Combat Aircraft - June 2011

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WORLD NEWS
Typhoon's air-to-ground debut
F-35C carrier trials
New OH-58 Kiowa flies
Dutch defense cuts
Voyager arrives
PLUS! Special reports on exercise `Real Thaw', the Israeli Barak 2020 F-16 upgrade and an interview with the former UK air commander in Afghanistan

FRONT LINE
Our hard-hitting regular column by Robert F. Dorr

STRIKE EAGLE'S COMBAT DEBUT
Operation `Desert Storm' witnessed the combat debut of the F-15E Strike Eagle. Steve Davies recounts the hazardous and high-profile missions against Iraqi `Scud' missiles

DESERT TOUCANS
Cees-Jan van der Ende visits the Chilean AF and flies with the Super Tucanos that are now filling an important training role

TORNADOS PREPARE FOR WAR!
RAF Tornados from No IX(B) Squadron recently participated in Exercise `Red Flag' at Nellis and immediately joined the operation against Libya. Neil Dunridge and Kevin Jackson witness the importance of Red Flag for these and other participating units

CUTTING EDGE
Combat Aircraft's new monthly column reporting from the front line of aerospace technology, by David Axe

LIBYA SPECIAL
LIBYA AIR WAR
Following our initial report last month, Jamie Hunter and David Cenciotti take an in-depth view of the ongoing operations in Libya, including a full coalition order of battle and map

SAVING BENGHAZI
Pierre-Alain Antoine outlines the leading role played by French AF fast jets on the first day of military operations against Col Gaddafi's forces

RAMPANT RAFALE
The Rafale is at the forefront of ongoing combat operations over Libya. Henri-Pierre Grolleau explains why the Dassault fighter has proved so successful during numerous sorties against Libyan forces

GROWLER SUPPRESSES GADAFFI'S SAMS
Five EA-18G Growlers from VAQ-132 `Scorpions' joined the Operation `Odyssey Dawn' and then `Unified Protector' efforts. Jamie Hunter looks at the Growler's combat debut

RAF AT GIOIA DEL COLLE
Tim Ripley visits the Royal Air Force deployment to Gioia del Colle that is conducting missions over Libya

TYPHOON GOES TO WAR
The RAF deployed 10 Typhoons to support the no-fly zone on March 20, with Italy also pressing its EF2000s into action shortly after. Jon Lake and Jamie Hunter analyze the Typhoon's combat debut

FLYING DUTCHMEN AT DECI
The rapid deployment of the Royal Netherlands AF to Decimomannu in Sardinia proved the capabilities of the NATO Response Force. Frank Cr‚bas reports from Italy on what might be the last mission of its kind by Dutch F-16s

THE LIBYAN STORY
Tom Cooper and Pit Weinert reveal the operations by the Libyan Arab Air Force in the course of the fighting that erupted following the mass uprising in Libya that intensified, culminated - and then suddenly ended. Thereafter, it was the turn of a hastily-assembledrebel air force to try and take the initiative

STORM SHADOW
Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s once again used the MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile to great effect in the opening days of the Libyan operation. Sqn Ldr Gareth Prendergast details just what can be achieved with the weapon

IN THE ZONE
Wg Cdr Ian Gale recently completed a tour as Officer Commanding No 31 Squadron, flying Tornado GR4s from RAF Marham. Combat Aircraft asked him to describe some of his experiences from over 12 deployments to Iraq enforcing no-fly zones

TRAPANI'S `VIPER' TEAM
The Italian AF's F-16s initially provided a vital element in the no-fly zone over Libya. Luigino Caliaro reports from Trapani in the weeks leading up to the campaign