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Qatar’s first two NH90s take flight

Leonardo revealed on December 23 that the first two NHIndustries NH90 medium-lift utility helicopters for the Qatar Emiri Air Force had completed their maiden flights in France and Italy, respectively

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Lightnings Strike Twice!

One new Royal Navy aircraft carrier, two air forces, 15 F-35B Lightnings and 29 pilots took part in a fascinating North Sea deployment in October 2020

GA-ASI to use Avenger drone as Skyborg testbed

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on January 6 that it will modify two company-owned Avenger remotely piloted aircraft to serve as testbeds for the USAF’s Skyborg Vanguard programme

France confirms E-2D Advanced Hawkeye order

Northrop Grumman revealed on January 6 that France has confirmed its order for three E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes, becoming the second international customer of the airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft

Australia declares IOC for F-35A fleet

The Royal Australian Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet can now be deployed on operations after it achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on December 28

UK orders MBDA to launch SPEAR3 missile production

MBDA revealed on January 6 that the UK has contracted it to launch the production of its SPEAR3 network enabled miniature cruise missile, which will become the primary air-to-ground weapon of the nation’s F-35B fleet

US green lights Kazakhstani King Air B300ER Scorpion purchase

The US State Department announced on December 23 that it has approved the possible FMS of two King Air B300ER Scorpion intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to Kazakhstan

Cobham secures French C-135FR support contract

Cobham Mission Systems announced on January 5 that it has secured a three-year contract from Sabena Technics to provide support and maintenance services for the French Air and Space Force’s Boeing C-135FR Stratotanker fleet

Stunning images reflect UK defence ops in 2020

As 2020 ended, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) published a number of stunning images to reflect the day-to-day operations that occurred throughout the year

US approves $4bn AH-64E sale to Kuwait

The US State Department announced on December 29 that it has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Kuwaiti government

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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