AirForces Monthly - July 2018

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Holding the line
Osan and Kunsan Air Bases are home to  the US Air Force’s fighter squadrons in  South Korea and include the most forward, permanently deployed fighter squadron in the service.  Lt Col ‘Cricket’ Renner, USAF (ret’d), visited these units, where the motto “We fight tonight!” is still on all airmen’s minds.

Missile monitors
The US Air Force takes the missile threat emanating from North Korea extremely seriously. Former strategic reconnaissance pilot Robert S Hopkins III examines the potentially hazardous work of airborne intelligence-gatherers in the region.

ROKAF at a crossroads
While tensions in the region reached a high with North Korea’s sixth nuclear test last September, there’s been a dramatic de-escalation since early this year. Robin Polderman looks at the Republic of Korea Air Force and the challenges it faces should a second Korean war erupt.


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

‘Smokers’ on the road
Carlos Filipe Operti joined the Brazilian Air Force’s demonstration team during a 30-day tour around South America.

Polish Army rotors
Bartek Bera and Filip Modrzejewski assess the strength of the Lotnictwa Wojsk Lądowych – Polish Army Aviation.

UK gears up for F-35
As the initial F-35Bs return to the UK to form the Royal Air Force’s No 617 Squadron, Jamie Hunter talks to the team that’s testing new weapons and taking the aircraft to the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

Big cats in Poland
For the first time in its 58-year history, the NATO Tiger Meet was staged in a former Warsaw Pact country. Bob Archer reports from Poznań-Krzesiny in Poland.

Danish dynamite at Šiauliai
The Royal Danish Air Force deployed four F-16AMs to Šiauliai air base, Lithuania, to take over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission from a detachment of US Air Force F-15C Eagles earlier this year. Søren Augustesen investigates.

Adieu, Mirage 2000N
The French Air Force is withdrawing the Mirage 2000N, the nuclear deterrence variant of the acclaimed delta fighter, after three decades of sterling operational service, writes Henri-Pierre Grolleau.

Regular features

INTEL REPORT: Eyes and ears of the RAF
The RAF’s spy plane community, officially known as the ISTAR Force, plays a critical part in daily operations. Alan Warnes outlines its capabilities and talks to Air Commodore Dean Andrew about its future.

EXERCISE REPORT: Frisian Flag 2018
This year saw another record-breaking edition of Frisian Flag held in the Netherlands. Kees van der Mark visited Leeuwarden Air Base to report on this ever-popular multinational event.

Airborne ISTAR assets serve as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the modern military, providing commanders with critical information about activity on the ground, in the air and at sea. Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE, President of the Air Power Association, outlines a key element of contemporary warfare.

FORCE REPORT:  Looking West – Part two
Antonio Prlenda concludes his overview of the Croatian Air Force with an assessment of its training programme, firefighting fleet and prospects for the future.

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

Coming up
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