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The ultimate guide to everything happening at RAF Lakenheath

AirForces Monthly looks at RAF Lakenheath, where the 48th Fighter Wing is continuing to transition from an all Eagle force to welcome the new fifth-generation capabilities offered by the F-35A Lightning II

Argentina receives final modernised C-130H

The modernisation of five Argentine Air Force-operated C-130H Hercules tactical transports has now come to an successful end after the Fábrica Argentina de Aviones recently redelivered the fifth and final example to the operator

Austria doubles its order for AW169M light utility helicopters 

Leonardo has signed a contract with the Italian Directorate of Aeronautical Armaments and Airworthiness to supply 18 more AW169M light utility helicopters to the Austrian Ministry of Defence

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Russia moves to make the Sukhoi Su-34 deadlier amidst war in Ukraine

AirForces Monthly reviews the status of the Su-34 Fullback, the enhancement plans for the type and its controversial operations in the ongoing war in Ukraine

Czech Air Force receives final upgraded L-159 ALCA

Aero Vodochody announced on January 19 that the last of 16 single-seat L-159 ALCA to undergo the planned prescribed periodic work after 16 years of operation (PP16) overhaul has been returned to operational Czech Air Force service

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First flight for C-27J Spartan in Slovenian colours

The first and only C-27J Spartan tactical transport currently on order for the Slovenian Air Force was spotted in its operational colours for the first time as it carried out a test flight from Leonardo’s production and flight test facility at Turin-Caselle Airport in northern Italy on January 12

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 129

Welcome to the 129th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

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F-35 stealth tactics focus for Italy’s biggest air exercise of 2022

Dutch and US F-35s teamed with their Italian counterparts in November for an exercise that echoed the US’ own Red Flag. Mauro Finati was on hand for Aviation News

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What you need to know about the new B-21 Raider stealth bomber

After a relatively short seven-year development period, the USAF is poised to begin testing the first new long-range bomber developed since the Northrop Grumman B-2A entered service more than 30 years ago. Tom Kaminski reports

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Everything you need to know about India’s new Light Combat Helicopter

India’s Light Combat Helicopter entered service in October 2022 after a lengthy development campaign. AirForces Monthly has followed the programme since the prototype’s maiden flight and provides details of this unique attack helicopter

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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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