Combat Aircraft - May 2017

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HEADLINE NEWS
USAF to hold light attack aircraft experiment, F-15C under threat

US NEWS
US Air Force looks set to retain the Lockheed U-2S until 2025, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe including Indian Mirage 2000 displayed with Rafael Popeye missile, Swiss Air Force F-5 squadron changes plus all the latest military losses

USAF LOOKS AT LIGHT ATTACK
Jamie Hunter describes the US Air Force’s plan to examine options for an ‘affordable’ new light attack platform, able to support ground forces in a ‘low-end’ conflict

WINTER HIDE
The Royal Danish Air Force regularly heads south in the winter months to enable it to make the most of better weather conditions and keep on top of its training, as Søren Augustesen reveals

LIGHTNING TESTERS
The F-35B is the central pillar in the future of US Marine Corps aviation. The challenge of realizing the capabilities and potential of such an advanced aircraft is felt across the Aviation Combat Element, but nowhere more so than at VMX-1. Jamie Hunter meets the Marine Corps’ specialist operational test unit

ITALIAN STALLIONS
Francesco Militello Mirto flies with the Italian Air Force’s 4° Stormo in the potent Eurofighter Typhoon

RAFALE’S WAR ON TERROR
Under Operation ‘Chammal’ - the French participation in Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’ - Rafales have been forward-deployed in Jordan. Frédéric Lert details how the French Air Force has reached a new level in power projection

THE THURSDAY WAR
Derek Bower discovers how Cobham Aviation Services works hand-in-hand with the UK Ministry of Defence to provide high-level training support, particularly in the weekly ‘Thursday War’

SECRETIVE STINGERS
When the US Air Force needed to boost the numbers in its gunship fleet it turned to converted C-130Hs, giving rise to the potent AC-130W - better known as the Stinger II. Ashley Wallace travels to Cannon AFB to see these elusive machines in action

SPANISH ARMADA
Giovanni Colla and Sergio Lanna visit Base Naval de Rota, Spain, and find Spanish Naval Aviation (Flotilla de Aeronaves - FLOAN) celebrating its centenary

CHARLIE MED
Ivan Voukadinov finds out more about a valuable resource for the Alaskan military and civilian communities: a company of US Army medical evacuation UH-60 Black Hawks

ENEMIES OF THE STATE
As President Donald Trump took office he immediately ordered his generals and security advisors to deliver within a month a plan on how to defeat the so-called Islamic State. Tim Ripley provides a current situation report for Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’

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