Airbus unveils new training and light combat aircraft for Spain

Airbus Defense & Space revealed a new tailor-made project for Spain, the Airbus Future Jet Trainer (AFJT). It could eventually be used to train pilots on the sixth-generation European fighter jets....


France to place Dassault Rafale fighter jet emergency order

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces confirmed an order for 12 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation to replace the second-hand aircraft taken from the French Air Force inventory for the benefit of Greece. The contract must be signed before the end of 2020....


Rescue helicopter forced to drop unstable cargo at sea [Video]

An NH-90 Caiman of the French Army Light Aviation was forced to jettison the container it was transporting during a relief operation near Nice, southwestern France....


Parisians alarmed by Dassault Rafale fighter jet sonic boom

Around noon on September 30, 2020, a loud explosion was heard in Paris and its outskirts, startling citizens. The sound was caused by a fighter plane that crossed the sound barrier to intercept an airliner....


Aerospace supplier Latecoere to cut French workforce by a third

Latécoère Group, a French supplier of aerostructures, presented its strategic plan to alleviate the effect of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis currently affecting the aerospace industry. The company aims to "adapt its workforce to the volume of activity and forecasts of a slow recovery in air traffic" by cutting close to a third of its French workforce....


Open Skies treaty: why Russian “spy planes” fly above France

Usually, reconnaissance aircraft (colloquially referred to as "spy planes") approaching foreign airspace provoke a strong reaction, often in the form of an interception and an official diplomatic complaint. However, another means exists to access the airspace of a foreign country and observe its territory without a hitch: open skies overflights. In September 2020, at least two such flights will be carried out thanks to the "Treaty...


Airbus unveils three hydrogen-powered aircraft concepts

Determined to win the race to a “zero-emission aircraft” by 2035, Airbus unveiled three hydrogen-powered concepts the company is currently working on....


France hopes to see European MALE drone contract signed in 2020

After years of stalling, the European MALE drone, or Eurodrone project, could finally move forward. French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly said she was confident an agreement would be reached among participating countries before the end of 2020....


Indian Air Force formally inducts Dassault Rafale fighter jet

The Indian Air Force (IAF) formally inducted the Dassault Rafale fighter jet in the 17 Squadron 'Golden Arrows' at Air Force Station Ambala. The ceremony marks Rafale’s full operational entry into IAF....


France orders three additional Airbus A330 MRTT tankers

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces placed a firm order for a new batch of three A330 MRTT “Phénix” aerial refueling tanker aircraft. The acquisition is part of the €15 billion support plan for the country’s aerospace industry announced in June 2020....