Air International 2013-03
Attack helicopters (2)
Russian Air Force Army Aviation Branch crew load S-8 rockets into launchers on a Mi-24 Hind at Vyazma AB in October 2011.
Russian Air Force Army Aviation Branch Hinds firing unguided S-8 rockets at Dorogobuzh in October 2011.
Advanced Technologies and Engineering of South Africa undertook the most successful Hind upgrade programme outside Russia so far. An export order covering as many as 40 Mi-24s was signed in 1999, and the first upgraded helicopters dubbed Super Hinds were supplied to Algeria in the same year.
The Super Hind's Argos 550 gyro-stabilised multi-sensor payload with auto-tracker, TV-camera, FLIR and the F2 20mm cannon.
The pilot's cockpit of the ATE Super Hind Mk III is dominated by a new head-up display.
Russian Air Force Army Aviation Branch Mi-24 Hinds at Monchegosk AB in September 2012.
Mi-24P Hind RF-94965/08 red at Krymsk AFB in December 2011. The helicopter is armed with a pair of B-8 20-round rocket launchers, two P-50T training bombs, four SACLOS 9K114 Shturm anti-tank missiles and one Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2K twin-barrel 30mm cannon.
A line of Hinds at Monchegosk AB during in September 2012.
Belarusian Mi-24P Hinds over Machulishchi AFB.
T129 prototype P6 was the first to be built by TAI and made its maiden flight on August 17, 2011.
Заказ Турцией 60-и вертолетов Mangusta придал программе новый импульс. Вертолеты предназначены для замены в армии Турции устаревших AH-1P и AH-1W SuperCobra. T129 окрашиваются по трехцветной камуфляжной схеме, близкой к схеме окраски австралийских Eurocopter Tiger.
T129As BG1001 and BG1002 are shown carrying two 19-round pods for 70mm unguided rockets on a pre-delivery test flight from TAI's flight test centre at Akinci near Ankara.
The first two T129A Atak helicopters delivered to the KKK were BG1001 and BG1002.
Ground crew watch as TAI test pilots prepare to depart from Akinci for a test sortie. The two aircraft shown, BG1001 and BG1002, were delivered to the KKK in the EDH configuration.
A Royal Air Force Chinook and Army Air Corps Apache AH1 onboard HMS Illustrious.
The South African Air Force operates 11 Rooivalks which are assigned to 16 Squadron, based at Bloemspruit Air Force Base near Bloemfontein in the Free State. Deliveries began on January 6,1999.
The Rooivalk can comfortably fly backwards and can reach sideways speeds of 50 knots (93km/h).
The Denel Rooivalk is the only attack helicopter to be designed and built in Africa.
A Rooivalk fires a Mokopa anti-tank missile during a test flight. The Rooivalk can carry up to 16 Mokopas on the inner two pylons of each stub wing. Although the Rooivalk is cleared to fire the Mokopa, the SAAF has yet to buy any of the missiles.
The pilot sits above and behind the weapons system officer in a separate aft cockpit. Both environmentally controlled cockpits are interchangeable and have dual flight controls, which includes hands on collective and stick.
The Rooivalk's front cockpit is dominated by two 160 x 160mm (6.3 x 6.3 inch) liquid crystal colour multifunction displays.
An Apache AH1 loaded with three inert AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles carried on a M272 launcher.
HIDAS utilises multi-spectral sensors. This shot shows two such sensors, one on each side of the Apache's forward fuselage.
An Apache AH1 takes off from the flight deck of HMS Ark Royal during an exercise off the Cornish coast.
An Apache AH1 flown by No.656 Squadron Army Air Corps fires a Hellfire missile during an exercise conducted from HMS Ocean.
Army Air Corps personnel from No.656 Squadron reload the 30mm M230 chain qun automatic cannon onboard an Apache AH1.
The M-TADS electro-optical fire control system is fitted on the nose of the Apache and the Longbow FCR is positioned above the rotor hub.
A Royal Air Force Chinook and Army Air Corps Apache AH1 onboard HMS Illustrious.
An Apache AH1 being lifted from the hangar to the flight deck onboard HMS Illustrious.
An Army Air Corps Apache AH1 takes off from HMS Ocean during Operation Ellamy.
Apache AH1 ZJ203 seen at a forward arming and refuelling point on the Salisbury Plain Training Area.
Tarqetinq a pro-Gaddafi truck with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile.
The first production-standard Mi-35Ms were delivered to Venezuela's Army Aviation Service.
The Brazilian Air Force was the second export customer for the enhanced Mi-35M. Nine of the 12 Mi-35Ms ordered by Brazil have been delivered so far, the final three will follow in 2013.
The Mi-35M pilot's cockpit was upgraded with a pair of LCD displays of the KNEI-24 digital avionic package for displaying flight, navigation and targeting information.
The Mi-35M front cockpit is dominated by a display for the electro-optical sensor used by the weapon system officer for targeting using the bulky hand controller shown.