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US Army orders additional CH-47F Block II Chinooks

As the US Army continues to modernise its heavy lift capabilities, an order was sent to Boeing for two more CH-47F Block II Chinooks on September 30, worth a total of $63m

Turkey receives another upgraded KC-135R

Another upgraded Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker has been redelivered to the Turkish Air Force after completing an upgrade to Block 45.1 standard in the US

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How sophisticated is Russia's air defence network?

Fighter operations and ground-based air defences have so far proved to be among Russia’s few victories in its otherwise poorly planned and mismanaged campaign in Ukraine. AirForces Monthly explains

US Navy launches training operations with the TH-73A Thrasher

US Navy Student Naval Aviators assigned to Training Air Wing 5 (TAW-5) at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, have begun advanced helicopter training with the service’s new Leonardo TH-73A Thrasher helicopter

NATO commences aerial refuelling trials between Gripen and A330 MRTT

NATO's Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Unit (MMU) initiated the Saab JAS 39 Gripen air-to-air refuelling (AAR) test campaign on October 4

UK’s A400M fleet nears completion with penultimate delivery

The RAF’s fleet of Airbus A400M Atlas C1 heavy-lift tactical transports has grown to 21 aircraft, following the arrival of the penultimate example (serial ZM420) at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on October 11

Portugal's first KC-390 arrives at Beja

The first of five Portuguese Air Force Embraer KC-390 Millennium tanker-transport aircraft - registration PT-ZDK (c/n 390000011) - touched down at the type's future home base, Beja Air Base in Portugal, on October 16

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 115: Helicopter Edition

Welcome to the 115th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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AIR International November 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Inside the US Navy Reserve's last operational P-3C Orion squadron

Washington’s Patrol Squadron 69 (VP-69) ‘Totems’ was the sole active P-3C squadron in the US Navy Reserve fleet until September 30. AirForces Monthly visited the unit to report on the twilight of its Orion operations

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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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