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Global C-17 fleet surpasses four million flight hours

Almost 30 years after the platform first graced the skies, the global fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift strategic transports surpassed the four million flight hour milestone on January 15

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Desert Storm 30: Kadena's MiG Killers

Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, may seem an unlikely place to look for Desert Storm history, but thanks to aircraft rotations, Kadena is now home to several F-15 Eagles credited with Iraqi MiG kills, as Key.Aero investigates

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 26

Welcome to the 26th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here!

Slovenia set for C-27J Spartan acquisition

The Slovenian government revealed on January 15 that it will acquire up to two Leonardo C-27J Spartan tactical transports after the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a greater need for a national airlift capability

GA-ASI integrates Legion Pod onto Avenger drone

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on January 15 that it had completed a test flight of an Avenger remotely piloted aircraft that had been fitted with Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod

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Desert Storm 30: Black Jets over Baghdad

In the first of a series of features commemorating the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, we explore the F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft, which flew at least 50 combat sorties during the campaign and was never hit, outsmarting Iraqi radar to deliver shock and awe

Australia selects AH-64E as Tiger ARH successor

Boeing’s AH-64E Apache Guardian has been selected to replace the Australian Army’s 22-strong fleet of Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters (ARHs), with the first of 29 aircraft expected to be delivered in 2025

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An in-depth look at Saudi Arabia's advanced F-15SA fleet

Key.Aero provides an in-depth look at Saudi Arabia’s Boeing F-15SA (Saudi Advanced) Strike Eagle fleet and charts the delivery of its 84 new-build multi-role fighters over the last five years

Northrop Grumman wins $325m Joint STARS support contract

Northrop Grumman has received a US$325m contract from the USAF to provide continued support for the service’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) fleet

USAF orders 12 more KC-46s from Boeing

Boeing announced on January 12 that it has been awarded a US$1.7bn contract by the USAF to deliver 12 more KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft under a sixth production lot

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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