Airforce News

On this page you will find news from the world’s airforces including first flights, latest deployments, procurement programs, weapon upgrades, training and technology, fleet retirements, the changing operational theatres and missions.

Whether it is the RAF, France’s Armée de l’air or the United States Airforce, airforces around the world are buying new platforms, choosing between legacy fleets, which maybe Russian, European or American, and building their own domestic capabilities in sub-systems, missiles or whole aircraft.

Whether the manufacturing contracts are for domestic or foreign firms, worldwide instability is driving airforce fleet renewals, recapitalisation and investment in support infrastructure, military technology, offensive and defensive systems, from missiles, super and hypersonic, to chaff and directed infra-red countermeasures.

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth works up Carrier Strike Group operations

As the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 21 works up operations in preparation for Exercise Strike Warrior and HMS Queen Elizabeth’s (R08) subsequent maiden global deployment, the aircraft on board have been honing their readiness skills

US donates first of two C-130Hs to Chile

A pair of USAF-operated Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transports are being transferred to the Chilean Air Force to supplement the air arm’s current airlift fleet

The story of one of New Zealand’s most fortunate airmen

Alan Deere almost didn’t make selection for the RAF due to his high blood pressure. So when he kept cheating death again and again during World War Two, it was only fitting that his comrades should claim he had nine lives…

Saab receives order for Gripen development support

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration to provide future development support for the Gripen family of multi-role fighters

Sweden orders Grob 120TP as new basic trainer

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has signed a contract with Germany-based Grob Aircraft SE to deliver a new basic training aircraft system to the nation’s armed forces

USAF deploys six B-52Hs to Qatar

Six USAF-operated Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bombers have been deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to protect US and coalition forces as they conduct drawdown operations from Afghanistan

Italian F-35As deploy to the Baltic

Italy has become the first NATO member to deploy its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters to Ämari Air Base, Estonia, in support of the alliance's Baltic Air Policing mission

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth departs on historic first deployment

The Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departed from HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, on May 1 for a final test of its Carrier Strike Group, before continuing with the commencement of its historic maiden deployment

Saab makes final offer for Finland’s HX fighter programme

Swedish defence company Saab has presented its best and final offer for Finland’s HX fighter programme, the last of the five industrial participants to do so, outlining a package of 66 aircraft across two types

Germany’s first Eurofighter receives P2Eb software upgrade

For the first time, a Luftwaffe-operated Eurofighter EF-2000 multi-role fighter has been integrated with new PE2b software – an innovative package which includes a number of capability upgrades

Your source for all the latest Airforce and military aircraft news

As the latest fifth-generation platform, the Lockheed Martin F-35 is in use globally for international partner airforces, from the United States Airforce (USAF) to the RAF and the Australian airforce, the sixth-generation fighters are already on the drawing board.

Find out which airforces are looking at virtual cockpits, networked platforms and piloted aircraft working with drone wingmen for the stealth fighters of the 2030s and discover which airforces are planning to replace their existing fleets with the fighter planes of the future.

Military Aircraft Retirement and Technology Updates

International forces around the world are deploying military aircraft manufactured in France, Russia and America including aircraft from Saab, France’s Dassault Rafale, Russian Mig-29s and the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, which it will operate for years to come.

What will also be flying well into the next decade is the USAF’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter. The next decade will also see the USAF’s newest stealth bomber, the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider enter service, while the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber will be in its seventh decade of operational service after refurbishments and restorations. This page is the only place you need to be to find out all the latest news on retirements and new deployments.

Be the first to find out which existing platforms such as France’s Dassault Mirage 2000 light weight jet and the Eurofighter Typhoon are facing the need for wholesale technology updates. The Eurofighter is being upgraded for an electronic warfare role in the 2020s and the USAF is improving some of its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons with F-35 fifth generation technology.

From restorations to retirement and procurement, international projects for new networked technologies including piloted and autonomous platforms and the contracts to manufacture them, all of this fast-moving defence aviation news and analysis can be found here.

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