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France accepts second Airbus A330-200

The French Air and Space Force’s Escadron de Transport (Transport Squadron) 3/60 ‘Estérel’ accepted its second of three Airbus A330-243 strategic transports at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport on December 15

Russia orders first ten Il-78M-90A tankers

The United Aircraft Corporation announced on December 18 that it has been contracted to produce and deliver the first ten Ilyushin Il-78M-90A tanker aircraft for the Russian Ministry of Defence

UK to base Wedgetail fleet at RAF Lossiemouth

The UK Ministry of Defence revealed on December 18 that the Royal Air Force’s future Boeing E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 fleet will be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland

Finland celebrates 40 years of Hawk operations

To celebrate the 40th anniversary since it received its first BAE Systems Hawk Mk.51 advanced jet trainer, the Finnish Air Force unveiled a stunning special scheme for one of its aircraft on December 16

U-2 spy plane flies with AI co-pilot for the first time

A Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady – one of the oldest platforms in the USAF’s inventory – became the first US military aircraft to fly with an artificial intelligence (AI) co-pilot on December 15

US approves sale of G550 special mission equipment to Italy

The US State Department announced on December 15 that it has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of special mission equipment to Italy for integration on two new Gulfstream G550 aircraft

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USAF demos gatewayONE data-sharing with F-22, F-35 and XQ-58

The USAF demonstrated the data-sharing capabilities of its gatewayONE payload during a test series that culminated in the formation flight of an F-22A, F-35A and XQ-58A over Arizona on December 9

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Fear the Bear or Dragon?

As Russia and China prepare to field new fighters, how are the two nations progressing? Royal United Services Institute airpower analyst Justin Bronk speaks to Combat Aircraft Journal

Airbus delivers final SC-105 to Brazilian Air Force

The Brazilian Air Force received its third and final Airbus SC-105 Amazonas search and rescue aircraft on December 9, during a handover ceremony at the company’s production facility in Seville, Spain

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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