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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Restoration Scene: Why not fly it?

When the Royal Netherlands Air Force retired Lockheed’s legendary F-104...

India inducts FOC-standard Tejas Mk1, stands up second squadron

India has formally inducted the first final operational clearance (FOC)-standard Tejas Mk1 Light Combat Aircraft into service and has stood up No 18 Squadron ‘Flying Bullets’ as the second unit to operate the type.

Saab to further support Swedish Sk 60 fleet

Saab has signed a multi-year maintenance agreement with the Swedish Armed Forces to provide further support to the air force’s Sk 60 jet trainer fleet.

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Return of the Blackjack

The Tupolev Tu-160 is the world’s largest combat aircraft...

B-1Bs conduct Baltic training missions

A pair of US Air Force (USAF) Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic-capable strategic bombers flew from Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), South Dakota, to the Baltic region in support of a Bomber Task Force training mission.

MDHI contracted to support Afghan Cayuse Warriors

The US Department of Defense has awarded a logistics support contract to MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) to further support the Afghan Air Force’s fleet of MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack/scout helicopters.

French A400M lands in New Zealand for the first time

An Armeé de l’Air (AdlA, French Air Force) Airbus A400M Atlas landed in New Zealand for the first time whilst conducting a repatriation mission in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The ‘Dambusters’ on VE-Day

A peek inside the operations record book for the RAF's No617 Squadron on 8th May 1945...

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The RAF in Asia: To war with a vengeance

Former air gunner Bob Harvey spent much of the war in the back seat of a Vultee Vengeance...

RAF Typhoons return to Lithuania

Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) No 6 Squadron have arrived in Lithuania to support NATO’s ongoing Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission.

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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