Combat Aircraft - October 2018

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IN THE NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Russia rolls out upgraded ‘Backfire’ and new radar evaluated for Marine Hornets

US NEWS
Boeing’s F-15X offering to the USAF, Raptors in Europe plus all the latest unit and deployment news

WORLD NEWS
News from Europe and around the globe, including Colombian Kfirs on ‘Red Flag’, plus all the latest military losses

NEW FEATURE

THE OPS DESK
Scott Wolff’s new column for Combat Aircraft assesses the Horizon Air Q400 incident in August and the actions of Oregon Air National Guard in controlling the situation as it evolved

FEATURES

‘MAPLE FLAG’ — LITE!
Dean Sorochan reports from the latest edition of Canada’s Exercise ‘Maple Flag’ and finds a changed situation

EYE ON THE EAST
Andreas Rupprecht examines China’s expanding electronic warfare capabilities with the Y-8GX-6 and KQ-200

JAMMING FOR THE NEXT-GENERATION
The EA-18G Growler is a vital asset for the US Navy in the airborne electronic attack role. Jamie Hunter investigates how it is set to increase its capabilities via the Next-Generation Jammer initiative

STRIKE FROM THE SEA
The US Navy is unparalleled when it comes to carrier-borne aviation. The ability to strategically position a ship with an embarked air wing that rivals most world air forces is a powerful tool. Tom Kaminski details the current status of US naval carrier aviation

TALES OF THE TROUBLESOME TOMCAT
The F-14 Tomcat enjoyed a career with the US Navy that lasted more than 30 years. Its home was the carrier flight deck, and the F-14 experienced more than its fair share of incidents and accidents, as Tony Holmes reports

THE BRIEFING: AERIAL MINING
In his regular column, Robert Beckhusen details the current state of the mine-laying mission

GLORY DAYS: SKYKNIGHTS IN THE DANGER ZONE
The EF-10B electronic warfare version of the Skyknight played a vital but often-overlooked role in Vietnam. Warren E. Thompson talks to some of the brave men who flew the type operationally in those deadly skies over Southeast Asia

DESERT DEVILS
Gert Kromhout meets VX-31 ‘Dust Devils’, a squadron that operates largely out of sight, but which performs one of the most important duties when it comes to fleet capabilities

RARE METAL
Carlo Kuit and Paul Kievit head east to Azerbaijan and find an air force that is modernizing and upgrading its small but potent fleet of MiG-29 fighters and attack helicopters

‘VAMPIRE’ EVALUATORS
Screaming down a remote valley to hit a target with precision, banging down on a carrier deck, engaging fighters at range — it’s what VX-9 ‘Vampires’ is all about. Kedar Karmarkar examines the unit that ensures the US Navy gets just what it needs in terms of new ‘kit’

‘AVIADARTS’ GOES INTERNATIONAL
With domestic live fire exercises in late May and early June, Dmitriy Pichugin visits the international phase of the ‘Aviadarts’ exercise, which drew additional participants this summer alongside the Russian hardware

CUTTING EDGE
Reports from the front line of aerospace technology, by David Axe

FLASHBACK
Combat Aircraft’s regular feature looking at highlights of the recent past. This month it’s a VMA-513 ‘Flying Nightmares’ AV-8C Harrier