Air International 2015-09
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Indian Air Force aircrew prepare for their final mission from RAF Coningsby on July 29, 2015.
A crew chief completes his aircraft walk around during a torrential downpour at RAF Coningsby.
AIR International flew on a Voyager air refuelling mission with Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Coningsby. After air refuelling with the Il-78 tanker, all four Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Flank­ers joined the Typhoons alongside the Voyager.
AIR International flew on a Voyager air refuelling mission with Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Coningsby. After air refuelling with the Il-78 tanker, all four Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Flank­ers joined the Typhoons alongside the Voyager.
AIR International flew on a Voyager air refuelling mission with Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Coningsby. After air refuelling with the Il-78 tanker, all four Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Flank­ers joined the Typhoons alongside the Voyager.
With Tu-160 production at Kazan continuing at a very slow rate in the early 2000s, the last Blackjack was only delivered to the RuAF in 2008.
The Blackjack has an all-moving tailfin for yaw control.
The Tu-160’s distinctively pointed nose, large wing leading-edge extensions and blended wing-body combine with a variable-geometry wing for multi-mode flight operations.
A narrow fuselage and pronounced leading-edge root extensions, blended with the aircraft’s body and variable-geometry wings, gives the Blackjack a menacing presence.
There are four crew members in a Tu-160 - as pictured during a deployment to Venezuela in September 2007.
Most of the Baikal integrated self-protection suite is housed in the tail cone.
The Blackjack's need for extensive ground servicing equipment, most of which is mounted on heavy truck chassis and trailers, is why the type rarely operates awayfrom its Engels base.
This is the first upgraded Tu-160M, taken on strength in December last year. It is capable of using the new conventional-warhead MKB Raduga Kh-555 and Kh-101 air-launched cruise missiles plus the nuclear-tipped Kh-102 missile.
Most long-range operations are performed with one air refuelling; ultra-long operations of more than 20 hours requiring two.
The 6950th Guards Aviation Base at Engels in western Russia controls two Tu-160-equipped squadrons. The 121st TBAP is set to be re-activated and will accommodate the entire Blackjack fleet inherited from the 6950th Guards Air Base.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Tu-160 cockpit, sitting in the co-pilot’s seat ahead of his flight aboard Pavel Taran (Red 03, c/n 07-03) on August 16, 2005, during which two Kh-555 ALCMs were test-launched.
Routine maintenance and refueling is completed at the end of a mission over the Central African Republic.
The ageing C-135FR still provides sterling service to the Armee de I’Air. No mission could be undertaken in Africa without tanker support.
A recce-configured Rafale receives fuel from a C-135FR Stratotanker over the Central African Republic.
A recce-configured Rafale receives fuel from a C-135FR Stratotanker over the Central African Republic.
The C-135FR’s instrument panel betrays the age of the aircraft.
The navigator’s instrument panel has recently been modernised with a modern flight management system for ease of operation.
The Safer air-droppable container contains survival equipment. It is located in a cradle at the rear of the C-135FR’s main cabin.
Rafales cruise at high altitude over the typical bush landscape of the Central African Republic.
This Rafale is inspected at N’Djamena after a long mission over the Sahara desert.
A Rafale taxies out from a shelter at Niamey after a two-ship formation diverted there for operational reasons.
A Rafale two-ship taxies out from Niamey on their way back to N’Djamena. The first aircraft is in a bombing configuration while the second is configured for reconnaissance.
The Rafale has now become the main Armee de I'Air fighter aircraft proven in combat during operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, the Central African Republic and Iraq.
Rafale pilots in the Armee de l'Air spend a lot of time abroad. As a result, they have amassed a large amount of operational experience.
A recce-configured Rafale receives fuel from a C-135FR Stratotanker over the Central African Republic.
A recce-configured Rafale receives fuel from a C-135FR Stratotanker over the Central African Republic.
The GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb is the weapon of choice in Africa. However, when the weather deteriorates, Rafales are armed with the Hammer/AASM, which can be launched through cloud thanks to GPS guidance.
Rafales in Africa are routinely fitted with the Damocles targeting pod used for laser illumination and ISR missions.
This M88 turbofan has been removed for routine maintenance. The Rafale’s ease of maintenance is a major advantage for operations from austere bases in Africa.
AIR International flew on a Voyager air refuelling mission with Typhoon FGR4s from RAF Coningsby. After air refuelling with the Il-78 tanker, all four Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Flank­ers joined the Typhoons alongside the Voyager.
Most long-range operations are performed with one air refuelling; ultra-long operations of more than 20 hours requiring two.
The first XP-1 5501 prototype on approach to Gifu Air Base. The aircraft was delivered to the TRDI on August 29, 2008.
P-1 5504 with its bomb bay doors open during a fly past at RAF Fairford during this year's Royal International Air Tattoo. The bomb bay has eight stations.
The aircraft's HLR-109B electronic support measures suite is built by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, the primary antenna is housed in a small radome above the flight deck.
For submarine hunting, the P-1 is fitted with an HSQ-102 magnetic anomaly detector mounted in a tail 'stinger'.
Textron AirLand says the Scorpion complements the capabilities of the Beechcraft AT-6, another member of the Textron family.
P-8 output will shortly increase to around one and a half aircraft per month as Boeing moves from Low Rate Initial Production to Full Rate Production.
A Naval Aircrewman unloads a sonobuoy from the rack onboard a P-8A Poseidon.
Aviation Ornancemen load an AGM-84K SLAM-ER missile on a P-8A Poseidon in preparation for a weapons technical proficiency inspection.
Aviation Ordnancemen move an Mk54 torpedo from a P-8A assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) ‘Pioneers' at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
The P-8A’s cockpit resembles the 737 Next Generation’s, but it has an additional screen for tactical information and controls for the additional electronic equipment and air-to-air refuelling.
Crew members’ mission workstations are located on the left-hand side of the cabin.
The infrared picture of a ship provided by the Wescam MX-20HD during the training mission before CARAT.
The Scorpion will be able to carry 6,200lb of payload on wing hardpoints and a further 3,000lb in the internal bay.
A Bulgarian Air Force pilot works through pre-flight checks prior to a demonstration mission with an Textron AirLand test pilot.
Synthetic vision, including ‘Highway in the Sky’ functionality, shows terrain, obstacles and traffic in 3D on the primary flight display.
The 120TP feels, and flies, more like a jet than a propeller-driven aircraft.
Control harmony is excellent, while adverse yaw is practically non-existent.
With the power at maximum continuous power a tight 360 at 200kts generates a sustained 4g.
Power is converted into thrust by a five-blade MT constant speed/reversible prop.
Grob is currently building about fifty 120TPs a year.
The wings feature large upswept winglets, with powerful LED landing and taxi lights built into each wingtip.
The Genesys Aero-systems avionics suite consists of four identically-sized liquid crystal display screens. Attitude, altitude, speed and heading is also displayed on a small, self-contained Emergency Standby Instrument.
The ‘blue ring’ presentation on the primary flight display is an instantaneous glide path calculator, and is actually quite ragged because the computer takes into account both the terrain elevation and the relative wind.