AirForces Monthly - Oct, 2017

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INTEL REPORT: Fighting fire from above
Scorching temperatures across southern Europe this summer led to wildfires breaking out in many countries. Alan Warnes assesses Europe’s ability to cope with such natural disasters.

EXERCISE REPORT: Sentry Eagle 2017
Nate Leong witnessed the action at the US Air National Guard’s largest exercise of the year, which took place at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, from July 20 to 23. Welcome to ‘the land of no slack’!

FLASHPOINT: Tough times for Chadian Air Force
After being tested in combat against Boko Haram, the Chadian Air Force inventory was decimated by a storm earlier this year. Arnaud Delalande charts the recent development and operations of this Central African air arm.

EXERCISE REPORT: Sea Breeze 2017
The 17th Sea Breeze was the most important exercise in this series to date, featuring many firsts for its key participants, as Vladimir Trendafilovski discovered.

FORCE REPORT: People’s Liberation Army Air Force - Part One
AFM’s latest Force Report – by Andreas Rupprecht – begins with an examination of the origins and history of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, to better understand the current issues faced by China and the latest developments within its armed forces.

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

Feedback
AFM’s letters page.

COMMANDER’S UPDATE BRIEFING: Lightning II — The sequel: hit or flop?
In the first of his regular AFM columns, Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB, CBE provides a new take on the commander’s update brief – the traditional method of apprising senior personnel.

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

Alpine crossroads
Both neutral, but otherwise very different, Austria and Switzerland are weighing up options for their future fighter fleets. Georg Mader assesses the two neighbours’ approaches.

Middle East modernisation
It has been 26 years since Operation Desert Storm saw an unprecedented gathering of air power in the Persian Gulf. Since then, the region’s air forces have strengthened and modernised to meet potential new threats, including a nuclear-capable Iran, along with the rise of Islamist terrorism. Alan Warnes charts their progress.

Barksdale BUFFs
Sixty-five years after its maiden flight, the B-52 still plays a crucial role over the battlefield. Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink visited the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base to fly with the mighty ‘BUFF’.

Shooting at Suippes
The Armée de l’Air range at Suippes is used by Mirage, Rafale, F-16 and Tornado fast jet customers, as well as hosting Aviation Légére de l’Armée de Terre helicopter live-firing exercises. Sebastien Buyck saw the range in action.

A new breed of gallantry?
No area of modern warfare is more misunderstood than the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in combat. Tim Ripley examines a new report revealing how the Royal Air Force’s Reaper crews manage their work and the effect it has upon them.

Baltic hunters
Poland’s Mi-14 helicopter force has been in service for 35 years and the government is now likely to choose a successor before the last of the veteran aircraft run out of hours. Wiebe Karsten and Marco Muntz investigate the Baltic Haze.