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AirForces Monthly February 2016

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In the February issue of AirForces Monthly (AFM) we look at how the US Air Force’s tactical airpower is retaining its ‘combat edge’ despite cutbacks and retirements of aircraft – it’s now all about precision-guided weapons.

Incursions by Russian military aircraft into UK-controlled airspace over the North Atlantic are once again a regular occurrence. The RAF responds by launching Typhoon fighters to intercept them. AFM contributor Tim Ripley explains how it all works.

Jon Lake examines how Saudi Arabia has rapidly advanced with the operational capabilities of its Eurofighter Typhoons – are they leaving the West behind?

The Royal Australian Air Force has been engaged in Operation Okra, its contribution to fight against Daesh in Iraq, since October. Nigel Pittaway provides an overview of operations and the aircraft involved.

Our editorial comment this month, asks why the US has never bought the combat-proven Dual Mode Brimstone for its tactical jets. There’s no other weapon in the world as capable – so what’s going on? Let’s hear your views for our Feedback page.

As always, AFM’s Dave Allport brings you the latest military aviation news from around the world.