Combat Aircraft - October 2015

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CREATING A SUPER FIGHTER
The F-35 has been designed as the ultimate answer to future multi-role fighter requirements. CA looks at progress to date

STEP CHANGE FOR THE MARINE CORPS
Thomas Newdick examines the recent initial operating capability declaration plus plans for the future within the Marine Corps

POWERING THE F-35B
The Harrier re-wrote the rulebook when it came to military aviation. The F-35B took the Harrier operational concept, and adapted it for a modern, stealthy platform

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
Marine Corps marks initial operating capability (IOC) milestone with F-35B and Australia receives first EA-18G Growler

US News
Hill AFB set to receive first F-35As, Aviano ‘Vipers’ strike from Turkey and Marines bid farewell to the Sea Knight

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including Gripens on Icelandic patrol, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

VIPERS OF BABYLON
Fourteen months after the maiden flight of the first Iraqi F-16IQ Fighting Falcon, a first group of four ‘Vipers’ finally reached Iraq in July, as Babak Taghvaee details

EXERCISE REPORT: INDRADHANUSH
Rich Cooper and Jamie Hunter investigate the recent exercise that saw Indian Su-30 ‘Flankers’ flying missions with and against RAF Typhoons

HELLENIC PHANTOMS: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Over 40 years after its service entry with the Hellenic Air Force, Ioannis Lekkas explains how the F-4 Phantom II remains an essential component of Greece’s Tactical Air Force planning

TURKISH TALONS
Each year the Turkish Air Force is required to qualify 100 new pilots. Following on from last month’s review of KT-1T basic training, Mauro Finati and Paolo Rollino look at the advanced stage with the upgraded T-38M Talon

UNIT REVIEW: NOMAD NATION
The Lockheed Hercules is not usually associated with being a US Navy asset, but behind the scenes Navy C-130T units are very busy, as Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics found out

HOGS ON TOUR
The arrival of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron ‘Bulldogs’ at Spangdahlem AB, Germany, earlier this year marked the start of the first ever European Theater Security Package in support of Operation ‘Atlantic Resolve’. Rens van Rijn and Dennis Vink/ PHODOCU reflect on a successful deployment

A MOVING TARGET?
Jon Lake evaluates recent stories in the media regarding UK fighter strength and plans under the forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR)

INDUSTRY REPORT: RAPIDLY GOING NOWHERE?
An ambitious defense procurement effort initiated by Russia in the early 2010s has resulted in hundreds of new aircraft being taken on strength by the country’s air arms. However, Alexander Mladenov reveals that a number of problems threaten to derail this modernization process

GLORY DAYS: BLACK KNIGHTS RULE
In Part 2 of this look at VF-154, Tony Holmes concludes his examination of the unit’s valuable contribution to combat operations as it swapped F-14As for new Super Hornets

EXERCISE REPORT: FANG ON TOUR
Frank Crébas and Stephan de Bruijn/ Bluelifeaviation joined the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron when it became the first Air National Guard unit to lead a Theater Security Package in Europe

TIME FOR CHANGE
Although Bulgaria became a NATO member in 2004, its air force has not introduced any new combat equipment in that time. This is going to change in the near future, as Dr Andreas Zeitler and Andrea Avian reveal

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