All articles by Richard Thomas

Richard is editor-in-chief for defence and transport at GlobalData.

Richard Thomas

Latest figures show UK E-7 Wedgetails will cost £630m apiece

The UK has outlined hundreds of millions of pounds in savings via reducing the buy of E-7 Wedgetails down to three aircraft.

European SCAF programme heads to Phase 1B ramp up

Airbus is ramping up its industrial commitment into the SCAF programme under Phase 1B, although flight demonstrations are some way off.

Lessons in lethality: Global Defence Technology 138

Soldier modernisation trends in lethality, the UK-based training of Ukraine’s raw recruits, and the threats of undersea warfare.

New GCAP fighter moves beyond parochial European continentalism

The inclusion of Japan in the rebranded UK-Italian Global Combat Air Programme fighter effort could see it surpass rival European competition in France and Germany.

UK A400M has higher availability rates than departing C-130J

The older C-130J fleet is being removed from service in the coming months, with its roles to be taken on by the A400M.

UK airborne early warning capability gap widens

Delivery of the first E-7 aircraft from Boeing will now not take place until 2024 at the earliest.

UK military pilot training in limbo for beleaguered RAF

UK struggles with pilot training are emblematic of a chaotic year for London, as its main US ally seeks to deepen ties with the European Union.

Charting the extent of Iran’s arms proliferation

Iran’s support of proxies in the Middle East and allies such as Russia has extended to the provision of sophisticated weapons.

The irony of the UK’s China training revelation

Reports that former UK military pilots are being paid by China to train its own forces has been met with shock, as the US demands answers.

UK C-130Js listed for sale by MoD

The move to sell the 14-strong fixed-wing tactical airlift fleet had been on the cards for some time.