AirForces Monthly - January 2016

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The Way Ahead The new Commander of the Tornado Force, Air Cdre Harvey Smyth has also taken on the mantle of Air Officer Lightning. He has a lot going on, as Alan Warnes discovered when he spoke to him recently.

Russia Strikes Back
When an IS bomb brought down MetroJet Flight 9268, Russia responded by escalating its attacks and committing longrange bombers to the conflict, as Alexander Mladenov explains.

US Navy TACAIR – a steady evolution
Founded on the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet, US naval tactical airpower is welcoming the first of its F-35s. Rick Burgess reviews its formidable capabilities.

Arise Army Airlift
Tom Kaminski explains the realignment of the US Army’s Operational Support Airlift units.

Estonian Air Force With only 300 personnel and just eight aircraft, the Estonian Air Force is a minor airpower player. As a support host nation for the Baltic Air Policing mission, Estonia has become a true NATO partner. Cristian Schrik/ Aimhigh aviation reports.

Joint Force Harrier – Five years on
Alan Warnes remembers the final Joint Force Harrier debrief at RAF Cottesmore on December 14, 2010.

Access Denied – Fortifying Putin’s Skies.
Alexander Mladenov assesses Russia’s comprehensive national air defence system and likely future developments as advanced new technologies are introduced.

Hungarian Gripens – Step Up
Istvan Toperczer reports from Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania on the Hungarian Air Force JAS39 Gripens’ participation in the ongoing Baltic Air Policing mission.

Hinds Get Hot & Heavy
Alexander Mladenov describes Poland’s Mi-24 Hind force and its combat exploits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

Reviews of recently published books on military aviation.

Base Watch
A snapshot of recent military visitors to air bases around the UK and abroad.

AFM's view on military aviation.

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