Air International 2013-11
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Royal Navy Merlin Force conversion plans start with 820 and 829 Naval Air Squadron this year followed by 814 NAS next year.
Ground crew oversee pre-flight procedures as two Mk2s prepare for a mission.
More than a decade of design and testing has increased the operational capability of the maritime variant of the Merlin helicopter.
Externally the Merlin Mk2 may look like the original Mk1, but internally the upgraded helicopter is jam-packed with advanced systems for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.
Cornwall's iconic St Michael's Mount in Mount's Bay forms a great backdrop for the world class Merlin Mk2.
The 0.5 calibre M3M machine gun provides a hefty punch for the Mk2's force protection role.
New flat panel multi-function displays and touch screen units provide balance between touch and stick control in the Merlin Mk2's glass cockpit.
Open architecture and improved HMI integrated on the Merlin Mk2 is designed to ease the crew transition.
New primary tactical display monitors and touch screen units are the centrepiece of the Mk2's re-designed tactical consoles.
The operational evaluation of Link 16 was the last major task undertaken by CEAM personnel on the Mirage 2000-5F.
The CEAM operates a varied fleet of fast jets. Here Rafale C137, the first production example fitted with an AESA radar, flies in formation with a Mirage 2000-5F.
Numerous missions were flown during the operational evaluation of the Rafale's RBE2 AESA radar system. According to pilots, the level of performance of the AESA is outstanding.
Predator обладает значительной продолжительностью полета, позволяющей ему кружить над полем боя подобно стервятнику. Отсутствие на борту летчика позволяет использовать аппарат для выполнения заданий повышенной опасности.
The General Atomics Predator A is the basis for the enhanced Predator XP variant due to enter service with the UAE.
The CEAM operates a varied fleet of fast jets. Here Rafale C137, the first production example fitted with an AESA radar, flies in formation with a Mirage 2000-5F.
Numerous missions were flown during the operational evaluation of the Rafale's RBE2 AESA radar system. According to pilots, the level of performance of the AESA is outstanding.
The AASM has proven to be an accurate and flexible weapon system.
Saab is offering to modify existing Saab 340 (on photo) and Saab 2000 regional airliners as maritime patrol or surveillance aircraft equipped to the customer's specification.
Regional Aircraft offers a wide range of products and services across all aircraft types including the Airbus A320.
Escadron de Transport 3/61 'Poitou' is a regular CEAM customer for special forces equipment.
A Wescam MX-15 multi-sensor, multi-spectral imaging system turret mounted on the door of a special forces Transall.
Saab is offering to modify existing Saab 340 and Saab 2000 (on photo) regional airliners as maritime patrol or surveillance aircraft equipped to the customer's specification.
The Saab 2000 AIRTRACER signals intelligence gathering system.
British Aerospace BAe 146C3 ZE707 (c/n E2211, ex OO-TAY) is one of two BAe 146-200QCs for the RAF acquired to augment the service's transport capabilities. The aircraft is seen departing RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on February 18, 2013, where it and ZE708 (c/n E2188, ex OO-TAZ) arrived the previous day. Both were noted during late February and March at various locations completing trials before being accepted into service for operation by No.32(TR) Squadron based at RAF Northolt in West London. They will be flown alongside the service's two existing BAe 146CC2s (based on the Series 100). The new aircraft were previously flown by TNT Airways and were acquired under a ?47 million programme to meet intra-lift requirements in Afghanistan (see BAE Systems Acquires BAe 146s for RAF, August 2012, p6). Both are expected to deploy to Afghanistan once acceptance trials and pilot training have been completed.
Regional Aircraft converted a BAe 146-301 large Atmospheric Research Aircraft for the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements, a UK scientific research organisation based at Cranfield.
Flexible cabin stowage on an RAF BAe 146 CC3 transport aircraft.
Like all other Armee de I'Air aircraft, the EC725 Caracal was thoroughly tested by CEAM experts.
Chile's Airbus Military C295MPAs are equipped with the Fully Integrated Tactical System and can undertake over-the-horizon targeting.
A torpedo launched from an Airbus Military C295MPA during a weapons trial.
The UAE was the launch customer of the Air Tractor AT-802U armed ISR platform.
Saab is offering the Skeldar vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle for ISR roles to Gulf nations.
The Beechcraft 350 King Air is the basis of several ISR variants in service in the region. This aircraft serves wit the Iraqi Air Force.
The Beech MC-12W Liberty was used by the US Air Force in Iraq and is currently operational in Afghanistan.
In addition to larger platforms, several manufacturers offer special missions versions of smaller types; Cessna has delivered the ISR Caravan to Iraq, among other customers.
The Cessna AC-208 Armed Caravan' can use AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missions.
Piaggio has teamed with Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments to develop the P180 Multirole Patrol Aircraft.
ASTAC reconaissance pods will be transferred to Mirage 2000D squadrons once the Mirage F1CR is withdrawn.
The Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk is on order for Qatar. These examples belong to the US Navy's HSM-77 'Saberhawks'.
Seahawk нового поколения: MH-60R/S. MH-60S ВМС США (на фото, неофициальное наименование "Knighthawk") и MH-60R Seahawk представляют собой развитие, соответственно, SH-60F и SH-60B. Оба варианта принимают участие в действиях ВМС США в рамках войны с терроризмом. Первый дальний поход MH-60R выполнил в 2009 году, вскоре за ним последовал "Knighthawk". HH-60R Rescue Hawk обеспечивает выполнение задач поиска и спасения в боевых условиях. Согласно программе Helo CONOPS, на вооружении ВМС США останутся вертолеты только трех типов: MH-60R, MH-60S и MH-53E. MH-60 будут использовать- совместно с MQ-8.
In addition to its widespread use overland the AGM-114 Hellfire can be used for maritime strike.
The Rafale's weapons inventory is expanding. This aircraft is seen with a MBDA SCALP EG cruise missile, GBU-22 and GBU-24 laser-guided bombs, AASM precision-guided munition and Mica air-to-air missiles.
ASTAC reconaissance pods will be transferred to Mirage 2000D squadrons once the Mirage F1CR is withdrawn.
All of the maritime surveillance Dash 8s currently in service are based on the Q200 or Q300. Several companies are now offering special versions based on the Q400 for a variety of roles, including the airframe's manufacturer.
Flydubai operates a fleet of Boeing 737-8KNs, having ordered 50 from the manufacturer on June 11, 2008.
While flydubai operates alongside Emirates, it has its own corporate identity and is very much an independent airline.
Flydubai's inflight entertainment system in the Sky Interior offers a basic menu of free items, with others available at a small extra cost, one of the ways the airline keeps costs down.