Air International 2018-10
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An Bharatiya Vayu Sena Su-30MKI plugged into the drogue of a Royal Australian Air Force KC-130 tanker during aerial refuelling.
Four Sukhoi Su-30MKI3s from the Bharatiya Vayu Sena's 102 Squadron 'Trisonics' showing the thrust vector engine nozzles tipped down for parking.
A Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara ground crew marshals an F-16 to parking after a mission at Exercise Pitch Black 2018.
F/A-18A Hornet A21-38 painted in colour markings commemorating the 75th anniversary of Royal Australian Air Force 75 Squadron, seen at Tindal.
A Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia A400M Atlas, parked behind a Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker at RAAF Base Darwin.
C-130B FAU 591 seen during a brief pause at the Chilean base Tte. Marsh, King George Island.
TOP: The Chilean Tte. Marsh base and aerodrome are utilised by FAU C-130 aircraft to supply the Uruguayan Artigas Base, located 2.15nm west of the aerodrome. BOTTOM: A hard job for the aerotecnicos (technicians); inspection of the Allison T56 engine and propellers during harsh meteorological conditions in Antarctica.
Argentine personnel at Marambio get ready for the flight back to the continent on FAU 591.
Landing run into the Chilean Tte. Marsh airfield in King George island. The base is located 2.15nm (4km) from the Uruguayan Artigas Base.
In the cruise, with a southerly heading, a FAU pilot finds a moment to relax on the way to the White Continent.
FAU 591 taxying northbound on the Chilean Tte. Marsh runway, prior to a flight back to the main continent. Note the floating iceberg ahead, and the tower of the Trinidad Church at the 11 o'clock position.
The final approach into the Chilean airfield Tte. Rodolfo Marsh in King George Island, viewed from a FAU C-130B.
A common shot taken from an RAF Voyager tanker shows a Typhoon FGR4 plugged into the basket and taking fuel, this one during a Shader mission. Note the bright yellow rings applied to the forward fuselage of the Paveway IV bomb denoting it's a live weapon.
Aeronautica Militare munition troops load a live 2,000lb GBU-10 laser-guided bomb on to station 10 of a Typhoon.
A Meteor test vehicle immediately after launch from a Typhoon on September 9, 2015.
This sequence of frames shows how a Brimstone test article's rocket motor plume changes between ignition and flyaway.
A Typhoon assigned to TLG 31 loaded with one live GBU-48 precision-guided bomb on a mission to the Fort Irwin National Training Center range during Exercise Green Flag West 2018-07.
Two of the Typhoons detached to Lulea Air Base, Sweden to use the test range at Vidsel in September 2017. The Luftwaffe deployed Typhoons to Sweden to qualify employment of the GBU-48 dual-mode precision-guided munition. Each aircraft is loaded with a different GBU-48 payload; four munitions on the aircraft nearest the camera and two on the furthest jet.
TLG 31 personnel undertake load training with a GBU-48.
Colonel Stefan Kleinheyer is the current commanding officer of TLG 31 based at Norvenich Air Base.
Typhoon FGR4 ZJ938 (BS031) is used by BAE Systems as a test aircraft for weapon integration with the fleet code IPA 6. The jet is seen at Warton in January 2016 loaded with a Meteor missile on station 7. Eurofighter Instrumented Production Aircraft 2 is in the back ground loaded with a Storm Shadow test article. Both jets are loaded with pods housing high-speed cameras and telemetry instrumentation used to record weapon separation events.
Fancy-tail Typhoon MM.7297/36-13 of 36 Stormo loaded with two inert 2,000lb GBU-10 laser-guided bombs.
A Typhoon FGR4 moves into the pre-contact position behind a US Air Force KC-10A Extender during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The Typhoon is armed with two ASRAAM missiles carried on stations 0 and 12, and four Paveway IV precision-guided munitions, one each carried on stations 1, 3, 9 and 11. The reality of Typhoon still having just one true precision-guided air-to-ground munition to call upon, Paveway IV, after so many years of development must surely be considered a poor reflection of this pan-European defence programme.
Brimstone test vehicles on a launcher loaded on station 11 of Typhoon FGR4 ZJ938 during a weapon integration test flight from Warton.
TLG 31 Typhoons onn the last chance check ramp before a training mission from Norvenich Air Base.
This sequence of frames shows two Brimstone test articles during a simultaneous release from the launcher carried on station 11 of Typhoon FGR4 ZJ938.
A pair of Tranche 2 Typhoons assigned to TLG 31 configured for the air defence mission loaded with underwing fuel tanks and IRIS-T missiles.
This sequence of frames shows a Brimstone test article during release from station 11 of a Typhoon; note how the missile climbs in its initial flyaway trajectory.
TLG 31 Typhoon 31+35 at Vidsel in September 2017, loaded with four inert GBU-48s.
This is an MBDA artist's impression of a Typhoon tooled-up to the hilt with MBDA products; ASRAAM missiles on stations 0 and 10, three Brimstone missiles per launch system on stations 1 and 9, and Meteor missiles on stations 4, 5, 7 and 8.
Royal Australian Air Force forward air controllers in PC-9 aircraft operated by 4 Squadron launched from RAAF Base Tindal in support of Exercise Pitch Black 2018.
A Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia A400M Atlas, parked behind a Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker at RAAF Base Darwin.
F/A-18B Hornet A21-101 with colour markings for the Aircraft Research and Development Unit based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia.
Armee De I'Air Rafale B fighters fly in formation with a 33 Squadron KC-30A tanker en route to Australia to participate in Exercise Pitch Black 2018 at RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory.
A common shot taken from an RAF Voyager tanker shows a Typhoon FGR4 plugged into the basket and taking fuel, this one during a Shader mission. Note the bright yellow rings applied to the forward fuselage of the Paveway IV bomb denoting it's a live weapon.
F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-210 painted in special tail colour markings commemorating the 100th anniversary of Royal Australian Air Force 1 Squadron.
Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia F/A-18D Hornet M45-01 painted in a special colour scheme to mark the 20th anniversary of Hornet operations with 18 Skuadron.
Armee De I'Air Rafale B fighters fly in formation with a 33 Squadron KC-30A tanker en route to Australia to participate in Exercise Pitch Black 2018 at RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory.
Indian Air Force C-130J KC-3807 from the special operations-optimised 87 Squadron takes off from Tindal.
This is the most colourful Storm Shadow missile we are ever likely to see; it’s a test vehicle rather than an operational missile. The yellow section of the missile's fuselage is painted yellow and contains black tracking marks which are used is separation and launch testing.
A flight-test engineer uses a wireless Leica T-Probe on a Storm Shadow test article during flight preparation testing.
This sequence of frames shows a Storm Shadow test article during release from station 10 of a Typhoon test aircraft. Note the extension of the aft ventral fins, and that the missile’s wings remain folded while the missile falls clear of the launch aircraft.
Typhoon FGR4 ZJ938 (BS031) is used by BAE Systems as a test aircraft for weapon integration with the fleet code IPA 6. The jet is seen at Warton in January 2016 loaded with a Meteor missile on station 7. Eurofighter Instrumented Production Aircraft 2 is in the back ground loaded with a Storm Shadow test article. Both jets are loaded with pods housing high-speed cameras and telemetry instrumentation used to record weapon separation events.
Eurofighter IPA2 loaded with a Storm Shadow test article takes off from Warton for the first release of a Storm Shadow conventionally armed stand-off missile on November 19, 2015.
An Bharatiya Vayu Sena Su-30MKI plugged into the drogue of a Royal Australian Air Force KC-130 tanker during aerial refuelling.