All French Air Force articles

  • NGF
    Analysis

    How Franco-German FCAS could accelerate economic recovery

    2020-06-30T08:49:00Z

    The award earlier this year of an 18-month initial contract for risk-reduction work on a French-German future combat air system programme has propelled the effort’s industry partners towards launching demonstrator flights from as early as 2026.

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    News

    French air force plans Puma replacement with leased H225s

    2020-03-17T10:22:00Z

    France has begun a process to replace its air force’s fleet of ageing SA330 Puma rotorcraft with leased Airbus Helicopters H225s.

  • Chinook Block II
    News

    France confirms interest in Chinook acquisition

    2020-02-26T10:29:00Z

    The French air force has finally confirmed a long-rumoured interest in acquiring Boeing CH-47F Chinooks for special forces missions and hopes to lease a pair of the tandem-rotor helicopters as a trial before making a purchase.

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    F3-R-standard Rafale gains key French approval

    2019-12-11T12:31:00Z

    France has declared initial operational capability (IOC) with the F3-R-standard Dassault Rafale fighter.

  • French KC-130J delivery - French air force
    News

    France receives its first KC-130J tanker

    2019-09-23T19:14:00Z

    The French air force received its first of two Lockheed Martin KC-130J tankers at Orleans-Bricy air base on 19 September. The remaining example is planned for delivery in 2020, the airframer says.

  • Rafale SCALP-EG - Dassault
    News

    Anglo-French cruise missile project hits latest target

    2019-03-21T15:28:21Z

    MBDA has cleared a key milestone on its path to developing an Anglo-French successor for its current Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG cruise missile and AM39 Exocet anti-ship weapon, with the receipt of bilateral approval to advance into its definition phase.

  • Mirage 2000N - Joris van Boven
    News

    PICTURE: France retires last Mirage 2000Ns

    2018-07-03T13:21:48Z

    The French air force has retired the last of its Dassault Mirage 2000Ns, closing a 30-year service life that totalled more than 350,000 flying hours. Three specially liveried examples took part in a ceremony at Istres air base on 21 June to mark the milestone.

  • News

    Adapted Falcons to meet French air force EW need

    2018-03-01T09:16:23Z

    ​Dassault will adapt a trio of Falcon business jets with Thales mission equipment for operations with the French air force, after Paris selected the combination for its "Epicure" airborne electronic warfare (EW) requirement.

  • French C-130J - French air force
    News

    France receives first C-130J transport

    2018-01-02T14:51:37Z

    ​France's first Lockheed Martin C-130J was delivered to its Orléans air base on 22 December 2017.

  • France A400M tanker - DGA
    News

    France welcomes first tanker-equipped A400M

    2017-12-05T15:56:51Z

    France has taken delivery of its first Airbus Defence & Space A400M equipped with underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods, edging its air force closer to introducing a new tactical tanker capability.

  • News

    France speeds PC-21 deliveries

    2017-09-20T15:08:47Z

    France appears to have accelerated the delivery of 17 Pilatus PC-21 high-speed turboprops which will operate as trainer aircraft for its air force.

  • French C-130H - French air force
    News

    French Hercules upgrade enters avionics testing

    2017-09-19T11:32:53Z

    A modernisation programme for the French air force's Lockheed Martin C-130H tactical transports has passed an early milestone, with Rockwell Collins having installed its Flight2 avionics suite in a system integration laboratory in Toulouse.

  • A330 MRTT France - Airbus Defence & Space
    News

    PICTURE: First Phénix tanker rises for France

    2017-09-08T15:30:31Z

    ​Airbus Defence & Space has moved a step closer to delivering an A330 multi-role tanker transport to the French air force, after flying its first example on 7 September.

  • E-3F - Boeing
    News

    Avionics upgrade to boost French AWACS fleet

    2017-07-31T13:48:41Z

    An avionics upgrade will enable France's Boeing E-3F airborne warning and control system (AWACS) fleet to remain operationally relevant until at least 2035, the nation's DGA defence procurement agency says.

  • Rafale Scalp-EG - Dassault
    News

    France, UK advance deep strike weapons study

    2017-03-28T20:17:10Z

    France and the UK have launched a three-year programme to advance the replacement of their current inventories of air-launched cruise missiles and anti-ship weapons, to enter use around the end of the next decade.

  • PC-21 France - Pilatus
    News

    French air force, Qinetiq confirmed as PC-21 buyers

    2017-01-04T11:30:46Z

    Pilatus has announced a trio of orders for its PC-21 turboprop trainer, with the commitments totalling 21 units.

  • A400M sand - Airbus D&S
    News

    Video: A400M carries out sand strip landing tests

    2016-08-24T16:26:52Z

    Airbus Defence & Space has carried out flight testing of its A400M transport on a specially prepared sand runway during certification demonstrations in Woodridge, UK.

  • Rafale - Dassault
    News

    Dassault details Rafale deliveries

    2016-07-22T13:38:08Z

    Dassault delivered seven Rafale fighters during the first half of 2016, with its production backlog for the type now standing at 76 aircraft.

  • Mirage 2000D v Mali - French MoD
    News

    French air force Mirage 2000Ds to receive mid-life upgrade

    2016-07-21T12:24:49Z

    France’s DGA defence procurement agency has contracted Dassault to provide a mid-life upgrade to 55 of the French air force’s Mirage 2000D ground-attack aircraft.

  • News

    France receives first A400M with tactical capability

    2016-06-22T14:06:48Z

    ​Airbus has delivered its first A400M capable of conducting tactical tasks such as the airdrop of supplies, with the French air force accepting the tactical transport on 8 June. Other new features include the addition of cockpit armour and defensive aids system equipment, plus clearance for the Atlas to transfer ...