Combat Aircraft - July 2017

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Headline News
BAE Systems unveils new Eurofighter and Hawk for Oman, US budget approvals and F-22 upgrade latest

US News
OA-X shapes up, F-35 goes after moving targets, plus all the latest unit and deployment news

World News
News from Europe and around the globe including the first Italian F-35B, plus all the latest military losses

CAPITAL GUARDIANS
The District of Columbia Air National Guard has a very important mission to play, one that has remained under the spotlight ever since the attacks of ‘9/11’, as Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink reveal

SWEDEN’S SKOOL MASTERS
Dirk Jan de Ridder examines the Swedish Air Force Flying Training School at Malmen near Linköping, flying the Saab Sk 60

TEAM SPIRIT
The second ‘Atlantic Trident’ exercise was held at Joint-Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia in April. It brought together the best US Air Force, Royal Air Force and French Air Force fighters for the ultimate team-building experience. Jamie Hunter was there to soak up the action

MEAN MANGUSTA
In the first of a series of features on attack helicopters, Francesco Militello Mirto and Luca La Cavera visit Rimini, one of the two regiments of the Italian Army’s Brigata Aeromobile flying the Mangusta

VICTORY CELEBRATION
As VFA-103 ‘Jolly Rogers’ gear up for their 75th anniversary, Jamie Hunter talks to the commanding officer

‘VIPERS’ IN VEGAS
After years of F-16 combat operations, the Royal Netherlands Air Force has devoted 2017 to regenerating its capabilities. Frank Visser joined the Dutch detachment to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and Nellis AFB, Nevada, this February

‘FULCRUM’ THROUGH THE DECADES
While production of the all-new MiG-29M/MiG-35 gathers pace, Piotr Butowski looks at the history of the ‘Fulcrum’, older versions and upgrades of which remain in widespread service around the world

ANCIENT RHINOS
Airworthy F-4Ds are a genuine rarity these days. In fact, the last examples in military service can be found with the 101st Tactical Fighter Squadron/Combat Command Training Squadron of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, as Babak Taghvaee describes

KNIGHTS OF THE NORTH
In March and April the Italian Air Force deployed six Eurofighter Typhoons to Keflavík, Iceland, in support of the NATO Icelandic Air Policing mission. Giovanni Colla and Remo Guidi braved the snow and ice to cover the detachment

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

RAMS ON THE ROAD
In April, eight F-35As from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah arrived at RAF Lakenheath, UK, for a maiden overseas deployment. Jamie Hunter went to witness the action