August 2019The cover of the August issue of AFM features some of the first Rafales for the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s ambitious combat aircraft modernisation plan. Our correspondent flew air-to-air with them as the first examples arrived in country. There are plenty more fighter types covered this month, including a celebration of the 30-year service anniversary of the F-16 with the Hellenic Air Force. As the Spanish Navy’s EAV-8B+ Harrier II makes a welcome return to the UK airshow scene, we also take a closer look at Juan Carlos I – the Armada’s strategic projection ship. There’s also coverage of the Italian Air Force F-35A, as the force continues to make huge strides with its Lightning IIs. Meanwhile, within the US Navy, efforts are being made to sustain and upgrade the all-important Super Hornet fleet. On the air arms side, AFM contributor Anthony Pecchi provides a spectacular aerial study of three of the latest types to enter service with the rarely seen Uzbekistan Air Force, while we begin an extensive Force Report examining the naval aviation force of the Republic of Korea Navy. Rotary assets include a visit to see the German Army’s elite special forces on exercise with Luftwaffe pilots flying the H145M LUH SOF (Light Utility Helicopter – Special Operations Forces). Transports are represented by the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s 334 Squadron, which, for 25 years, has provided a strategic tanker and transport capability via its unique KDC-10s.
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