AirForces Monthly - August 2012

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RAF Typhoon - Ready to Swing! 
In the first of a two-part feature, industry expert Jon Lake assesses the Eurofighter Typhoon Phase 1 Enhancement programme and what it will mean for the Royal Air Force.

Tornado Turns Thirty! 
Tim Ripley compares the Tornado GR4 of today with the early version of the famous aircraft that entered RAF service 30 years ago.

Luni Times
Italian Navy AgustaWestland EH-101ASHs have just returned from Afghanistan after more than a year in the operational theatre.  Francesco Militello Mirto and Luca La Cavera flew with them at Luni-Sarzana Air Base in Italy.

Force Report: The Chinese Dragon spreads its wings
China is strengthening its military forces – and has the money to do so.  Dr Dave Sloggett and AFM’s Jerry Gunner analyse the People’s Liberation Army Air Force in an exclusive and extensive feature.

The Need for SEAD
Dr Dave Sloggett looks at how the US is altering its doctrine in the Pacific rim due to the evolving Chinese military forces.

A Grizzly Predator
Ted Carlson/ describes how the future is changing the Air National Guard’s traditional role with the introduction of the MQ-1 Predator.

Retro Revenge
Hawker Hunter Aviation is leading the way in providing high-tech threat training at a reasonable cost.  Key Publishing’s Glenn Sands went to RNAS Yeovilton in somerset to find out how it’s done.

The Poseidon Venture
The US Navy is acquiring 117 jet-powered aircraft – Boeing P-8A Poseidons – to replace its venerable Lockheed P-3 Orion fleet of submarine hunters-killers.  Blair Watson assesses the programme as the type nears service entry.

Flanker Follow-On
Douglas Barrie profiles the Russian Air Force’s future fighter, designed to take on the F-22A Raptor.

’Gator hatching in Russia’s Far East
Alexander Mladenov got the rare opportunity to visit the Arsenyev Aviation Company Progress to see the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter being built.

and much more!