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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Stunning photos from Exercise Yorknite 2022 at RAF Leeming

The Swiss Air Force returned to the UK for its annual night-flying exercise at RAF Leeming. Colin Norwood, Hugh Sawyer and Glenn Stanley visited North Yorkshire for Aviation News

Brazil inducts first F-39E Gripens into operational service

The Brazilian Air Force inducted its first two Saab F-39E Gripen multi-role fighters into operational service with the 1st Air Defense Group ‘Jaguar Squadron’ during a ceremony at Anápolis Air Base on December 19

Airworthy classic jet joins Spanish collection

Hispano Aviación HA-220 Super Saeta EC-DXJ was placed on display at Spain’s Fundación Infante de Orleans (FIO) flight museum recently

Spain set for lengthy capability gap following P-3M Orion retirement

After almost 50 years of operational service, the Spanish Air and Space Force retired its final Lockheed P-3M Orion maritime patrol aircraft on December 17

Could Putin arm Belarusian jets with nuclear weapons?

Fears that the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence Forces could become nuclear capable have been raised after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that its jets were being converted to carry “special warheads”

USAF AC-130J Ghostrider crews honoured for Kabul mission

Two USAF AC-130J Ghostrider gunship crews have been honoured for their heroic efforts during the fall of Kabul

Airworthy de Havilland Vampire under maintenance

Airworthy de Havilland DH.100 Vampire FB.6 J-1197 (HB-RVN) is currently undergoing an extensive inspection.

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Esquadra 802: Inside the world’s last operational de Havilland Chipmunk squadron

After more than 70 years of military service, the Chipmunk basic trainer is still flying high in Portugal, as AirForces Monthly discovered

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Fuelling NATO's Firepower: Tankers flock to Lanzarote for EART 2022

French, Italian and Canadian tanker aircraft gathered in Lanzarote to take part in the European Air Refuelling Training exercise. AirForces Monthly reports

Italian Typhoon lost in fatal crash near Trapani

A Eurofighter F-2000A belonging to the Italian Air Force crashed while returning to Trapani Air Base on December 13, killing the pilot

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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