• HMS Queen Elizabeth with F-35Bs

    UK aircraft carrier bulks up with 15 RAF, US Marine Corps F-35Bs


    Fifteen Lockheed Martin F-35Bs from the UK Royal Air Force and US Marine Corps have embarked aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for a major exercise.

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    Saab F-39E Gripen arrives in Brazil for flight testing


    The Brazilian variant of the Gripen E/F will be used for a flight-testing campaign.

  • Philippines Super Tucano

    Manila receives initial four Super Tucanos


    Manila has taken delivery of four Embraer A-29 Super Tucano close air support aircraft, part of a 2017 deal for six examples. After a transit from Brazil, the four aircraft reached Clark International airport on 29 September, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. ...

  • L-39NG flight Kouba 2

    Aero Vodochody gains certification for L-39NG


    Approval for the Czech-built single-engined military trainer comes 21 months after first flight, and clears way for deliveries to three customers to begin.

  • GBU-39 SDB Small Diameter Bombs loaded on an F-15E

    AFRL debates number of weapons to be networked for Golden Horde


    Flight demonstrations of the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Golden Horde initiative, an effort to network precision glide bombs and decoys into collaborative attack teams, may not start in late 2020 as originally planned.

  • E-2D Hawkeye

    E-2D set to receive major cockpit upgrade


    The US Navy’s Northrop Grumman E-2D Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft is to get an extensive cockpit refurbishment, including the addition of head-up displays (HUDs). The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) says it has awarded Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems $34 million for the requirements phase of ...

  • Tactical Airborne Laser Weapon System 2 c Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin aims to put laser weapon on aircraft in five years


    Its Tactical Airborne Laser Weapon System would be used to shoot down incoming tactical missiles, for instance, air-to-air missiles or surface-to-air missiles.

  • F110-129 engine

    GE ships first engines for F-15EX fighter


    GE Aviation has delivered its first F110-129 engines for integration with Boeing’s F-15EX fighter.

  • A service member jumps from a US Air Force C-130J Hercules during a Military Freefall Jumpmaster Course c USAF

    USAF Special Ops return to niche missions for great power competition


    US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) plans to move away from some of the counter terrorism and anti-insurgency missions that it assumed after the 11 September 2001 attacks, in favour of traditional niche roles in the USA’s budding great power competition with Russia and China.

  • Screenshot 4 Air Force 2030 - Call to Action video c USAF

    USAF secretly builds and flies next-generation fighter demonstrator


    The US Air Force has secretly designed, built and flown a full-scale demonstrator aircraft that is part of its Next Generation Air Dominance programme.

  • F-15EX pair
    In depth

    Can Boeing score 60-year production run with rejuvenated F-15?


    With its contract to deliver a first batch of EX-version fighters to the US Air Force, Boeing can now target further international F-15 sales, and a delivery run potentially spanning 60 years.

  • F-16V for Bahrain
    In depth

    Export deals to keep F-16 fighting fit


    In common with Boeing’s F-15, US industry’s other similar-aged fighter – the Lockheed Martin F-16 – also has enjoyed a recent orders revival, just as it had appeared to be potentially nearing a production end. Lockheed’s firm order backlog for the single-engined type stood at a combined 38 aircraft ...

  • Two High Mobility Artillery Rocket System vehicles are loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III c USAF

    USAF passes targeting data to HIMARS inside Boeing C-17


    The US Air Force (USAF) has downloaded target information to a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) while it was being carried inside a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft.

  • Boeing T-7A c Boeing

    USAF’s digitally engineered aircraft to receive ‘e’ prefix, starting with Boeing eT-7A


    If aerospace manufacturers weren’t already motivated enough to design their latest aircraft using much-talked about “digital engineering” software programs, secretary of the US Air Force Barbara Barrett says anyone who does so will have their aircraft prefixed with the letter “e”.

  • Dassault Rafale

    Greece orders 18 Rafale fighters


    Greece plans to obtain 18 Dassault Rafale fighters and upgrade 10 of its Mirage 2000s. “I am delighted with this announcement, which reinforces the exceptional relationship we have had with Greece for nearly half a century, and I thank the Greek authorities for their confidence in us once again,” ...

  • Rafale India

    India inducts Rafale amid frontier tensions


    The Indian air force has inducted the Dassault Rafale fighter into its ranks at Air Force Station Ambala, as border tensions with China simmer. The aircraft will serve with the air force’s 17 Sqn, says the service’s Facebook page. Rafale Induction India ...

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    AI to dogfight against real-world fighter aircraft in 2024: Pentagon


    “We see AI as a tool to free up resources, time and manpower, so our people can focus on higher priority tasks and arrive at the decision point, whether in a lab or on the battlefield, faster and more precise than the competition,” says US secretary of defense Mark Esper.

  • USAF Reserve F-16C takes off at Luke Air Force Base Arizona

    Will commoditised sales of the F-16 fighter work?


    The Pentagon’s plan to offer a commoditised version of the Lockheed Martin F-16 could help propel the world’s best-selling fighter aircraft to new heights, but it remains to be seen if foreign customers will put aside their fondness of fancy custom features.

  • KAI KF-X

    Indonesian funding issue re-emerges for KF-X


    Financing has again raised its head as an issue with Jakarta’s involvement in the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-X/IF-X fighter programme. Indonesia has fallen behind on payments related to the twin-engined fighter again, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing sources. KF-X production ...

  • UAE F-16s
    In depth

    How Lockheed Martin plans to speed up sales with commoditised F-16


    The jet is already the most popular combat aircraft in the world, with 2,280 examples in service at the end of 2019. Yet, Lockheed Martin believes it can sell even more – faster – with the help of a new base model configuration.