Combat Aircraft - June 2013

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RUSSIA’S UPGRADED MiG-29s
The rejection by Algeria of Mikoyan’s advanced MiG-29SMT fighters may have been an embarrassment for the Russian aerospace industry, but, as Sergey Aleksandrov reports, it provided a useful windfall for the Russian Air Force

INDUSTRY REPORT: MOROCCO’S BIRDS OF PREY
Morocco’s Block 52 F-16s are arguably the most sophisticated and capable fighters operational in Africa. Paul Giannico discovers how the Royal Moroccan Air Force is among an elite group of air arms that operate the type

T-50 TESTING GATHERS PACE
With four prototypes now at Zhukovsky and a fifth under construction at Komsomolsk-on- Amur, Piotr Butowski brings us up-to-date on the Sukhoi T-50

‘DAMBUSTERS’ AT 70
This May one of the world’s most famous flying squadrons celebrates the 70th anniversary of the operation that led to its existence. That unit is the Royal Air Force’s No 617 Squadron — the ‘Dambusters’. Jamie Hunter travels to RAF Lossiemouth to see the unit in action

AIR POWER REVIEW: US NAVY 2013
Celebrating its 102nd anniversary in May, the US Navy continues to maintain the world’s largest fleet of carriers. Tom Kaminski provides his comprehensive overview

CHILE’S WINGS OF THE ARMADA
Cristobal Soto Pino, Neil Dunridge and Kevin Jackson recount how Chilean Naval Aviation celebrated its 90th anniversary in March and report on its current capabilities

C-130J SUPER HERCULES Part 2: Marine Corps, Coast Guard and international service
Following coverage of the C-130J in US Air Force service in our May issue, Tom Kaminski details variants serving with the US Marine Corps and Coast Guard, as well as the steadily increasing number of international air arms that have adopted this latest incarnation of the legendary airlifter

FAREWELL TO THE ‘PANTHERS’
May 2013 marked the end of 35 years of A-10 operations within United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). Neil Dunridge joins the ‘Panthers’ of the 81st Fighter Squadron for their final fling

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

HEADLINE NEWS
RAF shakes up operational test squadrons, first new Chinook for UK makes maiden flight

US NEWS
More details on how ‘sequestration’ is hitting the US military, Boeing updates F/A-XX concept and latest F-35 news

UK NEWS
Marham chosen as F-35 base, No 6 Squadron goes multi-role, and first UK squadron pilots fly F-35

EUROPE NEWS
Gripen engages in Swiss trials, first Belgian Navy NH90 and Netherlands grounds F-35s

WORLD NEWS
Malaysian fighter contest hots up, J-20 weapon testing under way and all the latest world fighter news