Combat Aircraft - August 2016

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IN THE NEWS

Headline News
Canada eyes interim Super Hornet deal and F-35 tours the Netherlands

US News
What will the USAF do in its A-10 dilemma? Plus, Navy Osprey trials and all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including details of forthcoming Typhoon E-Scan radar testing, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

CENTURION RISING
The Eurofighter Typhoon has received its fair share of criticism regarding the protracted realization of its capabilities. However, with impetus from the UK stemming from the need to retire its Tornado GR4 fleet, the Typhoon is at last showing its full promise, as Jamie Hunter describes

IBERIAN TIGERS
Derek Bower heads to the 2016 Tiger Meet — the largest gathering of Tiger Squadrons for many years, and the first to be hosted by Ala 15 of the Spanish Air Force at Zaragoza

SWAMP FOXES
The South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing is an impressive unit. Jamie Hunter talks to its personnel, who are hugely experienced custodians of some of the most valuable skills to be found in the wider US Air Force. Photos by Jim Haseltine

COLOMBIA’S MEAN MACHINES
Neil Dunridge and Paul Filmer visit the Escuadrón de Combate 211 (211th Combat Squadron), part of the Grupo de Combate 21 (21st Fighter Group) at its base at Apiay. They found a unit on a high level of alert, despite recent peace talks

INDIAN SEA HARRIERS BOW OUT
The Indian Navy’s final Sea Harriers were withdrawn during an official ceremony in May. Angad Singh bids farewell to the last first-generation ‘jump jets’ in service anywhere in the world

THE ‘FLANKER’ FAMILY
Sukhoi’s Su-27 has proven to be such a good platform that its upgraded fighter variants will remain the most numerous Russian combat aircraft for several decades to come. In the first part of an in-depth briefing, Piotr Butowski presents the latest fighter ‘Flankers’, starting with the two-seat Su-30

IRON EAGLES
Derek Bower reports from the latest ‘Anatolian Eagle’ exercise, which attracted the usual mix of local fighters and support assets plus some rare visitors to central Turkey

HAWGSMOKE 2016
Every two years, A-10 squadrons from around the US Air Force come together for several days of exercise drills. Norman Graf went to Arizona for ‘Hawgsmoke’

THOR’S THUNDERBOLT
Sweden’s Saab Viggen was always a distinctive and charismatic aircraft. Jan Jørgensen reveals that it possessed capabilities like few other jets

DUTCH PIONEERS
‘Archers, welcome home!’ The words of the Dutch minister of defense to welcome two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35As as they arrived in Dutch airspace for the first time. Frank Crébas had exclusive access to this textbook public relations campaign for the new Dutch fighter

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