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NATO’S Last Fitters

Piotr Butowski

While the Su-22 swing-wing strike aircraft may be obsolescent by today’s standards, 35 years ago it provided Poland with a technological leap comparable only with its subsequent purchase of F-16 fighters.

Piotr Butowski
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The long arm of the Israeli Air Force

Arie Egozi

While the Israeli Air Force is well equipped with ‘smart’ standoff weapon systems, threats developing close to the country’s borders and further afield require additional, even more capable munitions.

Arie Egozi
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Sea Breeze: Black Sea war games

Vladimir Trendafilovski

Vladimir Trendafilovski reports on the 19th edition of the annual Sea Breeze multinational maritime exercise.

Vladimir Trendafilovski
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UK Carrier Strike: Lightning Force at Sea

Jamie Hunter

The UK Lightning Force has embarked on what is arguably its most important mission to date, taking a meaningful complement of F-35Bs to the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).

Jamie Hunter
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Wildcats play Baccarat

Oliver Jonischkeit

For the first time, the British Army Air Corps joined an exercise in France with both Wildcats and Apaches.

Oliver Jonischkeit
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Commander’s Update Briefing: BVR Combat

Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE

Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE, examines what’s required to ‘reach out and touch’ an enemy aircraft.

Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE
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Pucará over the Pampas

SANTIAGO RIVAS

The Argentine Air Force’s major exercise of 2019 saw all the lessons learned so far this year put to the test. And, as Santiago Rivas reports, it was a final opportunity to see the Pucará perform in its original attack role.

SANTIAGO RIVAS
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Fifty-fifty over the Baltics

Lt Col István Toperczer

Hungarian Gripens took part in 50 live scrambles during the 50th rotation of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission.

Lt Col István Toperczer
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In the footsteps of legends

Kees Otten and Wim Das

Seventy-five years after the event, Operation Market Garden is still a focal point of remembrance for today’s airborne operations specialists.

Kees Otten and Wim Das
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Operation Northern Lightning

David Cenciotti

In a first among Joi nt Strike Fighter partner nations, Italy deployed its F-35As to Iceland in October in support of NATO’s Icelandic air policing mission.

David Cenciotti

Upcoming Events

Kuwait Aviation Show 2020

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Kuwait City, Kuwait

Following on from its successful inaugural show in 2018, the biennial Kuwait Aviation Show returns in January 2020.

Classics of the Sky - Tauranga City Airshow 2020

Tauranga, New Zealand

The annual Classics of the Sky - Tauranga City Airshow is to return this year, held in association with Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and Mount Truck Show.

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology Conference

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Rome, Italy

SMi’s 5th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference will return to Rome on February 5th and 6th 2020.

Defence Expo (DEFEXPO) India 2020

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Lucknow, India

Returning after a two-year absence is the biennial Defence Expo (DEFEXPO) India 2020. This year's event will be held at Vrindavan Yojna in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.