Air International 2018-04
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Upgraded Su-27SM Flanker B RF-95251 '73 Red' carrying four Vympel R-73 infrared-guided short range air-to-air missiles. The aircraft is seen during an intercept in international airspace near the Baltic States by a Belgian F-16.
At times, Russian and Belgian pilots approach a little closer to read each other's registration numbers or to take photos of their counterparts' aircraft.
Su-35C Flanker E fighters RF-81745 '57 Red’ and RF-81742 '54 Red' were intercepted by Belgian F-16s on November 8, 2017. The two fighters were delivered to Besovets Air Base (Petrozavodsk Airport) near Lake Onega in Karelia, some 650km (350nm) northeast of Tallin.
Aircraft are approached from behind on the left and below for visual identification. F-16As FA-127 and FA-117 are seen making an intercept as part of a Tango Scramble.
The QRA shelters at Amari are clean, neat and offer sufficient space for all types of fighter aircraft.
The standard weapon payload comprises a pair of AIM-9M Sidewinder, a pair of AIM-120B AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, and 511 20mm M70 rounds for the M61A1 Vulcan cannon.
Sukhoi Su-27UB Flanker C RF-33757 '102 Red' was intercepted in international airspace over the Baltic Sea by a pair of Belgian F-16s on September 5, 2017, the very same day the Belgian detachment took over responsibilities as the augmenting force of the Enhanced Air Policing Mission at Amari Air Base, Estonia.
A Russian Air and Space Force Il-76 Candid en route to Kaliningrad escorted by two Russian Naval Aviation Sukhoi Su-27UB Flanker C fighters assigned to the 72nd Guards Naval Aviation Air Base at Chkalovsk Air Base in Kaliningrad.
F-16AM FA-127 leaving its shelter just minutes after the QRA alarm was sounded.
A Russian Air and Space Force Il-76 Candid en route to Kaliningrad escorted by two Russian Naval Aviation Sukhoi Su-27UB Flanker C fighters assigned to the 72nd Guards Naval Aviation Air Base at Chkalovsk Air Base in Kaliningrad.
Sukhoi Su-27UB Flanker C RF-33757 '102 Red' was intercepted in international airspace over the Baltic Sea by a pair of Belgian F-16s on September 5, 2017, the very same day the Belgian detachment took over responsibilities as the augmenting force of the Enhanced Air Policing Mission at Amari Air Base, Estonia.
A Russian Air and Space Force Il-76 Candid en route to Kaliningrad escorted by two Russian Naval Aviation Sukhoi Su-27UB Flanker C fighters assigned to the 72nd Guards Naval Aviation Air Base at Chkalovsk Air Base in Kaliningrad.
Both the Mi and Ms variants are equipped with a dedicated mission suite that comprises an Ocean Master 100 radar and a Chlio FLIR turret. This is the first Ms aircraft, seen here flying with gear extended.
The Falcon 50 was perceived by the Marine Nationale as offering the best compromise between range, equipment, cabin volume, affordability and immediate availability. Here, a Falcon Mi manoeuvres at medium altitude.
To reduce costs, the first four Falcon 50s were sourced on the second-hand market. This is a Mi with the belly hatch opened.
When the programme was launched, there was a strong debate in the Marine Nationale over the drawbacks and advantages of the turbofan as it was felt by some that the turbine/propeller was better adapted to the role. Eventually, the Falcon 50M was selected.
The nose-mounted Ocean Master 100 radar provides 240 degrees of horizontal coverage. Typical radar detection range from high altitude is about 100nm.
Falcon 50Ms No.5 undergoes maintenance at Lann-Bihoue. Since entering service, the type has proved remarkably reliable; it has a 92% availability rate.
Falcon 50Ms No.87, the last to be delivered, sits on the ramp at Lann-Bihoue in late August 2016.
When it was introduced in March 2000, the Falcon 50M was the first Aeronavale aircraft to offer full electronic flight instrumentation system technology to its pilots, a major step ahead compared to the traditional instrumentation of the Nord 262 and of the Atlantique 2.
Marine Nationale Falcon 50s are flown by a crew of five: aircraft commander, co-pilot, flight engineer, radio operator and navigator/radar operator. This is the navigator/radar operator workstation.
An EC135 helicopter painted with the 723 Squadron Taipans logo and Army and Navy, at the top of, and on opposite sides of the helicopter's fenestron.
EC135 helicopters await their first trainees at the Joint Helicopter School at HMAS Albatross.
EC135 N52-001/841 during trials at HMAS Albatross.
UPS Airlines has ordered 14 more 747-8 Freighters, which will take its 747-8 F fleet to 28 by 2022.
Two US Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs, assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, conduct flight training operations over the Utah Test and Training Range.
F-35 Lightning IIs from the developmental test and operational test squadrons on the end of runway ramp at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
F-35B BF-03 on a flutter and buffet test mission from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland on February 1, 2018, its 691st flight. The aircraft is loaded with 1,000lb GBU-32 and 2,000lb GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions and AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.
A US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) touches down on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a US Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit, in this case the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, in the Indo-Pacific.
Sailors prepare an F-35C Lightning II, from Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) 'Grim Reapers', to launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).