Air International 2014-05
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Main: Military
A-10C Thunderbolt lls in the Hog Pen at Osan.
A crew chief signals the pilot to stop.
A 25th Fighter Squadron A-10C taxies around the Hog Pen at Osan.
US Air Force E-3s have regularly visited Souda Bay during operations over neighbouring regions in the last decade.
A crew chief finishes his pre-flight inspection prior to a training mission from Kunsan.
An F-16C from the 35th Fighter Squadron prepares to shut down after the ‘Elephant Walk' staged at Kunsan on March 2, 2012.
Two Osan F-16s break away from each other on a training mission.
A RoKAF F-16 taxies from a hardened aircraft shelter for another training mission at Kunsan.
A RoKAF F-16C taxies past F-16Cs from the 388th Fighter Wing from Hill Air Force Base, Utah during TDY at Kunsan.
Left: A Block 40 F-16C from the 35th Fighter Squadron releases two 2,000lb GBU-24 laser-guided bombs during a training mission. Right: A Block 40 F-16C from the Kunsan Air Base releases two 1,000lb GBU-12s.
A pilot climbs aboard a Block 40 F-16C parked in a hardened aircraft shelter at Kunsan.
Left: Weapons technicians move an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile into a hardened aircraft shelter to load onto an F-16C at Kunsan. Right: Munitions troops prepare AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles for loading onto F-16Cs at Kunsan.
Munitions troops upload a 1,000lb GBU-31 JDAM on to an F-16C assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron
An F-16 pilot assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron checks an ALQ-184 pod during a pre-flight inspection.
F-16s from four US Air Force and one RoKAF squadrons perform an ‘Elephant Walk’ during a large force exercise at Kunsan on March 2, 2012.
A pilot performs pre-flight checks on a 2,000lb GBU-24 before a mission from Kunsan.
A Block 50 RoKAF F-16D from the 38th Fighter Group taxies at Kunsan Air Base.
P-3C Orions are regularly deployed to NSA Souda Bay.
A P-3C Orion assigned to Patrol Squadron 8 (VP-8) ‘Fighting Tigers’ being marshalled at Souda Bay in 2003, when the unit was deployed there to support operations over Iraq.
Fast rope training under way at Souda Bay as part of the annual exercise Phoenix Express, which aims to improve co-operation on maritime security.
The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed as part of the US Sixth Fleet, training in Souda Bay in 2012.
A rare picture of the transient parking area of Souda taken in 1958 with a West German HU-16B and a US Navy Skyraider parked together
A 1960 photo showing the Royal Hellenic Air Force base commander greeting a US Navy admiral and adjutant as they step off a C-131 that’s just arrived from NAF Naples.
A CH-46 from HMMT-164 testing its Bambi Bucket over a pond at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.
The crew chief opens the bucket to drop water because they have a better view of the fire from the helicopter than the pilot does.
A rare picture of the transient parking area of Souda taken in 1958 with a West German HU-16B and a US Navy Skyraider parked together
Souda is a transit stop for US military assets heading home from deployment, for example this Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (VAQ-138) 'Yellow Jackets' EA-18G Growler.
A US Air Force RC-135V taxiing at Souda in 2011 between missions over Libya during Operation Unified Protector.
US Navy Liaison Flight C-26 Metros shuttle from Souda to Naples and Sigonella.
The USS Harry S Truman carrier deck while it was moored at Souda Bay during a port visit in December 2010.
Groundcrew assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 (VRC-40) 'Rawhides’ move a C-2A Greyhound into the hangar to shelter it from the snow - a rare event in Crete.
The Ultra Force 275 HD camera is one of the most compact of its kind on the market. The housing of the Seaspray 5000E radar is furthest to the camera.
The MRI equipped with two reliable and economic-to-maintain Rotax engines, so that it could offer lower operating costs than other medium-sized
One of the MRI's principal selling points is that it’s not subject to export restrictions because its sensors and equipment are built in Europe.
The P2006T MRI can operate day and night with a time on station of between five and six hours.
Indra chose the Technam partly because it has retractable landing gear, a high wing configuration and can operate from semi-prepared runways.
By 2014 Indra hopes to have the necessary software to operate the MRI as a true optionally piloted vehicle.
The Chilean Navy is considering purchasing several P2006T MRI aircraft to replace its ageing Cessna O-2 Skymaster aircraft. It wants up to eight, but initial procurement may only be for three or four examples.
The P2006T is one of the lightest twin-engined aircraft in the world.
Although its use is primarily focused on maritime operations, the MRI can also undertake missions over land.
Indra believes the P2006T MRI would complement larger maritime patrol platforms, such as the P-3 Orion or C295 Persuader.
The systems operator has a rear station equipped with a touchscreen display from which they can rapidly manage the data received by the aircraft’s sensors.
The ground support station is able to remotely control the sensors on the MRI. To do this it is equipped with a line of sight two-way communications link, although there is also an option to install a satellite communications system.
The flightdeck of the P2006T MRI is equipped with the digital Garmin 950 advanced avionics system, which only requires one pilot with a PPL/ME rating.
Three-dimensional diagrams showing the three crew positions and the major mission systems installed in the forward fuselage of the P2006T MRI.