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AIRCRAFT FROM FOUR nations began arriving at RAF St Mawgan for Exercise Resolute Response on April 27. The maritime exercise involved aircraft from Germany (Tornados from MFG.2), Norway (P-3N and P-3Cs from 333 Skv), USA (an EC-24A from FEWSG, plus P-3Bs from VP-64 and VP-66) and the UK The exercise finished on May 15.

Other aircraft taking part in Britain included eight F-16As from the 169th FS/Illinois ANG, which arrived at RAF Fairford on April 30 accompanied by four KC-135Es from 108th AREFS/Illinois ANG. For many, this was the last chance to see the unit operating its F-16s, as it

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Preserving future

Observers feared the worst, but the details outlined by Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on August 2 in the Project de Loi de Programmation Militaire (Military Planning Act) for 2014-2019 is not as severe as first anticipated. In real terms spending will fall by 7.2% and although the number of aircraft to be purchased or kept in the inventory will inevitably decrease, money will be spent to ensure that development and production capabilities are maintained for the foreseeable future. Investments will be kept at current levels during the 2014-2016 period, and progressively increased from 2017 onwards. The number of personnel

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Operations Crecerelle and Balbuzard

Both France’s Armee de l’Air and Aeronavale are making a large contribution to Operation Deny Flight. A report by Dave Allport and Bernard Thouanel.

FRANCE IS RARELY regarded as one of the high-profile nations involved in the Bosnian conflict, yet its aircraft carried out some of the first Operation Deny Flight patrols. Enforcement of the United Nations ban on military flights over Bosnia-Herzegovina began at noon GMT on April 12, 1993 — the French Armee de /’ Air (AdlA) immediately deployed ten Mirage 2000C RDI fighters from EC.5 at Orange to Cervia, Italy and five photo-reconnaissance Mirage FICR-200s from ER.33

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«For me courting a millionaire»

Galina Maslennikov

Galya Damien met five years ago in Tokyo, where they were both on a business trip. After three months of telephone calls, he invited her to his Paris: «We live in the most prestigious area of ​​the city, the apartment we cleaned the housekeeper, I did not even have to cook! On the weekend we went to Nice and Bordeaux and flew by helicopter over Monaco. It turned out that he was co-owner of a large French bank. » Not life, but a fairy tale.

However, for all this time Damien has not

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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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French Rafales Deploy to Kandahar

THREE SINGLE-SEAT Dassault Rafales from the Armee de l’Air’s (AdlA — French Air Force) Escadron de Chasse 01.007 ‘Provence’ have been deployed to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. The aircraft departed Base Aerienne 113 ‘Commandant Antoine de Saint-Exupery’ at St Dizier on February 7, making a technical stop in Greece before flying on to Kandahar the following day.

This is the second time the type has been used to support Operation Serpentaire, the French element of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan, aircraft having previously been deployed to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on March 12, 2007 (see Rafale F2s Begin Afghan

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French involvement

France was one of eleven nations taking part in Maple Flag 38. The French Air Force detachment arrived for the start of period one with four Mirage 2000Ns, four Mirage FICTs and two C-160NGs, which remained based for the first two periods. The aircraft arrived from Istres, France, on May 12, having routed via Lajes in the Azores and CFB Bagotville, Quebec. All three legs were supported by C-135FRs: three tankers were used to support two cells of fighters, four Mirage 2000Ns and four Mirage FICTs. In period three, the Mirage 2000Ns returned to France, replaced by a C-130H and

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Sustained funding uncertainty has French, U.K. defense industry on edge

Ask defense industrialists in France and the U.K. what they want most in the absence of larger military budgets, and they will say: some certainty and a sense of direction. Ask what has been missing in the past two years, and they will say: some certainty and a sense of direction.

There are certainly ample signs in both countries that questions about long-term spending priorities will persist. French parliamentary elections first have to be resolved this month, and then the new government plans to launch a major strategic review of

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Bosnian AEZ plans

AS WE WENT to press it was uncertain whether the United Nations Security Council enforcement of an air-exclusion zone (AEZ) over Bosnia would be implemented. Plans for the AEZ had been drawn-up in response to Serbian air attacks on Muslim enclaves in eastern Bosnia in mid-March. Raids on villages around Srebrenica had been undertaken by Antonov An-2 Colt biplanes and unspecified crop-spraying aircraft adapted to carry bombs. Russian objections have led to the decision to postpone plans for the AEZ, pending further discussions. As of late March, it was unclear whether the Russian objections could be overcome.

RAF Tornado F.3s

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The bloody culmination of the Waterloo Campaign, the Battle of Waterloo was one of the most explosive of the 19th century, with a British-led allied army under the command of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, defeating a French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte and ending the latter’s 100-day reign as emperor of France.

The war had begun after Napoleon I returned from exile on Elba (an island off Tuscany) to Paris on 20 March 1815. This set into motion a chain of events that would see Napoleon reclaim his position as emperor,

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