Air International 2013-08
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The AW101 is the new CSAR helicopter scheduled to enter AMI service in 2015 with 9 Stormo at Grazzanise AB, replacing the AB212ICO.
Leeuwarden-based 322 and 323 TACTES Squadrons hosted the exercise and participated in the daily missions with eight F-16AMs. Four are seen here joining the KDC-10 tanker over the North Sea before commencing the fight.
Volkel-based 312 and 313 Squadrons operated four F-16AMs from Leeuwarden for the duration of the exercise, enabling the pilots to plan, brief, debrief and exchange experiences face-to-face with the other participants.
Belgian F-16A FA-110 has tail art to mark the squadron's 70th anniversary.
Mirage 2000Cs from BA115 Orange-Caritat-based EC 2/5 'Ile-de-France' were first-timers in the exercise.
Ground crew service a Mirage F1CR from ER 2/33 'Savoie'.
Gazelles leaving a forward arming and refuelling point.
Swedish Gripens were the only participating aircraft from a Partnership for Peace nation.
Tiger tail belonging to SPA162 'Tigre' assigned to EC 1/7 'Provence'
C-130H-30 G-273 'Ben Swagerman' takes off from the former Twenthe AB during a Cerberus Guard re-supply mission.
The C-130H of 334 Squadron was usually the first aircraft to taxi for take-off.
Italy has signed contracts for 96 Typhoons (from Tranche 1, 2 and 3A), but the single-seat Tranche 1 aircraft will be retired from AMI service, and possibly offered on the export market.
A CH-47D Chinook kicks up sand and debris as it lands in a field.
Cerberus Guard marked the first operational use of the new CH-47F(NL) in an 11 AMB exercise in the Netherlands.
Puma support helicopters at Chaumont.
The T-346A advanced jet trainer will enter operational service with the 61° Stormo in 2014.
Two Tiger HAPs were involved in exercise Marne 2013.
A Sperwer tactical unmanned aerial vehicle on its launch catapult.
Jamming was undertaken by a LearJet 36A from Skyline Aviation during the first week of the exercise.
The AMI has acquired six MQ-9A Reapers which were first committed to combat operations over Libya during operation Unified Protector.
Joint Army National Guard and Air National Guard crews operated two C-27Js out of Kandahar from July 2011 to June 2012, where they resupplied isolated forward operating bases and combat outposts throughout Afghanistan. The aircraft flew 3,200 missions, including 71 airdrops, moved 1,400 tons of cargo and transported 25,000 passengers.
The AMI supports the ISAF mission in Afghanistan with a small force of AMX fighters for close air support and reconnaissance missions.
The AMI will receive 13 HH-139 SAR helicopters to replace HH-3F Pelicans.
In 2012 the Italian MoD leased a Gulfstream III/AML from Lockheed Martin for a period of two years to assess the capability of the system.
An F/A-18E assigned to VFA-147 Argonauts' (left) and an F/A-18F from VFA-154 'Black Knights' (right) form up over the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range.
A formation of VFA-147 and VFA-154 jets pass overhead Lemoore Naval Air Station.
A rare mixed formation of VFA-147 F/A-18E and VFA-154 F/A-18F Super Hornets.
An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to VFA-154 'Black Knights' bounces on runway 32L at NAS Lemoore during field carrier landing practice.
Lt Cdr Ryan Fulwider scans for two approaching Super Hornets from below over the California desert.
VFA-147 F/A-18E Super Hornet BuNo 166442/'NH214' in close formation with the photoship.
An F/A-18E assigned to VFA-147 Argonauts' (left) and an F/A-18F from VFA-154 'Black Knights' (right) form up over the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range.
A formation of VFA-147 and VFA-154 jets pass overhead Lemoore Naval Air Station.
Team Argo with the VFA-147 ramp in the background.
A crewman cleans the windshield of a VFA-147 aircraft prior to an early morning launch.
Lt Leslie Romig conducts an inspection on one of the VFA-147 aircraft... ironically the one that carries her name.
A rare mixed formation of VFA-147 F/A-18E and VFA-154 F/A-18F Super Hornets.
Practice makes perfect. Pilots from VFA-154 talk down a Super Hornet from the LSO shack at Lemoore.
Commanding Officer of VFA-147 Cdr Ernie Spence presents an award to one of the outstanding members of Team Argo.
A plane captain signals the pilot of a VFA-147 jet to taxi.
Preparing to launch from the VFA-147 ramp at NAS Lemoore, California.
An Argo jet bouncing the pattern in front of the LSO shack at Lemoore.. note the proximity of the LSO shack to the actual runway.
Lt Matt Simmons, a VFA-147 pilot, prepares to launch in the colorful Argonauts' CAG-bird.
Members of Team Agro inspect the landing gear and tyres of a Super Hornet.
VFA-147 sailors discussing the status of the Argo's CAG-bird during pre-flight procedures on the ramp at NAS Lemoore.
Ground crews load a missile rail onto Cdr Ernest Spence's jet in preparation for an upcoming flight.
Chilly early morning pre-flight launch preparations.
A VFA-147 F/A-18E Super Hornet undertaking field carrier landing practice at NAS Lemoore.
An MQ-1C Predator inside a shelter at Herat, Afghanistan.
Rafale B323, one of two assigned to the CEAM's EC 5/330, is painted in this striking tiger colour scheme.
Tiger tail belonging to BR127 'Le Tigre' a squadron within EC 5/330 'Cote d'Argent'
Tiger Meets tend to bring out the true spirit of the NATO tiger community.
The AMI transport fleet is heavily involved in supporting the Italian contingent in Afghanistan.
KC-767A tankers form the core of the AMI's air-refuelling and strategic transport capabilities.
Italy is due to receive 60 F-35A Lightning IIs.
The F-35 is the most important acquisition programme for the Italian Air Force, which is due to acquire 60 F-35As and 15 F-35Bs.