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ATR teases hybrid turboprop launch

The Franco-Italian manufacturer is pledging 20% better fuel burn and 100% SAF use

India tests indigenous Naval Anti-Ship Missile

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy have successfully conducted the maiden flight-test of indigenously-developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile (NASM). It was launched from an Indian Navy Sea King Mk 42B helicopter over the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on May 18.

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Pilot report: de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth

With ownership of de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth G-EBLV having officially transferred to the Shuttleworth Collection recently, it’s the perfect time for our resident pilot, Dave Unwin, to reflect on a flight in this most charismatic of biplanes

RAAF to receive seven MQ-28A Ghost Bats within two years

In an Australian Liberal Government press release on May 15 Minister for Defence Peter Dutton revealed that seven Boeing MQ-28A Ghost Bat uncrewed autonomous air vehicles will enter Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service within two years.

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QEAF's first marked Typhoon sighted and more F-15QAs are delivered

The first Eurofighter Typhoon destined for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) performed a test flight at BAE System’s Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire on May 9, while six more Boeing F-15QA fighters arrived the same day at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, en route to Qatar

World Update IX: Italy and Malta Released

Asobo Studios has released World Update IX for Microsoft Flight Simulator, covering Italy and Malta.

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France's last Mirage 2000Cs

With the withdrawal of the French Air Force’s Mirage 2000C fleet fast approaching, Babak Tagvhee documents the last user of the jet: EC 2/5 ‘Île-de-France’

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An in-depth review of Russia's current ISR aircraft

Russia has been investing heavily in airborne intelligence-gathering capabilities and is currently using it to keep an eye on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, as Air Forces monthly reports

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Military aviation accident reports May 2022

Key.Aero presents a summary of military aviation accident reports from around the world. 

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Mi-8: Russia's electronic countermeasures helicopter

The Mi-8 has been a valuable electronic countermeasures asset for the Russian military for several decades. Air Forces Monthly examines the new-generation special-mission derivatives of the type

USAF and Lockheed Martin complete ARRW hypersonic flight test

The US Air Force and Lockheed Martin have conducted a hypersonic-boosted flight test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon from the service’s B-52H Stratofortress

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BREAKING: Wizz Air to form new airline

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has revealed its intention to form a new airline subsidiary.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Touches Down in Hollywood

Orbx has released KBUR Hollywood Burbank Airport v2 for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Why the AW169 is so popular with HEMS operators

Several UK HEMS operators now use the Leonardo AW169, but why is it a popular choice? Mark Broadbent finds out from some of those pilots flying it

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An in-depth look at the incredible ten-engine B-36 Peacemaker

Warren E Thompson profiles the B-36, the bomber that came to symbolise Strategic Air Command

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Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 and its use over Ukraine and Azerbaijan

The use of Baykar Defence’s Bayraktar TB2 platform in Ukraine and Azerbaijan has cemented Turkey’s role as a drone provider. Air Forces Monthly investigates

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LIVE: Russian invasion of Ukraine (UPDATED)

In the early hours of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale attack on Ukraine, warning that there would be consequences for any country that should interfere. Key.Aero presents the latest aerial warfare developments from the Eastern European country

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Why Finland and Sweden are joining NATO

It is increasingly likely that both Sweden and Finland will be fast-tracked to NATO membership by the end of June. Key Aero examines the reasons behind their decision to join the alliance

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USMC makes aviation adjustments under Force Design 2030

The US Marine Corps has released the annual update to its Force Design 2030 modernisation strategy, which included a number of adjustments to its aviation strategy based on research conducted over the last two-and-a-half years

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Failure to monitor speed prompts 'aggressive' 757 manoeuvres

The incident occurred on descent into New York/JFK following a scheduled service from Edinburgh Airport

Rotterdam Airport for X-Plane Out Now

Scenery developer RDPresets has released Rotterdam The Hague Airport for X-Plane 11.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 93

Welcome to the 93rd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Air-to-air cannon target practice in the English Electric Lightning

Ian Black explains why the Lightning was fitted with cannon and what it was like pressing the firing button

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Analysis: Impact of Russian sanctions on commercial aviation

Crippling sanctions, the collapse of vital bilateral agreements and airspace bans. Aviation News investigates the impact on the commercial aviation industry of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Inside the 100-year-old Irish Air Corps and how its preparing for big changes

Air Forces Monthly visited the Irish Air Corps on the eve of its 100th anniversary to learn how the force is doing more with less

 

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British-Irish Airports Expo 2022

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The 5th British-Irish Airports Expo is the trade show for all stakeholders on the airport campus. Typically, an expo of up to 150 exhibitors, and six conferences, attended by 2,300++ visitors, the 2022 British-Irish Airports EXPO moves from Olympia to take place at ExCeL London on 22-23 June 2022.

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The Royal International Air Tattoo will return in 2022 from 15-17 July. Friday will again be the preview day with a 4-hour flying display whilst Saturday and Sunday will both be full show days with over seven hours of thrilling flying displays each day.

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Under the motto "Pioneering Aerospace" the #ILA22 will take place for the first time at the newly opened BER Airport in the heart of Europe. The German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) as ILA brand owner and Messe Berlin GmbH as organizer are expecting trade visitors from all over the world, high-ranking guests from international, European and German politics and of course the numerous visitors of the public days in Berlin for the first time in four years

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The Shuttleworth Family Air Show will have all kinds of exciting attractions both on the ground and in the skies. Be prepared to be thrilled!