Jon Lake

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RAF Typhoons on Op Ellamy

Following AFM's tenth anniversary review of Operation Ellamy in Jan 22 issue – the UK’s contribution to the UN-approved intervention over Libya in 2011, Jon Lake describes the RAF Typhoon Force’s baptism of fire in the multi-role domain during the conflict

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No 12 Squadron: the joint British-Qatari Typhoon training unit

No 12 Squadron – the joint British-Qatari Typhoon training unit – ended 2021 in the Middle East. Key.Aero looks back at the squadron’s recent history and its participation in Exercises Magic Carpet and Fox Defender

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Is retiring the RAF's Tranche 1 Typhoons the right move?

In March 2021, the UK announced plans to retire the RAF's fleet of Tranche 1 Eurofighters by 2025. We explore the decision to prematurely withdraw roughly one quarter of the air arm's Typhoon force and the ramifications this will bring

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The story behind Qatar's Dassault Rafale DQ/EQ fleet

The Qatar Emiri Air Force is currently undergoing what is probably the most dramatic expansion programme that many of us have ever seen. This programme will result in an almost unbelievable increase in aircraft numbers, as well as a quantum leap in capability - as we explore

An in-depth look at Airbus' Future Jet Trainer

Airbus is developing a new-generation advanced jet trainer for Spain, but how will this future platform fare on the export market, with air arms starting to look at the recapitalisation of their training fleets across the globe? We investigate.

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An in-depth look at the Eurofighter's next-gen radar

Will the Eurofighter Typhoon's new ECRS Mk 2 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar be the world's best? Key.Aero investigates...

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Op Octave Quartz: Crystal Clear Power

The decision to withdraw US troops from Somalia involved a formidable assembly of American air power known as Operation Octave Quartz. But will it embolden Islamist insurgency? Key.Aero investigates

Have Glass: Making the F-16 less observable

You can’t turn an F-16 into a stealth fighter, it will always show up on enemy radar, but by reducing its radar signature, you can make it a lot less visible. We explain how the USAF has set about doing just that

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Xian H-6N: China's Carrier-Killing Bomber

New evidence suggests that China has dramatically extended the range of its anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) weapon system with the H-6N, which has the potential to threaten strategic US bases and aircraft carriers

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Desert Storm 30: Jaguars over the Gulf

Key.Aero charts the formidable efforts of the Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguar Detachment during the 1991 Gulf War