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 RAF's last search and rescue unit marks 50 years of helicopter ops

We explore the past and present of the RAF’s sole remaining search-and-rescue unit, as it celebrates a momentous milestone this year

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Dassault Rafale: Greece’s game changer?

With the Hellenic Air Force taking delivery of its first Dassault Rafales in January, Babak Taghvaee reviews all aspects of Greece’s procurement of the type in the country’s ongoing bid for air supremacy over the Aegean

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Force Report: USAFE-AFAFRICA

This January, USAFE and AFAFRICA commemorated its 80th anniversary. The command is the oldest in the USAF, having been originally established as the Eighth Air Force under the US Army during World War Two. We look at the current status of the command

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RAF Typhoons on Op Ellamy

Following AFM's tenth anniversary review of Operation Ellamy in Jan 22 issue – the UK’s contribution to the UN-approved intervention over Libya in 2011, Jon Lake describes the RAF Typhoon Force’s baptism of fire in the multi-role domain during the conflict

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The last A-4 Skyhawk operation of the Falklands

Two Argentine Air Force pilots, Mario Roca and Guillermo Dellepiane, tell the story of the final A-4 Skyhawk operation of the 1982 conflict, when they attempted to destroy an important British command post

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Israeli F-35I Adirs claim first air-to-air combat kill

The Israeli Air Force’s F-35I ‘Adir’ fleet has recorded its first air-to-air combat kill with the claimed shootdown of two Iranian uncrewed aerial vehicles outside of Israeli airspace

RAF airlifts new radar onto Rock of Gibraltar

Aquila Air Traffic Management Services has delivered the new radar to serve RAF Gibraltar.

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The upcoming withdrawal of the Mirage 2000C from the Armée de l’Air

In June, the withdrawal of the Mirage 2000C from the Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace will take place, 38 years after its entry into service. Frédéric Lert explores the impact of this machine

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How Argentina used Boeing 707s to search for British ships during Falklands

When the UK deployed its task force to the South Atlantic, the Argentine Air Force was ordered to search for the ships — but how to do that without a dedicated long-range maritime patrol aircraft?

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RAF Hunter Aerobatics Team

Before the RAF decided to establish a full-time aerobatic team, the famous ‘Red Arrows’, a number of units set up teams to perform at airshows. One of these was 54 Squadron which would fly a formation of four Hunters. Back in 1955 ‘The Aeroplane’ paid them a visit…

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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