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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Exercise Iniochos 21: The 'Greek Red Flag'

We report on Exercise Iniochos 2021 –a series of multinational wargames hosted by the Hellenic Air Force over Kalamata and the Mediterranean Sea, which serve as the Greek equivalent to the US-led Red Flag exercises

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Saab ponders used fighter market in wake of Croatia decision

With Croatia recently opting for used Rafale F3-R’s in its fighter replacement programme, Saab officials have highlighted the difficulty in competing against second-hand offers

Italian MQ-9A fleet to receive mid-life update

The Italian Air Force has partnered with the US government and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to provide a mid-life update for its fleet of MQ-9A remotely piloted aircraft and associated ground control stations

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CSG21: Task force integrates with allies in the Mediterranean

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group have integrated with allies for exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, during which the aircraft carrier’s embarked F-35B Lightning IIs conducted operations with French Fleet Air Arm-operated Rafale Ms

RAF Chinooks record 3,000 flight hours in Mali operations

Boeing Chinook HC5/HC6/HC6A heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters assigned to the RAF’s No 1310 Flight have recorded 3,000 flight hours in support of the French-led Operation Barkhane in Mali

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RAF Fighter Pilot Training in 1941

A fascinating insight into how the RAF was training its new fighter pilots for the Spitfire and Hurricane.

Brazil green lights tanker transport acquisition

Brazil’s Ministry of Defence has approved the purchase of two multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft, which will supplement the Brazilian Air Force’s existing air-to-air refuelling fleet

Top Aces flies its first ex-Israeli F-16A Netz

Top Aces, the advanced military adversary training provider, has flown the first of its newly-acquired fleet of former-Israeli Air Force F-16A/B Block 5 Netz fighters and has also achieved certification to operate the type

Singapore begins two-month deployment to Guam

A contingent of air assets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force – including multi-role fighters and CAEW aircraft – has arrived at Andersen AFB, Guam, for a two-month deployment to the Pacific island

New livery for RAF’s Typhoon display team

A Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 assigned to the RAF’s No 29 Squadron has been rolled out sporting a brand-new ‘Union Jack’ paint scheme, which will be seen at a variety of air shows over the next two years

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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