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A brief overview of the Fleet Airm Airm of the Royal Navy. Including aircraft and their weapons systems.
Fleet Air Arm (FAA)
(Royal Navy, 2014)
The FAA is the Royal Navy’s aviation branch.
Not only does the FAA provide effective air power but also operational support.
The FAA utilises the latest helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.
Regular FAA has a reported strength of 5,000, 20% of the RN.
There’s more to the FAA that just flying fast jets or helicopters.
Supporting roles for air operations include:
Air engineer officer
Air traffic control officer
Aircrew officer observer/ navigation & weapons systems.
Aircraft & Equipment
(Royal Navy, 2015)
Weapons & Missiles
The Royal Navy’s fast-jet trainer.
17 Aircraft operated by 736 Naval Air Squadron.
Famous for being the aircraft used by the Red Arrows.
The Royal Navy’s observer training aircraft.
4 aircraft operated by 750 Naval Air Squadron.
The Royal Navy’s primary trainer.
5 aircraft operated by 727 Naval Air Squadron.
Used for Air Experience Flights and Initial pilot training by the Royal Navy and RAF.
Boeing Defence UK, 2014)
Procured as an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR).
3 aircraft on loan until 2017.
Oldest aircraft operated by the FAA.
Airborne early warning (AEW)
Search and Rescue (SAR)
Tactical lift support
Out of service by March 2016.
(Touchdown Aviation, 2005)
The flying frigate of the Royal Navy.
All airframes handed over from RAF.
Fastest helicopter in the world!
Future aircraft – F-35B
The FAA replacement for the Harrier GR.9 and RAF replacement for the Tornado.
Plan for order of 138 aircraft.
Combat air patrols
Suppression of enemy air defence (SEAD)
Replacement for the Lynx.
Total of 28 aircraft on order for the Royal Navy.
Command & Control
Lightweight Multirole Missile
(Royal Navy, 2008)