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US Navy MH-60S crashes off the coast of San Diego

Search and rescue efforts for five missing crew members continue off the coast of San Diego, California, after a US Navy-operated Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk crashed into the Pacific Ocean on August 31

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IN-DEPTH: Russia's declining Su-27/30 Flanker fleet

The Sukhoi Su-27/30 fleet in Russia is now declining in numbers; even if it is set to continue more or less unchanged in the foreseeable future, as we explain

Draken to close UK-based helicopter training academy

Draken Europe has announced plans to close its UK-based Helicopter Academy at the end of this year with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic a key factor in the decision, as limitations on travel to and from the UK reduced its ability to secure new orders

Irish Air Corps’ first C295W in production

The initial Airbus Defence C295W for the Irish Air Corps is progressing well on the production line at Seville-San Pablo Airport, Spain

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USAF releases report into MQ-9A crash in Africa

A newly released USAF Abbreviated Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report has revealed the previously unreported loss of an MQ-9A Reaper RPAS in an unspecified location in the US Africa Command Area of Responsibility on June 24, 2020

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Inside Exercise Sea Breeze 2021

Back to full strength after a pandemic-driven hiatus, the joint NATO-Ukraine Sea Breeze exercise returned to the Black Sea in 2021 - with Russia determined to be 'noisy neighbors', as we report

UK accelerates Hawk T1 retirement plans

Plans to retire the Royal Air Force's British Aerospace Hawk T1 fleet have been accelerated

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Turkish F-16s train with Polish forces during Enhanced Air Policing

Turkish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 50+ Fighting Falcons currently deployed in Malbork, Poland for NATO Enhanced Air Policing conducted aerial manoeuvres with a Polish Air Force CASA C295M aircraft

Lockheed Martin receives Indian C-130J-30 support contract

Lockheed Martin announced on August 24 that it has been awarded a US$328.8m, five-year contract from the Indian Air Force to provide dedicated and comprehensive support for India's fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical transports

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Singapore’s prototype Advanced A330 MRTT undergoes final tests

Republic of Singapore Air Force-operated Airbus A330 MRTT - serial 764 - which has been converted as a prototype of the automatic air-to-air-refuelling (A3R) A330 SMART MRTT, has returned to Spain for completion of its trials programme

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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