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.

Germany rolls out farewell scheme for Transall

The German Air Force has applied a stunning farewell scheme to one of its Transport Allianz (Transall) C-160D tactical transport aircraft ahead of the platform’s formal retirement from service later this year

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Sikorsky secures first international customer for the CH-53K

Sikorsky has secured the first international customer for its CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopter after Israel confirmed that it will seek to procure the platform to replace its ageing CH-53 Yas’ur fleet

Key communication upgrades for USAF’s “Doomsday” planes

The USAF’s four-strong fleet of Boeing E-4B Nightwatch airborne command and control aircraft is receiving key upgrades that are designed to revolutionise the platform’s communication capabilities and effectiveness

Singapore marks a decade of F-15SG ops with special tail scheme

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has marked a decade of Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle operations by applying a special tail scheme to one of its aircraft

BAE Systems set to launch EPAWSS production

BAE Systems has received a US$58m contract from Boeing to launch low-rate initial production of the F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) for the USAF

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Op Octave Quartz: Crystal Clear Power

The decision to withdraw US troops from Somalia involved a formidable assembly of American air power known as Operation Octave Quartz. But will it embolden Islamist insurgency? Key.Aero investigates

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The Rise of the T-7A Red Hawk

With the T-7A Red Hawk, Boeing is creating the world's first fifth-generation advanced flight training system. We explore the program that's set to replace the USAF's workhorse T-38 Talon after 60 years of exceptional service

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The evolution of Russia's famous Hip heavy-duty helicopter family

We provide an in-depth look at Russia's Mil Mi-8 'Hip' tactical transport helicopter, which is the flying equivalent of the Kalashnikov assault rifle: affordable, functional, robust, widespread and deadly

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A behind-the-scenes look at the new Franco-German C-130J unit

A historic strategic alliance between the French and German air forces has seen a new European bi-national squadron take delivery of its first tactical transport aircraft - as we report

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Viper's Bite: The Evolution of the F-16

With more than 4,600 aircraft produced, the F-16 is a design masterpiece and a stunning export success. While today's variants may be a world away from the original in terms of capability, the Falcon is still fighting and could win more orders in the future, as Key.Aero explores

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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