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Combat Aircraft Journal September 2021

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Skyborg completes test flight aboard MQ-20 Avenger

The USAF's Skyborg artificial 'brain' flew inside a stealthy, jet-powered UAV for the first time in late June, during a test flight which advanced the drone control system's air-to-air capability, as we explain

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AT-6E Wolverine: The USAF's natural choice?

We speak to Brett Pierson, the vice president of Defense Sales and Strategy at Textron Aviation Defense, to discover why the AT-6E Wolverine is the USAF’s natural choice for light attack

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Behind-the-scenes at Exercise Sentry Savannah 21-1

As one of the first major US exercises to take place since COVID-19, this year’s Sentry Savannah was a landmark moment. We spoke to some of those involved

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IN-DEPTH: Exercise Skyros 2021 and Greece's Rafale purchase

The Hellenic Air Force is preparing for the arrival of its first Dassault Rafale DG/EG multi-role fighters, as we reveal

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ANALYSIS: A look at the Afghan Air Force's aircraft inventory

While the future of Afghanistan may emerge from negotiations shaped by regional powers, its air force may be called upon to defend the nation, as we report

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Behind-the-scenes with the KC-130Js of VMGR-352

We recently spent time with the USMC’s Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) 'Raiders', one of the most combat-ready Hercules squadrons in the world

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Recapping the fly-off between Boeing's X-32 and Lockheed's X-35

Back in 2000, the most valuable fighter fly-offs in modern times took place between the Boeing X-32 and Lockheed X-35, as we explain

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An in-depth look at Bulgaria's modernised Frogfoot fleet

We look at the recently refurbished and upgraded Su-25 attack aircraft that are earmarked to continue in Bulgarian service through to at least 2028

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USAF seeks to arm C-17s, C-130s through Rapid Dragon programme

The USAF is moving to quickly arm its cargo aircraft with long-range cruise missiles. The motivation is fairly clear: in a war with China, the air arm will need all the firepower it can get