This week's Singapore air show special issue of Flight International has as its cover, and cutaway star, Boeing's Silent Eagle, the latest iteration of its F-15 fighter. The manufacturer is displaying the F-15SE at the show as part of a marketing drive in Southeast Asia, a region in which it has identified a number of potential customers. As well as a pull-out poster, the issue features a programme update on Boeing's response to 'fifth generation' fighter.
The issue also includes our curtain-raiser for the show, in the form of features on Singapore's air force, the region's expanding MRO sector, why Southeast Asian airlines have fallen in love with narrowbodies, the civil helicopter market and plans to develop the region's airports.
There is also a feature package on one of the world's smallest yet influential aerospace exporters, Israel. The peculiar history and circumstances of the tiny Middle Eastern state have seen it develop an advanced - and highly secretive - defence industry. Although its products have been designed first and foremost to protect its sovereign territory, a spin-off has been a highly lucrative export market. Zach Rosenberg and our Israeli correspondent Arie Egozi lift the lid on some of the industry's biggest assets.
In news, we reveal why Boeing is increasing the range of the 737 Max, advances for the Sukhoi Superjet and why a weak, under-invested supply chain threatens the planned ramp up of build rates by Airbus and Boeing.