AirForces Monthly - August 2018

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Joint Warrior ‘Romeos’
Chris Melaisi joined the Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawks as they embarked on their first deployment to the UK after travelling halfway around the world.

Canadian demo pilot
AFM meets Capt Stefan Porteous, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Demonstration Team pilot, as he prepares to take the show on the road for appearances at UK airshows. A report by Benoît Denet.

Opération Chesapeake
The navies of the US and France recently completed a major training exercise off the US east coast. Henri-Pierre Grolleau joined a full squadron of Rafale Ms supported by a French E-2C operating from the US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George H W Bush.

‘Panther’ taming at Luke
The F-35 is destined to follow in the footsteps of the F-16 and become ubiquitous worldwide. Ted Carlson visits Luke Air Force Base to discover more about the expansion of the international training effort for the fifth-generation fighter.

Germany’s transport specialists
Flying politicians and military troops, evacuating wounded soldiers and providing air-to-air refuelling – the Flight Service of the German Ministry of Defence is widely tasked, as Dr Stefan Petersen discovers.

Swing-role Typhoon – Italian style
AFM visited the 36° Stormo at Gioia del Colle to assess the Typhoon’s swing-role capability with the Italian Air Force. Riccardo Niccoli reports from southern Italy, and finds the Eurofighter force gaining proficiency in new skills.

Eastern promise?
Kazakhstan’s fifth KADEX international defence exhibition offered a glimpse of an air force increasingly turning to new arms suppliers in the West.

Is the RAF still broken?
As the Royal Air Force marks its centenary, Jon Lake asks whether Whitehall mandarins and political decision-makers are providing the level of support the service needs.

Training the Swedish way
The Swedish Air Force’s Flying Training School, located at Malmen air base, is unlike any other, as Søren Nielsen discovers.

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

EXERCISE REPORT: APROC 2018
APROC 2018, hosted by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, involved task force participants operating from Gilze-Rijen, writes Manolito Jaarsma.

INTEL REPORT: The Lightning comes home
The first four UK F-35Bs touched down at RAF Marham, Norfolk, to usher in a new era for Britain’s armed forces – at land and at sea. Alan Warnes spoke to some of the leading players in the military and industry about the fifth-generation stealth jet.

FORCE REPORT: Modern defenders of ancient Kush
East and West meet on the edge of Sub-Saharan Africa, where the Sudanese Air Force has amassed 50 years of combat experience. Mohamed Adam Nour reports on a secretive air arm.

COMMANDER’S UPDATE BRIEFING: Maritime patrol
Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE, turns his eye to maritime patrol. It’s a mission that can be compared to finding a needle in a haystack – and one that might have to be flown in gale-force winds over raging seas.

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

EXERCISE REPORT: Hot Blade 2018
As the name suggests, Hot Blade is all about helicopter flying in ‘hot and high’ conditions. Kees Otten and Wim Das were in Beja, Portugal, where the local terrain and climate provide an excellent training environment.

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