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GALLERY: French Dassault Rafales defending Europe's eastern flank

French Air and Space Force Dassault Rafales recently took over as the augmenting nation for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing. Bartek Bera looks at the Rafale’s role in defending Europe’s Eastern flank

Russian Aerospace Forces receive additional Su-34s from UAC

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation – a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec State Corporation – announced on June 1 that it has delivered another batch of Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers to the Russian Aerospace Forces

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How the USAF is planning to massively change its frontline fighter fleets

The USAF’s fighter force comprises a disparate mix of aircraft types – some of which are rather old – and there are urgent plans to recapitalize the fleet with a mix of new and upgraded types, as Jon Lake explains

Canada, Netherlands eyeing Global 6500-based maritime patrol solution?

Canadian manufacturer of business jets and special mission aircraft, Bombardier, has teamed up with General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada to offer a Global 6500-based multi-mission maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare solution as a replacement for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s ageing CP-140M Aurora fleet and the wider international export market

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Iran acquires ex-French Air Force A340s, but how did it do it?

Iran’s largest airline, Mahan Air, has recently purchased a pair of Airbus A340-212 long-range, wide-body airliners that were previously operated by the French Air and Space Force (FASF), growing the number of passenger aircraft in its fleet to almost 70

New Zealand receives third P-8A Poseidon

The Royal New Zealand Air Force welcomed the third of four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to RNZAF Base Ohakea, near Palmerston North in the Manawatu, on May 19

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How Russia is upgrading its Bear-H and Backfire-C bombers

In the second of his two-part article on Russia’s big bomber fleet, Alexander Mladenov examines the upgrade programmes for the Bear-H and Backfire-C, and looks at the impact of systematic strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure

Jordan welcomes another Air Tractor AT-802

A newly acquired Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss for the Royal Jordanian Air Force passed through Malta International Airport in Luqa on May 24, while making its delivery flight to Jordan

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USAF clears B-2 to resume flight ops after six-month safety pause

The USAF’s 20-strong fleet of Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bombers has finally been cleared to return to flight operations after it was grounded for nearly six months as a safety precaution after one aircraft was involved in an accident at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, in December – the details of which remain largely unknown

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 148

Welcome to the 148th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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The Latest Military Aviation News All in One Place

This is the only website you need for the latest in military aviation news and analysis with specialist webpages focusing on the fastest and largest aircraft in the world, the airforces and their pilots. From this central hub you can find links to the many categories of articles within Key.Aero that provide that in-depth coverage of military aviation. Learn about the varied facets of military aviation, its history and its fighters, transports and the airshows where they can all be seen on static display or in flying displays overhead.

Airforce and Military Aircraft News

All the latest news you will want to read about the airforces of the world, large and small can be found in this one place. The United States airforce, the Russian Federation airforce, the Republic of Korea airforce, and China’s People’s Liberation Army airforce, have some of the largest fleets in the world. The challenges that face these airforces, and others, range from the management of ageing fleets to working with industry to develop the latest aircraft technologies for the entry into service of fifth generation and stealth capable fighters and bombers.

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Military Fighters Aircraft and Combat Aircraft

Discover everything about the deadliest military fighter aircraft in the world in this section. Links to expert resources and articles can be found here for the fast jets from the world’s biggest manufacturers, Lockheed Martin, Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau, China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation, and the European consortium that is Eurofighter Typhoon. News and analysis of their aircrafts’ capabilities are easy to find along with comprehensive background information of the world’s key models and makes of fighter. The Mach 2 capable Boeing F-15 Strike Eagle air superiority fighter, able to intercept an enemy’s fighters at long range, the agile Sukhoi Su-35 designed to win up close engagements with its thrust vectoring; and the radar defeating stealth aircraft from Lockheed Martin, the F-117 Knighthawk, the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II, can all be found here along with many other fast jets.

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Military Transport Aircraft

The largest aircraft in any fleet, in this section you can discover the history of, and the latest technology developments for, these behemoths of the sky. With huge wingspans and multiple engines, the global nature of conflict since the 20th century has required the international reach of these massive long-haul aircraft. From the United States Airforce’s Lockheed C-5 Galaxy to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan of the Russian Federation airforce and the Airbus A400M used by various other European airforces, the military transport aircraft carrying men and materials around the world can be found in this comprehensive resource.

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Military Aircraft Shows

The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Cosford air show, China’s Zhuai airshow, Germany’s ILA Berlin and Russia’s MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon are all shows that provide fantastic opportunities to see, hear and learn about the latest in military aircraft from fast jets to strategic bombers. Key.Aero’s military aircraft show section will keep you up to date with the latest news provided by its reporters attending these major airshows, and others, around the world that have military displays presenting the latest capabilities.

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