ISR

USAF pushes forward with RC-26B Condor retirement plan

Having served as an integral part of US ANG counter-narcotics operations for the last 30 years, the USAF is now moving to accelerate the retirement of its 11-strong fleet of RC-26B Condor reconnaissance aircraft – a type the service has been pushing to divest in recent years

NATO receives first upgraded RQ-4D Phoenix

The first RQ-4D Phoenix HALE UAV to complete the so-called Maritime Mode software upgrade and subsequent testing with the type’s manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, was returned to the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force at Sigonella Air Base in Sicily, Italy, on September 17

Northrop Grumman unveils first MQ-4C Triton for Australia

Northrop Grumman revealed Australia’s maiden MQ-4C Triton autonomous aircraft, serial number A57-001, during a ceremony at its high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft production site in Palmdale, California, on September 14

Boeing advances manned-unmanned teaming with MQ-25 Stingray

Boeing announced on September 6 that it has digitally demonstrated a new open autonomy architecture for the MQ-25A Stingray carrier-based aerial refuelling UAV that will allow the US Navy to increase mission effectiveness by integrating MUM-T capability at speed and scale

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The role of the USAF's U-2 spy plane in monitoring the war in Ukraine

The motto of the U-2 pilots is ‘In God We Trust, All Others We Monitor’. The Dragon Lady has been a key asset in many conflicts, not least the war in Ukraine. Combat Aircraft Journal reports

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The role NATO ISR aircraft are playing in monitoring the war in Ukraine

Surveillance aircraft from Western air arms have been extremely active around Ukraine’s borders since the start of the Russian invasion. AirForces Monthly delves into the roles of allied spy planes during the conflict

Royal Thai Navy receives first RQ-21A Blackjack UAV from the US

The US Navy formally handed over the first Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAS to the Royal Thai Navy during a ceremony at an undisclosed location in Thailand on May 24

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Why has Russia failed to gain air superiority over Ukraine?

Despite having greater numbers and more technologically advanced platforms, Russia has failed to achieve air superiority over Ukraine after more than four weeks of conflict. We explain where they went wrong

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Reinforcing Europe: How the USAF has helped bolster NATO's eastern flank

Babak Taghvaee details how USAF fighters, tankers and intelligence-gathering aircraft have been used to bolster NATO’s eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Canadian company to provide ISR drones to Ukraine

Canada-based uncrewed aerial system platform and service provider Volatus Aerospace has announced it has begun the delivery of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system to Ukraine