Air International 2018-02
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An-26 07 blue of 318 OSAP deploys a rescue raft during the Russian Navy Day flypast repetition over Sevastopol bay on July 27, 2017.
An-26 07 blue (RF-46872, c/n 1705) of 318 OSAP departs Kacha, fitted with four BD3-34 bomb racks for maritime orientation markers, used in SAR sorties.
After a 6,000km flight, this An-32 underwent a major overhaul by Factory 410 at Kiev-Zhuliany, Ukraine in September 2017 including an avionics upgrade. The remaining two An-32s will follow.
The SAR amphibian Be-12PS 12 yellow (RF-12007, c/n 3602902) of 318 OSAP returning at Kacha after a training flight on July 28, 2016.
Ka-27PL 06 yellow (RF-19178, c/n 5235001822201) from 318 OSAP demonstrates the deployment of its VGS-3 Ros-V dipping sonar during the Russian Navy Day flypast at Sevastopol bay on July 30, 2017.
Ka-27PS 33 yellow (RF-19683, c/n 5235003991110) of 318 OSAP at the Opuk range Crimea on September 9, 2016, in support of an amphibious landing operation during the largescale Caucasus 2016 exercise.
In 1998, Bangladesh ordered 24 MiG-29s, but due to payment problems only eight were delivered, spending a period of time grounded due to a lack of spare parts. They were put back in service with Indian help.
Two Su-25SMs of 37 SAP firing live S-25-O air-to-ground rockets at Pogonovo range near Voronezh on June 17, 2017 during the Aviadarts 2017 competition.
Авиабаза Крымск. Подготовка к конкурсу "Авиадартс-2017".
Su-30M2 91 blue of 38 IAP at Krymsk Air Base during aerial refuelling training with an Il-78 tanker from the local 3 Gv.SAP on February 2, 2017.
SU-30SM 36 blue (RF-93824, c/n 10MK51103) of 43 OMShAP returns to Saky after the Russian Navy Day flypast over Sevastopol bay on July 31, 2016.
Pilots of 43 OMShAP at Saky returning from a training flight aboard Su-30SM 38 blue (RF-33782, c/n 10MK51202) on March 2, 2017.
SU-30M2 91 blue (RF-95491, c/n 79810388203) of 38 IAP during a series of touch-and-go training sorties at Belbek Air Base on July 31, 2017.
Su-33 71 red (c/n 49051004205) of 279 OKIAP performs a crosswind landing at Saky during the annual training session at NITKA on September 1, 2015.
Of the 16 Yakovlev Yak-130 fighter-trainers delivered by Russia in 2015, three have already been written off in accidents.
Although there has been no official statement made, the Armada's preference for a replacement for the AV-8B+ Harrier is the F-35B Lightning II. Is there any other choice?
Six AV-8B+ Harriers from 9 Escuadrilla in formation as part of the events commemorating the centenary of the Arma Aerea de la Armada.
The primary role of the AB212+ is to support the Marines.
An AB212+ landing on the deck of the frigate Canarias (F86). The type is regularly used for surveillance missions.
An AB212 about to land on the flight deck of the strategic projection ship Juan Carlos I (L61), which replaced the aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias (R11) as the Armada's flagship.
The Armada's future helicopter will be a navalised version of the NH90, assigned to 5 Escuadrilla. Prototype NH90 GSPA01 during tests fitted with armament mounts undertaken at the Airbus Helicopters factory in Albacete.
Sea King ASaC7s aboard HMS Ocean (L12) with a US Army CH-47F and three UH-60s when the Royal Navy led US Task Force 50 in the Gulf for the first time in November 2016.
Two of the seven L-39ZAs take-off for the final practice before the Victory flypast.
Two Sea King ASaC7s return to Culdrose after embarkation on the fictitious aircraft carrier HMS Seahawk, during Exercise Kernow Flag. Throughout the November 2017 event. Sea King ASaC7s were used to counter enemy air threats.
During the course of its long operational career, the Sea King has undertaken many roles with the Armada. Currently, the type is used for tactical troop transport.
Sea Kings assigned to 5 Escuadrilla are currently dedicated to tactical troop transport.
Sea King ASaC7 ZE422/92 near St Michael's Mount, located on Cornwall's southern coast near Marazion.
Sea King ASaC7 ZE422/92 conducting a confined area landing. One of the rear crew is seen checking the clearance behind the aircraft as it comes into land with the bag containing the radar retracted.
Sea King ASaC7s aboard HMS Ocean (L12) with a US Army CH-47F and three UH-60s when the Royal Navy led US Task Force 50 in the Gulf for the first time in November 2016.
Seven Sea King ASaC7s remained in service at the beginning of 2018. The type’s out of service date is in the third quarter of 2018 but 849's transition to the Merlin HM2 configured with the Crowsnest system is well underway.
Ground crew prepare a Sea King ASaC7 aboard the RFA Argus (A135).
The Sea King ASaC7 is one of the oldest and most distinctive military helicopters in the world thanks to its inflatable black sack on the right side. The sack houses a Thales Searchwater 2000 radar capable of detection of surface and air targets.
A Sea King ASaC7 flight crew includes two specialist observers seated side by side in the rear cabin behind two touch-screen mission consoles.
The Sea King ASaC7 flight deck comprises analogue avionics systems.
Russian Marines fire PKM machine guns from the side door and window of Mi-8MT 57 yellow (RF-19070, c/n 93399) assigned to 318 OSAP.
F-7BG F937 is operated by 5 Squadron in a blue and grey colour scheme, reminiscent of the two-tone blue that has now been replaced by grey.
Sea King ASaC7s aboard HMS Ocean (L12) with a US Army CH-47F and three UH-60s when the Royal Navy led US Task Force 50 in the Gulf for the first time in November 2016.
A close-up of Ka-52 01 blue (RF-91105, c/n 35382605005) of 39 VP, armed with a pair of 80mm 20-shot B-8V20A rocket pods.
Su-24M 44 white (RF-33836, c/n 0515315) of 43 OMShAP takes off from Saky on July 28, 2017. It carries two R-60M missiles and four OFAB-250-270 bombs.
P.166DP1 M.M.62267 flying in formation with an ATR 42-500MP.
Su-25UTG 18 red (c/n 38220131415) of 279 OKIAP during a crosswind landing at Saky, home of the original NITKA shipborne aviation training complex.
The Bangladesh Navy took delivery of a pair of Dornier Do228-212NGs in 2013. Two more were recently ordered for security and SAR duties.
Two AW139s were acquired from AgustaWestland in 2015 for maritime patrol and SAR duties.
A number of Bangladeshi military aircraft carry quasi-civilian registrations in the S3- range, some in addition to serials. This is the Army's sole Cessna C208B Caravan, based at Tejgaon.
The APG-78 Longbow fire control radar, rapidly and automatically searches, detects, locates, classifies, and prioritizes multiple moving and stationary targets with low probability of intercept.
US Army AH-64 training is now focusing on where the aircraft have to be low in the trees against a near peer adversary.
The 12th Combat Air Brigade now meets the operational needs of the European theatre through a regionally allocated force resourced through other CABs based in the continental United States.
Ansbach in Bavaria is the current home for the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.
The AH-64s are put into teams of two or four aircraft, one of which must have a Longbow radar.
Maintainers working on an AH-64 at a forward area refueling point in the Grafenwohr Training Area.
A Hydra 70mm rocket pod and the AGM-114 Hellfire missile.
AH-64 pilots benefit from the Longbow system, which presents the top 16 targets.
The Bangladesh Army's three Cessna 152s based at Tejgaon were fitted with smoke streamers on the wing struts for the flypast.
The sole Citation VII assigned to 4 Escuadrilla is primarily used for VIP transport.
Mi-8AMTSh 58 blue (RF-91165, c/n AMTS00643105802U) of 39 VP deploys special forces troops at the Pogonovo range near Voronezh on June 17, 2017 as part of the Aviadarts 2017 competition.
P.166DP1 M.M.62267 flying in formation with an ATR 42-500MP.
The unusual wing shape of the P.166.
Maintenance on a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-121 engine at Pratica di Mare.
Crew of the P.166 mission flown with the author, from the left: systems operator Head Warrant Officer Calabrese, co-pilot Lieutenant Casini and pilot Captain Miranda.
The ferry La Superba manoeuvring while searching for a man overboard.
Images acquired by the CASI system of a cannabis farm in Albania.
The console has two displays. In this photo, the top screen shows the video fed from the multi-spectrum sensor, the lower screen also shows the FLIR image, the radar picture and the mission track.
The P.166DP1 cabin features a systems operator console on the right-hand side.
A flight grid flown by a P.166DP1 over an archaeological site at Pompei.
The Seahawk is the primary helicopter embarked on the Armada's frigates.
A Seahawk participates in training with an Equipo Operativo de Seguridad (operation security team).
Built by Spanish firm Indra, the Pelicano UAV was tested by the Armada in 2017 as a potential surveillance aircraft.