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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Falcon 7X spotted in Indonesian Air Force colours

A Dassault Falcon 7X business jet wearing the markings of the Indonesian Air Force has been spotted in the Netherlands ahead of what is believed to be the aircraft’s imminent delivery to the Asian air arm

Romania inks €388m deal to buy F-16s from Norway

A contract for the sale of 32 second-hand Royal Norwegian Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons to Romania was signed by the Romanian government and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency on November 4

Sweden joins list of nations looking to axe NH90 helicopter fleet

After Belgium, Australia and Norway announced plans to axe and replace their respective NHIndustries NH90 helicopter fleets, Gen Micael Bydén – the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces – revealed that Sweden would follow suit in a recently published defence modernisation and procurement guidance report

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USAF’s ‘Gamblers’ stand up with Taiwanese F-16Vs in Tucson

The USAF’s 21st FS ‘Gamblers’ has recently been stood up at Morris ANGB in Tucson, Arizona, following its relocation from Luke AFB and its transition to the Republic of China Air Force’s newly upgraded F-16V Fighting Falcon

Poland agrees MQ-9A Reaper lease deal

As Poland continues to increase its defence spending in the face of the Ukraine War and the renewed Russian threat, the Polish Ministry of National Defence has signed an agreement with General Atomics to lease an undisclosed number of MQ-9A Reaper RPA

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Baltic Defenders: Policing NATO skies with the Italian Air Force

AirForces Monthly spent time with Italian Air Force Eurofighters as they took up the mission of safeguarding NATO's skies over the Baltic region

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Report into Canadian Snowbirds accident released

A Flight Safety Investigation Report by Canada’s Directorate of Flight Safety was published on September 21 into the accident involving a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CT-114 Tutor on August 2

USAF to expand Australian base for B-52s

The US plans to create facilities to base six B-52s in Australia in a move that experts say is linked to increased tensions with China over Taiwan

First MESA sensor is installed on to RAF E-7A Wedgetail

The first of three RAF Boeing E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 airborne early warning and control aircraft received its Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) sensor on November 4

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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