AirForces Monthly - March 2012

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FEATURES

US
 DEFENCE ISSUES: AND THE LAS CONTRACT GOES TO.
Sergio Santana reports on why the Embraer Super Tucano was awarded the USAF's new Light Air Support (LAS) programme deal at the expense of Hawker Beechcraft.

US DEFENCE ISSUES: INESCAPABLE CONSEQUENCES
Blair Watson reviews the parlous state of the US economy, which may have a drastic impact on the nation's military forces in years to come.

AFGHAN WORKHORSE
More than half of NATO's air transport for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan is provided by Luftwaffe (German Air Force) C-160D Transalls. Major Peter D”rnach tells AFM why his aircraft is so important.

COVER STORY: OLD DOG, NEW BONE
Despite criticism of its high operating costs, the US Air Force's B-1B Lancer continues to prove its worth in hotspots a long way from home. Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink/Global Aviation Review Press visited the B-1B community at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas for AFM.

CO-AXIAL ALLIGATOR
In December 2010 Russia's Army Aviation branch reported the long-awaited induction into service of the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator coaxial rotor attack helicopter, while the first frontline squadron took the new type on strength in May 2011. Alexander Mladenov reports.

MERLIN'S WIZARDRY REVEALED
Ian Harding reviews the upgrade to the Royal Navy's fleet of Merlin helicopters, due in service by 2013.

REGULARS

NEWS

FORCE REPORT: VIETNAM PEOPLE'S AIR FORCE
Sergio Santana profiles its history, evolution, current operational doctrines and future.

LOW-FLYUK!
AFM's Essential Guide to Military Low-Level Photography Locations in the UK reaches number six in the top ten.

AND FINALLY: FUTURE WAR IN ART: SOUTH AMERICA 2023
Aviation artist Tim O'Brien looks into his crystal ball and gives his version of the future.

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