With the Ukrainians retaking the Hostomel area, Dmytro Antonov, the pilot of the An-225, visited the parent base of Antonov Airlines on April 2. He filmed his visit to the airport. The offices had been completely ransacked, as had the pilots' ancillary equipment. He then turned to the aircraft at the airport. The An-225 was destroyed, as were several smaller aircraft. The other aircraft were damaged, requiring minor to major repairs.
Analysis of U.S. aircraft and drone orders for fiscal year 2023
The budget proposal for the armed forces for the fiscal year 2023 is now public. Orders for aircraft and drones are generally down. The budget for development is mostly focused on the B-21 Raider and the F-35, which still has a great need for development.
The two Turkish A400M are still blocked in Ukraine
Shortly before the start of the war in Ukraine, Turkey sent two A400Ms to Kiev. According to the Ministry of Defense, they were on a humanitarian mission. The two planes landed in Ukraine, but the closure of the airspace means that today Turkey can no longer use these two aircraft which are de facto immobilized.
35 F-35A soon in Germany !
Germany is said to be on the verge of announcing its willingness to buy about 35 U.S. F-35 fighter-bombers to replace its aging Tornado IDS, of which about 75 are still in service with the Luftwaffe.
Poland ready to offer its MiG-29s to the US, Pentagon takes a step backwards!
Poland finally decided to give its MiG-29s to the Americans, but the latter suddenly pulled the plug on this solution for fear of seeing the Ukrainian crisis spill over into NATO member countries.
Air Force One replacement accumulates delays
The first VC-25B, the future replacement for the VC-25A (Air Force One), based on the latest generation Boeing 747, has accumulated a series of delays now reaching 17 months. The US Air Force is seeking to revise the development schedule to reduce these early delays and prevent others from occurring.
Can Ukrainian MiG-29s operate from Poland?
For several days, some media have been announcing that the Ukrainian Air Force is about to receive second-hand aircraft from Poland and that it will be able to use them from air bases in that country. This is a completely unfounded rumor and is denied in this article.
Analysis of the condition of the Antonov An-225 Mriya after its fire in its hangar in Ukraine
While waiting for a precise analysis from the Antonov airline, here is an analysis of a video recently shot on the Antonov airport. It shows that the front part is almost totally lost but the central part, the wings and the rear part seem intact or even slightly damaged.
[Update] Antonov An-225 Mriya seriously damaged in its hangar in Ukraine
The publication of a recent satellite photo of the Antonov airfield confirms the presence of Mriya in its hangar but questions the total destruction of the An-225. A video published around 1 pm today shows that the front of the aircraft is totally destroyed.
Antonov An-225 Mriya on fire in its hangar in Ukraine (official confirmation)
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister confirmed in a tweet that the An-225 was destroyed. By late morning, video from a drone over Antonov airport already showed the aircraft on fire in its hangar, leaving little doubt as to the condition of the aircraft.
Ukraine: The news feed to know everything about the conflict
This article was last updated on 24 February 2022 at 14:20. The article will continue to evolve as events unfold.
France and the war in Ukraine
Two weeks ago, our subscribers discovered a dossier in Air & Cosmos questioning France's possible contribution to operations in Ukraine. An open war has now begun in Ukraine. Emmanuel Macron was this morning in a defence council that follows yesterday's.
Updated map of the crisis in Ukraine
This map presents a collection of open-source data available in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, mainly on social media. It is an incomplete overview of the situation and is constantly evolving according to the data collected.
U.S. Navy ramps up with first Ospreys in service
Announced in 2017, the CMV-22B Osprey is in the process of replacing the U.S. Navy's first C-2A Greyhound aircraft. This replacement reached a major milestone on February 17, 2022 when the CMV-22B received its Initial Operating Capability.
IOC for the CMV-22B : a logistical game changer or the US Navy
Announced in 2017, the CMV-22B Osprey is in the process of replacing the US Navy's first C-2A Greyhounds. This replacement reached an important milestone on February 17, 2022. The CMV-22B received its Initial Operating Capability.
Crash of an Iranian F-5 : ultimate example of the decay of the Iranian air force
An F-5 Tiger II crashed in northwestern Iran, killing both pilots and a civilian. This is the latest in a long series of crashes for the country, which only has a fleet of fighter aircraft dating, for the most part, from the late 1960s.
Swiss popular initiative could torpedo the F-35... and the Swiss fighter jets!
If the Swiss initiative collects 100,000 signatures, the fate of the F-35 will be decided by a vote of the electorate at the federal level. If the F-35 is rejected, Switzerland will also have to reduce its defense budget and with it, its fleet of fighter aircraft.
The P-8A Poseidon in Canada?
Boeing recently announced its willingness to offer its P-8 Poseidon as a replacement for the 14 Canadian CP-140 Auroras.
Launch of work on future Franco-British cruise and anti-ship missiles
France and the United Kingdom signed an agreement yesterday with MBDA to launch work on the future anti-ship missile (FMAN) and the future cruise missile (FMC).
USAF retires its first E-8C JSTARS
The first E-8C Joint STARS has left active duty for the Davis Monthan-Tucson Air Force Base aircraft graveyard. Despite its great reconnaissance and communications capabilities, no aircraft is planned to replace the E-8 fleet in the USAF and ANG.
USAF prepares E-3G Sentry replacement
This may be the beginning of the replacement of one of the most valuable aircraft of the USAF. The USAF has announced its willingness to seek informations on a new aircraft capable of performing the duties of a radar detection aircraft and hosting a command post (AEW&C).
Delivery of the first 2 Chinese J-10C fighters to Pakistan
Two J-10Cs in Pakistani Air Force colors have been spotted at a Pakistani air base. The arrival of these two aircrafts demonstrates Pakistan's desire to counterbalance the rise of power of the Indian Air Force since its order for Rafales.
Numerous orders for Airbus at the start of the Singapore Airshow
Singapore launched its bi-annual air show on Tuesday, with more than 600 exhibitors. The COVID pandemic, which is still very present in the world and particularly in Asia, forced the city-state to ban the general public from attending. For the moment, this show is a success for Airbus in terms of orders.
6th generation fighter plane, helicopter of the future: the United Kingdom is multiplying its agreements
Yesterday, the United Kingdom announced the launch of a new cooperation with Japan. This time, the aim is to develop a new sensor, called Jaguar, which will be common to the sixth-generation Tempest and F-X fighters. Another agreement was also signed yesterday between the United States and the United Kingdom. They have agreed to share information on their future helicopters, with a view to their interoperability.
F-15EXs alongside Indonesian Rafales
The U.S. DSCA in charge of arms transfers has just given its approval for Indonesia to buy F-15EXs. This would allow the country to build a Rafale/F-15EX pair for the Indonesian Air Force.
The Japanese will improve their F-15Js
The Japanese Super Interceptor (JSI) program has been gaining momentum since the beginning of the year. However, Japan is seeing this very program come back into the media following the recent crash of an F-15J in the Sea of Japan.
6 B-21 Raider systems approved during computer "flight" tests
The USAF announced this week that systems belonging to the future B-21 Raider strategic bomber have been tested and approved via near-reality computer trials.
NATO strengthens its eastern flank
As Russian troops continue to mass in Belarus and southern Russia, NATO decides to deploy new elements on its eastern flank.
Israel strengthens its projection and intervention capabilities
Israel confirmed on December 30 its order for 12 CH-53K helicopters, as well as an addition of two KC-46 tankers to the two already purchased.
A-10 Thunderbolt II improves, postponing its replacement by the F-35
The entire US Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II fleet is about to be upgraded to the "Suite 10" standard. This is a brief look back at the aircraft, which has been widely publicized for exactly 31 years and the start of Operation Desert Storm.
Indonesia gives up on Su-35, choosing between Rafale and F-15EX
After years of negotiation and the signing of an agreement for 11 Su-35 Flanker E aircraft in 2016, Indonesia gave up on the Russian aircraft in favor of a final competition between Boeing's F-15 EX and Dassault Aviation's Rafale.
Indonesia orders 42 Dassault Rafales
It's official, French Minister of the Army Florence Parly has just announced the acquisition of 42 Rafales by Indonesia, a figure higher than previous estimates and leaks.
Defence: renewed tension between China and Taiwan
Chinese pressure on Taiwan has increased with the entry of over 145 Chinese military aircraft into the island's identification zone for four days.
The Swedish Air Force prepares to receive its first Gripen E aircraft
The Swedish Air Force recently announced that the Skaraborg Air Force Wing (F7) would be the first in the Swedish Air Force to receive the Gripen E. Flight tests and preparations are continuing in parallel within the Swedish and Brazilian Air Forces and at Saab to ensure a smooth and efficient introduction of the aircraft.
Ankara targets Russian equipment maintenance market through Kiev
The cooperation agreement could allow Ankara not only to ensure the maintenance of its Mi-17s in a sovereign manner but above all to address the market for the maintenance of Russian helicopters in several war zones.
Procor announces a Mirage 2000 in flight in the first quarter of 2022
After missing out on the takeover of the French Air Force's Mirage F1s (sold to the US), at least two French companies are now offering Mirage 2000s for training missions. Focus on Procor's, made visible this weekend
Drones and anti-drones for the Indian army
Delhi equips itself with kamikaze drones, and 'Made in India' anti-drone systems
New Chief of the Air Staff takes up his duties
A fighter pilot at the helm of the Air Force and Space.
Royal Air Force: Withdrawal of 24 Typhoons begins
Royal Air Force: Withdrawal of 24 Typhoons begins
India: Black Programme Crash
The crash comes at a time of renewed fighting between Maoist guerrillas and the Indian government
Super Tucano counter-insurgency aircraft for Portugal?
The Portuguese Air Force is reportedly quietly preparing the acquisition of the Brazilian Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano, to strengthen its participation in UN operations
Nigeria: Delivery of JF-17N fighter aircraft
After Algeria and Morocco, Nigeria wants to initiate a strategic break in the BSS. By relying not on Western or Russian equipment, but on Chinese.
Towards an Israeli Iron Dome offer to Riyadh?
Lobbying campaign in the Israeli press in favour of a diplomatic rapprochement with Saudi Arabia
Intelligence: A submarine cable counter-intelligence ship for the Royal Navy
Britain launches construction of a building to protect its ocean cables
Emirati A330 for Indian Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale can now reach Indian territory in less than 10 hours.
Greece-Turkey: towards a Rafale-Sukhoi confrontation?
Moscow officially proposes to Ankara to acquire its Su-57 and Su-35 in export version, but also its help to complete the TF-X program