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Greece to Buy F-16 Block 52s

GREEK DEFENCE Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos announced on July 19 that the Greek Government is to place a 1.1 billion euro order for 30 Lockheed Martin 1-16 Block 52 fighters, with options on a further ten aircraft. The announcement followed a meeting earlier that day of the Greek National Security Council (the KYSEA) to discuss its four-year arms procurement programme up to 2010. The aircraft will be ordered in a government-to-government deal with Washington, with the precise final cost still to be determined. Provision of maintenance support will be requested as part of an offset deal still to be negotiated. The

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Ghost hercs

The reaction that greeted XV211 on it’s return to lyneham on September 11 from Major Servicing was mixed, to say the least. «It’s a Yank Here? • Can’t be, it’s got a probe, • Well it certainly isn’t one of ours!»

Over the next few days rumour control went into overdrive with «Stealth Hercules» variations being the most popular (and printable!). The only Stealth properties of ‘211 were it’s invisibility to identification. The size of its markings and their positions on the rear fuselage, make it difficult to identify except at close quarters.

Painted at Marshalls of Cambridge during it’s

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Gallic Jaguar

Once considered an outdated aircraft, the Jaguar has proved extremely efficient in recent crises such as the Gulf War, Bosnia and Kosovo. Henri-Pierre Grolleau reports from Saint-Dizier Air Base, home of the French Jaguar Fleet.

THE WHOLE of the French Jaguar force is now centred at Saint-Dizier (Base Adrienne 113 Saint-Exup4ry), in the east of France. Headed by Colonel Bertrand Moisy, Saint-Dizier Air Base is an essential element of the Force Adrienne de Combat (Air Combat Command). The base has extensive facilities, including numerous hardened aircraft shelters to enhance its survivability in the event of war. These shelters, although inherited

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Future suppressors?

Despite the familiar Wild Weasel mission that continues in the Gulf, the USAF and other are moving to new technology for the suppression of enemy air defences on the ground. Former Vietnam fighter pilot John Roberts surveys the action, and all the changes and new equipment, in the SEAD mission of Allied air forces.

WILD WEASEL is dead, though the popular phrase continues in use. Now the term is officially suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD). The old phrase, created in Vietnam, has been dropped in favour of a less vivid, but more accurate description of the toughest fighter mission

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Future Focused

Lifting the lid on next-gen avionics research

Whether it is highly integrated antennas that reduce drag, certifiable data links for unmanned aircraft or simulation tools for Next Gen airspace research, it is not often that a major manufacturer takes the wraps off its internal R&D.

But Aviation Week was given a glimpse inside Rockwell Collins’ Advanced Technology Center (АТС)— and a look into the avionics company’s future—during a visit to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

John Borghese, vice president for the АТС, says 70% of the research organization’s funding is aligned with the company’s business units and 30% is directed toward long-term

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Fulcrums At Malbork – a new era

The first former German MiG-29 Fulcrums are now flying at Malbork, as Marcin Przeworski reports

IT IS the morning of June 7, 2005, at Malbork air base, home of the 22 Baza Lotnicza (22. BLot — 22 Air Force Base) in the north of Poland. The scene is being set for the unveiling of the first MiG-29 Fulcrum for 41.ELT (Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego — Tactical Air Squadron). Slowly, a withdrawn two-seater MiG-21UM appears, followed by a few TS-11 Iskras (Spark), and finally — the highlight of the event — four freshly-painted MiG-29 Fulcrums.

The occasion was the day the unit

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Force Report: The RAF at 90

A NUMBER of reasons lay behind the creation of the RAF. First, the Arm/s Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) overlapped and competed when it came to procuring engines and aircraft, and their separate supply organisations failed to meet critical needs during World War One. Then, in June 1917, German Gothas dropped 72 tons of bombs within a one-mile radius of London’s Liverpool Street Station in broad daylight — and RFC and RNAS aircraft assigned to defend the capital were barely able to get within striking distance of the intruders. The clamour for reprisals was

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Forca Aerea Brasileira

Robbie Shaw, assisted by Alec Molton, reports on the Brazilian Air Force and its efforts to defend one of the world’s largest countries.

THE TASK — to defend a country which has an area of 328,210 square miles (8,500,000km2) and a population of over 153 million. A country which is larger than the Continental United States or the whole of Europe, yet has a budget which is but a fraction of those mentioned.

That is the role of the Forca Aerea Brasileira. To execute this task it has a complement of some 800 aircraft and over 50,000 personnel, some 25%

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Identified flying objects.

Russian in Le Bourget

I searched on the Internet — where he, an engineer, Christian Kuhn?

In what the company has worked 22 years old, cast, in his words, aircraft? Have not found; but I think he was truthful in saying that cried when viewed at Le Bourget on piloting Su-35S. Double Truth: Firstly, in order to truly understand how unthinkable that maketh Russian fighter in the sky, you need a good understanding of aviation; Second, the evolution — indeed, something hitherto unprecedented and surprising — almost inexplicable.

Airplane everything is built on the laws of aerodynamics. In a

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Flying the Frontiers, NACA and HASA Experimental Aircraft by Arthur Pearcy; Airlife Publishing Ltd, 200pp, 51 colour pics and 164 b/w, £22.99, hardback.

THIS LARGE AND well-presented book traces the fortunes of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics from its inception in March 1915, through its transition to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958 to the present day. It is therefore, to all intents and purposes, a history of aeronautical progress in the USA. The exploration of space is dealt with in a cursory manner, perhaps fortunately, and the work concentrates on aeroplanes, propulsion and people, not necessarily in that order.

One tends to think of NACA/NASA in terms of fast jets, as this is the area in which its reputation

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