Press release: RAF looks to the future on Battle of Britain Day

Ministry Of Defence

September 15
16:04 2020

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and in a tribute to the Few who were supported by the Many, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight conducted a flypast over RAF Waddington.

To secure Battle of Britain victory, the RAF, working with industry and global allies, drove a battle-winning technological advance at an extraordinary pace. This innovation-drive continues with each generation, as the RAF seeks to maintain the ability to operate in the ever more complex, competed and contested multi-domain operating environment of the future.

Together with the UKs world-leading aerospace sector, the campaign to build the Next Generation Royal Air Force codenamed ASTRA is already underway, which will make a leading-edge contribution to the UKs place in the world.

Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston said:

As we look to the future, the RAF will continue to be at the forefront of innovation - our enemies and their threats may have changed, but the need to stay ahead of the technological curve remains.

In his speech at RAF Waddington, the home of the RAFs Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) fleets, ACM Wigston touched on a variety of innovative projects including:


Following a 65 million investment, the first three of Reapers replacement, Protector, are in production to enter service by mid-2024, delivering a step-change in capability for the RAF.

Team Tempest

Together with the pioneering industry alliance, Team Tempest, the RAF is developing the next-generation combat aircraft, Tempest, which will deploy new, game-changing technology. Seven new companies have recently collaborated with Team Tempest, and together they will develop ground-breaking concepts and secure the UKs position as a global leader in combat air.


In response to the changing threats, the RAF has invested in new counter-drone technology, ORCUS, which will be able to detect, track, and defeat hostile drones, which will be vital to protect UK air bases.

Concurrently delivering decisively on operations, whilst preparing for the next, the ACM confirmed that the RAF is always there to deliver air and space power to protect the nation, gi

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