Air International 2018-08
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The twin-turboprop An-26 is used for basic and advanced training of student pilots selected to fly multi-engine transport aircraft with the RuASF, and the aviation divisions of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Emergency Situation and the Federal Security Service.
The Yakovlev Yak-130 is the RuASF's advanced trainer but due to the lack of enough serviceable L-39Cs the type has also been used for basic training at both the 200th and 209th UABs.
During the lead-in fighter part of the fast-jet training course, the twin-engine Yak-130 offers good weapons simulation capability. Instructors from the 209th UAB at Borisoglebsk and 200th UAB at Armavir occasionally practise weapons release with live unguided air-to-surface ordnance such as 80mm rockets fired from B8 rocket pods and OFAB-250-270 560lb (250kg) fragmentation/high-explosive bombs as seen here on this machine belonging to the 200th UAB at Armavir.
The Yak-130 was taken on strength by the Russian air arm in 2010 but the type was not used by student pilots until 2013.
The Yak-130's cockpit offers RuASF student pilots a modern century training environment as they are immersed in a glass cockpit, similar to those equipping the new-generation fighters and tactical bombers they will move on to.
A US Air Force B-1B Lancer takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam for the first mission of its kind involving all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bomber aircraft as part of US Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence mission.
A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on a mission in support of US Pacific Command's Continuous Bomber Presence. Capable of carrying the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1B is the backbone of America's long-range bomber force.
A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing based at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri - the modern incarnation of the 509th Composite Group that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - after landing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on January 8, 2018. According to the US Air Force more than 200 airmen and three B-2 Spirits deployed to Andersen in support of US Pacific Command's Bomber Assurance and Deterrence mission. During the deployment, the B-2s conducted local and regional training sorties so the crews maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency.
B-29 Superfortress 44-69972 'Doc' on its post-restoration maiden flight from McConnell Air Force Base Kansas on July 17, 2016. Since its final service flight in 1956, Doc was used for weapons system training in the Mojave Desert. Doc is a similar type to B-29 44-86292 'Enola Gay' which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6,1945.
Tired and a little under specification for the modern battlespace, the RAF's remaining six Sentry AEW1s are currently expected to soldier on until 2035. Former defence procurement minister, Guto Bebb said in March 2018 that no decision has been made with regard to the future delivery of the UK's airborne warning and control capabilities, although a range of options are being explored.
Four US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and four Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles prepare to take off from Daegu Air Base for a joint training mission.
A US Air Force F-22 Raptor flanked by an F-16C Fighting Falcon and a Republic of Korea Air Force F-15 Slam Eagle at Osan Air Base following a 12-aircraft formation show of force.
A Republic of South Korea Air Force KF-16 from Seosan Air Base takes off during Exercise Buddy Wing, a training event designed to improve interoperability between US Air Force and RoKAF fighter squadrons,
An F-15K Slam Eagle from the Republic of Korea Air Force approaches a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker for aerial refuelling during Exercise Red Flag Alaska.
In 2016, Tornado GR4 ZG771 was painted with a commemorative colour scheme to mark the 100th anniversary of RAF Marham, Norfolk. Under current plans, the final Tornado GR4s w be retired at RAF Marham in 2019.
The RAF Tornado GR4 Force remains deployed on combat operations in support of Operation Shader. This year is the 28th consecutive year that the Tornado GR Force has been continuously deployed on ops.
A US Air Force F-22 Raptor flanked by an F-16C Fighting Falcon and a Republic of Korea Air Force F-15 Slam Eagle at Osan Air Base following a 12-aircraft formation show of force.
A B-52H Stratofortress at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam prior to take-off on the historic integrated bomber mission flown jointly with B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit bombers on August 17, 2016.
The L-39C has been operated by the Soviet Union and Russia respectively since 1970, and despite suffering from obsolescence ans a shortage of spare parts, the type is still an affordable and effective training aircraft.
In years gone by all RAF Typhoons had squadron markings applied like this aircraft from XI Squadron based at RAF Coningsby. Today the majority of the RAF Typhoon fleet is void of any squadron insignia. This is reportedly due to the type's combat involvement in Operation Shader and the need for greater discretion faced with the ISIS threat. However, the adoption of the aircraft's serial number as a numerical tail code is perhaps more geared toward helping maintenance crews identify each jet. On one occasion a costly maintenance procedure was performed on the wrong jet.
Clean configuration but for two under wing drop tanks, a Typhoon FGR4 snakes through the Mach loop in north Wales during a training mission from RAF Coningsby.
Army Air Corps Islander AL1 ZG845 is one of three set to be transferred to the Royal Air Force in 2018.
Built by Short Brothers in Belfast, Northern Ireland between 1986 and 1993, the Tucano T1 is now in its twilight years of service with the Royal Air Force. When its replacement, the Texan T1 is fully operational the surviving Tucano T1s based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire will be retired.
14 марта 2018г. с аэродрома в Линчепинге (Швеция) состоялся первый полет самолета дальнего радиолокационного обнаружения SAAB Global EYE, созданного шведской промышленной группой SAAB AB на базе планера дальнего административного самолета Bombardier Global 6000. «Глобал Ай» оснащен обзорной импульсно-допплеровской РЛС с фазированной антенной Ericsson Microwave System (SAAB AB) Erieye ER, способной обнаруживать воздушные цели на дальности до 480 км. На самолете также установлены многофункциональный радар Leonardo Seaspray 7500E AESA, который может обнаруживать одновременно до 300 надводных и наземных целей, а также оптико-локационная станция FLIR Systems Star Satire 380HD. Машина создана по заказу ВВС ОАЭ. Предусмотрена поставка трех самолетов на общую сумму более 1,5 млрд. USD.
Illuminated by glorious sunshine over the Baltic Sea, the first Saab GlobalEye aircraft for the United Arab Emirates Air Force made its maiden flight from Linkoping on March 14, 2018, cunningly disguised in Saab corporate markings.
Saab's GlobalEye airborne warning and control aircraft is a candidate replacement for the RAF's Sentry AEW1.
Assigned to the Tambov-based 27th SAP, a composite regiment of the 53rd CTAC headquartered at Ryazan, this Tu-134UBL is used for training strategic bomber aircrews. The aircraft is used for a wide range of navigation and combat training tasks, including dropping bombs from racks installed on the wing.
An F-15K Slam Eagle from the Republic of Korea Air Force approaches a US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker for aerial refuelling during Exercise Red Flag Alaska.
Four US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and four Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagles prepare to take off from Daegu Air Base for a joint training mission.
A US Air Force F-22 Raptor flanked by an F-16C Fighting Falcon and a Republic of Korea Air Force F-15 Slam Eagle at Osan Air Base following a 12-aircraft formation show of force.
Now here’s a new RAF aircraft that we've not seen much of yet; the Texan T1. Four aircraft have been delivered to RAF Valley, Anglesey where they are currently being used for the training of maintenance personnel. Flight operations are due to commence in the early part of 2019 when RAF instructors will commence the evaluation of the Texan T1 flying training course. All ten Texan Tls are due to be delivered to RAF Valley before then.
Phenom T1 ZM334 of No.45 Squadron on approach at RAF Cranwell. Under the UK Military Flight Training System, Affinity Flying Training Services provides five of the type for multi-engine flying training.
A nice little mover, the brand-new Phenom T1 is operated by Affinity Flying Training Services to provide multi-engine flying training from RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire as part of the UK Military Flying Training System.
Shadow R1 ZZ416 is one of five mission system aircraft operated by 14 Squadron at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire. The exact systems aboard Shadow is classified but is known to include an L-3 Wescam MX-15 electro-optical/infrared sensor and intelligence-gathering sensor systems almost certainly housed in the forward under fuselage canoe.
Based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Cornwall, 750 Naval Air Squadron operates four Avenger T1s for training navigators and observers destined for service in the Fleet Air Arn and the Royal Air Force.
The RAF's first RC-135 Rivet Joint seen arriving on its delivery to RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire on October 23, 2013. Operated by 51 Squadron, all three aircraft are now in operation at Waddington.
Hawk T2 ZK019 in the markings of IV Squadron seen passing through the Mach loop in north Wales during a training mission from RAF Valley, Anglesey. The Hawk T2 is used for advanced fast jet training.
Next year, the RAF is expected to receive the first of nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, which will enter RAF service with 120 Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray.
One of the RAF's five Sentinel R1 aircraft is understood to have been withdrawn from service; the future of the other four aircraft seems set to come to an end in 2021 when the type will be withdrawn from service.
The Boeing E-7 Wedgetail is perhaps the most likely option being explored by the UK MoD as a replacement for the RAF's Sentry AEW1 airborne warning and control aircraft.
Typhoon T3 ZJ800/BC of 29 Squadron seen landing at RAF Coningsby on January 19, 2018; its final flight before being scrapped.
Affinity Flying Training Services began using its 23 newly-acquired Grob Prefect Tls for elementary flying training at RAF Barkston Heath and RAF Cranwell on April 1, 2018, also as part of the UK Military Flying Training System.
The Yak-152 is the RuASF's new primary trainer. The type is urgently needed to replace the ageing L-39C and underwent accelerated development in 2016 and 2017. Service entry is expected next year at the earliest.