AirForces Monthly - April 2017

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AFM’s opinion on the hot topics in military aviation.

Striking out
Glenn Sands visits RNAS Yeovilton as 815 Naval Air Squadron retires its Lynx HMA8s.

Desert dust-ups
Joe Copalman visited El Centro in Southern California, where RAF Puma crews preparing for Afghanistan undergo the two-month Imperial Zephyr pre-deployment exercise.

Arizona testers
Laguna Army Air Field lies deep in the Arizona desert. The airfield is part of one of the largest military installations in the world – the Yuma Proving Grounds (YPG) – as Frank Crébas explains.

Greek multi-mission legends
Home to six Hellenic Air Force units, Elefsis hosts no fewer than nine aircraft types, with roles encompassing cargo transport, VIP transport, airborne early warning, combat search and rescue and firefighting. Mark Rourke reports.

Ukraine’s MiG-29 experts
Vladimir Trendafilovski examines the operations of Ukraine’s defenders of Kiev.

Su-25SM prepares for the fight
Tomislav Mesarić examines the capabilities of the Su-25SM3, which represents the most advanced Frogfoot in Russian service.

INTEL REPORT: Industry looks to the East
AFM’s Alan Warnes reports from the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX).

EXERCISE REPORT: Red Flag turns up the heat
The first participation by US Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs in Red Flag has driven planners to raise the complexity of the simulated warfighting exercise, as Dylan Eklund reports.

EXERCISE REPORT: Combat in the Canaries
Spanish Hornets and Typhoons meet Italian Typhoons at Gando air base.

SURVEY: European gunships
AFM correspondents continue their review of Europe’s helicopter gunships, covering Greece to Poland in this second instalment.

FORCE REPORT: Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s potent and professional air force is increasingly active internationally through participation in UN missions.

Attrition
Dave Allport details the world’s latest military accidents.

FLASHPOINT: ‘Dusty’ goes to war
In the first of a new series, Arnaud Delalande reports on the secretive Libyan war record of the Air Tractor – an adapted crop-duster.

Coming Up
Details of what to look forward to in your AFM next month.