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General Atomics to design DARPA’s experimental Liberty Lifter seaplane

Combat Aircraft Journal explains the teaming up of  US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and General Atomics to create the Liberty Lifter

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AIR International March 2023

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US Navy T-6B unit prepares to take lead on ‘Project Avenger’

Training Squadron 28 (VT-28) ‘Rangers’ at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas, is preparing to become the US Navy’s first undergraduate primary training unit to fully integrate the new ‘Project Avenger’ syllabus into its curriculum as part of the service’s Naval Aviation Training Next (NATN) initiative.

UK Lightning Force struck by maintenance crew shortage

The introduction of the UK’s Lightning Force is being held back due to a lack of trained ground crew personnel; a British government minister has revealed

Leonardo to upgrade avionics of US SOCOM, Coast Guard C-27Js

Leonardo Societa per Azioni has been awarded a $91.9m contract by the US DOD to design, modify, integrate and install the 1.2+ avionics update package on the C-27J Spartan fleets operated by US Special Operations Command and the US Coast Guard

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F-22 marks first ‘kill’ as US deals with intruding Chinese spy balloon

After spending four days controversially floating across the continental US, the Chinese surveillance balloon saga reached its climax on February 4, when it was finally shot down by a USAF-operated F-22A Raptor – marking the type’s first official ‘kill’ in operational service

USAF awards $2.25bn contract to Boeing for additional KC-46As

The USAF awarded Boeing a contract - worth $2.25bn - on January 27 for the manufacture and delivery of 15 more KC-46A Pegasus tankers under Production Lot 9

Special-schemed C-130H revealed for centenary of US ANG’s ‘Flying Yankees’

The Connecticut Air National Guard’s 103rd Airlift Wing ‘Flying Yankees’ unveiled a Lockheed C-130H Hercules wearing a commemorative paint scheme on February 5 to honour the wing’s centenary, which will be celebrated this year

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Falcon Strike: Italy works to enhance fifth-gen fighter combat tactics

As the Italian Air Force prepares to mark its centenary on March 28, 2023, it hosted a training exercise focused on fifth-generation fighter tactics, Combat Aircraft Journal visited Amendola Air Base in Northern Italy for Exercise Falcon Strike 22 and spoke to those involved

US Air National Guard updates 148th FW F-16s with new radar pods

Subject matter experts from across the USAF gathered at Duluth ANGB in Minnesota to exercise the end-to-end employment of the AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye radar pod – which was recently fielded on the resident Fighting Falcons of the 148th FW – and to establish a plan to operationalise the pod for all ANG-operated F-16C/Ds

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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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