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.

Finland celebrates 40 years of Hawk operations

To celebrate the 40th anniversary since it received its first BAE Systems Hawk Mk.51 advanced jet trainer, the Finnish Air Force unveiled a stunning special scheme for one of its aircraft on December 16

US approves sale of G550 special mission equipment to Italy

The US State Department announced on December 15 that it has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of special mission equipment to Italy for integration on two new Gulfstream G550 aircraft

Airbus delivers final SC-105 to Brazilian Air Force

The Brazilian Air Force received its third and final Airbus SC-105 Amazonas search and rescue aircraft on December 9, during a handover ceremony at the company’s production facility in Seville, Spain

French Govt is selling two A340s, you won’t believe the prices

Have you ever wanted to own an airliner? This could be a great opportunity to bag two bargain airworthy Airbus A340s

Elbit to upgrade Romanian IAR-99 trainer aircraft

Elbit Systems announced on December 14 that it has been contracted by Romania’s Avioane Craiova to begin the first phase of the upgrade programme for the Romanian Air Force’s IAR-99 Standard trainer aircraft

Rheinmetall wins German CH-53G maintenance contract

Rheinmetall announced on December 9 that the German Armed Forces has contracted it to inspect, maintain and repair the air force’s fleet of Sikorsky CH-53G Sea Stallions

Spain receives final two MQ-9A Block 5 RPAs

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) delivered the last two MQ-9A Block 5 remotely piloted aircraft and final ground control station to the Spanish Air Force on November 23

Brazil receives first modernised E-99M AEW&C

Embraer delivered its first modernised E-99M AEW&C aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force during a ceremony at the firm’s Gavião Peixoto facility in São Paulo, Brazil, on November 27

Hungary orders two KC-390 multi-mission transports

The Hungarian government signed a contract with Embraer on November 17 for the acquisition of two KC-390 Millennium multi-mission transport aircraft, which will be delivered to the nation from 2023

Meggitt secures RAF Typhoon radome contract

UK-based aerospace, defence and energy specialist, Meggitt, announced on November 10 that it has won a £4.2m contract to develop and deliver a new radome for the UK’s Eurofighter Typhoon fleet

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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