latest and best hi-tech gear, serviced by our highly trained engineers. That way, we can be totally confident of success whenever we’re called into action.

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