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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Switzerland selects F-35A as new fighter

Switzerland’s Federal Council determined at its meeting on June 30 that the procurement of 36 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role fighters represented the most suitable solution for protecting the Swiss population from future air threats

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RAF marks 50 years of Puma ops with national flypast

The RAF has marked the 50th anniversary of its Westland Puma medium-lift tactical transport helicopter fleet by conducting a nationwide flypast, involving ten examples of the type, on July 7

10 facts about the F-4 Phantom II 

The Royal Air Force retired their final F-4 Phantom II on July 6, 1992. The United States followed in 1996, although they still had their uses for the jet… 

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US Navy buys RAF E-3D for E-6B training

An RAF Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 airborne early warning and control aircraft has been sold to the US Navy for use as an in-flight trainer in support of the Boeing E-6B Mercury programme

The CR.42 Falco: Italy’s forgotten fighter of WWII 

The aircraft was Italy’s most produced fighter of World War II, but despite proving itself over France, it was relatively ineffective during the Battle of Britain

Switzerland selects F-35 as new fighter

The Swiss Federal Council announced on June 30 that Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II had been selected as Switzerland's next fighter

Germany signs P-8A Poseidon deal

The German Ministry of Defence has signed a letter of offer and acceptance for five Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft

Finnish Hornets participate in Ramstein Alloy 21-2

A pair of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet multi-role fighters from the Finnish Air Force are participating in the second Ramstein Alloy exercise of the year, with their involvement in the event taking place from June 29-30

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First six Spanish PC-21s in flight testing

Pilatus is continuing to make progress with the Spanish Air Force's PC-21 acquisition programme, which will ultimately replace the service’s 61-strong fleet of aged CASA C-101EB Aviojet jet trainers

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ANALYSIS: A look at the Afghan Air Force's aircraft inventory

While the future of Afghanistan may emerge from negotiations shaped by regional powers, its air force may be called upon to defend the nation, as we report

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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