Combat Aircraft - October 2016

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FREE SUPPLEMENT PLUS STRATEGIC BOMBERS OF THE WORLD
Combat Aircraft details current and future strategic bomber programs including the USAF’s B-1B, B-2A and B-52H plus the future B-21. Plus the Russian Tu-95, Tu-22M and Tu-160, and China’s Xi’an H-6.

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
USAF declares initial operating capability for F-35A, KC-46 hits Milestone C, and two new close air support options for USAF

US News
USAF looks at new contracted aggressors, Block 20 AC-130J delivered, and all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including Russian ‘Backfires’ in Iran, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

BLACK KNIGHTS OVER LIBYA
Babak Taghvaee details recent US Marine Corps operations against forces of the so-called Islamic State in Sirte, Libya

SEEK TO DESTROY
Over the skies of North Africa, a heterogeneous fleet of highly modified aircraft is carrying out extensive surveillance activities, as David Cenciotti reveals

BULLDOGS ON TOUR
Jake Melampy describes the growing trend of rotational deployments to bolster the US presence at bases in Guam, Japan and South Korea

SUPER TUCANOS HONE SKILLS AT NELLIS
Exercise ‘Green Flag — West’ at Nellis AFB, Nevada, continues to hone close air support skills. Frank Crébas reports on the recent participation by A-29 Super Tucanos of the 81st Fighter Squadron

TEAM BOXER’S GULF MISSION
Jamie Hunter examines how AV-8B Harrier IIs from the USS Boxer in the Persian Gulf joined strike aircraft operating from carriers in the Mediterranean during Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’

GUARDSMEN IN BULGARIA
This year’s US-Bulgarian ‘Thracian Eagle’ exercise was held at Graf Ignatievo and saw Air National Guard Eagles make the most of dissimilar air combat training with their Bulgarian allies. Alexander Mladenov brings our report

WINGS OF VICTORY
Jeroen van Veenendaal and Roelof-Jan Gort talk to a US Army AH-64 pilot in Germany about recent changes in flying the Apache 82

MEN IN BLACK
Francesco Militello Mirto and Luca La Cavera visit the Italian Air Force’s 15° Stormo in Cervia and discover the advanced features of the new, highly capable HH-101A Caesar

ECUADOR’S WILD CATS
The Denel Cheetah is the primary combat aircraft of the Ecuadorian Air Force. Santiago Rivas provides an update on its status

SERIOUS PATRIOT
Neil Dunridge reports from Hill AFB, Utah, as the 303rd Fighter Squadron flies a live weapons exercise prior to its deployment to Europe this summer

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