The future of the UK’s airborne assets and Iran’s dubious stealth fighter

A UK Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4 is the cover feature star of this week’s Flight International (12 February), in which Defence Editor Craig Hoyle takes a look at what the Ministry of Defence’s 10-year equipment plan means for the country’s various airborne assets.

Meanwhile, Dave Majumdar examines the claims being made by Iran for its newly-unveiled “stealth fighter” and finds that this so-called flying prototype is in fact a mock-up designed for domestic propaganda purposes.

Stephen Trimble has been analysing the new battle lines emerging between Embraer and Bombardier as the Brazilian airframer prepares to roll out its revamp of its E-Jet five years after the Canadian firm unveiled its CRJ NextGen series.

The issue also has a report from Aero India in Bengaluru, where four of the big helicopter manufacturers were jostling for several upcoming maritime contests, and New Delhi was assuring the media that its deal for French Dassault Rafales remains intact, with negotiations continuing around the 126-fighter requirement.

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