AIR International - February 2003

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FEATURES

THE FUTURE OF AIR POWER

In his analysis of modern air power Andrew Brookes identifies its more significant elements. He also warns that the friction between technology and cost means that if air power does offer some `silver bullets' they will not come without difficult choices.

MILITARY AERO ENGINE DEVELOPMENTS
It used to be a truism that new types of engine were developed for military aircraft, and that these engines were then subsequently modified for civil applications. Not any more! Bill Gunston, OBE, FRAeS, outlines some of the ways in which today's military engines are being developed.

SRILANKAN AIRLINES - CENTRAL ASIA'S RISING STAR
During its chequered history SriLankan Airlines has often had to focus on survival rather than growth, but as Doug Birch reports, it now appears to be facing a much more promising future.

F-86 SABRE AND F/A-22 RAPTOR
Technologies and the `world order' have changed enormously in the 50-odd years separating the F-86 Sabre and F/A-22 Raptor. In the ninth of an occasional series comparing aerospace technologies of the 1950s and 1960s with those of today, Robert F Dorr highlights the similarities and differences between these `dedicated' fighters.

THE ITALIAN AVIATION INDUSTRY 2003
Riccardo Niccoli analyses the Italian aerospace industry as it continues to consolidate for increased efficiencies and for access to a wider market.

S-92 - DEVELOPING THE GLOBAL HELICOPTER
Since it first flew in December 1998, the Sikorsky S-92 has undergone substantial refinement. Frank Colucci looks at the changes in the new helicopter leading up to civil certification, and at the production standards offered to civil and military operators.

REGULARS

AIRSCENE HEADLINES

Dave Allport reports on Boeing's cancellation of the Sonic Cruiser and the massive build-up of forces in the Gulf.

AIRSCENE
Military, commercial and aerospace industry news from around the world, compiled by Dave Allport.

AIRSCENE COMMERCIAL ACCIDENTS
Chronological list compiled by Dave Allport.

AIRDATA FILE

Technical data and illustrations, including a general arrangement drawing, of the Sukhoi Su-80, collated by Alan Dawes.

TALKBACK
Readers' letters and photographs of general interest.

IN PRINT
Reviews of some recent books received.

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