AirForces Monthly - September 2003

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News
Military aviation news from around the world.

Strategic Tanker for the UK
Anthony Tucker-Jones investigates the two-horse FSTA competition. A decision is due in December on one of the biggest MOD contracts ever to be awarded.

Royal Netherlands Air Force
Kees van der Mark and Arnaud Boxman look at the Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht) as it stands on the brink of further re-organisation.

Year of the Tiger
AFM, with assistance from Eurocopter's Rotor magazine, considers the progress of the Tiger helicopter.

Exercise AMPLE TRAIN
Gabor Szekeres reports on the biggest exercise staged in Hungary this year - Exercise AMPLE TRAIN, which took place at Kecskemet in late May.

Russians over India
David C Isby on Russia's most ambitious long-range exercise in recent years.

Target: Nuclear Iran
Iran could have nuclear weapons capability by 2006. Michael Knights looks at how the US would approach such a probability.

US Survey
AFM's Mark Ayton concludes his review of the aircraft types operated by the United States Air Force in 2003.

RIAT
AFM's Editor Alan Warnes reports from RAF Fairford on this year's Royal International Air Tattoo.

Waddington 2003
Key's Mark Nicholls surveys the visitors to the RAF Waddington Airshow.

Attrition
Dave Allport tracks down the world's military aviation crashes.

AIR Ops on NOMAD
Over 50 aircraft assembled at RAF Waddington in July for an air defence exercise considered by several European Air Forces to be the most important of the year. AFM's Mark Ayton investigates.