AirForces Monthly - Nov 2017

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

Uruguay’s last ‘Charlies’
Uruguay’s naval air arm has been operating the Turbo Mentor on training and light attack duties since 1981. As Ernesto Blanco Calcagno reports, the two survivors are still busy despite a lack of spares and operational budget.

Regional powerhouses
AFM completes its coverage of the air forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as Alan Warnes details the expanding inventories of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Are weapons the F-35’s Achilles’ heel?
The F-35 is now entering service in increasing numbers, but it relies primarily on legacy weapons. Jon Lake contends this could yet be a chink in its otherwise formidable armour.

CHF in the Caribbean
HMS Ocean was at the forefront of the UK’s humanitarian relief effort after hurricanes struck the Caribbean in September. Thomas Newdick caught up with the Commando Helicopter Force that provides the backbone of its aircraft component.

Swifts of the Nile
For decades the Arab Republic of Egypt Air Force has maintained a strategy of procuring new fighters from different sources. One of the latest examples of this is the MiG-29M/M2, as Babak Taghvaee discovers.

Colombia’s helicopter haven
With pilot training and combat capabilities, Comando Aéreo de Combate 4 is the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana’s primary helicopter unit. As Santiago Rivas reports, its 70-aircraft fleet makes it the largest helicopter unit in Latin America.

Regular features

INTEL REPORT: Masters of Mirage maintenance
Alan Warnes goes behind the scenes at the Mirage Rebuild Factory at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra.

EXERCISE REPORT: ITX 4-17
Marine Reserve air power was at the forefront of supporting Integrated Training Exercise 4-17 at Twentynine Palms in southern California. Joe Copalman saw the action.

Attrition
Dave Allport details the world’s most recent military accidents, including a report on March’s Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Pilatus U-28A crash.

EXERCISE REPORT: Brilliant Arrow 2017
Joris van Boven and Alex van Noye were at Wittmund in northern Germany to see the Luftwaffe’s largest exercise of the year.

FORCE REPORT: Nigerian Air Force Part Two
In the second and concluding part of AFM’s fascinating study of the Nigerian Air Force, M Mazumdar examines post-2014 combat operations, its plans and provides a full air order of battle.

Feedback
AFM’s letters page, including the latest details of Argentina’s fighter modernisation plans.

COMMANDER’S UPDATE BRIEFING: Breaking the drone myth
Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB, CBE examines the growing importance of unmanned aircraft systems.

Book reviews

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