Military

Key.Aero offers comprehensive and unparalleled coverage of the world’s air forces. Find out about the latest military and aerospace technology, view in-depth features on military conflicts, weaponry and exercises, read exclusive personnel interviews and enjoy superb colour photography by the world’s leading aviation photographers.

US approves F-35B sale to Singapore

Khalem Chapman

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of up to 12 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) multi-role stealth fighters to Singapore.

Khalem Chapman

Finland kicks off HX Challenge at Pirkkala

Jamie Hunter and Khalem Chapman

Finland has commenced its HX Challenge, the latest phase in its search for a new fighter to replace its fleet of F/A-18C/D Hornets. The five candidates are being evaluated individually at Pirkkala AB near Tampere.

Jamie Hunter and Khalem Chapman

Malaysia grounds S-61 Nuri helicopters indefinitely

Khalem Chapman

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has announced it has grounded its 12 remaining Sikorsky S-61A-4 Nuri heavy-lift transport helicopters indefinitely.

Khalem Chapman

RNZAF send NH90s to assist Australian bushfire crisis

Khalem Chapman

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has deployed three NHIndustries NH90 TTH medium-lift tactical transport helicopters and roughly 80 additional New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel to Australia to provide support in the fight against the country’s ongoing bushfires.

Khalem Chapman

USAF deploy B-52s to Diego Garcia amid Iran tensions

Khalem Chapman

USAF sends six Boeing B-52H Stratofortress heavy bombers to the island of Diego Garcia – a militarised atoll in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Khalem Chapman

Marshalls contracted to support Kuwaiti Hercules

Khalem Chapman

The US government has signed a multi-year contract with UK-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to support the Kuwait Air Force’s (KAF’s) fleet of KC-130J extended-range tanker-transport aircraft.

Khalem Chapman

US personnel killed, aircraft destroyed in Camp Simba attack

Khalem Chapman

Somali-based terrorist organisation and Al Qaeda affiliate, Al Shabaab, attacked Manda Bay airfield (also known as Camp Simba) – a joint Kenyan Defence Force/US Africa Command military outpost in Manda Bay, Kenya, on January 5.

Khalem Chapman

Russia starts joint state tests of Mi-26T2V

Khalem Chapman

Russian Helicopters – a subsidiary of the Rostec State Corporation – and representatives from the Russian defence ministry have begun joint state tests with the Mil Mi-26T2V heavy-lift tactical transport helicopter.

Khalem Chapman

ANALYSIS: Iran/US escalation and mobilisation

Military Team

Tensions are at a critical level in the Middle East following a US drone strike – authorised by US President Donald Trump – that killed General Qasem Soleimani of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), sparking a major escalation of the long-running stand-off between the two countries.

Military Team

India bids farewell to the MiG-27

Khalem Chapman

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has retired its final Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27ML UPG variable-geometry ground-attack aircraft, following a ceremony at Jodhpur Air Force Station, Rajasthan, on December 27.

Khalem Chapman