AirForces Monthly - October 2015

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Typhoon Force Commander EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Alan Warnes talks to Air Commodore Ian Duguid about the RAF’s latest jet and its future.

War over Libya
Warring factions, jihadism and a burgeoning migrant crisis are drawing the international community into conflict over Libya. Tim Ripley assesses the air assets involved.

FORCE REPORT Russian Air Force Frontal Aviation
Alexander Mladenov examines the RuASF’s tactical sub-branches, which have undergone another round of reforms in the face of rising tensions with the West.

US Navy Gulfstreams
Between them, the US Navy Reserve and Marine Corps maintain an inventory of 11 executive Gulfstreams. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics tells their story.

F-22 Raptor
Lieutenant Colonel ‘Cricket’ Renner, USAF (Retired), examines the 3rd Wing’s F-22 Raptor operations over Alaska.

Air Power Paris
Joris van Boven and Alex van Noye watched the annual military parade in Paris which this year marked the 70th anniversary of France’s liberation from German occupation.

Army Air Corps Lynx
The UK Ministry of Defence has issued an interim report into the crash of an AAC Westland Lynx AH9A in Afghanistan last year. Tim Ripley looks at its findings.

Far East Falcons
The cornerstone of Singaporean air power, the nation’s advanced F-16 fleet had been regularly upgraded, as Mike Yeo reports.

Scorpion
Lloyd Horgan provides a brief overview of Textron AirLand’s prototype Scorpion’s return to European shores. The jet performed demonstrations in Bulgaria and Romania before arriving in the UK to fly with the Royal Navy.

EXERCISE REPORT Angel Thunder 2015
Joe Copalman visited Exercise Angel Thunder 2015, recently held in Arizona, where saving lives was the name of the game.

Attrition
AFM’s Dave Allport reports on the world’s latest military accidents.

Base Watch
A snapshot of recent military visitors to air bases around the UK.