Combat Aircraft - September 2013

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FEATURES

BALTIC AIR POLICING: FINAL BOW FOR THE MIRAGE F1CR
Six out of 28 NATO member states are unable to defend their own airspace. France is currently performing the Baltic Air Policing mission for the fourth time, as Tieme Festner and Cees-Jan van der Ende report

EXERCISE REPORT: ARCTIC FIGHTER MEET 2013
Jan Jørgensen attends the Arctic Fighter Meet at Bodø, located on Norway’s west coast, just north of the Arctic Circle

F-15E: DIFFERENT BENEATH THE SKIN
No-one expected the F-15E to become a close air support platform when the aircraft first flew, but as Robert F. Dorr details, improvements in sensors, avionics and ordnance have changed all that

EXERCISE REPORT: TIGER! TIGER! TIGER!
The largest ever NATO Tiger Meet brought an impressive array of front-line aircraft to Ørland MAS, Norway — and thus afforded perhaps the best training opportunities of any NTM to date. Ben Dunnell was there

UK AIR POWER 2013
Since the end of the Cold War, the Royal Air Force has seen a steady decline in strength and resources. The UK’s armed forces have been especially badly hit by budget cutbacks over the past five years. Combat Aircraft reviews the future prospects of the RAF. Photo Jamie Hunter

EUROPE’S FINAL FISHBEDS
Over 50 years after the type was first flown, the MiG-21 is still serving on the front line in Europe. Dirk Jan de Ridder explains how, over the next 12 months, several of these operators may finally replace their jets

AIR POWER REVIEW: BRAZILIAN ARMY AVIATION COMES OF AGE
Santiago Rivas reports on how Brazilian Army Aviation is emerging as a very modern and efficient force, with a growing fleet composed almost entirely of Eurocopters

EXERCISE REPORT: ANATOLIAN EAGLE 2013
Derek Bower visits Exercise ‘Anatolian Eagle’ for a rare opportunity to see some Middle Eastern air combat assets deployed in Europe

GLORY DAYS: SEA HARRIER OVER THE BALKANS
It is now 20 years since Royal Navy Sea Harriers first deployed into the Adriatic as part of Operation ‘Grapple’. In this first instalment of a two-part feature, Richard Scott looks at the contribution of the FRS1 variant in its twilight years

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

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
X-47B ‘traps’ aboard a carrier for the first time, USAF squadrons return to operations following grounding and US Navy receives F-35C

US NEWS
P-8 Poseidon passes operational test milestone, Mildenhall receives first Ospreys and California ANG gets F-15Cs

UK NEWS
RAF Typhoon training latest, third F-35B delivered and MoD evaluates unmanned future

EUROPE NEWS
Spanish Mirage F1s bow out, first Italian ICH-47F makes maiden flight and Russia shapes up for MiG-35

WORLD NEWS
First Australian MH-60R maiden flight, new missile on J-20 and UAE Typhoon deal looks to be on?