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Latest Issue: August 2015 - Vol 16 No 8

IN THE NEWS

Headline News
F-35B completes OT-1 trials, India caps Rafale buy and Kuwait fighter deal expands

US News
Last QF-4 mission from Tyndall, KC-46 testing latest and ‘Combat Dragon’ Broncos in Europe

World News
Japan selects E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and new Chinese unmanned air vehicle breaks cover

Europe News
Russia plans more ‘Blackjacks’, plus round-ups of fighter, helicopter and ISR news including the latest military losses

FEATURES

UNIT REPORT: TRAINING WING HOLLOMAN
Dr Andreas Zeitler visits the Luftwaffe’s Tornado flight training center at Holloman AFB, and takes a look at the type’s improved performance in the close air support role with the new ASSTA 3 software

UNIT REPORT: TIP OF THE SPEAR
The 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, UK, is one of the US Air Force’s most important units. Strategically positioned, at the top end of capabilities, US commanders turn regularly to the ‘Liberty Wing’. Jamie Hunter reports, with images by Jim Haseltine

DOWN IN THE DIRT
Jimmy van Drunen heads to a Dutch low-flying area to see how low flying remains the number-one technique for rotary-wing pilots to avoid advanced threats

SHIP STRIKE!
The anti-ship missile remains a serious threat to the world’s navies and commercial vessels alike. Lon Nordeen looks back at the recent history of antisurface warfare

UNIT REPORT: IZMIR’S AIR CAVALRY
The Turkish Army Aviation Command is one of the more capable yet secretive military forces in the Mediterranean region. Carlo Kuit and Paul Kievit gain a rare look at some of its assets in action

BALTIC AIR POLICING: THE NEXT CHAPTER
The latest round of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission is being led by four F-16s from the Royal Norwegian Air Force, which are sharing the Lithuanian base of Šiauliai with Euro¬fighters of the Italian Air Force. Alexander Golz reports

AMBER ALERT
Cristian Schrik visited Detachment Amber of the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force), which made the 3,200km (2,000-mile) trip from its home base of Morón, near Seville, to NATO’s Baltic front line

UNIT REPORT: EDWARDS EVOLVES
Rens van Rijn and Dennis Vink detail major changes that have recently taken effect within the US Air Force’s 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, California

CUTTING EDGE
Combat Aircraft’s monthly column reporting from the front line of aerospace technology, by David Axe

NAVAL BEARS SHOW THEIR CLAWS
Russian Naval Aviation is consolidating the strength of its last remaining squadron of Tu-142 submarinehunters. Stefan Büttner and Alexander Golz meet the reinvigorated ‘Bears’

COMBAT REPORT: THE BIG STICK EVOLVES
Giovanni Colla embarked the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) while the carrier was supporting Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’ and details the ¬first operational cruise of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

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