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    NEW-LOOK AirForces Monthly January issue - OUT NOW

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    Black Knights of Edwards
    In the first of a series of features marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018, Jamie Hunter meets No 17 (Reserve) Test and Evaluation Squadron ‘Black Knights’, part of the F-35 operational test team at Edwards AFB, California.

    MiG modernisation in Lviv

    Ukraine is maintaining and upgrading its MiG-29 fleet in Lviv, where the local repair plant also undertakes work on other Soviet-era jets for a range of foreign customers, as Alexander Golz reveals.

    Beyond the Orion adventure

    The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s six venerable Lockheed P-3K2 Orions are approaching their twilight years after more than half a century of service. Jim Winchester looks at the long process to replace them.

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    ‘Ermes’ is ready
    Dino Marcellino visits the latest Chinooks of the Italian Army’s 3rd Special Operations Helicopter Regiment and learns about the particular mind-set required for this unit’s demanding field of work.

    Alpine gunsmoke
    The Swiss Air Force’s latest Axalp air power demonstration gave spectators a unique chance to observe air-to-ground gunnery by F/A-18s and F-5Es at close quarters.

    INTEL REPORT: Deadly business in Dubai

    For the first time in many years, defence outshone the civilian sector at the Dubai Airshow.

    EXERCISE REPORT: Brilliant Mariner 2017
    Brilliant Mariner 2017, a large-scale maritime and air exercise, was held off the French coast from September 29 to October 13. Henri-Pierre Grolleau was there.

    FORCE REPORT: Brazilian Naval Aviation
    Fiscal woes mean Brazil’s naval aviation arm is currently struggling with programmes to introduce new aircraft and systems.

    EXERCISE REPORT: Blue Flag 2017

    Around 1,200 air and ground crews and 70 aircraft generated dozens of joint sorties over the Negev Desert during the latest Blue Flag.

    COMMANDER’S UPDATE BRIEFING: Unpicking the A2/AD threat

    Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB, CBE examines one of the latest buzzwords to enter the military lexicon: anti-access/area denial.


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