Combat Aircraft April - issue 12.4

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Combat Aircraft April - issue 12.4

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The new issue of Combat Aircraft is now on sale in the UK.

Contents for the April issue are as follows:

Vol 12, No 4
April 2011

6 World News
Sea Typhoon offered to India • X-47B makes first flight • UK destroys Nimrods • Super Tucano completes USAF trials • E-2D goes to sea

PLUS! Special reports on German Eurofighter operations, F-15E Strike Eagle AESA radar trials and Danish F-16 training in Italy

29 Front Line
Our hard-hitting regular column by Robert F. Dorr

30 Centennial of Naval Aviation
Combat Aircraft reports on the US Navy’s celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA), which began formally in San Diego, California, on February 12. Kevin Whitehead provides the photographs from NAS North Island as it hosted an impressive Open House and Parade of Flight

34 The heat is on…
It’s the first ‘Red Flag’ exercise of the new decade. As usual, it means Nellis is packed with great action and some exotic visitors, as Combat Aircraft reports

38 Viking attack!
A small number of F/A-18D Hornets represent an important component within the US Marine Corps fast jet world. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics flies from MCAS Miramar, California, with VMFA(AW)-225 ‘Vikings’ for a first-hand look at D-model operations today

46 Bandits over Baghdad
Having only recently emerged from its cloak of secrecy, the USAF’s small fleet of F-117 stealth fighters became one of the signature weapons of Operation ‘Desert Storm’. Twenty years on Warren E. Thompson recalls the key role that the ‘Black Jet’ played in the air war over Iraq

54 Defenders of the Desert Kingdom
The Royal Saudi AF shoulders a huge responsibility — defending the nation’s vast 2.2 million sq km of territory and its airspace, protecting the widely scattered population centers and vulnerable oil installations and maintaining the nation’s prestige. Jon Lake details one of the best-equipped air arms in the Arab world

62 ‘Pashtun Jaguar’
Continuing the series of twice-yearly Mission Rehearsal Exercises (MRX) to prepare aircrew and ground troops for operations in Afghanistan, Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, hosted another of the large-scale ‘Pashtun’ Army/Joint Helicopter Force (Air) exercises as Derek Bower reports

64 China’s Battlefield Attacker
Surely not as attractive as the J-10 or even the exotic J-20 from Chengdu, but nevertheless of equivalent importance to the PLA’s Army Aviation, the CAIG Z-10 attack helicopter has entered operational service after years spent under the cover of secrecy. Andreas Rupprecht details a troubled development, and how the future of the Z-10 is still uncertain

68 Old heroes of the IRIAF
Today, the F-5 Freedom Fighter is the backbone of the Islamic Republic of Iran AF’s advanced training effort. Babak Taghvaee recounts the illustrious history of the Freedom Fighter in Iranian service and how the diminutive jet has played a role in combat operations, as well as schooling successive generations of Iranian fighter pilots

74 Strike from the Sea
For the first time since 2007, the French Navy nuclear carrier Charles de Gaulle has deployed to the Indian Ocean, from where her aircraft participated in combat operations over Afghanistan. Henri-Pierre Grolleau reports from the French Navy flagship

82 The Lynx Effect
In preparation for its deployment to Afghanistan in support of the UK’s Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan), 847 Naval Air Squadron began its conversion to the more powerful and capable AgustaWestland Lynx Patrick Allen gets up close and personal with this improved platform

87 Crewroom
Our regular interactive feature with product reviews and competitions

88 Jordan’s Super Falcons
Stefan Degraef and Edwin Borremans visit the Royal Jordanian AF to discover a nation in the process of expanding its F-16 fleet as new aircraft continue to arrive from Belgium and the Netherlands

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