Airforce News

On this page you will find news from the world’s airforces including first flights, latest deployments, procurement programs, weapon upgrades, training and technology, fleet retirements, the changing operational theatres and missions.

Whether it is the RAF, France’s Armée de l’air or the United States Airforce, airforces around the world are buying new platforms, choosing between legacy fleets, which maybe Russian, European or American, and building their own domestic capabilities in sub-systems, missiles or whole aircraft.

Whether the manufacturing contracts are for domestic or foreign firms, worldwide instability is driving airforce fleet renewals, recapitalisation and investment in support infrastructure, military technology, offensive and defensive systems, from missiles, super and hypersonic, to chaff and directed infra-red countermeasures.

Your source for all the latest Airforce and military aircraft news

As the latest fifth-generation platform, the Lockheed Martin F-35 is in use globally for international partner airforces, from the United States Airforce (USAF) to the RAF and the Australian airforce, the sixth-generation fighters are already on the drawing board.

Find out which airforces are looking at virtual cockpits, networked platforms and piloted aircraft working with drone wingmen for the stealth fighters of the 2030s and discover which airforces are planning to replace their existing fleets with the fighter planes of the future.

Military Aircraft Retirement and Technology Updates

International forces around the world are deploying military aircraft manufactured in France, Russia and America including aircraft from Saab, France’s Dassault Rafale, Russian Mig-29s and the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, which it will operate for years to come.

What will also be flying well into the next decade is the USAF’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter. The next decade will also see the USAF’s newest stealth bomber, the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider enter service, while the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber will be in its seventh decade of operational service after refurbishments and restorations. This page is the only place you need to be to find out all the latest news on retirements and new deployments.

Be the first to find out which existing platforms such as France’s Dassault Mirage 2000 light weight jet and the Eurofighter Typhoon are facing the need for wholesale technology updates. The Eurofighter is being upgraded for an electronic warfare role in the 2020s and the USAF is improving some of its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons with F-35 fifth generation technology.

From restorations to retirement and procurement, international projects for new networked technologies including piloted and autonomous platforms and the contracts to manufacture them, all of this fast-moving defence aviation news and analysis can be found here.

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Israel activates second F-35I squadron

Khalem Chapman

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has stood up 116 Squadron ‘Lions of the South’ as its second operational F-35I Adir unit.

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Swiss Hornets in the UK

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Mick Britton was at RAF Leeming as the Swiss Air Force undertook advanced flying training in the UK...

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Italy’s transport specialists

Riccardo Niccoli

The Italian Air Force’s 31° Stormo fulfils a niche transport role...

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ANALYSIS: Iran/US escalation and mobilisation

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Tensions are at a critical level in the Middle East following a US drone strike – authorised by US President Donald Trump – that killed General Qasem Soleimani of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), sparking a major escalation of the long-running stand-off between the two countries.

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India bids farewell to the MiG-27

Khalem Chapman

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has retired its final Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27ML UPG variable-geometry ground-attack aircraft, following a ceremony at Jodhpur Air Force Station, Rajasthan, on December 27.

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Swedish tanker times

Some 20,000ft above northern Sweden, Björn Rüdén joins the Swedish Air Force's dedicated tanker ...

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Air power Between Russia and the West

In the last of a two-part feature on the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence ...

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AMX in Afghanistan

The Italian Air Force’s Task Group Black Cats were among the unsung heroes of the operation over Afghanistan

Leonardo demonstrates radar sensing concept for Tempest

Khalem Chapman

Leonardo UK has demonstrated the performance of new radar receiver/warner technology as part of the UK-led Team Tempest programme.

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South Korea declares F-35A IOC

Khalem Chapman

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has officially declared initial operational capability (IOC) with its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters, according to local media sources.

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