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.

Russian Knights equip with Su-35S

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has delivered four Sukhoi Su-35S 'Flanker-E' fourth-generation fighters to the Russian Aerospace Forces for use by one of the air arm's aerobatic team, the Russian Knights.

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Modern Times

For US carrier Modern Air, the unique West Berlin market offered a lucrative opening — and some special challenges

Roulettes fly first PC-21 display

THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Roulettes aerobatic display team conducted its first public display since transitioning from the Pilatus PC-9/A to the more capable PC-21 at RAAF Base Point Cook in Melbourne on October 3.

Indonesia seeks F-16V acquisition

The Indonesian Air Force has announced plans to acquire at least two squadrons worth of US-made Lockheed Martin F-16V (Block 70/72) Fighting Falcons and Russian-manufactured Sukhoi Su-35s under its 2020-2024 strategic plan, according to local media sources.

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Dubai Airshow 2019 Preview

Held biennially at Dubai World Central, the Dubai Airshow is making its return this year. Thomas Haynes considers what could be in store at this year’s event.

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Wolverine on the Light Attack trail...

The USAF’s Light Attack Experiment continues to evaluate whether a new, low-cost, close air support platform might help reduce the burden on front line fighter squadrons. For the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, it now involves initial sale of the aircraft and further progression towards a long-held ambition of success on this stage.

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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