Multi-Role Fighter

Spain set to replace Hornets with more Eurofighters

Spain is seeking 20 new-build Eurofighter EF-2000s to complement its existing fleet of the multi-role fighter and to replace its Boeing F/A-18A Hornet fleet, which are based on the Canary Islands

USMC F-35Bs receive ODIN hardware

The F-35 Joint Program Office announced on October 9 that the Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) support system has been loaded onto US Marine Corps (USMC)-operated F-35B Lightning IIs for the first time

Indonesia wants to buy Austria’s Typhoon fleet

Austria's Defence Ministry has started negotiations for the possible sale of its entire Eurofighter Typhoon fleet to Indonesia

Three more F-35As arrive in Norway

On September 27, three more Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters arrived in Norway – increasing the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF’s) fleet to 28 aircraft

Belgium to deploy F-16s to the Middle East

On September 29, four Belgian Air Component-operated Lockheed Martin F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcons will deploy to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve – a coalition mission against so-called Islamic State.

First F-39 Gripen takes flight in Brazil

The Brazilian Air Force’s first Saab Gripen E multi-role fighter completed its maiden flight in Brazil on September 24 – just four days after it arrived in-country, having been shipped from Norrköping in Sweden.

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Looking Ahead: KAI KF-X

Key.Aero details South Korea's indigenously-developed KF-X – a multi-role stealth fighter that will enter operational service with the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) by the end of the decade.

Greece set for Dassault Rafale purchase

Greece announced on September 12 that it intends to procure 18 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters as part of the government’s plans to strengthen its national military.

Indian Air Force inducts first Rafales into service

The Indian Air Force (IAF) formally inducted its first five Dassault Rafale DH/EH multi-role fighters into operational service during a ceremony at Ambala Air Force Station (AFS) in northern India on September 10.

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How many countries operate the F-35 Lightning II?

Key.Aero outlines who currently operates the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and explores how many examples of the fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter have been delivered so far