Air International 2015-09
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Indian Air Force aircrew prepare for their final mission from RAF Coningsby on July 29, 2015.
AIR International flew on a Voyager air refuelling mission with Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Coningsby. After air refuelling with the Il-78 tanker, all four Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Flank­ers joined the Typhoons alongside the Voyager.
AIR International flew on a Voyager air refuelling mission with Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Coningsby. After air refuelling with the Il-78 tanker, all four Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Flank­ers joined the Typhoons alongside the Voyager.
AIR International flew on a Voyager air refuelling mission with Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Coningsby. After air refuelling with the Il-78 tanker, all four Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Flank­ers joined the Typhoons alongside the Voyager.
A crew chief completes his aircraft walk around during a torrential downpour at RAF Coningsby.
There are four crew members in a Tu-160 - as pictured during a deployment to Venezuela in September 2007.
A narrow fuselage and pronounced leading-edge root extensions, blended with the aircraft’s body and variable-geometry wings, gives the Blackjack a menacing presence.
The 6950th Guards Aviation Base at Engels in western Russia controls two Tu-160-equipped squadrons. The 121st TBAP is set to be re-activated and will accommodate the entire Blackjack fleet inherited from the 6950th Guards Air Base.
Most of the Baikal integrated self-protection suite is housed in the tail cone.
The Tu-160’s distinctively pointed nose, large wing leading-edge extensions and blended wing-body combine with a variable-geometry wing for multi-mode flight operations.
With Tu-160 production at Kazan continuing at a very slow rate in the early 2000s, the last Blackjack was only delivered to the RuAF in 2008.
The Blackjack has an all-moving tailfin for yaw control.
This is the first upgraded Tu-160M, taken on strength in December last year. It is capable of using the new conventional-warhead MKB Raduga Kh-555 and Kh-101 air-launched cruise missiles plus the nuclear-tipped Kh-102 missile.
Most long-range operations are performed with one air refuelling; ultra-long operations of more than 20 hours requiring two.
The Blackjack's need for extensive ground servicing equipment, most of which is mounted on heavy truck chassis and trailers, is why the type rarely operates awayfrom its Engels base.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Tu-160 cockpit, sitting in the co-pilot’s seat ahead of his flight aboard Pavel Taran (Red 03, c/n 07-03) on August 16, 2005, during which two Kh-555 ALCMs were test-launched.
A recce-configured Rafale receives fuel from a C-135FR Stratotanker over the Central African Republic.
A recce-configured Rafale receives fuel from a C-135FR Stratotanker over the Central African Republic.
The ageing C-135FR still provides sterling service to the Armee de I’Air. No mission could be undertaken in Africa without tanker support.
Routine maintenance and refueling is completed at the end of a mission over the Central African Republic.
The C-135FR’s instrument panel betrays the age of the aircraft.
The navigator’s instrument panel has recently been modernised with a modern flight management system for ease of operation.
The Safer air-droppable container contains survival equipment. It is located in a cradle at the rear of the C-135FR’s main cabin.
A recce-configured Rafale receives fuel from a C-135FR Stratotanker over the Central African Republic.
This M88 turbofan has been removed for routine maintenance. The Rafale’s ease of maintenance is a major advantage for operations from austere bases in Africa.
The Rafale has now become the main Armee de I'Air fighter aircraft proven in combat during operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, the Central African Republic and Iraq.
Rafales cruise at high altitude over the typical bush landscape of the Central African Republic.
The GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb is the weapon of choice in Africa. However, when the weather deteriorates, Rafales are armed with the Hammer/AASM, which can be launched through cloud thanks to GPS guidance.
This Rafale is inspected at N’Djamena after a long mission over the Sahara desert.
A recce-configured Rafale receives fuel from a C-135FR Stratotanker over the Central African Republic.
A Rafale taxies out from a shelter at Niamey after a two-ship formation diverted there for operational reasons.
Rafales in Africa are routinely fitted with the Damocles targeting pod used for laser illumination and ISR missions.
A Rafale two-ship taxies out from Niamey on their way back to N’Djamena. The first aircraft is in a bombing configuration while the second is configured for reconnaissance.
Rafale pilots in the Armee de l'Air spend a lot of time abroad. As a result, they have amassed a large amount of operational experience.
AIR International flew on a Voyager air refuelling mission with Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Coningsby. After air refuelling with the Il-78 tanker, all four Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Flank­ers joined the Typhoons alongside the Voyager.
Most long-range operations are performed with one air refuelling; ultra-long operations of more than 20 hours requiring two.
The aircraft's HLR-109B electronic support measures suite is built by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, the primary antenna is housed in a small radome above the flight deck.
P-1 5504 with its bomb bay doors open during a fly past at RAF Fairford during this year's Royal International Air Tattoo. The bomb bay has eight stations.
For submarine hunting, the P-1 is fitted with an HSQ-102 magnetic anomaly detector mounted in a tail 'stinger'.
The first XP-1 5501 prototype on approach to Gifu Air Base. The aircraft was delivered to the TRDI on August 29, 2008.
Textron AirLand says the Scorpion complements the capabilities of the Beechcraft AT-6, another member of the Textron family.
P-8 output will shortly increase to around one and a half aircraft per month as Boeing moves from Low Rate Initial Production to Full Rate Production.
A Naval Aircrewman unloads a sonobuoy from the rack onboard a P-8A Poseidon.
Crew members’ mission workstations are located on the left-hand side of the cabin.
The infrared picture of a ship provided by the Wescam MX-20HD during the training mission before CARAT.
Летчики «Посейдона» на своих рабочих местах
The P-8A’s cockpit resembles the 737 Next Generation’s, but it has an additional screen for tactical information and controls for the additional electronic equipment and air-to-air refuelling.
The Scorpion will be able to carry 6,200lb of payload on wing hardpoints and a further 3,000lb in the internal bay.
A Bulgarian Air Force pilot works through pre-flight checks prior to a demonstration mission with an Textron AirLand test pilot.
Synthetic vision, including ‘Highway in the Sky’ functionality, shows terrain, obstacles and traffic in 3D on the primary flight display.