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Sixth-gen horizons: Europe's simmering fighter race

While the last three decades have seen Europe support three combat jet fighters of the fourth/fourth-plus generation by 2018 the continent was embarking on two distinct efforts to build a sixth-generation fighter

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In photos: Legacy Hornets from USMC’s VMFA-323 deploy to Poland

Ten US Marine Corps (USMC)-operated F/A-18C Hornets – assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) ‘Death Rattlers’ arrived in Europe on June 8 for an operational deployment.

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Inside the UK MOD’s New Medium Helicopter Programme

The UK is preparing to divest four legacy rotorcraft fleets, replacing them with a single solution under the MOD’s New Medium Helicopter programme. AirForces Monthly details the competition so far and explore the candidates on offer

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 97

Welcome to the 97th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

65th AGRS re-form with Aggressor-schemed F-35As

During a ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on June 9, the US Air Force’s 65th Aggressor Squadron (65th AGRS) was officially reactivated with the F-35 Lightning II as part of the 57th Wing/57th Operations Group.

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Star Maker: Ukraine's use of private sector satellite services

As Russian forces surged into Ukraine following Moscow’s decision on February 24 to commit its military to the toppling of the Zelenskyy government, private sector satellite service providers stepped in to support Kyiv's needs

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The secretive F-117 Nighthawk's post-retirement ops

Having purportedly retired in 2008, the secretive F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter is still flying – although the USAF is reticent to talk about it. Tom Kaminski explores the stealth fighter’s pedigree

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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

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Sweden to acquire second-hand C-130Js from Italy

After looking at various options for modernising their six Tp84 (C-130H) Hercules, the Swedish Air Force has instead opted to acquire second-hand C-130Js from Italy

Norway terminates NH90 contract

Norway’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has decided to abandon introduction of the NH90 into Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) service and authorised the Norwegian Defence Material Agency to terminate the contract.

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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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