Combat Aircraft - April 2018

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EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON
The Eurofighter Typhoon program has proved to be a huge success for the European aerospace industry in terms of capability development and export success — is this set to continue?

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ONE OF THREE SR-71 BLACKBIRD BOOKS

IN THE NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
US defence budget sets bomber force on new vector, and USAF moves ahead with light attack experiment

US NEWS
A-10s back in Afghanistan, General Atomics and Boeing team up on MQ-25, plus all the latest unit news

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe including the first Italian-built F-35B arriving in the US, plus all the latest military losses

FORCE REPORT

RUSSIAN FIGHTER EVALUATION: PART 2
In the second of a three-part review of fighter aircraft in Russian service, Piotr Butowski turns to the Sukhois: the Su-27, Su-30M2 and Su-30SM

FEATURES

THE BRIEFING
Combat Aircraft’s regular column by Robert Beckhusen, taking a look behind the headlines — this month examining possible secret USAF ‘black’ programs

EYE ON THE EAST
Air warfare briefings from the Asia-Pacific by Andreas Rupprecht

KOREA’S SUPER ‘SPOOKS’
A rare glance at the surviving F-4Es of the Republic of Korea Air Force

COMBAT REPORT: SYRIA, THE SUFA AND THE SAEGHE
For the first time since 2006, the Israeli Air Force has lost a manned aircraft in combat, as Babak Taghvaee describes

RAF 100: A FORMIDABLE FORCE
As the Royal Air Force turns 100, the Combat Aircraft team evaluates the United Kingdom air arm’s ability to face current and future threats

CHARLESTON’S GLOBAL LIFTERS
Rich Cooper hikes the vast ramps of Joint Base Charleston, the US Air Force’s largest and busiest C-17A Globemaster III base

WOLF PACK
In recent months, tensions have been running high in the Pacific theater of operations. Stefan Goossens visits the 8th Fighter Wing and meets the ‘Wolf’…

RARE ‘WOLVES’
If ever there were a rare breed analogy for aircraft, Harriers in Europe would come near the top of the list. Dr Andreas Zeitler and Andrea Avian find out how the Italian Navy may have signed up for the F-35B, but that its AV-8Bs are still going strong

COMBAT REPORT: AL UDEID
Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar is one of the most important operating locations in the Middle East, supporting missions over Iraq and Syria with a renewed focus on Afghanistan

NORDIC FIGHTER FRATERNITY
Søren Nielsen explains how the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway have found a way to optimize their daily training without any of them having to deploy

SR-71: LEGEND OF THE ‘HABU’
Lockheed’s incomparable SR-71 successfully completed its first operational sortie 50 years ago this year. Paul Crickmore looks back on some of its ‘milestone’ missions

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

FLASHBACK
Our regular feature looking at squadrons and types that are gone but not forgotten — this month it’s the RF-4Cs of the ‘No Gun Shoguns’