AIR International - May 2019

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FEATURES

TORNADO’S LAST CALL
In the final part of a two-part story, AIR International covers the mighty Tornado GR4 strike aircraft after more than 35 years’ service with the Royal Air Force.

A-50 MAINSTAY
Piotr Butowski describes upgrades and future replacement of the Beriev A-50, the only Russian airborne early warning aircraft in service.

E-2D HAWKEYE
AIR International looks at what makes Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye different from, but a worthy successor to, its illustrious ancestors.

E-7A WEDGETAIL
Nigel Pittaway profiles the Boeing 737-based E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft.

MADE IN ENGLAND: TARANIS
Mark Ayton provides an update on the unmanned Taranis technology demonstrator, one of the most advanced air vehicles ever flown.

CLOCKWORK
Kevin Wills and Ian Harding travelled to the sub-zero environment of northern Norway to visit the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force during Exercise Clockwork.

DYNAMIC MANTA
Riccardo Niccoli provides an overview of sub-hunting in the Mediterranean off Italy.

IRANIAN AIR EXERCISE
Babak Taghvaee provides a short account of this year’s Iranian Air Force exercise.

AIRSCENE

LEADING STORIES
Boeing 737 MAX grounding, JETCopter, hybrid engine.

ANOTHER CASUALTY OF MFTS?
The UK MoD’s rethink on the proposed Air Support to Defence Operational Training programme dubbed ASDOT.

LANGKAWI 2019
A round-up of headlines from LIMA 2019.

RAF WEDGETAIL
Recently announced acquisition of the E-7 Wedgetail by the UK MoD.

SEALAND, SUSTAINMENT AND THE F-35
F-35 Lightning II support and sustainment activity in North Wales.

DAKS OVER NORMANDY
The Daks over Normandy initiative to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

MILITARY HELICOPTERS
Belgian Sea Kings, Romanian Pumas, Indian Chinooks.

COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
WOW Air, BelugaXL, ANA A380, CL-215 and CL-415 upgrade.

‘LIGHTS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC’
Real-time tracking and monitoring over the Atlantic Ocean.

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
Plans for Skyborg, Ag-Cormorant, Puma AE.

INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE & RECON
New radar for U-2 fleet and Reaper contracts.

NEWS COLUMNS

FRANCE
Ejection, grounding, airworthiness and testing.

ITALY
Record high: MBDA’s order backlog.

UNITED STATES
Washington turbulence: F-15EX, F-35, KC-46A and the FLRAA.

AUSTRALIA
Tritons, Peregrines and Falcons.

BACK PAGES

COMMERCIAL HELICOPTERS
Fire-fighting AW189s, Malaysian orders, Icelandic H225.

BIZJETS
Challenger 350, ACJ320neo, Global 7500.

SILENT FLIGHT
MIT’s ‘ion plane’.

FLYING 4-D
A new dimension.

OVERTURE
Supersonic ambitions.