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.

Indian government gives go-ahead for Tejas Mk 2

India’s Cabinet Committee on Security gave approval at a meeting on September 1 for design and development of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Tejas Mk 2 4.5-generation, medium-weight supersonic fighter

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Singapore starts inducting H225Ms into operational service

The H225M is being inducted into the Republic of Singapore Air Force to replace the Super Puma. We visit Sembawang Air Base to find out more about its capabilities

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ANALYSIS: Tensions between China and Taiwan reach new high after Pelosi visit

Tension between Taiwan and China reached a new high after a controversial visit by one of the United States’ most senior politicians. We examine the fallout

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Israel strikes again in latest Gaza operation

The arrest of leading Islamic terrorist, Bassem Saadi, by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Jenin on August 1 led to fighting between Israel and the militant group of jihadis in Gaza

Portugal orders six Black Hawks to help fight fires

Six Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks have been ordered by the Portuguese Air Force to provide additional support to the country’s resources in fighting rural wildfires

Israel completes major rebuild of crashed F-15I Ra’am

An Israeli Air Force F-15I Ra’am that had been involved in a crash-landing last year has completed repairs and is now flying again

Portugal’s first KC-390 enters final phase of testing

The first of five Embraer KC-390 Millennium tanker-transports for the Portuguese Air Force has entered its final phase of testing ahead of its planned arrival in Portugal

Boeing contracted for US, Israeli KC-46A production

Boeing has been awarded two contracts – with a combined worth that exceeds $3bn – to produce another 15 KC-46A Pegasus tankers for the USAF and to build and deliver the four examples ordered by Israel through the FMS process

Finnish Air Force retires L-70 Vinka trainer fleet

After more than 40 years of service, the Finnish Air Force has retired its fleet of Valmet L-70 Vinka primary training aircraft

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Allied aircraft flock to UK for Exercise Cobra Warrior

A number of combat aircraft, along with their associated support assets, from multiple nations have been touching down at various locations across the UK for this year’s second attempt at Exercise Cobra Warrior, after the first was cancelled due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24

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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