AirForces Monthly - December 2016

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UK Air Defence
Jon Lake asks if the UK’s air defence system has become focused on the narrow terrorist threat, and whether this is the right road to take.

Twice the Sting – USMC F/A-18D Hornet
In the second of a two-part article, Douglas Glover explains how the USMC has expanded the mission capabilities of its two-seat F/A-18Ds, leading the multirole jet to have an increasing combat role.

Beyond the Bravado
Patrick Roegies and Jurgen van Toor continue their analysis of the Korean People’s Army Air Force, following September’s Wonsan Air Festival.

Guarding their Interests
The Charles de Gaulle carrier air group is the most powerful in Europe. In the first of two articles, Henri-Pierre Grolleau reports from the flight deck, as well as the naval air stations at Landivisiau, Lann-Bihoué and Hyères.

Ciao Sardinia!
Germany is withdrawing its training infrastructure from Sardinia’s Decimomannu Air Base after more than fire decades, Mauro Finati reports. The author also looks back at some of the highlights from Deci, when NATO fighters were aplenty.

European Air Force Transport Survey
In the third instalment of a four-part series, Alan Warnes and other AFM contributors examine Europe’s military transport fleet. We detail the latest types and upgrades required – nation by nation.

Phantom Eyes in Greek Skies
Erik Bruijns and Mark de Greeuw report from Larissa Air Base in Greece, where the RF-4E is entering its final years of European service.

Air Strike: Libya
Tim Ripley reports on the latest US air operations in North Africa, which have seen USMC Harriers and Cobras engaging Islamic State-Libyan forces.

FORCE REPORT: Russian Navy – Fast Air
The Russian Navy’s tactical fast jet fleet has expanded in recent years. Alexander Mladenov examines the latest organisational changes and new types introduced.

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

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

Reviews of recently published books on military aviation.

AFM’s view on military aviation.