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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T-50 Golden Eagle orders boost for KAI

A further two KAI T-50TH Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers are being purchased to boost the Royal Thai Air Force fleet, bringing the in-service total of the type to 14 aircraft

NF-16D VISTA becomes X-62A to support new mission

Officials from the 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, California, announced on July 30 that the USAF’s Lockheed Martin NF-16D Variable In-flight Simulator Aircraft (VISTA) had been formally redesignated as the X-62A from June 14

CH-53K sale to Israel approved

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of CH-53K heavy lift helicopters with support and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$3.4bn

Sikorsky to sustain Brazilian Black Hawks

Sikorsky has received a four-year contract from the Brazilian Air Force to provide logistics support for the service’s 16 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters

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RAF slowly returns Tutor fleet to operations after six months

Following an enforced six-month grounding order due to technical issues, the RAF is slowly returning its fleet of Grob G115E Tutor T1 basic trainers to the skies

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Afghan MD530F makes emergency landing in Helmand

An MDHI MD530F Cayuse Warrior light attack/scout helicopter assigned to the Afghan Air Force was forced to make an emergency landing near Lashkar Gar Square in Helmand province on July 29

RAAF E-7A Wedgetail News Premium

UK’s current E-7A acquisition costs at £800m and counting

The UK has so far spent over £800m on the planned acquisition of E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 airborne early warning and control aircraft

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Runway problems disrupt Voyager ops at RAF Brize Norton

Unusually hot weather caused damage to the runway at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on July 18, which resulted in the disruption of operations for almost a week, particularly with the RAF’s Airbus A330-243MRTT Voyager KC2/KC3 fleet

Germany’s first C-130J-30 rolled out

Lockheed Martin has completed the production of the first C-130J-30 Super Hercules heavy-lift tactical transport for the German Air Force

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UK orders 13 more Protector RG1s

UK Defence Minister Jeremy Quin has confirmed that a £195m contract has been signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for a further 13 MQ-9B Protector RG1 remotely piloted aircraft for the RAF

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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