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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Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Critical times for NATO

With Russia looking at a possible invasion of Ukraine, Alan Warnes considers Russia’s actions, the Belarus connection and NATO’s options

Germany and Denmark strengthen NATO Air Policing operations in Romania and Lithuania

During February and March, nations Germany and Denmark have and will deploy fighter assets under the ‘plug & fight’ series in Romania and Lithuania, in reaction to Russia's military activity on the borders of Ukraine

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Behind the scenes: Portugal deploying F-16s to Iceland

Portuguese Air Force F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcons from Esq201 "Falcoes" and Esq301 "Jaguares" departed Base Area 05, Monte Real, in the early hours of January 27 for a NATO Icelandic Air Policing detachment

NATO commits more fighters to eastern Europe

NATO has announced that its members will send additional combat air platforms to ongoing deployments in eastern Europe in response to continued fears that Russia could be on the verge of invading Ukraine

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ANALYSIS: Tensions between Russia and Ukraine rest on a 'knife-edge'

Vladimir Trendafilovski provides an insight on what could happen if the Russian military do invade Ukraine

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Inside Ukraine's extensive but ageing air defence system

As Russian military forces maintain their strong presence along the Ukrainian border and tensions continue to rise, we provide an in-depth overview of Ukraine's extensive air defence system - which was strengthened significantly since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014, but still faces a crisis with its ageing fighter fleet

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IN-DEPTH: A look at Russia's enhanced Sukhoi Su-30SM2

The Su-30SM is now well established in Russian service while also enjoying mild export demand. An enhanced derivative, dubbed Su-30SM2 and currently in development, is primarily aimed at meeting the Russian Naval Aviation requirements, as we report

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ANALYSIS: Russia's deadly Kinzhal missile

First presented to the Russian parliament by President Putin himself, the Kinzhal missile is a formidable asset. We delve into the background of this highly effective weapon, following its recent deployment to Syria for a Russian military anti-shipping exercise in the Mediterranean Sea

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Ukrainian Su-27 Flankers on the front line

At one time, Ukraine operated the second-largest Su-27 fleet in the world. Vladimir Trendafilovski looks at the career of the supermanoeuvrable fighter that remains the backbone of the country’s air defences.

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Su-35 Multirole Fighter

The development and production of the Su-35 (Russian designation...