AirForces Monthly - February 2012

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FEATURES

GREECE
'S AIR DEFENCES - A TRAGEDY WAITING TO HAPPEN?
With Greece facing tough choices on its monetary policy over the coming years, her defence budget is one of the obvious targets for cuts. AFM's Jerry Gunner asks if the country will be able to maintain a credible defence posture on the increasingly important eastern flank of NATO.

FORCE REPORT - BULGARIAN AIR FORCE
Dirk Jan de Ridder visits the Bulgarian Air Force as it struggles to modernise its aircraft and helicopters on an ever tighter budget.

PROTECTING AGAINST PIRACY
Somali pirates have been in the headlines over recent months, seizing merchant ships and kidnapping tourists from Kenyan holiday resorts. Tim Ripley looks at the role of airpower in operations against the pirates and pro-Al Qaeda Islamic militant groups in the Horn of Africa region.

MULTI-NATIONAL C-17
Kees Otten, Wim Das and Koos Heemskerk find out what the multi-national Heavy Airlift Wing's C-17A Globemaster IIIs are tasked with on a daily basis.

COUNTRY REPORT: NETHERLANDS
Peter Baastiens reviews the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force) as it emerges from a series of savage financial and physical cuts.

POSTCARD FROM DUBAI
Alan Warnes presents a photo-feature of the stars of the Dubai Airshow, held over November 13 to 17.

SWISS PREFER SWEDES
In an exclusive, Air Forces Monthly describes how Switzerland came to choose Sweden's Saab JAS-39 Gripen for its F-5E/F Tiger II replacement fighter.

REGULARS

NEWS


LOW-FLY UK!
AFM's Essential Guide to Military Low-Level Photography Locations in the UK reaches number seven in the top ten.

FEEDBACK
Correspondence from you, our loyal readers.

EXERCISE REPORT: NIGHTHAWK
Pieter Baastiens reports on Exercise Nighthawk, held at Aalborg Air Base in Denmark between October 3 and 14.

EXERCISE REPORT: RUSSIA'S `DAY OF ARMY AVIATION' EXERCISE
Sergy Aleksandrov reports from behind the old Iron Curtain.

EXERCISE REPORT: BORA 2011
Timm Ziegenthaler reports from the German Army Combat Training Centre (GUZ) at Letzlinger Heide, near Magdeburg

AND FINALLY: OVER THE FENCE TODAY - RAF UPPER HEYFORD
Graham Robson harks back to when `Swingers' graced the skies of Oxfordshire.

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