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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Analysis: A new chapter for the Hellenic Air Force

After delivery of the first six Rafale DG/EGs to 332 Mira of the Hellenic Air Force, Babak Taghvaee reports on the future of the squadron and the fate of its Mirage 2000-SG3s

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First flight of the Republic F-84 Thunderjet

On 28th February 1946, the Republic F-84 Thunderjet made its first flight. Despite coming up against several issues in the initial stages, it went on to become an extremely successful and well-loved aircraft

During the Falklands conflict air-to-air refuelling was to prove invaluable when Avro Vulcan B.2 XM607 made the first of several raids on the vital airfield at Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands. Key Collection Feature Premium

Falklands War - The first Vulcan raid

Just as the Vulcan and Victor’s operational sunset approached, war clouds appeared on the horizon and the V-Force jets were thrust into a real shooting war. Chris Pierce recalls the first Black Buck raid on Port Stanley Airfield

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EXCLUSIVE: RAF's new AOC No 1 Group talks Combat Air and ISTAR forces

Air Vice Marshal Ian Duguid moved sideways from his role as the head of the RAF’s 11 Group, tasked with multi-domain integration, to the 1 Group, running the combat air force fleet and surveillance aircraft. We recently caught up him with him to find out more

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Victor at war in the Gulf and Falklands conflict

Thankfully, the Victor was never used in the role it was originally designed for, but it played an important supporting role in the Falklands conflict (1982) and Gulf War One (1991). Chris Pierce reports.

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Red Air Maestros: A typical day with Draken Europe's Falcon 20s

Draken Europe and its crews onboard the Dassault 20 electronic warfare aircraft train RAF and allied aircrews daily. We explain a typical day’s work for them

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No 12 Squadron: the joint British-Qatari Typhoon training unit

No 12 Squadron – the joint British-Qatari Typhoon training unit – ended 2021 in the Middle East. Key.Aero looks back at the squadron’s recent history and its participation in Exercises Magic Carpet and Fox Defender

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Bear necessities: Profile of Russia’s Tu-95 bomber

A massive, unimaginably noisy and definitely antiquated-looking turboprop bomber, the Tu-95MS Bear-H still retains its significance in Russia’s nuclear triad

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The story behind 56 Squadron's ‘Firebirds’

Equipped with nine ground-shaking English Electric Lightnings, ‘The Firebirds’ of 56 Squadron were one of the RAF’s most revered aerobatic teams of all time. Hugh Trevor recalls their halcyon days

First Dutch Reaper accepted

THE FIRST General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9A Reaper for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has been officially acquired from the manufacturer.

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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