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.

AFRC receives first Combat King II

Lockheed Martin has delivered a first HC-130J Combat King II for the US Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) to Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Florida.

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Bandits of the Last Frontier!

Eielson Air Force Base in the wilds of Alaska is home to one of just two USAF aggressor squadrons. Kedar Karmarkar ventured to Fairbanks to see what goes on for the 18th Aggressor Squadron during its main event: Red Flag – Alaska.

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COVID-19 and the Military: A Discussion

Despite some inevitable changes to normal operations, the military is still very much carrying on - and playing its part in helping out with the current crisis. Watch Jamie Hunter and Thomas Newdick discuss the details...

Army Flying Museum's online lectures

The Army Flying Museum is to host a series of weekly online lectures via its website.

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Portugal's Wolves of the Sea

Operating the P-3C CUP+ Orion, the Portuguese Air Force’s Esquadra 601 is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare specialist headquartered in Beja, in the south of the country. But as José Matos discovers, this is a unit that ranges far and wide.

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Catch a falling star

It was a role like no other: retrieving film dropped by parachute...

RAF declares IOC on Poseidon MRA1

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has formally declared that its Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft fleet has achieved initial operating capability (IOC).

First production-representative MQ-9B rolled out

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has rolled out and flown the first production-representative MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned combat air system (UCAV).

Israel hosts US F-35s in first joint training exercise

Israeli Air Force (IAF) Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir fighters and US Air Force (USAF) F-35A Lightning IIs have taken part in exercise Enduring Lightning – the first joint training exercise dedicated to the fighter to be held by Israel.

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'Thud' Out!

Combat Aircraft Journal looks back at the final days of the US Air Force’s F-105 Thunderchief, and one very special farewell event at Hill AFB.

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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