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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The intense final French Transall deployment to assist Ukraine

The final French Air and Space Force Transall C-160G Gabriel capped off a 33-year flying career with an intense three-month deployment. Babak Taghvaee details the type’s last months

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Russia has lost more than 10% of its Su-34 Fullback fleet in Ukraine ops

After conducting independent research, Key.Aero can confirm that the Russian Aerospace Forces has now lost more than 10% of its Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber fleet in combat operations over Ukraine

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How is Ukraine's fearsome Su-25 Frogfoot fleet helping to turn the tide of the war?

Despite heavy losses of men and machines, the ageing Ukrainian Su-25s have heroically taken the fight to the Russians and helped turn the tide in the war, as AirForces Monthly explains

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Is Slovakia’s recently retired MiG-29 fleet destined for Ukraine?

Having recently bid farewell to its iconic fleet of MiG-29AS/UBS Fulcrum fighters after more than 30 years of operational service, Slovakia is now discussing how best to use the 11 decommissioned aircraft with its allies and a move to transfer them to Ukraine is definitely on the table

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Video shows Ukrainian MiG-29s firing AGM-88 HARMs in combat

Following reports in early August that Russian air defence positions in Ukraine were being engaged by what appeared to be AGM-88 HARMs, the US has officially confirmed that it recently transferred an undisclosed quantity of the weapon to the Ukrainian Air Force

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Ukraine-Russia War: What next for Crimea?

As the focus of the Ukraine-Russia War again shifts to the Crimean peninsula - which was annexed by Russia in March 2014 - we ask if the ‘unsinkable aircraft carrier’ is about to flounder?

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Russia plans ramp-up of domestic airliners

Russian manufacturers could supply domestic airlines and operators with more than 1,000 aircraft by 2030 as the country continues to struggle under economic sanctions imposed by the US and Europe following its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

Wizz Air U-turn on Russian flights

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has withdrawn plans to relaunch daily connections to Moscow, following criticism from international observers.

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The A-10 was designed to fight Russia, so why aren’t there any in Europe?

A myriad of US aircraft have been sent to Europe since Russia began its large-scale invasion of Ukraine, but the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt II has so far only played a minor role. Dino Carrara considers the political and technical factors at play, and explains why in his opinion, the ‘Warthog’ would be a valuable asset in the European theatre 

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-senior commander says RAF ‘requires reset’ to meet Russian threat

In a wide-ranging interview with Key.Aero’s Dino Carrara, Air Marshal Greg Bagwell (ret’d) offers his thoughts on the air war in Ukraine and the future of the RAF in light of the heightened security situation in Europe