Air International 2015-06
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The Su-35S was recently introduced to the Russian Air Force inventory and never previously been shown over Moscow. Here four fly in formation alongside four Su-30SMs.
A Tu-95MS and an Il-78 simulated an aerial refuelling, passing by at 300 knots and 1,000ft
Aero L-39ZA Albatros NX109ZA operated by Air USA of Henderson, Nevada flies chase with F-15SA 12-1002 on final approach to Palmdale, California.
One of eight 'fat-tank' HC3s undertakes a dust landing on the Salisbury Plain Training Area. D-AFCS de-risks environmental operations issues such as this. The HC3’s planned Julius AFCS upgrade has been held back to complete both the Julius and D-AFCS cockpit enhancements in one hit.
Group Captain Richard Maddison OBE, RAF Odiham's station commander and UK Chinook Force CO, said the HC6’s introduction is going extremely well.
RAF Odiham confirmed that the final legacy Chinook HC2 recently entered the Project Julius AFCS enhancement programme. The only legacy cockpit aircraft remaining are the HC3s.
Hovering at 90ft with any barely any references to put down a load - or undertake a confined area landing - is made easier by the HC6’s D-AFCS.
CDF team members, left to right: Flt Lt Christian Hilliker, Master Aircrew Paul Holmes and Sqn Ldr Adam Shave.
The rear crewman’s role is vital and their confidence in performing confined area landings has been boosted because the helicopter can now be moved in 1 foot increments, keeping the swing very low.
The upgraded Honeywell Aerospace T55-L-714A engine is common across the Chinook fleet. In addition to the HC6's improved performance and handling, Vmax for the aircraft is 160 knots and aircrew say it is as "smooth as you like".
Chinook HC6 ZK552 above the Hampshire countryside near its Odiham base, following its public introduction on June 16 last year.
The Selex Titan 385 ES-HD FLIR Multi-Sensor Turret, mounted on the aircraft closest to the camera, combines high-performance UK mission-specific sensors such as D-NVG into a single line replaceable unit.
As well as an additional seat, the new rear crewman station has the same tablet-based pre-flight mission planning system as the cockpit.
The Chinook has room for up to 55 troops.
A Tu-95MS and an Il-78 simulated an aerial refuelling, passing by at 300 knots and 1,000ft
This shot of F-15SA 12-1002 (c/n SA-2) landing at Palmdale, California, shows the aft-facing sensors fitted to the ends of the extended pylons form from each vertical stabiliser root.
F-15SA 12-1001 (c/n SA-1) is fitted with a large pitot tube, and is used for testing of the flight control systems. The aircraft is marked with the legend F-15SA FC System Test.
Первый полёт F-15SA - первого варианта F-15 с ЭДСУ. Сент-Луис, 20 февраля 2013 г.
Saudi F-15SA 12-1002 during its maiden flight from St Louis - Lambert Field on February 20, 2013.
Aero L-39ZA Albatros NX109ZA operated by Air USA of Henderson, Nevada flies chase with F-15SA 12-1002 on final approach to Palmdale, California.
F-15SA 12-1002 (c/n SA-2) is used for flutter and aerodynamic testing at Palmdale Airport, California. The aircraft is marked with the legend F-15SA Fly-By-Wire just forward of the cockpit canopy.
T-50-2 has no radar and features a long pitot tube at the nose tip. Along with T-50-1, it is used for performance and handling tests.
During more than five years of trials, the T-50 prototypes have made about 600 flights, a sixth of those necessary for testing the fighter.
The fourth prototype, T-50-4, carrying dummy versions of air-to-ground Kh-31s and air-to-air R-77s - the Sukhoi T-50 has yet to fire missiles. The basic ordnance load is carried in two large weapon bays in tandem inside the fuselage while close-air combat missiles fit in two small underwing fairings close to the engines' inlets.
The PAK FA 101KS-N navigation and targeting pod has been under test since 2011.
The purpose of one of the 101KS Atoll electro-optical sensors, the 101KS-O, is unclear. It is presented by the Russians as an infrared jammer for self-defence, but is probably an infrared search-and-track sight.
T-50-5 is under repair after sustaining serious damage in a fire on June 10, 2014.
Su-57 prototype T50-3 loaded with R-73 and R-77 air-to-air missiles on underwing pylons. The long-range R-77M version features a multifunction doppler monopulse active radar seeker, strakes fitted at the mid-fuselage position, conventional fins at the tail, and a dual pulse rocket motor.
T-50-3 carrying dummy R-77 and R-73 missiles in the Aviadarts demonstration. This aircraft, as well as T-50-4 and T-50-5, is equipped with N036 AESA radar in basic configuration with single forward antenna only.
The N036-01-1 forward-looking X-band electronic-scanning antenna comprises 1,552 transceiver modules and is tilted about 15 degrees up.
A model of the Prospective Multi-role Fighter, or Type 79L, to be developed jointly by Russia and India.