All French Air Force articles

  • NGF

    How Franco-German FCAS could accelerate economic recovery


    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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    French air force plans Puma replacement with leased H225s


    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

    France confirms interest in Chinook acquisition


    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


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

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    France receives its first KC-130J tanker


    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

    Anglo-French cruise missile project hits latest target


    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

    PICTURE: France retires last Mirage 2000Ns


    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


    ​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

    France receives first C-130J transport


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

  • France A400M tanker - DGA

    France welcomes first tanker-equipped A400M


    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


    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.

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    French Hercules upgrade enters avionics testing


    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

    PICTURE: First Phénix tanker rises for France


    ​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

    Avionics upgrade to boost French AWACS fleet


    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.

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    France, UK advance deep strike weapons study


    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

    French air force, Qinetiq confirmed as PC-21 buyers


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

  • A400M sand - Airbus D&S

    Video: A400M carries out sand strip landing tests


    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

    Dassault details Rafale deliveries


    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

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


    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


    ​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 ...