AirForces Monthly - May 2015

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Enter the Hunter
Bob Archer details the F-22A Raptor assault on Islamic State (IS) from the skies above Syria how.

Belgian Air Component
The Belgian Air Component is set to go through yet another round of cost-cutting measures, but as Dirk Jan de Ridder explains, it still manages to pull its weight when it comes to UN/EU or NATO missions.

Generation Game
Jon Lake explains how RAF Typhoons and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will work seamlessly together in the combat zone, despite the generation gap...

Coalition against IS
Air attacks against Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq and Syria are ongoing after nine months of sustained operations by the US-led coalition. Here, Gert Kromhout outlines the activities of a growing list of nations united in their mission to rid the world of IS.

Punching above its Weight
Singapore’s Helicopter Group celebrates 45 years of operations this year. Chen Chuanren recounts the past, present and future of the unit known as Heli-G.

Mission Mali
Frédéric Lert reports on the ALAT’s Opération Barkhane mission in Mali, which is fighting back against jihadis in the region.

Mali’s Depleted Air Force
After spending three months in Mali at the end of last year, Jan Hendrikzijnzoon sheds some light on the Mali Air Force.

Rough Rider Rolls In…
AFM’s Glenn Sands caught the liberty boat from Portsmouth dockyard in late March to board the nuclear-powered carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), which was anchored in the Solent.

Slicks and Domes
Tom Kaminski examines America’s ‘drug-busting’ P-3 Orions of the US Customs and Border Protection service.

A Secret War
In March 2003 the RAF spearheaded a drive on Baghdad from Jordan. Tim Ripley unveils the story.

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

Reviews of recently published military aviation books.