Ukraine Russia Conflict

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine involves the build-up and deployment of NATO air forces - including the US Air Force - across Eastern Europe. The combined experts of AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft Journal and Key.Aero offer analysis on NATO and Ukrainian aircraft movements; Russian and Ukrainian air defences and ongoing operations in the region.

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End nears for German Navy Sea Kings

The Marineflieger (German Naval Air Arm) Marinefliegergeschwader 5 (MFG-5; Naval Air Wing 5) at Nordholz Air Base in northern Germany will formally bid farewell to its 17 remaining Sea King Mk 41 search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters on August 31.

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Final Czech Hinds head to Ukraine

The Czech Air Force (CzAF) quietly bid a fond farewell to its remaining Mi-24/35 Hind attack helicopters on March 21, when the last two Mi-35 Hind-Es that were destined for delivery to the Ukrainian Armed Forces departed Náměšt nad Oslavou Air Base for Ukraine.

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Ukraine’s fighter force – lessons learned from combat

The Russia-Ukraine war has seen the Ukrainian air arm mainly countering cruise missile and drone attacks, while air combat against Russian fighters was carried out only in the opening days of invasion. Alexander Mladenov looks at the lessons learned from these operations

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Ukraine’s first future F-16 pilots complete basic flying training with RAF

The RAF revealed on February 24 that the first cohort of Ukrainian Air Force (UkrAF) pilots to receive basic flying training (BFT) in the UK have now completed their syllabus and are now learning to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon

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Ukraine claims it shot down 13 Russian military jets in February

As of February 29, the Ukrainian Air Force (UkrAF) has claimed to have shot down a total of 13 Russian military fixed-wing aircraft since January 30, marking the highest number of Russian military jet losses in a single month and the greatest increase in results for Ukraine’s anti-air operations since October 2022

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Why the last SAS Boeing 737 is configured as an air ambulance

The Norwegian Government has announced it is to continue its cooperation with the EU to provide an air ambulance service to Ukrainians needing medical treatment.

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Australia now ‘burying’ retired MRH-90 fleet despite Ukrainian interest

Over recent months, the Australian Army has been scrapping and subsequently burying its problematic fleet of MRH-90 Taipan (NH90 TTH) tactical transport helicopters – which were removed from operational service more than a year earlier than planned – despite recent second-hand interest from Ukraine

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Germany joins UK in donating Sea King helicopters to Ukraine

During a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (otherwise known as the Ramstein Group) on January 23, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius revealed that the nation will donate six German Navy-operated Sea King Mk 41 multi-role utility helicopters – which are now surplus to requirements due to their upcoming retirement – to the Ukrainian Armed Forces

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Ecuador to hand over Russian-made Mi-171 Hip fleet to the US

Ecuador’s President Daniel Noboa announced that his government will transfer its Russian-made military equipment – including anti-aircraft systems and transport helicopters – to the US, which will then be exchanged for new materiel

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Moscow suffers blow as Ukraine downs two Russian command aircraft in one night

While operating over the waters of the Sea of Azov at approximately 2110hrs (local time) on the night of January 14, two high-value aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces were struck by Ukrainian missiles, with one crashing and the other being forced to make an emergency landing