Combat Aircraft - September 2012

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SHARPENING THE TIGER'S CLAWS
The Eurocopter Tiger may have experienced a troubled gestation, but as Vince Powell discovers, it has won
accolades supporting the troops of Task Force La Fayette

RAZORBACK `HOGS'
Robert F. Dorr joins the `Razorbacks' of the 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard, as they and their A-10s
prepare to deploy to Afghanistan this summer, with exclusive photography by James Haseltine

ANATOLIAN EAGLE
After marking its 10th anniversary in 2011, Turkey's exercise `Anatolian Eagle' continues to grow in stature. This year's
event was no exception, as Derek Bower reports from Konya air base

GLORY DAYS: BLACKBIRD
The SR-71 continues to trigger an interest that rivals anything from the realms of space travel or science fiction. Warren E. Thompson details how it carved a niche in aviation history and how its achievements may never be equalled

IN THE SNIPER'S SIGHTS
Operating out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) is the US Marine Corps' only adversary tactics training squadron. Neil Pearson joins the `Snipers', with photography by Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics

FUTURISTIC FREIGHTERS
Rob Coppinger details how the US Air Force and Army are now planning how best to project power beyond the 2020s, and finds that the latest concepts include airships and tilt-rotors

STRATEGIC STRIKERS
Russia's strategic bomber force is sharpening its claws in order to retain credibility. Piotr Butowski reveals how missile trials work continues apace, and how both the Tu-95MS and Tu-160M are receiving a comprehensive upgrade

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

BANGLADESH AIR POWER
Rogier Westerhuis journeys to Bangladesh, a country often portrayed as one with a turbulent political climate, and finds an eager Bangladesh Air Force

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
A400M is named Atlas, plus new Chinese fighter revealed?

US NEWS
F-35 weapons trials continue, A-10 flies on alcohol, Marine Corps outlines Osprey plans and all the latest deployment news

UK NEWS
Olympics air policing gets under way, Eurocopter details RAF Puma upgrade progress

EUROPE NEWS
Belarus' air power on display, Dutch government votes against F-35 and German helicopter special schemes

WORLD NEWS
Libya eyes Rafales and Typhoons, Colombian Kfirs on `Red Flag' and Israel's new missile