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Latest Issue: January 2015 - Vol 16 No 1

UNIT REVIEW: JACK OF ALL TRADES MASTERS OF EVERYTHING!
One-size-fits-all solutions are rare, but the KC-130J Hercules II comes close, especially in the hands of the US Marine Corps’ VMGR-252 ‘Otis’. Jamie Hunter and Jamie Deboer visited MCAS Cherry Point to see the unit at work

PROJECT LIBERTY
Although at first glance the MC-12W appears an unassuming aircraft, looks can be deceptive. While the last deployed US Air Force unit de-activated in October, this intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform looks set to remain one of the most highly regarded and sought-after assets to patrol the skies, as Dr Séan Wilson reports

BROTHERS IN ARMS
South Carolina is the epicenter of the US Marine Corps’ F-35 training community. Working hand in hand with the Marine Corps, the UK is also bedding-in its F-35 force at MCAS Beaufort, the new home of the British F-35 connection. Jamie Hunter went to find out more

FAR EAST FOXHOUNDS
Since the era of the Cold War, Russian armed forces stationed in the Kamchatka Peninsula have had an important role protecting the country’s eastern borders. Babak Taghvaee reviews the work of the MiG-31 in this desolate location Lightning strike — two F-35Bs from VMFAT-501 ‘Warlords’ break for the camera of Combat Aircraft editor Jamie Hunter during a photo shoot for this issue.

SPECIAL REPORT: F-35C GOES TO THE BOAT
The US Navy and Lockheed Martin have for the first time deployed the F-35C aboard an aircraft carrier. Lockheed Martin/ Andy Wolfe

EXERCISE REPORT: RAMSTEIN GUARD
Krasimir Grozev and Alexander Mladenov attend ‘Ramstein Guard’, an exercise to train air defense operators

INDUSTRY REPORT: LATIN AMERICAN FIGHTERS
Santiago Rivas reviews the combat aviation fleets of Latin America and reveals how some have undergone a process of modernization, while other air arms still struggle to replace obsolete aircraft

EXERCISE REPORT: EAATTC 2014
Alexander Klingelhöller joins tactical transport flying training at Zaragoza

FIGHTER FOCUS: 21ST¬CENTURY FROGFOOT
The Su-25 continues to be the mainstay attack aircraft of the Russian Air Force, as Alexander Mladenov outlines

SAAF AT A CROSSROADS
Dr Andreas Zeitler reports from Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 (AAD), where the current strength of the South African Air Force was on show

EXERCISE REPORT: DESERT DUELS WTI
Ted Carlson joins the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course at MCAS Yuma, where the US Marine Corps is pushed to the limits in the sweltering Arizona desert. Additional material by Jamie Deboer

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

HEADLINE NEWS
F-35C completes first carrier trials and latest news from Iraq and Syria air operations

US NEWS
F-35 latest news includes latest production batch order, Marine Corps aviation plan unveiled, and will the A-10 be saved?

WORLD NEWS
First images from China’s Zhuhai air show, KJ-500 prototype breaks cover and Korea cancels F-16 upgrade

EUROPE NEWS
Eurofighter signs E-Scan radar deal, first British A400M delivered and Discovery Air takes over Luftwaffe training role

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