Military Aircraft Shows

Paris, Berlin, Farnborough, Moscow, Singapore, are the air shows where the latest military aircraft can be seen to fly through exciting demonstrations, including aerobatic manoeuvres to exhibit dog fighting skills.

Get the inside scoop on all of the best military airshows on this page, from the Farnborough International Airshow, the Salon du Bourget in Paris, the Royal International Air Tattoo, Singapore Airshow, Dubai Airshow, ILA Berlin airshow, RAF Cosford airshow, Russia’s MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon and other airshows of growing importance like the China International Aviation and Aeropace Exhibition in Zuhai, West of Hong Kong.

These airshows are the closest any non-military personnel will get to these powerful machines. From the static displays where pilots and crew can be asked about their aircraft’s performance to seeing the flying displays, the agility of the modern fighter and transport aircraft impresses all that see them.

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L-15A Falcons return to DAS with upgraded training systems

Having made its debut at Dubai Airshow in 2009, the Hongdu L-15A Falcon has returned not just to portray its flying capabilities but a new ground-based training set-up

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Boeing bags $9bn 737 MAX order from start-up Akasa Air

In a boost for Boeing, on day three of the Dubai Airshow, the airframer received a large order for 737 MAXs from Indian start-up carrier Akasa Air.

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Super Mushshak bonanza fleet size upgrades for multiple nations

While the Sino-Pak JF-17 Thunder might not be at Dubai Airshow, the evergreen MFI-17 Super Mushshak is once again present, being exhibited by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra with many nations eyeing up fleet quantity upgrades

Jazeera Airways signs for 28 Airbus A320neos

On day three of the Dubai Airshow, Kuwait-based carrier Jazeera Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus for up to 28 A320neo family aircraft.

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Saab hails GlobalEye progress, eyes South Korea as next potential customer

Saab has had some successful Dubai Airshows (DAS) in the past. There was the announcement by the UAEAF&AD for two GlobalEyes airborne early warning and control aircraft in DAS 2015, with two more coming at DAS 2019

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USAF makes rare showing of E-11A at Dubai

One of the most surprising exhibits in the static display at Dubai is the US Air Force’s Bombardier E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) aircraft.

Airbus announces first A350F customer

The Dubai Airshow has continued to bear fruit for Airbus as it announces the signing of a letter of intent (LoI) with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for 111 aircraft, the second largest order of this year’s event for the European airframer.

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New Joint Aviation Command Cessna 208 on display

The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX (serial number 2245) in the static display at Dubai Air Show is a recent acquisition by the Joint Aviation Command (JAC).

Emirates unveils order for two Boeing 777Fs

Emirates SkyCargo will induct two new Boeing 777Fs into its fleet and convert four of its 777-300ER passenger aircraft into freighters

A UAEAF&AD Boeing C-17A Globemaster III lets rip with a spectacular volley of flares as it flies over Dubai Air Show, during the opening ceremony. Alan WarnesA UAEAF&AD Boeing C-17A Globemaster III lets rip with a spectacular volley of flares as it flies over Dubai Air Show, during the opening ceremony. Alan Warnes News Premium

Opening day extravaganza at Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday, November 14, with an impressive flypast of United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAF&AD) aircraft.

Get the latest news from the best Military Air Shows

We bring you the latest news on Western military aircraft from key airshows such as Farnborough International Airshow and the Salon du Bourget in Paris. It is at these events that the first public flights of the latest military aircraft can be seen and details of their capabilities, radars, countermeasures and missiles publicised.

For all the developments from China, it is the Zuhai airshow, where the growing superpower shows off its own advanced aircraft such as the stealthy fighter, the Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon. The Russians also use their own domestic show, MAKS, to market their military aircraft for export, such as the fifth generation Sukhoi Su-57 or the latest transport plane, the Ilyushin Il-112VE.

Latest reports on military technology & advancements

Whether it is Zuhai, Moscow or Paris, we bring you the latest reports, reviews, news and updates from the best international military shows where the world’s airforces announce their future fighters, bombers, air-to-air refuelling tankers and transport and pilot training platforms and technology programmes. You’ll learn about progress on airforce fleet or missile procurement and potential export deals, with meetings at the shows between high ranking officials, analysed.

Beyond the aircraft themselves, the equipment that makes the news includes new targeting pods, helmets with head-up displays, training simulators or chaff dispensers. What is on display is to be traded and deals done, from simple components and complex aerostructures, to consumable supplies and maintenance, which keeps the defence aviation industry going. Technologies that are revealed at these shows include enhanced flight vision systems, augmented reality for reduced visibility, data link avionics, via-satellite aircraft networking with army and naval platforms, avionics for optionally piloted cockpits, manned, unmanned teaming between piloted aircraft and drones; and many more.

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