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.

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Runway problems disrupt Voyager ops at RAF Brize Norton

Unusually hot weather caused damage to the runway at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on July 18, which resulted in the disruption of operations for almost a week, particularly with the RAF’s Airbus A330-243MRTT Voyager KC2/KC3 fleet

Germany’s first C-130J-30 rolled out

Lockheed Martin has completed the production of the first C-130J-30 Super Hercules heavy-lift tactical transport for the German Air Force

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UK orders 13 more Protector RG1s

UK Defence Minister Jeremy Quin has confirmed that a £195m contract has been signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for a further 13 MQ-9B Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft for the RAF

UK agrees deal for 13 Protector RPAS

The UK has agreed a £195m deal for a further 13 Protector remotely piloted aircraft systems, with a total of 16 now ordered from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Dassault delivers first Rafale to Greece

Dassault Aviation has delivered the first Rafale fighter to the Hellenic Air Force just six months after the contract signing by Greece for the acquisition of 18 aircraft in a €2.5bn deal

Dassault delivers first Rafale to Greece

Dassault Aviation has delivered the first of 18 Rafale multi-role fighters to the Hellenic Air Force, just six months after the acquisition contract was inked between the Greek Ministry of Defence and the French aircraft manufacturing giant

RAF Typhoons test tactical refuelling concept in Norway

RAF-operated Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, have completed a proof of concept exercise in Norway, which tested tactical ground-based refuelling capabilities at a dispersed forward operating location

Introducing World War Two’s only female fighter aces 

Within the realms of Marina Raskova’s three female fighter regiments, two pilots took their duties to the next level. Read part one of their incredible stories

RAAF graduates first F-35A pilots trained in Australia

Four RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter pilots have graduated from the platform’s first operational conversion course to be completed in Australia

BAE Systems to aid F-35 Joint Strike Missile integration

BAE Systems has been awarded a £3m contract to provide key technology and system integration capabilities for Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace’s Joint Strike Missile system on fifth generation F-35 stealth aircraft

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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