Combat Aircraft - November 2015

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IN THE NEWS

Headline News
Typhoon seals Kuwait deal, Raptors deploy to Europe and latest Chinese J-20 flies

US News
F-35Cs fly at NAS Fallon, Long-Range Strike — Bomber eagerly awaited and Super Hornet tests long-range ship strike missile

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including the Royal Air Force’s ‘Blackjack’ intercept, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

AIR POWER REVIEW: ANDEAN ARMY AVIATION
Providing aerial support to Chile’s Army is a small but proud and dedicated force of aviators from the Brigada de Aviación de Ejército (BAVE) de Chile, which has its main base near the city of Rancagua. In a world premiere, the BAVE opened its doors to Cees-Jan van der Ende and Cristobal Soto Pinto

GROWLER DOWN UNDER
Australia’s decision to procure the EA-18G will provide the Royal Australian Air Force with a stepchange in capability. With the first Aussie Growler now rolled out, Brad Elward provides a timely program update

‘BONEHEADS’ ON THE FRONT LINE
Jamie Hunter details how the arrival of four F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron marked the first formal training detachment of the type to the European theater

CLOSER TO THE FIGHT
The Turkish government’s ‘game-changing’ decision permitting coalition forces to operate fighters from Incirlik saw Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’ enter its second phase. Babak Taghvaee reports on Aviano’s F-16s that are now right on the front line

THE SURGICAL STRIKER
Having entered front-line service with the Royal Air Force in 1982, the Tornado has enjoyed an unparalleled service record. Jamie Hunter describes how these aircraft still provide the backbone of the RAF’s precision strike force

‘HAMMER’ BLOW!
Centerspread poster of an F-15I Ra’am (Thunder) Eagle of the Israel Air and Space Force’s 69 Squadron ‘Hammers’ during Exercise ‘Red Flag 15-4’

‘LOBOS’ IN KOREA
In addition to the deployments by USAF assets into the Middle Eastern theater, deployments to the Asia-Paci¬c region have been somewhat overlooked, as Jake Melampy reports

UNIT REVIEW: GETTING THE JOB DONE!
In this first half of a two-part comprehensive review of the Boeing C-17 program, Dick Wels, Hans Drost and Henk de Ridder visit Charleston AFB, home of global reach with the Globemaster III

MOSCOW SHOWCASE
Alexander Golz reports from the International Aviation and Space Salon, MAKS, at Zhukovsky near Moscow

GROWLER DOWN UNDER
Australia’s decision to procure the EA-18G will provide the Royal Australian Air Force with a stepchange in capability. With the first Aussie Growler now rolled out, Brad Elward provides a timely program update

UNIT REVIEW: BEING THE BAD GUY
For nearly 20 years the F-5 Tiger IIs of VFC-13 have roamed the skies over northern Nevada. Frank Visser heads to NAS Fallon to reflect on what has been a busy year for the ‘Fighting Saints’

EXERCISE REPORT: SENTRY FIGHTERS
After a four-year hiatus, ‘Sentry Eagle’ has returned to Kingsley Field at Klamath Falls, Oregon. Curt Jans gets amongst the action

UNIT REVIEW: PROUD PATROLLERS
Ted Carlson visits Patrol Squadron 62 ‘Broadarrows’, a Reserve unit, which will be one of the last (if not the last) operators of the US Navy P-3C Orion

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