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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How France readied its Airbus A400M fleet for war

As France prepares to retire the last of its ageing C-160R Transalls, Babak Taghvaee looks at how the French Air and Space Force readied its Airbus A400M Atlas fleet for war

An order for the Rafale is expected from Indonesia. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brandon Cribelar News Premium

EXCLUSIVE: Indonesia Rafale announcement imminent

Indonesia is set to purchase the Dassault Rafale multirole fighter according to Key.Aero sources, although the number, which was originally believed to be 30, has not been confirmed.

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Defending the Falklands with RAF Phantom FGR2s

The presence of RAF Phantom FGR2s first on Ascension and then the Falkland Islands themselves provided a potent air defence capability — and some memorable flying for their crews

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An inside look at Britten-Norman

Martin Needham goes behind the scenes with the Britten-Norman team in Hampshire

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Portuguese P-3C Orion supports search for missing adventurer

While the P-3C maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) might more commonly be associated with anti-submarine warfare operations, one of, if not the most, important missions the type will regularly undertake will be that of search and rescue (SAR)

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The reinstating of the Women’s Royal Air Force

The rebirth of the Women’s Royal Air Force took place on 1st Feb 1949. Key.Aero delves into the story of the female aviators and their journey to equality with the RAF

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Coming soon: Flying with the Portuguese Air Force

Take a behind the scenes look at Portuguese Air Force training unit, Esq101 “Roncos”, as Key.Aero explores the country’s basic fighter training and what it is doing to keep the ageing TB-30 Epsilon a viable asset for training future front line F-16 pilots

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Litening V pod nears entry to RAF squadron service

The Litening V advanced targeting pod designed by Israel’s Rafael is about to enter squadron service with the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s of the UK Royal Air Force

Leonardo says it has “no evidence of issues” on Kuwait Typhoon allegations

European defence prime Leonardo said it is not the subject of a judicial investigation in relation to the delivery of 28 Typhoon multi-role fighters to Kuwait, hours after Kuwaiti news outlets reported the alleged misappropriation of public funds by military officers in relation to the programme

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RAF retires BAe 146 to IWM Duxford

The RAF has begun retiring its four British Aerospace BAe 146s, leaving the BAE Systems Hawk as the force's sole remaining British-designed and built type

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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