French Air Force

Russia intercepts French military aircraft near Crimea [Video]

Three French military planes were intercepted by the Russian Air Force over the Black Sea....


Power outage in France after Rafale fighter jet cuts electric cable

A Rafale fighter jet hit a power line near Castellet, southeastern France, depriving locals of electricity for four hours....


Indian and French Air Forces to conduct joint exercise

French and Indian Rafale fighters will fly together in the Desert Knight 21 exercise, one of the stops of the French Air Force’s “Skyros” campaign....


French Air Force receives first modernized Mirage 2000D

The French Air Force received the first modernized Mirage 2000D on January 7, 2020....


French dog becomes first to parachute with oxygen mask

A French military dog jumped from an aircraft wearing an oxygen system ‒ a world first....


Airbus A400M deployed to airlift COVID-19 patients around France

An Airbus A400M of the French Air Force landed on the tarmac of Nantes-Atlantique airport. Onboard the unusual aircraft were four patients from Lyon, a city badly affected by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic....


French Mirage 2000 fighters kill 50 Islamic insurgents in Mali

During an operation of the French military in the Sahel region, airstrikes carried out by Dassault Mirage 2000D fighter jets helped neutralize at least 50 insurgents from a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda....


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....


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....


Airbus delivers third A330 MRTT to France four months early

The French Ministry of Armed Forces took delivery of the third Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix on July 10, 2020, four months ahead of the initial schedule....