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RAF reforms 30 Squadron as A400M unit

The RAF officially marked the reformation of No 30 Squadron as an Airbus A400M Atlas C1 tactical transport unit during a ceremony that was attended by Princess Anne at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on September 28

The Air Warrior Podcast Episode 21

Episode 21 of The Air Warrior Podcast focusses on the central European aerospace industry as a Czech icon finds itself in the hands of a near-neighbour after Aero Vodochody is sold by Penta Investments. Meanwhile, the podcast grabs some time with the commanding officer of No 24 Squadron Royal Air Force, for an in-depth on the A400M and C130J transporters.

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 63

Welcome to the 63rd Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Royal Air Force retires E-3D Sentry AEW1

The UK officially retired its E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet at a ceremony at RAF Waddington on September 28, marking the end of 30 years of service with the Royal Air Force (RAF)

UK F-35B News Premium

UK unaffected by F-35 rebaselining

The production rebaseline of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter programme is not expected to impact the delivery schedule of UK aircraft currently on contract, following the publication in late-September of a revised industrial output by Lockheed Martin

USAF’s first Europe-based F-35A unit activated at Lakenheath

During a ceremony at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, on October 1, the USAF re-activated the first USAFE Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter squadron as part of the resident 48th FW

Australia to buy attrition replacement for lost Growler

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale of a single US Navy Boeing EA-18G Growler to the Australian government, which will act as an attrition replacement for an example that was damaged beyond repair by an engine fire on January 27, 2018

Boeing awarded global C-17 sustainment extension

Boeing has been awarded a follow-on contract by the US Department of Defense to help sustain C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft, in a deal that could be worth up to US$23.8bn including potential options and incentives over the next ten years

MQ-25A refuels F-35C in-flight for the first time

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked yet another milestone on September 13, when the platform completed its first aerial refuelling of a US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter

Portuguese KC-390 power on News Premium

Power on for Portugal’s first KC-390

Embraer is making good progress with manufacture of the first Portuguese Air Force KC-390 Millennium, after the air arm revealed that the aircraft had achieved ‘power on’ for the first time at Embraer's factory in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, on September 21

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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