AirForces Monthly - July 2017

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DASSAULT RAFALE
Designed to carry out the entire spectrum of combat missions, the Dassault Aviation Rafale omni-role fighter has matured into a successful combat tool that has pushed the French Air Force and Navy into the digital age.

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INTEL REPORT: Countdown to TF-X
Turkey’s centenary in 2023 is the date set for the country’s first indigenous fighter, T-FX, to fly. AFM’s Alan Warnes reports from Istanbul, where the deal to build the fifth-generation twin-engined jet was signed by Turkey and the UK.

EXERCISE REPORT: Alpine gunfighters at Wittmund
For the very first time the Austrian Air Force has deployed its Eurofighters to another central European country to practise live air-to-air gunnery, as Oliver Jonischkeit reports.

EXERCISE REPORT: Snipers over Comox
The live weapons phase of the Canadian 2017 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course was hosted by 19 Wing CFB Comox, located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Stuart Sanders was there for the action.

EXERCISE REPORT: North to the future
Northern Edge is one of a series of US Pacific Command exercises this year, all with the same goal: to prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, as Søren Nielsen discovers.

FORCE REPORT: Russian air power in Kaliningrad
The exclave of Kaliningrad is of immense strategic importance to the Russian armed forces and host to a number of its air assets, as Vladimir Trendafilovski explains.

ATTRITION
Dave Allport details the world’s most recent military accidents.

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

Greek recce Rhinos retire
The Hellenic Air Force’s 348 MTA was disbanded in May after the retirement of the last three airworthy RF-4Es in Europe.

Fire Bosses and Super Scoopers
Dirk Jan de Ridder and Menso van Westrhenen spend a week with the pilots of the Croatian Air Force’s Firefighting Squadron.

Keeping the fragile peace
At its peak in 1999 the Kosovo Force comprised 50,000 troops from 39 countries. Today, it is far smaller, yet its role in the Balkan province is just as vital. Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink report from KFOR HQ, Camp Bondsteel.

Czech revolution
With L-159 ALCA production resumed and the new L-39NG on the scene, AFM's Alan Warnes reveals a bright future for Aero Vodochody.

Leading from the front
Jamie Hunter examines how No 1 (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth meets the Royal Air Force Typhoon Force’s diverse and demanding year-round schedule.

First among equals
The work of 311º Gruppo Volo, the flight-test unit of the Italian Air Force, can bring tears to a pilot’s eye. Giovanni Colla and Remo Guidi reveal why.