AirForces Monthly - January 2015

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Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation
Babak Taghvaee reveals the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy Aviation’s fleet as it conducts maritime patrol and anti-pollution missions around the Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman and Caspian Sea.

Turkish AF Training
As one of NATO’s largest air arms, the Turkish Air Force has a high demand for new pilots. Dirk Jan de Ridder reports from Izmir-Çiˇgli where the brand new KT-1T turboprop and T-38M jets are now used for flying training.

Arctic Ambitions
Dr Dave Sloggett looks at the implications of Russia’s decision to open new military bases in the High Arctic.

F-22 Raptor: Death with Finesse
The F-22 Raptor is the pride of the USAF’s fighter community flown only by the USAF’s elite. Rachel Morris spoke with two active-duty Raptor pilots on what the F-22 brings to the fight. John Dibbs provides exclusive images.

Lightning Strikes
Key Publishing’s Mark Ayton reports from the USS Nimitz during the F-35C Lightning II’s first carrier suitability development test period referred to as DT I.

FORCE REPORT Serbia Air Force and Air Defence
There are tough times for the Serbia Air Force and Air Defence, with aging aircraft and little money available to replace or upgrade the fleet, Aleksandar Radi´c explains.

Despite political pressure, Serbia hosted a successful exercise with Russian military in November, as Aleksander Radi´c found out.

RAF Combat ISTAR in 2014
Tim Ripley looks at the new roles and missions for the RAF’s Combat ISTAR fleet as the Afghan war ends and a new campaign starts in Iraq and Syria.

One of the world’s most versatile workhorses, the CN235, which has been built in Indonesia and Spain, comes under the spotlight of Guy Martin.

AFM’s Dave Allport reports on the world’s latest military accidents.

Reviews of recently published books on military aviation.

Nice Picture
A Harbin Z-9EC of 222 ‘Stingrays’ Squadron, from the Pakistan Navy, lands aboard a People’s Liberation Army Navy Zulifiqar-class frigate during a maritime exercise between Pakistan and China in September.