Air & Space Operations Specialist (Aerospace Systems)

£15,670 - £20,000 yearly
  • RAF
  • Halton, UK
  • 26 Aug, 2021
Full time Aerospace and Aviation Defence and Military Public Sector and Government Strategy-Planning

Job Description


  • Be aged 16 – 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language and GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the holder of dual UK/other nationality
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a Fitness test


  • Assist in the scrambling of Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon jets to intercept suspect aircraft.
  • Keep watch for foreign missile launches and monitor foreign surveillance satellites to warn friendly forces they may be being observed from space.
  • Monitor and identify all aircraft flying within UK airspace and throughout NW Europe.


Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.


The next step is the 8-week Aerospace Systems Specialist Course at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire. Here you will learn about:

  • Modern Air Battle Management and its development from the proud legacy of the Battle of Britain.
  • The interpretation and operation of complex radar systems.
  • Data Links and communication networks: how they work and are used to communicate with aircraft, RN ships and ground stations.
  • Missile Warning and Space Surveillance.
  • Joint Land and Maritime operations.
  • The capabilities of aircraft and weapons systems currently operated by the RAF and its allies.
  • You will be trained and examined in a simulated and/or live operational environment.