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.

India approves purchase of 56 C295MWs

The Indian Air Force’s airlifting capabilities are set to be boosted after the nation’s Cabinet Committee on Security approved the procurement of 56 C295MW medium-lift tactical transports from Airbus Defence and Space on September 8

Finland concludes AAR exercise with the USAF

For the second time this year, Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets from the Finnish Air Force have concluded an air-to-air refuelling exercise with the USAF

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Germany set to bid farewell to final Transalls and LTG 63

We speak with Oberst Markus Kleinbauer, the commanding officer of Lufttransportgeschwader 63, as the unit and its matured Transall C-160Ds enter their final weeks of operation

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US Special Ops aircraft cover Kabul evacuation

More than a dozen US Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft joined the US-led airlift mission to evacuate civilians from Kabul in the 15 days after Afghanistan's capital city fell to Taliban forces

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Argentina receives first C-12B Huron

After a slight delay, the first of ten former US Navy TC-12B/UC-12B Hurons for the Argentine Air Force has been delivered

US Reaper air strike in Afghanistan kills two ISIS-K members

An air strike using a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle was carried out by the US military on August 28, targeting ISIS-K militants in Afghanistan

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INSIGHT: An overview of the two-week airlift effort to evacuate Kabul

We give an overview of the massive two-week airlift from Kabul, which extracted thousands of Afghans and many other nationalities fleeing from the Taliban takeover

A Canadair Sabre 6 of No. 441 Sqn., R.C.A.F., seen approaching the top of a loop, with the automatic slats extended as the minimum airspeed is reached. With CF-100s, these Canadian fighters are on continual “Zulu” alert in Europe. Photograph copyright “The Aeroplane” Feature Premium

Sensational Sabre 6 Scrutinsed

The June 14, 1957 issue of The Aeroplane featured a report on the latest version of the Sabre, which was populating Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons deployed in Europe

UK accelerates Hawk T1 retirement plans

Plans to retire the Royal Air Force's British Aerospace Hawk T1 fleet have been accelerated

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Turkish F-16s train with Polish forces during Enhanced Air Policing

Turkish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 50+ Fighting Falcons currently deployed in Malbork, Poland for NATO Enhanced Air Policing conducted aerial manoeuvres with a Polish Air Force CASA C295M aircraft

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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