American made British F 35s have taken off
and landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the first time. This exercise was undertaken as part of advanced
trials with the US military. The British Ministry of Defence said the F-35s
will undergo rigorous mission planning and flying exercises off the east coast of North
America. The MoD has released several images. This follows successful trials last year with
US military F35s where around 500 takeoffs and landings were conducted over 11 week period
at sea As per plans, the fighter planes will be jointly
manned by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy and can operate from land and sea. In this video Defense Updates analyzes why
the deployment of F35B Lightning on HMS Queen Elizabeth will be game-changing for the British
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aim of the trail is to make sure that the F 35s work with HMS Queen Elizabeth. The idea is to have an ‘end to end’ testing
to ascertain that the two platforms are properly integrated and F35s can be deployed from the
HMS Queen Elizabeth seamlessly going forward. The tests involve mission planning, using
automated weapon handling system of the carrier to load weapons, undertaking aerial missions
and debriefing on completion. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: ‘The Lightning
aircraft operates with a cutting-edge design. It is the first jet to combine radar evading
stealth technology with supersonic speed, as well as the ability to land vertically. Mr. Wallace added,
‘Given its ability to conduct missions both from land and sea, the jets act as a formidable
spine to the ‘carrier strike’ capability. The UK currently owns 18 aircraft, with an
additional order placed for 30 jets,’ First to land onboard, Wing Commander Adam
Curd, Royal Air Force, said: ‘The trials will be led by the joint Royal Navy – Royal Air
Force 17 Test and Evaluation Squadron from the Air Warfare Centre. The Squadron will be operating alongside personnel
and aircraft from the UK Lightning Force, based out of RAF Marham.’ The UK is expected to declare Initial Operating
Capability for Carrier Strike by the end of 2020. The first operational deployment for HMS Queen
Elizabeth 617 Squadron and a squadron of US Marine Corps Lightning jets is due to take
place in 2021. Air Officer Commanding Number 1 Group, Air
Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, Royal Air Force said, “WESTLANT19 marks an extremely significant
milestone on our 10-year journey to establishing our renewed Carrier Strike capability. Bringing our own Lightnings onboard HMS Queen
Elizabeth for the first time gives us the opportunity to conduct critical operational
testing. With the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force operating
so closely together, these are incredibly exciting times for embarked Combat Air.” The Queen Elizabeth class is a class of two
aircraft carriers of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the lead ship of this
class has been commissioned in 2017. The second, HMS Prince of Wales, is scheduled
for commissioning in 2020. Each will displace 65,000 tons and has a length
of 280 m. They will carry around 1,600 personnel onboard. They are the largest warships ever constructed
for the Royal Navy, and the second-largest non-US Navy warships after the Yamato-class
battleships. The cost of the programme is £6.2 billion. Engine configuration of Queen Elizabeth-class
is as follows 2 × Rolls-Royce Marine Trent MT30, 36 MW
(48,000 hp) gas turbine engine 4 × Wärtsilä 38, 11.6 MW (15,600 hp) marine
diesel engines It has a speed of about 26 knots or 48 km/h
and a range of 10,000 nautical miles or 18,520 km. The ship’s radars include BAE Systems and
Thales S1850M for long-range wide-area search, the BAE Systems Artisan 3D Type 997 maritime
medium-range active electronically scanned array radar, and a navigation radar. BAE claims the S1850M has fully automatic
detection and track initiation that can track up to 1,000 air targets at a range of around
400 km or 250 mi For self-defense, it has Phalanx CIWS, 30-mm
DS30M Mk2 guns and miniguns. HMS Queen Elizabeth will generally carry 24
F-35B fighters, as well as 14 Merlin anti-submarine and utility helicopters. But in wartime, the carrier could carry upto
36 fighters. HMS Queen Elizabeth will have Lockheed Martin
F-35B Lightning II as its main strike aircraft. The F-35 is a family of single-seat, single-engine,
all-weather stealth multirole fighters. The fifth-generation combat aircraft is designed
to perform ground attack and air superiority missions. The F-35B which is a short takeoff and vertical
landing (STOVL) variant, is the first to combine radar-evading stealth technology with supersonic
speeds and the ability to work with carriers. F 35 is developed from grounds up to be stealthy. Its external structure is designed to deflect
signals away from the emitting radar which makes it hard to detect or track. This is done by having no sharp edges or protruding
elements and having a smooth external curvature. Also, it has a coating of RAM (Radar Absorbing
Material) that reduces the number of signals getting reflected. F 35 has low Radar Cross Section (RCS)
• Against x-band radars, it is stealthy from front and rear
• Against S-band radar, it is stealthy from the narrow front aspect
• Against L-band radar, the limited reduction is achieved from direct front Classified techniques have also been used
to reduce the heat signature of F 35. This thermal profile management of the jet
makes it difficult for Infrared (IR) homing missiles to target it. It is genuinely a very Low Observable (LO)
platform unlike some of its rivals. For example, Chinese Chengdu J20 got exposed
last year. Indian pilots on Russian-made Su-30MKIs from
Indian airspace managed to detect and track the new Chinese jets when they were conducting
flight training over Tibet. British F-35Bs will be armed with several
weapons like Meteor, ASRAAM, Paveway IV, SPEAR 3 to name a few. Meteor missile is currently considered to
be the most potent Beyond Visual Range Air to Air missile. Britain’s Defense Minister Gavin Williamson
had revealed earlier that the country’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will
go to the Pacific on its first operational mission. Though Williamson did not specify what parts
of Asia-Pacific the carrier would transit but all developments point to the South China
Sea. In this context, it is to be remembered that
Royal Navy amphibious assault ship HMS Albion navigated close to the Chinese-claimed Paracel
Islands in the South China Sea last year and on that occasion, Beijing called it a “provocative
action.” In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute
think tank in London, Williamson had said the HMS Queen Elizabeth would also make appearances
in the Mediterranean and the Middle East apart from the Asia Pacific. Williamson added, “The UK is a global power with truly global
interest … we must be prepared to compete for our interests and our values far, far
from home,” He added that it ventures into a region where
“China is developing its modern military capability and its commercial power” Williamson said Britain would consider permanent
new bases in the Asia-Pacific and Caribbean to exert power globally. It clear that HMS Queen Elizabeth deploying
F35s armed with Meteor missile will be a game-changer for the British military.


  1. Game changer 🙄 waste of fucking money to never be used !!!
    ahhh no we might use it to impose a no fly zone on a country with MIG-21’s
    Love being British / English this is no use to anyone America have loads of these things and we’ll always be backing them so let them waste there money 👍🏼🇬🇧

  2. congratulations now get your ass over to the china sea before Taiwan falls to china and reestablish gunboat diplomacy in hong kong:)

  3. I am British so great news, while there is positives, 1. here in the UK there are concerns about if it will have enough escort ships to protect it? 2.There isn’t a great reliable defence system on board like the American Aegis and Russian S400 ship variant.

    On its first sail, it was reported a Russian submarine(not sure which one it was, maybe the Kilo🤷🏾‍♂️) tailed it for a long period without them knowing it was there. It came from a credible source in the UK, while it great for our protection, there are loads of unanswered questions about it ability to protect itself from a great consistent power like Russia. We maybe alright against the Chinese, but not sure about the Russians Improved Kilo or the new Kazan attack Submarine as it is believed to be two of the most quietest submarine in the world.

  4. HMS Queen Elizabeth F-35'B and Meteor missile British best of the best. ( HMS Queen Elizabeth – British – Best ) ( F-35 – UK / US – second best only to the – Eurofighter UK / Germany ) ( Meteor Missile – British – Best ).

  5. HMS Queen Elizabeth F-35'B and Meteor missile British best of the best. ( HMS Queen Elizabeth – British – Best ) ( F-35 – UK / US – second best only to the – Eurofighter UK / Germany ) ( Meteor Missile – British – Best ).

  6. Weird how they are integrating the F35 to so many different branches let alone different countries with totally different platforms

  7. Fuck Your Queen, you insect, WE the United States of Israel ARE the Brite -ish Military, Clear 6'1 b4 You open your gob.

  8. Sailing as an independent strike group with fellow F-35B carriers America and/or Wasp with destroyer and cruiser escorts very soon

  9. Weak aircraft complement compared to US carriers. Weak anti-air defence compared to US carriers. Weak anti-torpedo defence compared to US carriers. F35B are slower, shorter ranged and carry less armament (there's not even an integrated cannon) than most modern aircraft. RN barely has enough destroyers and frigates to form a carrier strike group. These carriers are huge targets vulnerable to Russian and Chinese strike groups. A swarm of hyper-sonic missiles like Zircon, Kinzhal or Brahmos II would almost certainly punch through the carrier's air defence screen and sink it. Then there is the threat of modern ultra-quiet AIP subs, that could easily get close enough to kill with wire-guided torpedoes. War games have frequently ended with the carriers being sunk by such subs. Carrier does look pretty though…

  10. I first question why we didn't build the aircraft's nuclear but them I watch some people taking about that same topic and I think no nuclear is way better because you don't have to deal 24/7 with maintains it, and the aircraft needs food and essentials may as well have some diesel while they are filling the aircraft at the same time.

  11. If it had been a BAE systems, Rolls, yarrow, selex and royal ordance collaboration it could have been a british-made, british produced, British-profitted jet.

    Instead we have to rely on America for technology; considering the norweigans , French, Turkish, Japanese, south Koreans, italians, canadians, australians, dutch, danish, and israelis are all getting the F-35 as well, theres no guarantee of The RAF and RN's success in the skies against any of these nations.

    We have limited ourselves, when we could compete. We have contracted out the specific requirements of our military needs when we could fill them internally as we have done with our MBTS, APCs, naval classes, nuclear subs and rifle platforms.

    Theres no replacement for British military engineering; considering rolls made this VTOL idea work and it was sold upon the US military-industrial complex, jeopardising our defence companies and their global technological prominence. Sad times are ahead.

  12. Its as if the unstoppable anti ship missile technology of Russia and China are of no consequence. Remember all those huge battleships in WW2 everyone swore by. they all met Davy Jones.
    Give it a year or two of this flying Lockheed brick the RN and RAF are SHARING and the RN will be willing to swap it for those two death trap machines the Scimitar and Sea Vixen.

  13. I don't like this ass. If I was Russia, Iran, China, these video's would be my daily diet to know everything about my enemies capabilities.

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