Combat Aircraft - December 2012

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FIGHTER AIRCRAFT: A MARKET ANALYSIS
Jon Lake presents a timely and insightful look at the world of fighter aircraft manufacturing, and details the various
competitions currently being hotly contested

SPIRIT WARRIORS
The B-2 Spirit combines a strategic nuclear deterrent with the flexibility to deploy at short notice on conventional operations across the globe. Ted Carlson/ Fotodynamics discovers how the sinister `Stealth Bomber' fleet packs a punch out of all proportion to its small size

CREWROOM
Combat Aircraft's interactive letters and feedback page

ITALIAN TWIN HUEYS
Erik Roelofs reports from 21ø Gruppo of the Italian Air Force and how its AB212 team preserves its long Tiger Squadron
tradition, while Francesco Militello Mirto and Luca La Cavera visit Grupelicot 2, one of three squadrons of the Italian Navy
equipped with the AB212ASW

SUB-HUNTERS OF THE SOUTH ATLANTIC
With an upgrade for the Super Lynx fleet under way and the SH-3 Sea Kings still soldiering on, Dr S‚an Wilson visits the
Brazilian Navy at Sao Pedro da Aldeia

ON TIME, ON TARGET
Tim Ripley visits the Joint Forward Air Control Training and Standards Unit (JFACTSU), where a tri-service team trains the UK's forward air controllers

`VIPERS' OF THE AEGEAN
Ioannis Lekkas flies with the F-16s of Nea Anchialos air base, the cradle of the US fighter family in Hellenic Air Force service

FACT FILE - AURORA: PATROLLING CANADA AND BEYOND
With exclusive access to the Royal Canadian Air Force's CP-140 Aurora fleet at 14 Wing Greenwood, Neil Pearson reports on the work of the one-time submarine hunter, turned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform

GLORY DAYS - ROULETTE OVER THE DMZ
Col Lawrence G. Karch, USMC (ret.) recounts the story of a memorable day at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam, in combat with the `Flying Tigers' of VMFA- 542

SHOHNA BA SHOHNA
`Shohna ba shohna' means `shoulder to shoulder' in Dari, an appropriate motto for the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan (NTM-A). Giovanni Colla travels to Shindand Air Base, the future training hub for the entire Afghan Air Force

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

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
China's aircraft carrier is commissioned, Rafale gets new radar and launches Meteor, plus Marine Harriers maintain Afghan
mission

US NEWS
F-35 test update, Ospreys arrive in Japan, more C-5A Galaxies are retired and all the latest deployment news

UK NEWS
Combined Qualified Weapons Instructor and `Joint Warrior' exercises, BAE Systems and EADS abandon merger plans and Tristar retirement delayed

EUROPE NEWS
Dutch receive first new CH-47F Chinooks, Gripen Demo flies on Axalp and latest Ukrainian upgrades revealed

WORLD NEWS
Iraq takes L-159s plus huge Russian arms deal, Israeli F-16I downs a drone and Chinese aggressors are revealed