Air International 2016-03
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Main: Military
Maintainers make adjustments to the ammunition feeder of the M197 Gatling gun.
This AH-1Z is configured with two different launchers; a seven shot LAU-68 for 2.75 inch rockets and a four-round M272 for AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.
This rear view of an AH-1Z shows the hover infrared suppression system which is an integral part of the exhaust system.
The Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight System is a targe-aperture, mid-wave, forward looking, infrared/electro-optical sensor housed in a gyro-stabilised turret mounted on the nose of the helicopter.
The primary structural components of the main rotor hub are two fibreglass two-arm yokes in a stacked arrangement. Composite main rotor blades are made from fibreglass and epoxy.
Flight line crew attach a brace to a main rotor of an AH-1Z prior to maintenance on the rotor hub.
The AH-1Z is equipped with the M197 20mm Gatling gun and carries approximately 650 20mm rounds.
Moving the AH-1Z requires four ground handling wheel sets. Towing is possible up to a max weight of 18,500 lb over smooth surfaces.
The forward ground handling wheel sets (in white) have steerable wheels.
The Thales TopOwl Helmet-Mounted Sight and Display system comprises a modular, protective helmet with day and night avionics to present a head-up display of visual aids and intensified night images to the pilot.
The low air speed probe on the forward left hand side of the aircraft feeds the digital air data system which provides real time wind direction, wind speed, outside air temperature, air speed data.
AH-1Z pilots say the Zulu is faster, carries more fuel and weapons compared to an AH-1W but a harder aircraft to employ because of the amount of information captured by the sensors which needs to managed.
The Su-34 tactical bomber is replacing the Su-24M Fencer, provides a 30-50% greater range in similar flight profiles; has much more advanced targeting and navigation systems and new types of armament.
Since the end of 2011, Su-34s have been fitted with TA14-130-35 auxiliary power units mounted inside the aircraft’s tail booms with exhaust grilles on the port side of the boom. Note the seven chaff and flare dispensers mounted in underside of the tail boom.
By the end of 2015, 73 production standard Su-34s had been built, from a total of 129 ordered. The Su-34 was commissioned into service on March 18, 2014, when a formal decree was signed by the President of Russia.
The electronically scanned antenna of the Fullback's V004 radar made by Leninets in St Petersburg.
The ventrally-mounted I255 B1/02 Platan laser and TV sight (shown deployed) is stowed inside the fuselage during cruise.
The last Su-34 built for test and evaluation, T10V-8/side number 48, joined its predecessors on December 20, 2003. In August 2008 aircraft 47 and 48 participated in the war with Georgia jamming Georgian air defence radars.
An Su-34 of the 559th Independent Bomber Aviation Regiment based at Morozovsk carrying a Kh-59M on the centreline pylon (partly hidden from view), two Kh-31 air-to-surface missiles, plus two R-27 air-to-air missiles on the under wing pylons and an R-73 on each wing tip.
Su-34 21 rolls-out from landing at Voronezh Air Base in December 2012 home of the 47th Composite Aviation Regiment: the first Russian Air and Space Force operational Fullback unit.
The two-seat side-by-side cockpit of the Su-34 features five MFI-66 MFDs, two PS-2 control panels and standby analogue instruments. Note the ShKAI-34 head-up display at the pilot’s left position.
For reconnaissance the UKR-RL pod with a Pika X-band side-looking radar will be carried on a pylon between the engines for reconnaissance missions.
Four Avengers are assigned to 750 NAS at RNAS Culdrose, with ZZ503 pictured here.
The Avenger T1 is a standard Beechcraft King Air 350ER (Extended Range) that provides an extra 1,000lb of fuel. Its main modifications are the multimode telephonic radar and internal Tactical Mission Trainer (Air) system.
The squadron's flight hours are contracted to 2,500 hours per year at present, although that may increase to 3,100.
A team of ten experienced Cobham Aviation engineers is responsible for maintaining the four Avengers. Maintenance includes a phase check every 200 hours and four phased inspections.
On a radar homing mission off Cornwall’s southwest coast, the instructor uses identified radar targets, manipulates these using the Tactical Mission Trainer Air synthetic mode and blends additional synthetic radar threats.
The Observer manages small white dots of light, determines the interaction between them, builds a tactical picture and takes action.
C-12J 86-0078 sits on the ramp at Yokota Air Base, Japan prior to engine start.
C-12J 86-0081 conducts an engine start on the ramp at Yokota Air Base, Japan.
Captain Matthew McPhail (left seat) and Lieutenant Chase Cooper (right seat) at the controls of C-12J 86-0078, radio call sign Mojo 17, makes a right turn with Mt Fuji ahead.
An internal view of a C-12J showing a spectrum aero bed.
Maintenance is carried out in harsh conditions, but the Mirage 2000 proves remarkably reliable.
This Mirage 2000D cruises high over Africa on its way towards the target area in northern Mali.
A Mirage 2000D lined up on the runway at Niamey ready to take off for yet another mission. The aircraft is fitted with an ATLIS laser designation pod.
All Mirage 2000s are flown with a full allocation of flares.
Close-up on the guidance section of the GBU-49 HOB (Height of Burst) bombs.
Mirage 2000Ds are equipped with upward firing flares dispensers on top of the traditional launchers mounted below the fuselage.
Two Swiss Hornets releasing flares while in flight over the Alps. They are loaded with two AIM-120C-7 and two AIM-9X live missiles.
F/A-18C J-5018, the flagship of Fl St 18 'Panthers’, crosses a minor local road, open to traffic, while taxiing from the cavern. The cavern and the air base are not located on the same military ground.
Note the JHMCS helmet of the pilot flying this F/A-18C, and the identification light on the fuselage side, a feature also used by Canadian Hornets.
Hornet J-5018 taxies back to the cavern. Note on the ventral fuel tank the radio frequency to be used by the pilots of intercepted aircraft.
Two F/A-18Cs from Fl St 11 chased by an F/A-18D fitted with new multifunction displays introduced in the UG25 upgrade programme.
Low clouds and light snow, the typical winter environment at Meiringen, and the narrow valley where the base is located provide challenging flying conditions.
Two Hornets taxiing from the cavern facility at Meiringen into the base, before a training mission.
Two F/A-18Cs from Fl St 11 chased by an F/A-18D fitted with new multifunction displays introduced in the UG25 upgrade programme.