AIR International - September 2018

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FEATURES

BELUGAXL
Mark Broadbent profiles the Airbus BelugaXL.

UK AIRPOWER: PART 2
AIR International concludes its coverage of the UK’s military aircraft types and plans for their use and development.

An-225 MRIYA
Alexander Mladenov and Krassimir Grozev report on the An-225.

HIGH FLIGHT
Mark Broadbent looks at NASA’s unique ER-2 research aircraft.

NEW CLAWS FOR THE PERSIAN CATS
Babak Taghvaee provides details of Iran’s veteran F-14 Tomcat.

An-124: STILL GOING STRONG
Alexander Mladenov details the giant An-124 Ruslan.

C-130 HERCULES GOING TACTICAL
Ludo Mennes and Frank Visser visit the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s C-130-equipped 336 Squadron.

STOPPING AIRCRAFT HACKS
David Armstrong considers how to prevent hacking.

DRAKEN’S MIRAGE F1 AGGRESSORS
Roberto Yañez and Alex Rodriguez report on Draken International, which has acquired 20 former Ejército del Aire Mirage F1M fighters.

SMART TEAMING
Mark Ayton spoke with members of Textron’s test team about the recent manned-unmanned teaming flight demonstration.

AMERICAN BUZZARDS IN THE UK
Mark Ayton visited the F-16C-equipped 510th Fighter Squadron during a recent deployment to the UK.

AIRSCENE

LEADING STORIES
US Air Force launches light attack competition, JSTARS recapitalisation, An-124 follow-on, Mach 2 for Unity, L-159T2 first flight.

MILITARY NEWS
Close air support comparison test, F/A-18 upgrades, Brazilian Gripen and KC-390 deliveries, special ops King Airs, Mali Super Tucanos.

NAVAL AVIATION PARADE
Piotr Butowski picks out some interesting participants from the annual Naval Parade over St Petersburg, which took place on the last Sunday of July.

SIKORSKY’S S-97 RAIDER
David C Isby reviews the latest news from Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider programme and looks forward to the maiden flight of the company’s SB>1 Joint Multi-role Technology Demonstrator.

MILITARY HELICOPTERS
Chinooks to Mali, Indian AH-64E, Luxembourg Defence H145Ms, Philippines Navy AW159s.

BELL’S V-280 VALOR
David C Isby provides an update on the Bell V-280 Valor’s flight test programme.

COMMERCIAL NEWS
Mid-market response, super jumbo enters lease market, A220 orders, A330neo boost.

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
Zephyr S airborne for three weeks, Skeldar V-200, RQ-7 Shadow retired, XQ-58A Valkyrie expendable system.

INTEL, SURVEILLANCE AND RECON
MQ-9 SkyGuardian’s transatlantic flight, MQ-8C Fire Scout completes initial operational test and evaluation, Italian Customs ATR 72MP.

NEWS COLUMNS

ITALY
Italy’s international flight training school.

RUSSIA
Tanker and UAV developments.

US AIR FORCE
F-15X: another American X-plane?

AUSTRALIA
Poseidon strike and operational air refuelling.

BACK PAGES

COMMERCIAL ROTARY WING
S-76D and Bell 407GXi orders, S-70 delivered for Firehawk conversion, AW139 acquisition.

BIZJETS
G500 certification, medevac G550, Challenger 650 to Rega.

ORDER TRENDS
Who’s buying what?

MEGA-SUPPLIERS
New partnerships, big impacts.