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 huge challenges facing Finnair due to Russian airspace closure

No other airline has been hit as hard by the Russian airspace closure as Finnair. The carrier’s CEO, Topi Manner, speaks to Andreas Spaeth about challenges faced and those it has still to face

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UK donates Sea King helicopters to aid Ukraine’s fight against Russia

As part of its latest military aid package to Ukraine, the UK MOD revealed on November 23 that three Westland Sea King helicopters have been donated to the war-torn country to provide additional key capabilities to the Ukrainian Armed Forces as it continues to fight off Russian invaders

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How Russia is using Iran's secretive Shahed 'kamikaze' drones against Ukraine

Putin has turned to Iranian Shahed-131/136 drones to target Ukraine’s population, including its civilians. AirForces Monthly unveils more on the secretive aircraft

Russia still flies high-tempo combat ops over Syria as Ukraine War continues

While Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine’s sovereign territory in the West, the Russian Aerospace Forces are still supporting combat operations in the Middle East, with a variety of aircraft types noted as operating from Bassel Al-Assad AB in Khmeimim, Syria, in September

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Steadfast Noon – NATO’s nuclear air exercise in times of tension

NATO has been conducting its annual nuclear deterrence exercise called Steadfast Noon involving up to 60 aircraft from 14 countries

Hensoldt deliver high performance radars to Ukraine for air defence

Hensoldt, a company specialising in modern aviation sensors will be increasing Ukraine’s air defence capability with four of its high performance TRML-4D radars to augment the country’s Diehl Defence’s IRIS-T SLM air defence system

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How sophisticated is Russia's air defence network?

Fighter operations and ground-based air defences have so far proved to be among Russia’s few victories in its otherwise poorly planned and mismanaged campaign in Ukraine. AirForces Monthly explains

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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