AirForces Monthly - May 2016

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Brits at Beaufort
Lon Nordeen looks at the increased tempo of training for UK aircrews as they work up on the F-35B JSF alongside the US Marine Corps in South Carolina.

EXERCISE REPORT: Forging Sabre 2015
Chen Chuanren reports on the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s firepower demonstration in Arizona.

FORCE REPORT: Italian Air Force
Riccardo Niccoli finds out how Italy’s Aeronautica Militare performs a precarious balancing act between high-end capability and diminishing funds.

Fusing Fighters for the Future
Joe Copalman examines how the USMC is evolving its Legacy Hornet fleet to operate alongside the incoming F-35B Lightning II.

Thai and Chinese aircraft in a first joint exercise – Analayo Korsakul reports on a rare meeting of Western and Eastern technologies.

AIRCRAFT PROFILE: Su-30: Multi-role Flanker Comes of Age
Alexander Mladenov provides a profile of the vastly improved two-seat Sukhoi Su-30, which looks set to remain in production well into the 2020s.

European Fighter Fleets 2016 – Part One
In this, the first of a three-part series, Alan Warnes looks at which countries are doing their bit for international operations and, along with many of AFM’s correspondents, reviews their fleets.

Spreading the Word
Alexander Mladenov reports on the recently completed deployment of US Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt IIs to Graf Ignatievo in Bulgaria.

Syria – The Drone Wars
Almost every faction in the multi-sided Syrian civil war appears to have an unmanned air vehicle capability. The systems range from the US-built MQ-9 Reaper equipped with missiles and bombs, to mini quadcopters that have been purchased online. Tim Ripley reports.

Going Great Guns at Gando
Kees Otten and Wim Das provide a photo report on two combat exercises that took place at the Spanish Air Force Base of Gando on Gran Canaria.

Readers’ views and comments.

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.