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Making the Eurofighter Typhoon of today fit for tomorrow

Celebrating 20 years in service, the Eurofighter Typhoon has outstanding performance as well as a wide range of weapons it can call upon and increasingly offers useful sensor capabilities. In the June 2023 issue of AIR International, Jon Lake explains why some believe the Typhoon’s best years are still to come...

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The inside story of Exercise Air Defender 23

A giant exercise under Luftwaffe leadership saw a mass deployment of fighters from the US to Germany to train with their European partners, as Dr Stefan Petersen reports

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Why one of Germany’s last Tornado wings has relocated

Due to the required work at Büchel in Germany for the incoming Lockheed Martin F-35As, Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 33 (TLG33) has moved to nearby Nörvenich. Chris Melaisi looks at what this change means to the wing and speaks to some of its crew

Air Defender 23 - Hot action from Hohn and Jagel air bases

Some of the action from Jagel and Hohn air bases shot by Mark Kerton. These two bases in Northern Germany are the main locations hosting fast jets taking part in Exercise Air Defender 23.

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Exercise Air Defender 23 gallery

A selection of photos from Jagel and Hohn air bases by Mark Kerton. These locations are the two main bases being used to host fast jets for Exercise Air Defender 23.

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Exercise Air Defender latest: Visiting aircraft confirmed

A new updated list of participating aircraft for Exercise Air Defender 2023 has been released today (May 10) by the German MOD.

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Massive NATO air exercise details revealed

NATO’s largest ever aircraft deployment exercise is set to take place in June this year involving more than 200 aircraft

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Global air arms converge on Australia for Exercise Pitch Black

Throughout mid-August, combat aircraft and associated support assets from a host of global air arms have deployed to Australia in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black – a large-scale force employment exercise hosted biennially by the RAAF, which returns after a four-year hiatus

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US State Department approves German F-35A purchase

In a further step towards Germany’s purchase of the F-35A, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on July 28 that US State Department approval had been granted for the proposed Foreign Military Sale to the German government of F-35 aircraft, munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $8.4bn.

Germany to buy 60 CH-47F Chinooks

Germany has selected the Boeing CH-47F Chinook Block II to replace its current fleet of CH-53G Sea Stallions, which have been in service for almost 50 years