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.

Final Exercise Point Blank of 2022 concludes

Exercise Point Blank 22-4 – the last of four quarterly-held exercises to be held in 2022 by the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk – took place from August 24-25

Brazilian KC-390 completes first aerial refuelling mission

Embraer’s KC-390 Millennium tanker-transport has marked a major operational milestone in Brazilian service, after the Brazilian Air Force completed the type’s first official air-to-air refuelling mission on August 9

RAF launches Poseidon on first SAR mission

An RAF-operated Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, was launched to help rescue two transatlantic rowers on August 18, marking the first time the type has been deployed to support an active SAR operation

Spain ceases training operations with the Aviojet

After more than four decades of service, the Spanish Air and Space Force has ceased training operations with the CASA C-101EB Aviojet at Murcia-San Javier Air Base in southeastern Spain

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IN PICTURES: Greece highlights Dassault bond with mixed formation flight

With a long lineage of Dassault jets flying with Greek forces, the Rafale is the latest generation to enter service with the Hellenic Air Force, reports Combat Aircraft Journal

Greece donates ERJ135 to Cyprus

An Embraer ERJ135BJ Legacy 600 business jet has been donated to Cyprus by the Greek government

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Why Greece selected the F-35A as a F-4E replacement

Combat Aircraft Journal looks into a historic deal seeing Greece opt for the Lightning II as a replacement for its ageing F-4E fleet

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Investigating Russia's lack of SEAD/DEAD capabilities over Ukraine

The Russian military has failed to conduct effective suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses (SEAD/DEAD) operations in Ukraine and has hit strike operations. Combat Aircraft Journal explains

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Global air arms converge on Australia for Exercise Pitch Black

Throughout mid-August, combat aircraft and associated support assets from a host of global air arms have deployed to Australia in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black – a large-scale force employment exercise hosted biennially by the RAAF, which returns after a four-year hiatus

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APROC 2022: Inside Spain’s annual joint rescue exercise

Having the power to recover personnel from combat situations is an essential element of any military operation. AirForces Monthly reports on the annual joint exercise in Spain

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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