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.

Second RAF Poseidon arrives in the UK

The second Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) has arrived in the UK.

USAF B-2s return to Europe

Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bombers have arrived in Europe as part of a Bomber Task Force deployment.

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Forever young: Portuguese Chipmunks

With the type approaching its 75th anniversary, it is remarkable that Portuguese Air Force student pilots are still going solo on the DHC Chipmunk...

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Strike on the sea

It has been called the greatest air/sea U-boat battle of World War Two...

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High-End in Hawaii

Combat Aircraft Journal heads to Hawaii to witness Exercise ‘Sentry Aloha’ as the resident Raptors go up against visiting fighters for valuable dissimilar training.

First Alaskan F-35A takes flight

The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II destined to operate from Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska, has flown for the first time.

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Phantom Survivors: Iranian Survivors

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) has operated F-4s since 1968, and today retains a significant number of these aircraft as the backbone of its aging fighter force.

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Phantom Survivors: Gods of War

The Hellenic Air Force is one of two European air arms that still operate the F-4. Now confined to a single squadron, it still provides a meaningful multi-role capability for the Greek military.

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Phantom Survivors: Korea's Rare 'Rhinos'

The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) still operates a squadron of F-4Es, with the type set to be replaced in the next few years.

Australia to sell Hornets to aggressor contractor

The Australian government has announced that it will sell up to 46 of its retired legacy F/A-18A/B Hornets to ‘Red Air’ combat training company, Air USA.

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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