AirForces Monthly - August 2016

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Testing Times
The UK’s air arms are expecting to bring a wealth of new types into service over the next decade. Tim Ripley looks at the challenges that will need to be overcome.

EXERCISE REPORT: Anatolian Eagle 2016-2
Alan Warnes spent three days at Konya Air Base in June to see how the Turkish Air Force runs Anatolian Eagle, its version of the USAF’s Red Flag.

EXERCISE REPORT: Red Flag Alaska 16-1
The Indian Air Force made a memorable contribution to the first Red-Alaska exercise of the year. Alexander Mladenov reports.

EXERCISE REPORT: Frisian Flag 2016
Kees van der Mark reports on the large-scale exercise hosted by Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands. In a second report the author observes the European Air-to-Air Refuelling Training initiative at Eindhoven which ran parallel to Frisian Flag.

Aztec Super Cougar
Erwan de Cherisey examines the Super Cougar in Mexican service, revealing its important Special Forces, SAR and VIP transport roles.

New Swords for the Saudis
The latest and most capable Eagle, Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA, is coming off the production line, while the F-15S continues to fly combat missions. David C Isby reports.

The Warfighters’ Desert Oasis
Famous as the winter training ground of the Blue Angels, Naval Air Facility El Centro is most importantly a centre of naval aviation training. Joe Copalman reports.

Super Hornets Down Under
March marked the sixth anniversary of the arrival of Australia’s first F/A-18F Super Hornets at Amberley. Now, with all 24 aircraft operational, the jet has participated in a wide range of exercises and deployed operations. As Nigel Pittaway reports, the next phase in Australia’s Super Hornet story is beginning with the EA-18G Growler.

FORCE REPORT: French Army Aviation
The Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre (ALAT) plays a crucial role in combat against terror groups in Africa. It is undergoing a major reorganisation that will leave France with a more powerful and more efficient rotary force, as Henri-Pierre Grolleau explains.

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

Reviews of recently published books on military aviation.

AFM’s Glenn Sands reports on the 2016 International Air Day at RNAS Yeovilton.

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

AFM’s view on military aviation.

All the world’s military aviation news, by region.