Combat Aircraft - May 2016

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IN THE NEWS

Headline News
B-21 revealed by USAF, Russia re-balances forces in Syria, and Australia publishes defense white paper

US News
USAF re-launches C-130 AMP, US budget news and all the latest unit news and deployment updates

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including the Indian Sea Harrier retirement, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

‘GREEN BATS’ IN THE EYE OF THE STORM
This spring, the US Air Force’s 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron ‘Green Bats’ will report to Gen Herbert ‘Hawk’ Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, on the readiness of the F-35A Lightning II to work up toward initial operating capability. Steve Davies reports on the latest progress at Nellis AFB

RESCUE ON MOUNT RAINIER
The Boeing CH-47 was the workhorse of the war in Afghanistan, where its ability to carry loads in ‘hot and high’ conditions made it invaluable. That has also made the Chinook a vital asset for mountain rescues in Mount Rainier National Park, as Barry D. Smith reveals

FIGHT CLUB
Affectionately known as ‘¬fighter pilot camp’, the ‘Sentry Savannah’ exercise was designed by -fighter pilots for fighter pilots. James Deboer goes to Georgia to see the action ¬first-hand

BIG EARS AND THE BLACK¬WINGED SNAKE
A s these words are being read, a US Air Force RC-135 will be probing some dark corner of our uncertain world, gathering intelligence that is both vital to the safety of its homeland and, ultimately, the wider West. Martin Streetly explores the clandestine realm of the USAF’s ‘ferrets’

TALON HATE BREAKS COVER
Jamie Hunter looks at Talon HATE, a new podded system for the F-15C that is set to revolutionize its relationship with the F-22

WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
Meeting a United Arab Emirates requirement for a combat-capable low-cost helicopter, Abu Dhabi-based NorthStar Aviation has developed a new military derivative of the proven Bell 407. In the first part of a series of features covering counter-insurgency platforms, Vince Powell examines this little known project

A ‘BRILLIANT’ PLAN
In January the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas light fighter made its international debut at the Bahrain International Airshow 2016. Angad Singh assesses whether this was the start of a more promising future for the troubled Tejas

PACIFIC PARTNERS
Mark Rourke and Alan Addison head to Guam, a name synonymous with the Paci¬fic conflict in WW2. Air power indeed still plays a major role in the fortunes of the southernmost island of the Marianas, as highlighted in Exercise ‘Cope North’

‘FITTER’ SUNSET
The Sukhoi Design Bureau long ago forged a reputation for big and powerful fighterbombers. Tom Cooper, with Thomas Newdick, detail how a dwindling number of Sukhoi Su-22s remain in service with a handful of air forces around the world

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