Combat Aircraft - June 2014

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LIFT OVERVIEW

LEAD-IN FIGHTER TRAINERS (LIFT)
A few key types dominate the world market for advanced jet training aircraft. Jamie Hunter and Jon Lake assess how these have been adapted to fill wider roles and emerging technologies

KAI T-50 GOLDEN EAGLE
Jon Lake examines the Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 and KAI’s experience in license-producing the KF-16, which was the starting point for the Golden Eagle

BAE SYSTEMS HAWK
With 998 aircraft sold, the Hawk has an impressive track record. But is it yesterday’s trainer or a world-leader? Jamie Hunter presents the case

ALENIA AERMACCHI M-346 MASTER
Giovanni Colla visits the Alenia Aermacchi plant in Venegono to analyze the status of the M-346, a program now making rapid progress

FEATURES

FIGHTER FOCUS: SAAB JAS 39E GRIPEN
The editor goes to Linköping to see Saab’s progress with its latest incarnation of its popular JAS 39 Gripen fighter. Jamie Hunter

LEMOORE STRIKE WING
Located in mid-California’s flat farming country, Naval Air Station Lemoore is home to an incredible 16 famous squadrons that form the backbone of Strike Fighter Wing Pacific. Jamie Hunter and Richard Collens travel to ‘Hornet Country’

INDUSTRY REPORT: DEFENDING POSEIDON
Brad Elward looks at the latest report on the P-8 Poseidon from the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, and the testing that followed, offering some insights into the status of the program today and what can be expected during the rest of 2014

SPECIAL REPORT: LIGHTNING STRIKES AT LUKE
With the arrival of its first F-35A, Luke AFB is one step closer to becoming the world’s largest Joint Strike Fighter base, but it still has a long way to go as Rens van Rijn and Dennis Vink find out

GERMANY’S SPECIAL MISSIONS TRANSALLS
Stefan Petersen flies with a newly commissioned Luftwaffe squadron that supports German special forces with the dependable C-160D Transall

SPECIAL REPORT: DIRT STRIP HERCS
Nevatim is home to the C-130 Hercules of the Israeli Air Force’s transport wing. This critical component of the Israel Defense Forces is regularly tested from dirt airstrips, as Ofer Zidon discovers

FEAR THE REAPER
Over the past year, General Atomics has made an aggressive effort to maintain its industry-leading advantage in drone technology and invested in a more advanced derivative of its successful Predator B (MQ-9 Reaper), known as the Predator C Avenger. Rick Lavere reports

EXERCISE REPORT: COMBAT TRAINING AT TWENTYNINE PALMS
James Deboer heads into the desert to find Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, also known as Twentynine Palms, home to a new breed of exercise that tests Marines to the max

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

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
CA examines images taken over Texas that could be of a secret aircraft type, plus South Korea firms up on F-35, and Qatar goes on a spending spree

US NEWS
A-10 retirement options evaluated, Navy pushes for more Growlers, and all the latest unit and deployments news

WORLD NEWS
China to end J-11B production, Oman takes new F-16s and Canada delays F-35 purchase

EUROPE NEWS
Euro-tanking — exercise takes a combined approach, reprieve for Polish ‘Fitters’ and Sweden eyes more Gripens