Air International 2017-08
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The Millerovo-based Su-30SM aircrews, serving with the 31st Guards IAP were ranked as the best in the fighter category.
An EA-18G Growler and a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing during a VAQ-129 Det at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.
An F-15C Eagle equipped with the Talon Hate system lands back at Elmendorf after a morning mission. Note the fancy antenna fitted on the top of the fuselage adjacent the air brake, and the large pod housing an IRST on the fuselage centreline pylon.
The five Spanish Hornets on the ramp at Zaragoza Air Base ready for their deployment to Estonia.
Some of the 128 Spanish staff, who include operations, support, maintenance, intelligence and communications personnel, medics and air traffic controllers, deployed to Amari on Detachment Ambar, pose for the camera against the back drop of a EF-18M Hornet.
May 22, 2017 saw the completion of the first 100 flight hours by the Ambar Detachment in support of BAP.
May 22, 2017 saw the completion of the first 100 flight hours by the Ambar Detachment in support of BAP.
Four groups of Ala 15 pilots will take part in the BAP mission. In this image, one of the pilots from the first group climbs aboard his aircraft for the flight from Spain to Estonia.
An EA-18G Growler receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a training sortie from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Exempt of markings and a bureau number, a special mission P-3C Orion assigned to the special projects patrol squadron on take-off from Elmendorf. The aircraft is notable because of its payload; a near 40 feet long APS-149 Littoral Radar Surveillance System radome.
Northrop Grumman’s OpenPod, a system billed with IRST and fifth to fourth-generation connectivity capabilities, also participated in Northern Edge carried by the company’s test bed CRJ700 registration N804X.
There was also competition in the best ground crew category. These armourers prepare an OFAM-25-270 free-fall bomb for suspension on a MiG-29SMT belonging to the 14th Guards IAP.
Armourers from the 14th Guards IAP suspend a free-fall bomb under the port middle pylon of a MiG-29SMT.
Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130H tanker 130341 takes off from Rovaniemi Air Base for another air refuelling mission.
F-2000A MM.7340/4-9 wears 9° Gruppo’s squadron badge (a white horse) over a number ‘9’ on the port side of the fin and on the airbrake. The centennial colour scheme also features the white horse over Roman numerals IX on the starboard side.
18° Gruppo F-2000A MM.7293/37-18 has its tail, spine and fore planes painted in black emblazoned with green artwork. The tail’s starboard side features a large wasp, the unit's motif during World War Two, and Roman numerals XVIII on the port side.
F-2000A MM.7341/36-10 sports a special colour to mark 10° Gruppo’s centenary. The markings include a black horse on both sides of the tail, a red pike on the airbrake and red fore planes.
Dominated by a World War Two-style colour scheme, 12° Gruppo's anniversary colour scheme on F-2000A MM.7318/36-12 features a black prancing horse on the tail set on sand and brown colours which extend to the fore planes.
A Su-34 from the 47th SAP lands after the day's second sortie loaded with B13L rocket packs.
Su-34 RF-95478 from the 47th SAP lands after a mission dedicated to air navigation and visual reconnaissance.
Su-24MR RF-93854 with a full reconnaissance payload seen taking off.
The first live interception by the Spanish Hornets of the Ambar detachment took place on May 16, 2017. It involved a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer bomber that flew over international waters close to the Estonian coast without communicating with air traffic control agencies.
Su-24M RF-92034 launching for the day's second sortie loaded with a B8M-1 20-round pod for 80mm rockets and a sole free-fall bomb under the fuselage.
Su-22M4 3817 on the Swidwin flight line.
Su-22M4 3817 is one of a dozen upgraded single-seat Fitters which the SPRP plans to operate until 2025.
Swidwin's flight line full of upgraded (grey) and non-upgraded Fitters.
The cockpit of a Su-22M4 still lacks a gun camera in the ASP-17VG electro-optical sight, which is set to be added during the second stage of the upgrade in 2017.
Flight International's Learjet 36 N12FN loaded with two ALQ-167 electronic countermeasures threat simulation pods. During Northern Edge Flight International flew daily missions in support of the Red air force using the pods as part of the robust threat laydown presented to the Blue air force.
In 2010, the Polish Air Force Fitter fleet was reduced to 26 single-seat and six two-seat aircraft. During 2017 and 2018 the fleet will be further reduced to 12 single-seat and six two-seat aircraft. All non-upgraded aircraft will be grounded and used as spare parts sources.
The two-seat Su-22UM3K has a different mission suite to the single-seat Su-22M4 and limited capability to carry guided weapons but retains an effective combat capability.
The two-seat Su-22UM3K Fitter-G has the KN-23-1 analogue navigation-attack suite with a Klen-PS laser rangefinder and designator housed in the nose cone, and an improved ASP-17BT electro-optical weapons sight in the front cockpit.
The well-designed Fitter has a robust airframe, a reliable engine and is easy for servicing and repair.
The single-seat Fitter-K has a fixed intake cone, while the two-seat Fitter-G seen here features a movable cone, which provides better operating conditions for the engine in supersonic flight.
Su-22UM3K 509 in its fresh grey paint scheme applied during upgrade at the WZL-2 plant. The colour scheme comprises two shades of grey applied on the upper fuselage and wings and areas painted black for anti-glare forward of the windshield and around the wing roots.
The swing-wing Fitter is a useful asset assigned to NATO and will remain in active service until the mid-2020s for training and combat support roles.
The first group of young pilots who completed their four-year Su-22 training course in late 2016, will serve with 21.BLT at Swidwin as instructors.
Su-22UM3K 310 taxies out for an intercept training sortie, loaded with a UZR-60T captive carriage training missile.
Swidwin's flight line full of upgraded (grey) and non-upgraded Fitters.
UZR-60T captive carriage training missiles are used for training pilots in the air-to-air role.
Northrop Grumman’s airborne laboratory, BAC 111 N162W, flew daily missions from Elmendorf.
Northrop Grumman’s airborne laboratory has a highly-modified nose radome housing an APG-81 advanced electronically scanned array radar. The chin-mounted assembly is part of the AAQ-37 distributed aperture system. Both systems are integrated on the 1966 British jet to enable flight-test support to the F-35 Lightning II programme.
Finland's Ilmavoimat deployed one C295M and a single PC-12 to Rovaniemi for the duration of Arctic Challenge. Assigned to the TukiLLv based at Tampere-Pirkkala, both aircraft flew daily missions.
Based at Elmendorf for Northern Edge 2017, Lockheed Martin’s Gulfstream III Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory now includes a cognitive processing capability that enables rapid adaptation to a changing target environment.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 169137/NJ525 a second from touch down during a bounce.
Combat payloads carried by the EA-18G Growler vary, and require the combined 44,000lb (196kN) of thrust to get airborne. Viking 521 is seen launching with full afterburner in a clean training configuration giving the pilot an easy take-off performance.
A VAQ-129 maintainer signals to the plane captain that the arrestor hook is functioning correctly during pre-flight checks.
The pilot waits while the air refueling probe is extended during pre-flight checks.
VAQ-129 typically flies its aircraft in a clean configuration during most phases of the course as shown by Viking 525.
Navy training procedures dictate that an aircraft is chained to the ramp even when operating at a shore base like Whidbey Island as seen in this shot of Viking 504 during a crew change. Adherence to the chaining protocol ensures maintainers and flight crew meet flight deck operating requirements.
An EA-18G Growler receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a training sortie from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
A view of an EA-18G Growler captured through night vision goggles.
An EA-18G Growler climbs away from runway 14 following a bounce during field landing carrier practice at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
This shot of Viking 521 shows the configuration of antennas and blisters fitted to the aircraft, and the close proximity of the centerline fuel tank to the nose wheel landing gear
One row of EA-18Gs on VAQ-129’s extensive flight line.
Smoke spools from the tires as EA-18G BuNo 169137/NJ525 bounces on runway 14 during field landing carrier practice at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
A student pilot taxies Viking 554 from the VAQ-129 with wings folded in accordance with standard training procedures.
Members of VAQ-129 pose for the camera in front of VAQ-129’s CAG-bird, EA-18G Growler BuNo 168894/NJ550, at the end of an AEA Det at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
An EA-18G Growler and a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing during a VAQ-129 Det at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.
The EA-18G Growler is equipped with the ALQ-218 wideband receiver system used for emitter identification location. The system’s receivers are housed in the distinctive wingtip pods.
Air Combat Command deployed this EC-130H Compass Call offensive counter-information and electronic attack aircraft to Northern Edge. This aircraft might be configured to a standard called Baseline 2 with the latest electronic attack capability, satellite communications providing connectivity to the latest architectures, increased multi-asset coordination nets and upgraded datalink terminals.
Phoenix Air’s Gulfstream I N192PA was based at Eielson Air Force Base during Northern Edge and was likely to have been used to provide threat presentations for the Red air force.
Mi-8MTV-5 RF-90672 armed with one UPK-23-250 gun pod on the inner port outrigger pylon and a B8V-20 rocked pod on the inner starboard pylon.
Tanker support during an exercise like Atlantic Challenge is crucial to ensure fighter aircraft can stay on station for the required amount of time.
Ilmavoimat F-18C HN-424 carries a AAQ-28 Litening targeting pod, one of the systems integrated as part of the type’s mid­life upgrade second phase designed to provide air-to-surface capability.
The crew of this Ilmavoimat PC-12/47E PI-06 refuel the aircraft at Rovaniemi.
Finland's Ilmavoimat deployed one C295M and a single PC-12 to Rovaniemi for the duration of Arctic Challenge. Assigned to the TukiLLv based at Tampere-Pirkkala, both aircraft flew daily missions.
F-35A MM.7337/32-13 (c/n AL-06) is the flagship of the 13° Gruppo, the first Aeronautics Militare Italians operational squadron to fly the type. This is the sixth F-35A Lighting II built by the FACO factory at Cameri.
Tail art created by 13° Gruppo to mark its 100th anniversary features the legend Don Quixote and the squadron badge. These markings were only applied to the port side of aircraft MM.7337/32-05 and MM.7357/32-07.
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) 'Green Knights’ based at Iwakuni, Japan, was the first unit to participate in a Northern Edge exercise with the F-35 Lightning II.
A U-2S Dragon Lady high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft made its first deployment to Northern Edge this year. It flew missions fitted with networked sensors housed in an under­fuselage pod, probably the fitting seen under the white payload bay door, linked to the Enterprise Mission Computer 2.0 (EMC2), developed by Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works.