Combat Aircraft - December 2015

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Headline News
F-35C tackles second period of carrier trials and F-16V makes first flight

US News
KC-46 Pegasus enters flight-testing, selected B-52s lose nuclear role, and all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from round the globe including the latest J-10 variant, plus all the latest military aircraft losses

ADVANCING THE EAGLE
The F-15 is still regarded as one of the finest fighter aircraft ever built, but can Boeing continue to attract orders for its ultimate Eagle, or is it moving into a support and upgrade phase instead? Jamie Hunter and Brad Elward assess the program

COMBAT REPORT: A RUSSIAN PROXY WAR IN SYRIA
Stefan Büttner details how the Russian Air Force has been flying daily air strikes against rebel forces and terrorists from the Syrian air¬field of Latakia

EXERCISE REPORT: SEA BREEZE 2015
Alexander Golz joins the ‘Sea Breeze’ naval exercise in Ukraine

‘GREEN BATS’ OVER THE RACEWAY
An exclusive centerspread photo by Steve Davies of a flight of 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron (TES) F-15C Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle and F-35A Lightning IIs flying over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

DELTA DEPARTURE
Horacio J. Clariá joins Argentina’s Escuadrón Mirage of the VI Brigada Aérea for its last operational deployment

PROJECT DOWRAN F-4S
Project Dowran — Iran’s F-4E Phantom II upgrade — has finally begun to yield tangible results, as Babak Taghvaee reports

MAKE OR BREAK
Alexander Mladenov and Krasimir Grozev, with exclusive images from Rich Cooper, look at how Bulgaria’s modest air arm went through a stormy period after its outspoken commander-in-chief resigned in October

MORE STING FOR FINNISH HORNETS
Derek Bower heads to Finland to see how the MLU2-standard F/A-18 Hornet is bringing an all-new air-to-ground capability to the Nordic air arm

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

CONTRACTOR AIR SERVICES

DISCOVERY AIR DEFENCE 
Canadian defense contractor Discovery Air Defense has more aircraft and personnel than most air forces. Rich Cooper reports from Wittmund

ATAC   SMART FLEET SUPPORT
Combat Aircraft editor Jamie Hunter talks to the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) about its proven track record with the US Navy

DRAKEN INTERNATIONAL
Draken International is the largest private operator of tactical aircraft in the world. Frank Crébas/Bluelife Aviation flies with the company during F-35 trials support

AIR USA
Air USA provides airborne adversary and Joint Tactical Airborne Controller training, with significant contracts with the US Marine Corps as James Deboer reveals