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.

Lockheed Martin receives Indian C-130J-30 support contract

Lockheed Martin announced on August 24 that it has been awarded a US$328.8m, five-year contract from the Indian Air Force to provide dedicated and comprehensive support for India's fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical transports

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Singapore’s prototype Advanced A330 MRTT undergoes final tests

Republic of Singapore Air Force-operated Airbus A330 MRTT - serial 764 - which has been converted as a prototype of the automatic air-to-air-refuelling (A3R) A330 SMART MRTT, has returned to Spain for completion of its trials programme

Lockheed Martin to support Indian Air Force’s C-130J fleet

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$328m, five-year contract from the Indian Air Force to provide support for the service’s fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft

US State Department abandons seven CH-46Es in Kabul

Seven Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters operated by the US Department of State Air Wing (DoSAW) have been abandoned in Afghanistan

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ANALYSIS: Exploring the fate of the Afghan Air Force

We consider the fate of the Afghan Air Force following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan

Finland prepares to host Arctic Fighter Meet 21

The Finnish Air Force’s Lapland Air Command is preparing to host the Arctic Fighter Meet 21 live air exercise at Rovaniemi Air Base from August 30 to September 3

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Brazilian KC-390 delivers aid to Haiti following deadly earthquake

A Brazilian Air Force-operated Embraer KC-390 Millennium tactical tanker-transport has delivered humanitarian aid to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the Caribbean nation was hit by a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 15

We take a look at the fallout from the ongoing airlift operation in Afghanistan with Dr Tom Copeland, Professor of Politics at the Colorado Christian University, for his take on the continued mission and its consequences for US policy

New Zealand sends C-130H(NZ) and personnel to Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed around 80 military personnel alongside a RNZAF-operated Lockheed C-130H(NZ) Hercules aircraft to Afghanistan to support the ongoing evacuation efforts of coalition forces, civilians and collaborators from the country

US DoD activates Civil Reserve Air Fleet to assist with Afghanistan efforts

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III announced on August 22 that he has ordered the Commander of US Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet programme to assist with the Afghanistan evacuation

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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