AirForces Monthly - Jan 2018

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Regular features

INTEL REPORT: Deadly business in Dubai
For the first time in many years, defence outshone the civilian sector at the Dubai Airshow.

EXERCISE REPORT: Brilliant Mariner 2017
Brilliant Mariner 2017, a large-scale maritime and air exercise, was held off the French coast from September 29 to October 13. Henri-Pierre Grolleau was there.

FORCE REPORT: Brazilian Naval Aviation
Fiscal woes mean Brazil’s naval aviation arm is currently struggling with programmes to introduce new aircraft and systems.

Around 1,200 air and ground crews and 70 aircraft generated dozens of joint sorties over the Negev Desert during the latest Blue Flag.

Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB, CBE examines one of the latest buzzwords to enter the military lexicon: anti-access/area denial.

Dave Allport details the world’s most recent military accidents.

FLASHPOINT: The Battle of Marawi
Arnaud Delalande looks at the development of the Philippine Air Force’s offensive capabilities and how these were put to use in the recently concluded campaign to liberate the city of Marawi.

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‘Ermes’ is ready
Dino Marcellino visits the latest Chinooks of the Italian Army’s 3rd Special Operations Helicopter Regiment and learns about the particular mind-set required for this unit’s demanding field of work.

Alpine gunsmoke
The Swiss Air Force’s latest Axalp air power demonstration gave spectators a unique chance to observe air-to-ground gunnery by F/A-18s and F-5Es at close quarters.

Fighting ‘Saints’
With ‘Bogey’ as their main radio call-sign, the ‘Saints’ mean business!

‘Pumas’ train in Spain
JAS 39C Gripens from the 59th Tactical Fighter Wing of the Hungarian Air Force recently took part in NATO’s Tactical Leadership Programme for the first time.

‘Viper’ university
Kees van der Mark reports on the prestigious Fighter Weapons Instructor Training course from Leeuwarden Air Base in the Netherlands.

Black Knights of Edwards
In the first of a series of features marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018, Jamie Hunter meets No 17 (Reserve) Test and Evaluation Squadron ‘Black Knights’, part of the F-35 operational test team at Edwards AFB, California.

MiG modernisation in Lviv
Ukraine is maintaining and upgrading its MiG-29 fleet in Lviv, where the local repair plant also undertakes work on other Soviet-era jets for a range of foreign customers, as Alexander Golz reveals.

Beyond the Orion adventure
The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s six venerable Lockheed P-3K2 Orions are approaching their twilight years after more than half a century of service. Jim Winchester looks at the long process to replace them.