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AirForces Monthly August 2016

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In the August issue of AirForces Monthly (AFM) we celebrate the arrival of the F-35s to the UK. Our extended news pages include a map of their route from the US to Great Britain, reports of the F-35s displays at RAF Marham and RIAT. Interviews with key military players working in the programme and those involved in the first UK deployment, provide an insight into this historic event.

Regular AFM contributor Tim Ripley asks the questions whether the UK’s Armed Forces is ready for the influx of new types into its ranks – has enough preparation been made?

The summer marks the start of the exercise season for many air forces and in this issue AFM brings you three major reports: Red Flag in Alaska, which witnessed Indian Air Force Su-30s flying with USAF F-22 Raptors: Frisian Flag – Europe largest exercise with participants from the Netherlands, Norway, France, Finland and Belgium, and Alan Warnes reports from Turkey on Anatolian Eagle which is rapidly becoming one of the most significant training exercises in the world.

David C Isby examines the problems facing the development of Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA. Regarded to be the most capable Eagle yet developed, software delays are holding back the programme which has meant the older F-15S equipped squadrons were in combat over Yemen in 2015.

Our Force Report this month by Henri-Pierre Grolleau looks at French Army Aviation which, is playing a crucial role in combat against terror groups in Africa. It is undergoing a major reorganisation that will leave France with a more powerful and more efficient rotary force

As always, AFM’s Dave Allport brings you the latest military aviation news from around the world.