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RAF surges reserve Voyagers into service as operational demands grow

For the first time, the RAF has surged two reserve Airbus A330-243 Voyager KC2/KC3 Multi-Role Tanker Transports – operated by the AirTanker consortium – into active service to cater for growing operational demands over Eastern Europe

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When an RAF Phantom shot down a 14 Sqn Jaguar

May 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the RAF Phantom fleet’s one and only air-to-air ‘kill’. But, as Ian Black reveals, it was not a celebrated event

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UK MOD issues RFI for New Medium Helicopter programme

A much-anticipated Request for Information (RFI) was issued by the UK MOD on May 18 for the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) contract to supply up to 44 NMHs to replace existing rotorcraft systems for Army and Strategic Commands

DARPA unveils Liberty Lifter heavy airlift seaplane concept

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) unveiled a concept on May 18 for a new heavy airlift seaplane dubbed the Liberty Lifter. DARPA says it has launched the Liberty Lifter project to demonstrate a leap in operational logistics capabilities by designing, building and flying a long-range, low-cost X-plane capable of seaborne strategic and tactical lift.

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Report reveals cause of Grand Forks Global Hawk crash

An executive summary of the accident investigation report into the loss of a US Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk in August 2021, while returning to Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB), North Dakota, was released by Air Combat Command Headquarters on April 22 this year.

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Green Mountain F-35 Lightnings

This year, Vermont’s 158th Fighter Wing made history as the first Air National Guard wing to be declared combat ready with the F-35A. Tom Kaminski outlines its history and fifth-generation transition

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REPORT: Israeli F-16Is continue to wage war on Syria's missile production facilities

Since 2017, the Israeli Air Force has been periodically attacking missile production facilities in Syria – with the latest assault occurring in April 2022. Air Forces Monthly details all six airstrikes, as well as the aircraft and squadrons that carried them out

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Iranian Army Day Parade: Which helicopters were involved?

More than 50 helicopters took part in Iran’s Army Day Parade this year. Air Forces Monthly has the details

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RAF reveals name of Dassault 900LX CSAT aircraft

A new aircraft type procured by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a replacement for its BAe 146 fleet in the Command Support Air Transport (CSAT) role has been officially named.

India tests indigenous Naval Anti-Ship Missile

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Navy have successfully conducted the maiden flight-test of indigenously-developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile (NASM). It was launched from an Indian Navy Sea King Mk 42B helicopter over the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on May 18.

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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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