Combat Aircraft - December 2016

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IN THE NEWS

Headline News
F-117A Nighthawk activity update, plus latest Middle East fighter deals and a new look for the Chinese J-20

US News
Textron Scorpion fires weapons, Global Hawk upgrades and all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including the first Romanian F-16 delivery, plus all the latest military losses

FEATURES

‘GRIFFINS’ IN TRANSYLVANIA
When the call comes, the Air National Guard answers in a way that is tangibly professional and patriotic. With the second half of a European Theater Security Package deployment to Romania in full swing, Frank Crébas and Rich Cooper embed with the 194th Fighter Squadron ‘Griffins’ as they mix it up in Europe

‘LOBOS’ IN EUROPE
Remco Stalenhoef visits the South Dakota Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing, ‘Lobos’ at Łask air base, Poland, for ‘Aviation Detachment 16-4’, a bilateral training exercise

SENTRY DUTY
Jamie Hunter and Sérgio Santana chart more than 40 years of the Boeing E-3 Sentry, one of the most distinctive symbols of the airborne early warning and control role, and an aircraft that continues to be constantly updated in order to face new threats

PROJECT LIBERTY EVOLVES
Michael Keaveney details the newest member of the Air Force Special Operations Command community: the 185th Special Operations Squadron at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma

UPGRADING ASIA’S ‘VIPERS’
The F-16 Fighting Falcon has evolved from a relatively limited lightweight air defense fighter into a multi-role warplane. Asian nations are at the heart of current upgrade initiatives, as Mike Yeo discovers

T¬50A   LOCKHEED’S ‘LOW¬RISK’ T¬X
While Boeing and Northrop Grumman are building all-new aircraft, both Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are offering proven platforms for the US Air Force’s T-X trainer competition to replace the venerable T-38. Jamie Hunter looks at Lockheed Martin’s T-50A offering and what it offers when compared with the new designs

EAGLES AND ANGELS
Drawing upon its significant combat experience with the H-60 Black Hawk, the Colombian Air Force has developed one of the most advanced attack versions of the model, as Santiago Rivas reveals

LIBYA’S BATTLE FOR SIRTE
Despite critical shortages of aircraft, spares and manpower, the cash-strapped Libya Dawn Air Force held the line during initial efforts to rid the city of Sirte from insurgents this summer. Arnaud Delalande investigates the fortunes of this ‘new’ Libyan air arm

THE ‘ASSAM DRAGGINS’
Jake Melampy heads to South Korea to meet the 25th Fighter Squadron, which is poised to take its ‘Warthogs’ into battle at a moment’s notice

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

PHANTOMS ON THE FRONT LINE
Iran’s 3rd Tactical Fighter Base maintains a fleet of around 30 Phantom IIs, including some of the most capable jets in the inventory. Babak Taghvaee examines how these F-4Es are now taking the fight to the so-called Islamic State