AirForces Monthly - May 2018

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AFM’s opinion on the hot topics in military aviation.

Caimans in Mali
A pair of Belgian Air Component NH90 TTHs have arrived in Africa for the first operational deployment of the force’s Caiman helicopters, as Jos Schoofs explains.

Africa’s ‘small air forces’ – part one: Benin, Ghana, Togo
In the first of a new series, Arnaud Delalande investigates sub-Saharan Africa’s ‘small air forces’, defined as those with 30 or fewer airframes – and which don’t currently find themselves involved in combat operations.

MiG-31: One of a kind
Piotr Butowski examines the current status of the MiG-31 Foxhound, a Cold War-designed interceptor that recently returned to the news as the launch platform for one of Russia’s new ‘super weapons’ – the Kinzhal hypersonic missile.

Serving in the shadows
The Jandarma Havacılık Komutanlığı (Gendarmerie Aviation Command) is one of Turkey’s most elusive air arms. Marco Dijkshoorn assesses its assets, capabilities and recent developments, in an article that includes a full order of battle and type-by-type fleet analysis.

Last WEF at Meiringen
This year was the final chance for Meiringen to play a part in the protection of airspace during the World Economic Forum at Davos, as Joris van Boven and Alex van Noye describe.

View to a kill – part one
In the first of a two-part feature, Douglas Barrie and Piotr Butowski review the short-range air-to-air missiles currently in service around the world.

Dragon Lady at war
The US Air Force’s U-2 ‘Dragon Lady’ spy planes have played a key intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance role over Syria and Iraq since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve, as Babak Taghvaee recounts.

Training a Typhoon pilot: part two
Concluding a two-part feature, Jamie Hunter returns to No 29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, to learn how Royal Air Force Typhoon pilot training has evolved in recent years.

Manching magicians
The German Armed Forces’ WTD 61 conducts a wide range of flight test activities on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Defence. Peter ten Berg reports from Manching in Bavaria.

Regular features

Portugal’s annual two-week Real Thaw exercise involved assets from most of the country’s air force squadrons, as well as from Denmark, Spain and the US. Jorge Ruivo investigates.

Book reviews
AFM evaluates some of the latest offerings in aviation literature.

INTEL REPORT: Warfighters versus wildfires
AFM’s regular columnist Alan Warnes visits California to witness US Air Force rapid response and life-saving support for the US Forest Service and CAL FIRE as they conduct vital aerial firefighting operations.

This year’s Iniohos took place between March 12 and 23 and was the largest NATO air exercise of 2018 so far. Babak Taghvaee was at Andravida air base in Greece at a time of heightened tensions in the region.

FORCE REPORT: Serbian Air Force and Air Defence
The Serbian Air Force and Air Defence has given itself the goal of putting years of crisis behind it and embarking on the road to recovery, as Aleksandar Radić explains.

Last month, Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB, CBE looked at air refuelling, the lifeblood of air operations; this month he turns his attention to the ‘muscle’ that sustains every aspect of military campaigns.

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

Coming up
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