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    AirForces Monthly July issue - OUT NOW

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    Featuring:

    KOREAN STANDOFF

    Holding the line
    Osan and Kunsan Air Bases are home to the US Air Forces fighter squadrons in South Korea and include the most forward, permanently deployed fighter squadron in the service. Lt Col Cricket Renner, USAF (retd), visited these units, where the motto We fight tonight! is still on all airmens minds.

    Missile monitors
    The US Air Force takes the missile threat emanating from North Korea extremely seriously. Former strategic reconnaissance pilot Robert S Hopkins III examines the potentially hazardous work of airborne intelligence-gatherers in the region.

    ROKAF at a crossroads
    While tensions in the region reached a high with North Koreas sixth nuclear test last September, theres been a dramatic de-escalation since early this year. Robin Polderman looks at the Republic of Korea Air Force and the challenges it faces should a second Korean war erupt.

    Features

    Smokers on the road
    Carlos Filipe Operti joined the Brazilian Air Forces demonstration team during a 30-day tour around South America.

    Polish Army rotors
    Bartek Bera and Filip Modrzejewski assess the strength of the Lotnictwa Wojsk Lądowych Polish Army Aviation.

    UK gears up for F-35
    As the initial F-35Bs return to the UK to form the Royal Air Forces No 617 Squadron, Jamie Hunter talks to the team thats testing new weapons and taking the aircraft to the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

    Big cats in Poland

    For the first time in its 58-year history, the NATO Tiger Meet was staged in a former Warsaw Pact country. Bob Archer reports from Poznań-Krzesiny in Poland.

    Danish dynamite at iauliai
    The Royal Danish Air Force deployed four F-16AMs to iauliai air base, Lithuania, to take over NATOs Baltic Air Policing mission from a detachment of US Air Force F-15C Eagles earlier this year. Sren Augustesen investigates.

    Adieu, Mirage 2000N
    The French Air Force is withdrawing the Mirage 2000N, the nuclear deterrence variant of the acclaimed delta fighter, after three decades of sterling operational service, writes Henri-Pierre Grolleau.

    Regular features


    INTEL REPORT: Eyes and ears of the RAF
    The RAFs spy plane community, officially known as the ISTAR Force, plays a critical part in daily operations. Alan Warnes outlines its capabilities and talks to Air Commodore Dean Andrew about its future.

    EXERCISE REPORT: Frisian Flag 2018
    This year saw another record-breaking edition of Frisian Flag held in the Netherlands. Kees van der Mark visited Leeuwarden Air Base to report on this ever-popular multinational event.

    COMMANDERS UPDATE BRIEFING: ISTAR

    Airborne ISTAR assets serve as the eyes and ears of the modern military, providing commanders with critical information about activity on the ground, in the air and at sea. Air Marshal (retd) Greg Bagwell CB CBE, President of the Air Power Association, outlines a key element of contemporary warfare.

    FORCE REPORT: Looking West Part two
    Antonio Prlenda concludes his overview of the Croatian Air Force with an assessment of its training programme, firefighting fleet and prospects for the future.

    Pick up your copy now, direct from www.airforcesmonthly.com or in leading newsagents. Alternatively, you can download a digital edition here - http://bit.ly/2nqHK7b

 

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