Combat Aircraft - February 2014x

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FEATURES

EXERCISE REPORT: CRUZEX

Marnix Sap and Carlo Brummer go to Brazil for the latest edition of this fascinating exercise. Additional reporting by Santiago Rivas

TYPHOON FROM THE COCKPIT
The US Marine Corps and Royal Air Force have exchanged pilots for decades. Maj D. R. ‘Ged’ Miller sampled the pride of the RAF when he swapped the cockpit of his F/A-18C Hornet for the Typhoon

RUSSIAN AIR FORCE 2025
After countless false starts, in recent years efforts to provide the Russian air arms with new equipment have finally begun to bear fruit. Piotr Butowski looks at the status of the current key programs

EXERCISE REPORT: ‘BLUE FLAG’
The Israeli Air Force Advanced Training Center at Ovda hosted the international ‘Blue Flag’ exercise. Ofer Zidon was there

FRENCH FIGHTER TESTERS
Gert Kromhout visits the Centre d’Éxpériences Aériennes Militaires (CEAM) and Escadron de Chasse et d’Expérimentation 5/330 ‘Côte d’Argent’, responsible for operational test and evaluation of French fighters

F-15SA: SAUDI ADVANCED EAGLE
In an exclusive first for Combat Aircraft, Jon Lake presents the most detailed description to date of the F-15SA and finds the most advanced Eagle flying today

RUSSIA’S GATOR ON THE RISE
Alexander Mladenov provides a briefing on the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter, in squadron service with the Russian Air Force’s Army Aviation branch

‘SACRED COWS’ SERVE ON
Salvador Mafé Huertas examines the Quinta Escuadrilla (Fifth Squadron)’s operation of the oldest aircraft in the Spanish Naval Aviation fleet, the Sea King

GLORY DAYS: SEA HARRIER OVER THE BALKANS
In this second part of our review of Sea Harrier operations over the former Yugoslavia, Richard Scott recalls the introduction to front-line service of the much-modernized FA2 variant, and its impact on the force

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

TYPHOON COMES OF AGE
As 2013 came to an end, Eurofighter celebrated a number of significant milestones. Jamie Hunter reports. Alenia Aermacchi/Luigino Caliaro

SPECIAL ISSUE F-16 AT 40

THE MIGHTY ‘VIPER’
Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon is the epitome of a military aviation success story. In this issue, we pay tribute to the fighter that remarkably made its maiden flight 40 years ago. Jon Lake and Jamie Hunter outline the program to date

FRIESIAN FIGHTERS
Frank Crébas/Bluelife Aviation travels to Leeuwarden, the capital of the northern province of Friesland, home to one of the two Main Operating Bases (MOBs) of the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s F-16 squadrons

FOXES OF SOUDA BAY
In 2013, 340 Mira celebrated 60 years of continuous contribution to Hellenic Air Force operations and 10 years of F-16 Block 52+ employment. The squadron is the leading precision night-strike units in the world, as Ioannis Lekkas details

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Boeing teams with Saab for T-X trainer contest, South Korea ‘selects’ the F-35 and USAF F-35A basing plans announced

US NEWS
Last QRF-4C handed over to USAF, P-8A Poseidon heads out on operational deployment and AH-64E Apache Guardian fielded

UK NEWS
UK announces fifth operational Typhoon squadron as multi-role capability arrives at Leuchars

WORLD NEWS
Chinese UAV latest, Korean special mission Tu-154 and Australian MRH-90 update

EUROPE NEWS
A400M Grizzly 1 flies into retirement, Spanish live fire exercise