Combat Aircraft - December 2013x

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FEATURES

GULF AIR POWER 2013
Free-spending, strategically-located and with various potential threats in close proximity, the six member states of the Gulf Co-operation Council operate some of the most sophisticated combat aircraft in service anywhere in the world. Jon Lake examines how the eyes of the leading fighter manufacturers are firmly back on the Gulf

10 YEARS OF TYPHOON
The Eurofighter Typhoon has been in service for 10 years, but just how much it has evolved in that time is open to debate. Combat Aircraft assesses the type’s progress and future potential

SPECIAL REPORT: CAPABLE EAGLE
With shrinking budgets, it is an absolute necessity to forge strong strategic partnerships towards making an efficient, capable global response when the call to arms comes. Rich Cooper reports from the recent ‘Capable Eagle’ exercise

FUJI FIREPOWER
Gordon Arthur attends the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s two-hour action packed extravaganza, showcasing its vehicles and helicopters in a live-fire format

PAKISTAN’S AMAZING MIRAGES
The Dassault Mirage III/V in Pakistan Air Force service is one of the most fascinating fighter stories. As the delta-winged fighter approaches half a century in PAF service, Alan Warnes reveals how the air arm has scoured the world for these classic fighters

WILDCATS ON THE PROWL
Neil Pearson embarks the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to join the F/A-18C Hornets of Strike Fighter Squadron One Three One (VFA-131) ‘Wildcats’, and finds an aircraft keeping pace with its younger sibling, the Super Hornet

SETTING THE NEW ‘GOLD STANDARD’
The Royal Air Force’s No IV(R) Squadron at RAF Valley flies the BAE Systems Hawk T2 in the advanced flying training role. As Jamie Hunter reports, the training being conducted there is world-leading

GLORY DAYS: COMBAT LANCER
A Warren E. Thompson classic that looks at the troubled early development of the F-111 and its first combat deployment in Vietnam

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

GLOBAL HAWK UNDER FIRE
Once billed as the solution to the US Air Force’s high-altitude surveillance needs, the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk has run into increasing trouble. Rick Lavere considers the progress made by the UAV to date, and examines its future prospects. Northrop Grumman

EXERCISE REPORTS

MOUNTAIN ROUNDUP 2013
The skies over southern Idaho saw an increase in flying activity from October 2-16 as assets came together for the 2013 edition of Exercise ‘Mountain Roundup’. Joe Zerbe was there

SHAHEEN II
An exclusive report by Combat Aircraft on the Pakistan Air Force’s visit to Hotan in western China, where it became the first air force to work with the PLAAF in a full-scale combat exercise

ARCTIC CHALLENGE 2013
Marco Dijkshoorn joins the ‘Arctic Challenge’ Exercise (ACE) and finds a Nordic Air Meet ‘on steroids’

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
South Korea re-opens fighter content, Boeing to end C-17 production and Romania opts for second-hand F-16s

US NEWS
US outlines procurement priorities, QF-16 makes first unmanned flight and all the latest F-35 news

UK NEWS
VC10 and C-130K both bow out of Royal Air Force service

WORLD NEWS
New aircraft for Afghanistan, China’s J-15 ‘Flying Shark’ faces criticism and Mirage F1s bound for Argentina

EUROPE NEWS
Dutch F-35 plans detailed, Belarus upgrades its MiG-29s and Block 4 Rafales delivered