AIR International UK - 2018 April

AIR International UK - 2018 April
2018 April
AIR International Magazine - For the best in modern military and commercial aviation 
Established in 1972, AIR International has established an unrivalled reputation for authoritative reporting and coverage of the full spectrum of aviation subjects. 
More recently, we have tried to improve the magazine from cover to cover. We have more correspondents and top aviation writers from around the world, offering even more exciting news, features and stunning photography. 
Published monthly, AIR International has more pages than ever, all still dedicated to commercial and military aviation. Our new, more contemporary and colourful design, packed with more images and improved graphics make each page easier on the eye and, most importantly, more enjoyable to read.

  Russian President Vladimir Putin provided the most concerning, aviation news during this issue’s production month. Addressing the joint chambers of the Russian parliament on March 1, Putin presented a series of strategic and tactical weapon systems under development and evaluation. Dubbed Kinzhal, Putin said evaluation of the hypersonic aircraft-launched missile system had been completed. The pernicious
strike system comprises a reported hypersonic Iskander ballistic missile carried on the centreline pylon of a Mach 2-capable MiG-31 Foxbat
heavy interceptor. Rather chillingly, one graphic showed the missile’s trajectory at shipping targets, including that of an aircraft carrier, no
doubt an intentional message to NATO nations about the vulnerability of flat-tops faced with such Russian firepower.
  Out in the East China Sea, on March 5, the US Navy’s multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp embarked a detachment of F-35B
Lightning IIs from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) ‘Green Knights’ home-based at Iwakuni, Japan. The embarkation marked the beginning of the F-35B’s first operational deployment in support of a Marine Expeditionary Unit, in this case the 31st MEU based in Okinawa.
  Elsewhere, Dassault Aviation, Saab and Airbus rolled out new types: the Falcon 6X, GlobalEye and A330-900neo, respectively; and Brazil’s
Embraer gained type certification of its E190-E2. Dassault’s Falcon 6X is a long-range, high-capacity business jet launched to replace the cancelled 5X and to compete with rival Gulfstream and Bombardier designs. The Bombardier Global 6000 is the baseline aircraft used by Saab for its GlobalEye airborne early warning aircraft. Unveiled at the company’s Linkoping plant on February 23, GlobalEye is the latest business-jet based special mission aircraft to enter the market, the case for the ever-sosecretive United Arab Emirates Air Force. Saab staged a decent ceremony for the unveiling despite the handcuffs imposed by its customer.
  The folks at Airbus in Toulouse had a less challenging roll-out of the first two A330-900neos bound for launch customer TAP Air Portugal.
Both jets emerged from the Toulouse paint shop to little fanfare simply marked with ‘A330neo first to fly’ on their rear fuselages. Nice and easy.

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