Air International 2014-09
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Bulgarian MiG-29s provided simulated threats for participating aircrews to practise threat evasion manoeuvring. This one is over the Thracian plain near the city of Stara Zagora.
An EC 1/2 'Cigognes' Mirage 2000-5F from the QRA at BA110 Creil north of Paris.
No orders have been announced yet for the SF-260TD but the company says it's marketing the aircraft to existing customers and potential new buyers.
The SF-260TD’s right wing includes an infrared sensor which streams pictures to one of the cockpit displays to assist pilots flying at night and in poor weather.
While the SF-260TD is outwardly similar to previous variants of the type, it features a glass cockpit with high-resolution LCD colour screens.
An Il-38 from Russian Naval Aviation’s Ostrov evaluation and crew conversion centre with 18 RGB-1A sonobuoys beside it. Typically, the airplane takes eight such containers. The five bombs in front of the aircraft are common FAB-250 high-explosive bombs and not Il-38's depth charges.
The first flight of upgraded Il-38SD and the last ever take-off from the Khodynka airfield.
The first upgraded Il-38N being rolled out of the hangar in July 2014 after painting into dark grey and named after Radiy Papkovsky, the Il-38 programme’s former manager.
The first of five ordered Il-38Ns is now at the 859th Naval Aviation Training Centre at Yeysk.
The most unusual aspect of the Il-38N's external shape is its three-decker nose with the bulbous fairing housing the Novella radar, then the crew deck with an electronic support measures housing on the top.
The Russian Navy’s first series Il-38 to receive the Novella upgrade pictured on take-off in July 2014 wearing its new dark grey colour scheme.
IN306 is the fourth upgraded Indian Navy Il-38SD.
The Leninets 2SD1 slotted-array radar is a part of the Sea Dragon system. Its makers claim it can detect a submarine's periscope from 30-35km (18-21 miles).
The four-channel SD5 electro-optical turret has TV, infrared imaging, laser rangefinder and automatic target tracking functions and is located beneath the nose.
The SD9 electronic sup­port measures antenna is situated over the front fuselage.
New buoys developed by Leninets for the Sea Dragon and Novella systems. From top: RMB-81 magnetometric buoy, RGB-48 passive directional sonobuoy, and the GB-58 noise generator.
The Sea Dragon system operator's post is fitted with two colour 380 mm (15 in) LCD displays and the control panel.
A Belgian Air Force C-130H departing the combined air operations mission; seconds later it entered a steep climb-out.
An HH-3F from 83° Gruppo SAR taxiing at Cervia after a training mission.
The Italian Air Force is expected to take delivery of its first Master later this year.
The Israeli Air Force’s first M-346I after a roll-out ceremony on March 20, 2014.
M-346s on the assembly line at Alenia Aermacchi's Venegono factory.
Training aids such as full mission simulators are an important element of the package offered by manufacturers.
The author’s Exercise Swatch flight was conducted in an Alpha Jet trainer from Escadron d'Entrainement 2/2 Cote d'Or based at BA102 Dijon-Longvic.
The author’s Exercise Swatch flight was conducted in an Alpha Jet trainer from Escadron d'Entrainement 2/2 Cote d'Or based at BA102 Dijon-Longvic.
Refuelling at Payerne between Exercise Swatch flights.
After a ten-aircraft combined air operations mission, an Italian Air Force C-130J rolls out ready to turn off the Plovdiv runway - followed by Luftwaffe C-160D on finals.
The EATT exercise is Europe's only multinational training opportunity for military transport aircraft operators.
The Lithuanian C-27J performs a tactical departure at Plovdiv.
A Bulgarian C-27J crew approaches the simulated dirt strip at drop zone ‘Africa’ for a tactical landing and cargo off-load.
A Turkish Airlines A330 at Montreal, where the airline began flying in June 2014.
The ceremony at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport marking SriLankan’s entry to the oneworld alliance.
LED mood lighting will feature in the A330neo cabin.
The Airbus A330-900neo, one of two members of the A330neo family launched at Farnborough on July 14, 2014. The A330neo will use A350-style Sharklet wingtips to assist fuel efficiency.
Rolls-Royce is the exclusive engine provider with its Trent 7000.
The HH-139A’s landing gear is higher and stronger than the AW139’s and protects the FLIR and other equipment fitted to the lower part of the helicopter
An aircrew on the flight line at Cervia. Note the self-defence suite sensors on the tail of this HH-139A.
A FLIR Systems Star Satire III EO/IR imaging turret is mounted underneath the HH-139A’s nose.
The HH-139A's glass cockpit is dominated by five multi-function colour displays.
The HH-139A is equipped with a 272kg/600lb hoist on the right-hand side.
One of the TH-500S detached from 72° Stormo to 15° Stormo, which are used to aid pilots' proficiency and for liaison flights.
Fast jets use a high-speed drogue; helicopters have a separate low-speed system.
Note the frequency painted on the belly tank to remind intercepted aircraft to switch to it.
The Swiss Air Force holds F/A-18Cs on QRA.
A view across the Raiders’ apron at Miramar.
Fast jets use a high-speed drogue; helicopters have a separate low-speed system.
After a ten-aircraft combined air operations mission, an Italian Air Force C-130J rolls out ready to turn off the Plovdiv runway - followed by Luftwaffe C-160D on finals.
The propellers' characteristics enable the KC-130J to operate from short-field runways.
A Rolls-Royce Allison AE2100 D3A engine undergoing maintenance inside VMGR-352’s hangar.
The KC-130J’s glass cockpit, including head-up displays, has reduced the pilot’s workload.
The KC-130J’s rear cargo hold is designed to switch quickly between cargo and refuelling roles.
A removable fuel tank in the cargo hold enables the KC-130J to provide 24,392 lb (11,064 kg) of extra fuel if required.
The KC-130J differs from earlier Hercules in having two rather than three loadmasters.
Loadmasters provide look-out during retuelling.
The Scorpion over The Needles, off the Isle of Wight, prior to its RIAT and Farnborough appearances.
The Scorpion's key features