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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The Five Greatest RAF Squadrons

Some are famous for their heroic exploits in World War 2, others have histories dating back well into the 19th Century – and some are still operating today…

First Rafales reach India

Five Indian Air Force (IAF) Dassault Rafales took off from the company’s Mérignac Airport facility on July 27 to ferry the fighters to Ambala Air Force Station (AFS) in northern India.

France accepts third A330 MRTT Phénix

Airbus has handed over its third A330 Multi-Role Tanker/Transport (MRTT) to the Armée de l’Air (French Air Force).

Germany signs for two Airbus A321-200NXs

Lufthansa Technik has been contracted to deliver a pair of new-build Airbus A321-200NXs to the Luftwaffe (German Air Force), where they will be used in a troop transport and medical evacuation (medevac) role.

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T-346A Next Generation Trainer

Riccardo Niccoli joins a mission in the Leonardo T-346A, which is revolutionising fighter pilot training for Italian Air Force and foreign students using a mix of real and ‘virtual’ flying.

Italian Predator Bs pass flight milestone in Kuwait

Italian Air Force MQ-9A Predator B unmanned aerial systems (UAS), currently deployed at the Ali Al Salem air base in Kuwait, have passed 10,000 flight hours in support of military operations in the region.

When the RAF Vampire became a record-breaker

On July 14 1948, six Vampires overcame 150mph headwinds, Icelandic sea fog and the US Air Force to set a new standard for jet aircraft. Chris Croot recalls the story…

Third KC-390 for Brazil

A third Embraer KC-390 Millennium medium-lift tactical transport has been handed over to the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB, Brazilian Air Force).

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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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