Aviation News UK - 2020 January

Aviation News UK - 2020 January
2020 January
As Britain’s longest established monthly aviation journal, Aviation News is renowned for providing the best coverage on every branch of aviation - such as historic warbirds, military aircraft and airliners. The magazine is known throughout the world for its varied, easy-to-read features. Now with a fresh new look and the very best photography, plus all-new sections to help you get the most out of your hobby. Aviation News brings you the past, present and future of flight.

  The recent NATO summit in London on December 3-4 celebrated the alliance’s 70th anniversary and marked 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The organisation’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “NATO is the most successful Alliance in history because we have been able to change when the world is changing.” During the Cold War it was the bedrock on which the security of its member nations was built and this continues to be the case. Western governments were keen to cash in on the end of the Cold War by reducing defence budgets, although the world has not turned out to be a less dangerous place. The declaration from the summit stated: “Russia’s aggressive actions constitute a threat to Euro-Atlantic security; terrorism in all its forms and manifestations remains a persistent threat to us all…We recognise that China’s growing influence and international policies present both opportunities and challenges that we need to address together as an Alliance.”
  As a consequence, defence spending is on the rise and NATO is building on a concept it created decades ago. In January 1980, the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force (NAEW&CF) was established with the E-3A Sentry. The model of a pooled force has worked well and been copied with the Strategic Airlift Capability operating C-17A Globemaster IIIs. More recently, on November 21 the first of five RQ-4D Global Hawks for NATO was delivered to Sigonella. Another aircraft joint venture making progress is an aerial refuelling tanker force called the Multinational MRTT Fleet which is currently due to have eight A330 Multi Role Tanker Transports.
  With some NATO member states not able to fund a wide spectrum of military capabilities, the model of contributing to an airborne early warning force and strategic airlift capability, along with the two more recent initiatives, is one that has the potential to be expanded upon to maximise the benefit of defence spending.
  On another note, due to the Christmas holidays the next issue (February) of Aviation News will be in the shops a week later than usual, on January 23. Talking of the festive season, as this will be the last issue of the year, I would like to thank all our readers and contributors for their support over the last 12 months and wish everyone an enjoyable and restful time over Christmas and New Year.

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