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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HALF WAY

HOW DID THE RAF CELEBRATE ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY? KEN ELLIS DESCRIBES...

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Lightning Squadron Commander - Leading 92 Sqn

Air Cdre John Mitchell (ret’d), flew more than 1,400 hours on Lightnings, including two years as Officer Commanding 92 Squadron at RAF Gütersloh in West Germany. He talks with Dr Kevin Wright about his experiences on this remarkable aircraft.

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Which RAF squadrons operated the English Electric Lightning?

Aviation News charts the units that operated the amazing English Electric Lightning fighter in RAF service.

No 1(F) Squadron Harrier GR3 XV789 recovers to HMS Hermes after an Operation ‘Corporate’ mission. PRM AVIATION COLLECTION Feature Premium

RAF Harrier GR3 Falklands War Diary

When No 1(F) Squadron took the Harrier GR3 to war in the Falklands conflict, it had many chalenges to overcome, but did so in the best RAF traditions. Using recently released official documents, this is the unit’s Operation ‘Corporate’ diary

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Exploits of a Hurricane Squadron Defending Malta

Using the 'Line Book' of 185 Squadron, Anthony Rogers recounts the unit's exploits defending Malta

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AFGHANISTAN MISSION RAMPS UP AGAIN

An F-16CM assigned to the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron,...

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Raptor strikes in Afghanistan

THE US Department of Defense has publicly disclosed an F-22A...

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How Hurricanes Defended Canada

Of the myriad aspects of the Hurricane’s wartime service, its use to defend Canada against potential Japanese attack is among the lesser-known — but it is remembered by the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum’s example

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Lightning versus Spitfire: Clash of the Generations

When the possibility of RAF fighters coming up against Indonesian P-51 Mustangs during the 1960s confrontation reared its head, one pilot had an idea: pit Lightning against Spitfire

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RAPTORS STRIKE IN AFGHANISTAN

NEW OFFENSIVE AGAINST THE TALIBAN AFGHAN NATIONAL DEFENSE and...

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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