Air International 2019-01
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The Mi-26T2V boasts a new digital avionics suite dubbed NPK90-90V, which allows for an expanded scope of tactical operations, especially in bad weather, over water and in the night.
The Mi-26T2 prototype was flown for the first time in 2011 and it is still used for testing and evaluation of new systems at Rosvertol and Mil MHP.
The Jordan is set to take on four Mi-26T2s in the baseline militarised configuration, with the first of these delivered in January 2018.
The Mi-26T2V retains some of the new avionics used on the export-standard Mi-26T2, combined with newly-installed mission systems to enable regular and safe operations of the new aircraft in very cold weather and low visibility conditions. The instrument panel in front of the pilots has two large-format colour displays and an array of conventional flight instruments.
A look at the navigator's workstation of the Mi-26T2V, situated just behind the co-pilot seat.
The flight engineer of the Mi-26T2V sits behind the pilot and has a dedicated workstation for system control and monitoring.
A look inside the Mi-26T2V's cavernous cargo hold, which remains exactly the same as that of the legacy Halo.
A pair of Mangustas fire cannons and rockets.
A Mangusta prepares to lift off to escort an ICH-47F during CAEX 2018-II
Seen at low-level in California, Block 30 F-16C 86-0304/AK is assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron home-based at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The unit deployed to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada during October to support the US Air Force Weapons School.
A recent colour scheme to appear with the Eielson-based 18th Aggressor Squadron features a three-colour splinter pattern as seen on Block 30 F-16C 86-0310/AK.
All tooled-up. Block 52 F-16C 93-0533 assigned to the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron configured with a weapon payload comprising two AIM-120 AMRAAM and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, two 300-gallon drop tanks, two 500lb GBU-54 Laser JDAMs, four 250lb GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs, and an AAQ-33 Sniper pod.
Notable in this on-the-boom shot of a 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron Block 52 F-16C is a launcher pod on the right side pylon loaded with ten APKWS 2.75-inch rockets.
A Block 52 F-16C assigned to the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron on the boom during a close air support mission over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The aircraft is armed with two 500lb GBU-54 Laser JDAMs (left pylon) and at least two 250lb GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bombs (right pylon).
Block 40 F-16C 88-0454/HO is the current mount of the 8th Fighter Squadron commander, seen on take-off from March Air Reserve Base, California during a cross country flight from its home base, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.
Spangdahlem-based Block 50 F-16C 96-0080/SP is the current mount of the 480th Fighter Squadron commander. The jet is seen on take-off from Kallax Air Base, Sweden during the recent NATO exercise, Trident Juncture 2018.
As if emphasising the spirit of cooperation between Germany and the Netherlands, this mixed formation comprises Heersflieger NH90 TTHs and CH-47D Chinooks from the Koninklijke Luchtmacht. The transport element is escorted by a Dutch AH-64D Longbow Apache.
A Heersflieger NH90TTH and two Koninklijke Luchtmacht CH-47D Chinooks wait on the ground for troops, while above them a Dutch Apache Longbow keeps an eye out for trouble.
As well as being a formidable cargo carrier itself the CH-53K is air-transportable aboard US Air Force C-17A and C-5M aircraft.
Former Luftstreitkrafte der Nationalen Volksarmee Aero L-39ZO Albatros NX139LE is used by Groningen-Eelde-based contractor Skyline Aviation to supply airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and electronic warfare services to the exercise management.
The door gunner watches the photographer as his Agusta-Bell AB205A, or UH-205 MM80705/EI 334, departs the landing zone in Sardinia.
Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules G-273 of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht's Eindhoven-based 336 Squadron drops supplies by parachute during Exercise Falcon Autumn 2018.
Two Dutch CH-47D Chinooks from the Koninklijke Luchtmacht's 298 Squadron demonstrate their utility for assault operations during Falcon Autumn 2018
As if emphasising the spirit of cooperation between Germany and the Netherlands, this mixed formation comprises Heersflieger NH90 TTHs and CH-47D Chinooks from the Koninklijke Luchtmacht. The transport element is escorted by a Dutch AH-64D Longbow Apache.
Special warfare combatant craft crewmen from a special boat team, stationed at Naval Base Coronado, California train with an MH-47G assigned to the 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington at Moses Lake. Crewmen rig the boat to the MH-47G as it hovers above, and then climb a rope ladder to board the helicopter before moving to the final destination, where they will slide down a rope to the boat before the helicopter disconnects the hoist cables.
An MH-47G Chinook assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky plugged into the aerial refuelling basket of an MC-130 over the Adriatic Sea.
US Paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade train on sling load procedures with a CH-47F Chinook Helicopter assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.
A Heersflieger NH90TTH and two Koninklijke Luchtmacht CH-47D Chinooks wait on the ground for troops, while above them a Dutch Apache Longbow keeps an eye out for trouble.
An MH-47G assigned to the 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington over Moses Lake with an underslung boat known as a special warfare combatant craft.
Troops duck for cover as they disembark ICH-47F Chinook MM81783/EI 706 of 11° Gruppo Squadroni 'Ercole' somewhere in Sardinia.
One of several nearly-new ICH-47F Chinooks that took part in the exercise. Note the M134 six-barrel rotary machine guns in the cabin doors, part of the helicopter's self-defence system.
A Mangusta prepares to lift off to escort an ICH-47F during CAEX 2018-II
This shot demonstrates the acute nose-down attitude of the Atlantique 2 when landing. The high-aspect ratio wing develops loads of lift, which sometimes makes landing problematic.
Egyptian Navy Corvette El Fateh gets a once over from an Atlantique 2 over the Mediterranian.
The aircraft's load of sonobuoys is carried in dispensers covered by the two open doors behind the weapons bay.
Ground crew prod a sonobuoy into place.
The clam shell doors covering the Rolls-Royce Tyne engines were designed to provide ease of access for maintenance.
Weapons handlers in their distinctive red vests manoeuvre a Paveway II training round into position ready for flight.
As can be seen in this head on shot, the Atlantique 2 is designed with a 'double-bubble' fuselage. The upper lobe contains a pressurised crew compartment, and the lower a 27ft 6in (9m) weapons bay.
Vapour vortices trail behind Atlantique 2 No.27 as it takes off from Lann-Bihoue at the start of another long patrol.
Decoy flares are deployed from fuselage-mounted containers.
Atlantique 2 No.27 of 23F being towed at its Lann-Bihoue base with the doors to its capacious weapons bay open.
Salt is a killer of airframes, which is why this Atlantique 2 is visiting the wash-rack after returning from a low-level sortie over the sea.
Decoy flares are deployed from fuselage-mounted containers.
A view from the flight engineer's position of the flight deck of an Atlantique 2 prior to modernisation.
The most obvious difference from the old-style flight deck to be seen in this image of an upgraded aircraft is the new glass cockpit. Two digital screens for each pilot replace the previously fitted analogue dials, providing primary flight data and other useful information.
The darkened rear cabin is the domain of the tactical crew that usually comprises eight technicians, the tactical coordinator (TACCO) and his or her deputy, two radar and electronic support measures officers and two acoustic sensor officers. The TACCOs have identical workstations, both of which have two full-colour digital displays. The TACCO monitors inputs from sensors to determine necessary action. The deputy manages communications, navigation and electro-optical systems.
A crew member uses a digital single-lens reflex camera fitted with a long 300-800mm lens for surveillance. The camera is connected to computers in the rear cabin for rapid analysis of images taken.
As if emphasising the spirit of cooperation between Germany and the Netherlands, this mixed formation comprises Heersflieger NH90 TTHs and CH-47D Chinooks from the Koninklijke Luchtmacht. The transport element is escorted by a Dutch AH-64D Longbow Apache.
A Heersflieger NH90TTH and two Koninklijke Luchtmacht CH-47D Chinooks wait on the ground for troops, while above them a Dutch Apache Longbow keeps an eye out for trouble.
A Koninklijke Luchtmacht AH-64D Apache Longbow from Gilze-Rijen-based 301 Squadron lands at a forward arming and refuelling platform during Exercise Falcon Autumn. Note the two AGM-114 Hellfire anti-armour laser-guided missiles on the weapons pylons.
One of two Esercito Italiano Agusta-Bell 412s, or HH-412As in Italian parlance, to take part in CAEX 2018-II, MM81359/EI 468 swings around before landing.
An Agusta-Bell HH-412A turns toward a landing zone.
The anhedral tips of the King Stallion's main rotor blades are evident in this image.
YCH-53K BuNo 168781/04 uses its centre hook to lift the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) that weighs 14,000lb (6,400kg) and more during trials at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in Florida in January 2018.
As well as being a formidable cargo carrier itself the CH-53K is air-transportable aboard US Air Force C-17A and C-5M aircraft.
The massive elastomerically-articulated titanium rotor head uses fewer fastenings and connections than legacy helicopters, reducing weight, maintenance time and effort.
The CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle during engine runs, without rotors fitted, at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach facility.
An MH-47G Chinook assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky plugged into the aerial refuelling basket of an MC-130 over the Adriatic Sea.