Combat Aircraft - January 2016

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IN THE NEWS

Headline News
Long-Range Strike — Bomber competition award, France targets Syria and latest developments with Eurofighter Typhoon

US News
Lakenheath Eagles target Islamic State, F-35A fires its gun and CH-53K makes maiden flight

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including Norwegian F-35s arriving at Luke AFB, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

BUZZARD AND THUNDER
The Eagle remains the backbone of the Israeli Air Force, and the multi-role F-15I is at the heart of Israel’s long-range combat operations. As a future Eagle order becomes a possibility, Ofer Zidon profiles the F-15 in Israeli service

UNIT REPORT: KINGS AND COMMANDOS
Jake Melampy joins the ‘Nightstalkers’ of the 415th Special Operations Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

EXERCISE REPORT: ‘TRIDENT JUNCTURE’
NATO’s ‘Trident Juncture’ exercise demonstrated the alliance’s increased emphasis on joint modern warfare and interoperability. Giovanni Colla and Remo Guidi report

THE WESTERN WEIGHTLIFTER
Tom Kaminski details the C-17 Globemaster III, which combines both strategic and tactical capabilities in a single airframe

UNIT REPORT: DRAGONS VERSUS MINES
Hans Drost visits Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia to learn how the US Navy’s MH-53E Sea Dragon aircrews go about their hazardous work countering sea mines

SENTINEL SURVIVAL
Once threatened with the axe, the fate of the Bombardier Sentinel intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance aircraft of the Royal Air Force’s No V(AC) Squadron has taken a dramatic turn, as Angus Batey discovers

FIGHTER FOCUS: RUSSIAN RAPTOR?
Once billed as Russia’s rival to the F-22 Raptor, the Sukhoi T-50 has run into trouble of late. Piotr Butowski covers this program, plus the two advanced ‘Flanker’ variants that are now entering service with the Russian Air Force

‘SCRAMBLE!’
Rich Cooper flies with the four 59th Tactical Fighter Wing JAS 39C Gripens from Kecskemét air base that are for the first time flying the Baltic Air Policing mission out of the Lithuanian base of Šiauliai

‘SPOOKIES’ STILL GOING STRONG
Santiago Rivas ventures into the world of the Colombian Air Force’s Fantasmas, the AC-47T gunships that continue to see action against local guerrillas as well as acting as command posts for anti-criminal operations

GLORY DAYS: LAST OF THE GUNFIGHTERS
‘When you’re out of F-8s, you’re out of ¬fighters’. Warren E. Thompson talks to pilots about their most memorable experiences of taking the Crusader into combat in South-east Asia

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