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How Portuguese Air Force TB-30 training course has evolved

Joe Campion visits Esquadra 101 ‘Roncos’, the main hub of Portuguese pilot training, as its students embark on a new syllabus

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How does Iran manage to keep its ageing F-4 Phantom IIs flying?

Babak Taghvaee investigates how the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force restores and upgrades its damaged US-built McDonnell Douglas F-4D/E Phantom IIs

Russia receives another upgraded Tu-22M3 bomber

The United Aircraft Corporation has delivered another modernised Tu-22M3 Backfire-C supersonic-capable strategic bomber/missile carrier to the Russian Aerospace Forces’ Long-Range Aviation command

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Engine issues with RAF’s Hawk T2 fleet may take three years to solve

BAE Systems has said that technical issues with the Hawk T2’s Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour Mk 951 non-afterburning turbofan engine could take between two and three years to resolve, leaving the fleet’s flying hours greatly reduced

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How the Italian Army is modernising its helicopter fleet

The Italian Army is transforming its helicopter fleet. Erik Bruijns and Mark de Greeuw assess the rotorcraft being introduced

Lockheed Martin has flown the F-16 Block 70 for the first time

Lockheed Martin revealed on January 24 that it had successfully completed its first F-16 Block 70 flight from its Greenville facility in South Carolina, marking a key milestone in the development and eventual delivery of the latest and most advanced version of the Fighting Falcon family to date

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 130

Welcome to the 130th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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Lockheed Martin reveals cost of British F-35B procurement

Documents have revealed that the UK has paid $4.17bn (£3.36bn) in procuring its first 35 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL)-configured F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters from Lockheed Martin

Russia marks key milestones in delivery of modernised Tu-160Ms

Russia has recently marked two key milestones regarding the delivery and testing of its newly modernised Tupolev Tu-160M Blackjack supersonic-capable strategic bomber/missile carrier fleet

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Indian Navy Il-38SD Sea Dragon fleet makes final public appearance

The Indian Navy’s long-serving, Soviet-era Ilyushin Il-38SD Sea Dragon maritime patrol aircraft fleet made its final public appearance during the nation’s Republic Day Parade flypast over New Delhi on January 26, ahead of the type’s upcoming retirement later this year

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The Latest Military Aviation News All in One Place

This is the only website you need for the latest in military aviation news and analysis with specialist webpages focusing on the fastest and largest aircraft in the world, the airforces and their pilots. From this central hub you can find links to the many categories of articles within Key.Aero that provide that in-depth coverage of military aviation. Learn about the varied facets of military aviation, its history and its fighters, transports and the airshows where they can all be seen on static display or in flying displays overhead.

Airforce and Military Aircraft News

All the latest news you will want to read about the airforces of the world, large and small can be found in this one place. The United States airforce, the Russian Federation airforce, the Republic of Korea airforce, and China’s People’s Liberation Army airforce, have some of the largest fleets in the world. The challenges that face these airforces, and others, range from the management of ageing fleets to working with industry to develop the latest aircraft technologies for the entry into service of fifth generation and stealth capable fighters and bombers.

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Military Fighters Aircraft and Combat Aircraft

Discover everything about the deadliest military fighter aircraft in the world in this section. Links to expert resources and articles can be found here for the fast jets from the world’s biggest manufacturers, Lockheed Martin, Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau, China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation, and the European consortium that is Eurofighter Typhoon. News and analysis of their aircrafts’ capabilities are easy to find along with comprehensive background information of the world’s key models and makes of fighter. The Mach 2 capable Boeing F-15 Strike Eagle air superiority fighter, able to intercept an enemy’s fighters at long range, the agile Sukhoi Su-35 designed to win up close engagements with its thrust vectoring; and the radar defeating stealth aircraft from Lockheed Martin, the F-117 Knighthawk, the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II, can all be found here along with many other fast jets.

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Military Transport Aircraft

The largest aircraft in any fleet, in this section you can discover the history of, and the latest technology developments for, these behemoths of the sky. With huge wingspans and multiple engines, the global nature of conflict since the 20th century has required the international reach of these massive long-haul aircraft. From the United States Airforce’s Lockheed C-5 Galaxy to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan of the Russian Federation airforce and the Airbus A400M used by various other European airforces, the military transport aircraft carrying men and materials around the world can be found in this comprehensive resource.

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Military Aircraft Shows

The Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Cosford air show, China’s Zhuai airshow, Germany’s ILA Berlin and Russia’s MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon are all shows that provide fantastic opportunities to see, hear and learn about the latest in military aircraft from fast jets to strategic bombers. Key.Aero’s military aircraft show section will keep you up to date with the latest news provided by its reporters attending these major airshows, and others, around the world that have military displays presenting the latest capabilities.

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