All French Air Force articles – Page 2

  • 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.

  • French C-130H - French air force

    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.

  • Rafale Scalp-EG - Dassault

    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 ...

  • Typhoon Rafale - Crown Copyright

    Fighter exercise concludes Anglo-French Griffin Strike


    Four French air force Dassault Rafale Cs and eight Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons deployed to RAF Leeming in mid-April for Exercise Griffin Strike. The manoeuvres were intended to validate part of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) component of the bilateral Lancaster House Treaty, signed in 2010.

  • FCAS mock up - BAE Systems

    New $2.2 billion Anglo-French FCAS phase announced


    ​France and the UK are set to launch a new project under their Future Combat Air System (FCAS) effort that will see unmanned air vehicle prototypes developed under a newly announced £1.54 billion ($2.19 billion) agreement.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: France stuck between export and import selections


    France’s DGA defence procurement agency predicts that the nation's military exports will have nearly doubled in 2015, thanks in no small part to its first international orders for the Dassault Rafale.

  • Patroller

    DGA defends Patroller buy, discloses Reaper aspirations


    ​The head of the French defence procurement agency has defended the selection of the Sagem Patroller for the French army’s tactical unmanned air vehicle requirement, claiming the competition was fair and did not dismiss the rival Thales Watchkeeper from the offset.

  • KC-130J - US Marine Corps

    French government confirms C-130J buy


    France has confirmed its purchase of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules tactical transports, two of which will have the ability to refuel France’s rotorcraft fleet.

  • KC-130J - US Marine Corps

    France reportedly confirms C-130J buy


    French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has reportedly given the green light for Paris's acquisition of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transports to plug a capability shortfall caused by the Airbus Defence & Space A400M's inability to provide in-flight refuelling for helicopters.

  • reaper c USAF

    France orders third Reaper system


    France has ordered the third General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air system to bolster its growing fleet of the type, which is operating in the Sahel-Saharan strip in Africa.

  • A330 MRTT boom - Airbus Military

    France orders eight Airbus A330 MRTTs


    France has ordered eight Airbus Defence & Space A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports (MRTT), from an eventual requirement for 12 of the type worth a total €3 billion ($3.3 billion).

  • Surplus Israeli C-130E - AirTeamImages

    IAI to offer surplus Hercules to France


    Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Bedek group will make an unsolicited proposal for the supply of four upgraded Lockheed Martin C-130Es to the French air force. Sources in France confirm that they expect to receive a proposal from IAI.

  • Op Chammal Rafale en route to Syria - ECPAD/SIPA/R

    France launches Raqqa strikes after Paris terrorist attacks


    ​France has responded to the multiple terrorist attacks in Paris during the evening of 13 November by launching an aerial attack on the heart of the perpetrators’ stronghold in Syria.