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.

Sweden suspends search for new training aircraft

Sweden has suspended its search for a successor platform to its ageing Saab Sk 60A/B jet trainer fleet, the Swedish Defense Materiel Agency (FMV) announced on September 14.

Greece set for Dassault Rafale purchase

Greece announced on September 12 that it intends to procure 18 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters as part of the government’s plans to strengthen its national military.

French Transall conducts African farewell tour

The last French Air Force Transall C-160R deployed overseas completed a memorial tour of African countries in August, marking the end of its 50 years of operations on the continent.

Indian Air Force inducts first Rafales into service

The Indian Air Force (IAF) formally inducted its first five Dassault Rafale DH/EH multi-role fighters into operational service during a ceremony at Ambala Air Force Station (AFS) in northern India on September 10.

Three more A330 MRTTs for France

France's Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, announced on September 3 that three additional Airbus A330s have been ordered for conversion into Phénix Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.

Israel completes historic deployment in Germany

Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft landed at Nörvenich air base in Germany for the first time on August 17 for a two-week deployment which marked a major historic milestone between the two nations.

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In-Depth: Saab’s Finnish Gripen E bid

Key.Aero details Saab's bid to replace the Finnish Air Force's ageing F/A-18C/D Hornet fleet with the Gripen E/F multi-role fighter under the HX programme.

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Italian F-35As surpass 5,000 flight hours

The Italian Air Force announced that its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet – operated by the service’s 32nd Wing – had passed the 5,000 flight hour milestone on August 12.

A400M conducts first 'wet' refuelling test with H225M

France’s Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) announced that an Airbus A400M tactical tanker/transport had completed the first ‘wet’ air-to-air (AAR) refuelling contact with a H225M Caracal helicopter on August 19.

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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