Atlas aircraft

RAF Receives Atlas Transport Aircraft

The aircraft has been handed over to the RAF at Brize Norton.

Atlas aircraft

The Royal Air Force has received the delivery of the 20th next-generation Atlas transport aircraft, which has been handed over to the RAF at Brize Norton.

The Oxfordshire base is home of the UK's Air Mobility Force.

Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary announced the arrival during the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), on the same day it was revealed that RAF Waddington will operate the new Protector aircraft.

The newly-delivered aircraft has formally entered service with the RAF, ready to begin crew training ahead of operational deployment.

In total the UK has ordered 22 Atlas aircraft which are all expected to be delivered to the RAF by the early 2020s.

Atlas is currently deployed on Middle East operations and replaced the C-130 Hercules in the South Atlantic earlier in the year.

Prior to that, the Atlas was part of Operation Ruman - the hurricane relief mission in the Caribbean last year.

Mr Williamson said: "From deploying troops to transporting armoured vehicles, the Atlas aircraft has played a global role in operations in the Middle East against Daesh and providing vital relief in the Caribbean.

"As we come closer to receiving the full fleet of aircraft, we can be proud of the role the Atlas has played in supporting the RAF lift-off into a new century of air power."