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.

Patrouille Suisse F-5E crashes in the Alps

A Northrop F-5E Tiger II light fighter/jet trainer from the Swiss Air Force’s Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team crashed near the mountain resort village of Melchsee-Frutt in Switzerland’s Obwalden canton in the morning of May 26

CH-47F deliveries to Singapore begin

Delivery of the first Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters to the Republic of Singapore Air Force has recently commenced

Insights from a 1959 Gloster Javelin flight

We found a view-from-the-cockpit report from a 1959 issue of The Aeroplane and Astronautics on the RAF’s latest fighter at the time

Approval given for US logistics support to Greece

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece for services related to stock replenishment, supply of standard spare parts, and the repair or replacement of parts to support the Hellenic Air Force’s defensive and transport fleets

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CSG21: Task force eyes first deployment as Strike Warrior concludes

HMS Queen Elizabeth and her task force have returned to HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, after concluding Exercise Strike Warrior – the final training event before the Carrier Strike Group sets sail on its maiden deployment to the Far East this weekend

Belarusian Yak-130 crashes in Baranovichi

A Yakovlev Yak-130 belonging to the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence Forces crashed near a residential area in Baranovichi on May 19, killing both pilots

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V-Bomber Exercise Report from 1961

A fascinating insight into the testing of the capabilities of Bomber Command and Fighter Command during war games.

Canada’s future aircrew training programme moves forward

Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada have signed a Letter of Intent to jointly pursue Canada’s Future Aircrew Training programme and to create a Canadian joint venture

RAF names sixth Poseidon MRA1

Although it has yet to be delivered, the RAF’s sixth Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft has been named ‘Guernsey’s Reply’ to honour the close bond between No 201 Squadron, the island of Guernsey and Flt Lt Herbert Machon OBE

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UK Space Command targets IOC in 2022

Less than two months after being officially formed, the UK’s nascent Space Command is looking to establish an initial operating capability by Q1 next year, with the establishment of an HQ at RAF High Wycombe likely the first step in the process

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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