AirForces Monthly UK - Issue 359 - 2018 February
Contents magazine - AirForces Monthly UK - Issue 359 - 2018 FebruaryFeatures
Comment: AFM’s opinion on the hot topics in military aviation.
Taiwan’s maritime patrol changeover: Roy Choo and Peter Ho detail the withdrawal of the Taiwanese Tracker as the P-3 Orion is declared ready for duty.
Pushing the limits: Roelof-Jan Gort catches up with the Belgian Air Component’s F-16 demonstration team and finds out what it takes to be a ‘Viper’ showman.
Farewell from Bavaria: Lufttransportgeschwader 61 was disbanded at the end of 2017. Florian Friz visited the unit’s Landsberg/Lech base during its final weeks.
Misawa’s Wild Weasels: Thomas Newdick interviews Colonel R Scott Jobe, the commander of the 35th Fighter Wing at Misawa Air Base, Japan, and learns how the wing’s two F-16 squadrons prepare for their demanding mission in the turbulent Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
A force facing the future: The Qatar Emiri Air Force presented a glimpse of its growing ambitions during celebrations marking the Gulf country’s national day. Alexander Golz reports from Doha.
Russia’s tenacious trainer: Alexander Mladenov reviews the current state of the Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten jet trainer as it becomes established in Russian service and gathers momentum on the export stage.
Turkey’s eye in the sky: Onur Kurç and Tayfun Yaş ar look at the Turkish Air Force’s Boeing 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, which has overcome early problems to patrol NATO airspace at home and abroad.
Britain’s unmanned ambition: Tim Ripley describes the Royal Air Force Protector project that will take the UK remotely piloted air system capability forward.
EXERCISE REPORT: Joint Stars 2017: Air force, army and navy assets from across Italy were engaged in Joint Stars, the country’s largest national joint exercise of 2017. Giovanni Colla and Remo Guidi investigate.
INTEL REPORT: 2018 – the rebirth of UK maritime air power: With the first new carrier working up, F-35Bs preparing to come home and
Merlins being modified, 2018 is set to be a busy year for the UK’s maritime air power capabilities, as Alan Warnes explains.
SURVEY: European maritime patrol aircraft Part 3: AFM’s correspondents continue their round-up of the maritime patrol aircraft fleets of
Europe’s NATO and Partnership for Peace members. This month, the focus turns to the Armed Forces of Malta, the Netherlands Coastguard and the Royal Norwegian Air Force.
FORCE REPORT: Vigilance: Formed in 1968 with the motto ‘Vigilance’, the Australian Army Aviation Corps currently numbers over 120 helicopters spread across three operational aviation regiments and a training organisation, as Nigel Pittaway explains.
FLASHPOINT: Malian Air Force modernisation: Arnaud Delalande examines the slow but steady build-up of the Malian Air Force, a West African air arm that has overcome great odds to tackle both Tuareg rebels and al-Qaeda-linked militants.
ATTRITION: Dave Allport lists the world’s most recent military accidents, including a previously unreported loss of an MQ-1B Predator.
COMMANDER’S UPDATE BRIEFING: Standoff weapons: Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB, CBE recounts the evolution of long-range strike weapons, which play an increasingly important role in modern air forces.
BOOK REVIEWS: AFM evaluates some of the latest offerings in aviation literature.
COMING UP: See what’s featuring in your AFM next month.
Date: Issue 359 - 2018 February