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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Lessons to learn in Falcon Strike, states IAF

The Israeli Air Force is marking a milestone with the first overseas deployment of its F-35 aircraft since entering service

Pupil pilots of N. 5F.T.S., Oakington, undergo dual instruction in formation flying in three Vampire T.11s. Most solo exercises are flown in single-seat Vampire F.B.5s. Feature Premium

Pioneering Jet Training in the RAF

A fascinating report from the January 7, 1955 issue of The Aeroplane on how the RAF adapted to training jet fighter pilots.

VIDEO: RAF discusses new 'Union Jack' livery for Typhoon display

The RAF rolled out a new ‘Union Jack’ inspired paint scheme for the display jet of the Typhoon Display Team last month. At the unveiling, we spoke with Wg Cdr Jim Calvert, the officer commanding No 29 Squadron, about the role of his unit and the fighter’s colourful new livery

Airbus delivers 100th A400M

Airbus Defence and Space has recently completed the 100th delivery of its A400M Atlas heavy-lift tactical transport, with this example being handed over to the Spanish Air Force

UK increases synthetic training for C-17 fleet

Boeing Defence UK has been selected to provide the UK Ministry of Defence with synthetic training solutions for its C-17 Globemaster strategic transport aircraft

First F-35B lands aboard HMS Prince of Wales

For the first time, a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II has landed on the Royal Navy’s second and latest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales (R09), as the vessel conducts sea trials off England’s south coast

Brazil to cut back KC-390 order

Brazil has announced it will reduce its Embraer KC-390 Millennium order in light of new budget restrictions brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which have led to cutbacks on resources allocated to the defence sector

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Step Back in Time to the Early Days of RAF Hercules

Aeroplane magazine was invited to a press event in 1967 to hear how the RAF was introducing the Lockheed Hercules into service.

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USAF conducts large-scale fighter drills in Poland

As Russian troops were massing on Ukraine borders, joint USAF and Polish Air Force drills were taking place in Baltic airspace, as we report

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ANALYSIS: The current structure of the Brazilian Air Force

As the Brazilian Air Force celebrates its 80th anniversary, we provide an in-depth overview, detailing the structure of South America's largest air arm

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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