Air International 2016-02
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Radar-MMS presented its Kasatka-VB ASW system designed for the Minoga on heavily upgraded Ka-27.
A fleet-wide upgrade to MiG-31BM and MiG-31BSM standard is being undertaken by NAZ Sokol and is expected to be completed by 2019. RSK MiG is working on the conceptual design of the Foxhound's successor known as the PAK-DA.
A member of the 340th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit, waits to begin preflight checks on a KC-135R Stratotanker at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The KC-135 fleet at Al Udeid flew more than 14,700 sorties in 2015 accumulating 103,419 combat hours in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel.
An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to HSC-85, dumps 420 gallons of water on wildfires burning in San Diego County in October 2007. US Navy Reserve squadrons serve vital civilian missions in time of crises.
Russia plans to upgrade some Mi-14 Haze helicopters, return them to service and re-start production of the Mi-14 Haze amphibian helicopter.
As part of the farewell flight, the last two airworthy Alouettes made three flybys at their home base of Gilze-Rijen.
SA316B A-292 lifts off at Gilze-Rijen Air Base for the farewell flight on December 15, 2015. It still carries the 50th anniversary markings applied in 2014.
Joined by A-292 and A-301, SA316B A-275 made its final flight on the day prior to the retirement ceremony.
A-301 emerges from the traditional water curtain created by Gilze-Rijen's fire brigade after the farewell flight.
French Air Force Rafales after their arrival at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, on December 1, 2015.
Airbus confirmed at its Annual Press Conference that it has secured three more orders for the A380, the first for the superjumbo in nearly two years.
Production of new variants of the Il-114 twin-engine turboprop is due to start at NAZ Sokol for Russian customers. A contract and Russian Government funding is expected to be signed in 2016.
Austrian is the latest operator of the E-Jet, which is now used by 70 airlines worldwide.
In addition to buying four new (K)C-130Js, the AdlA plans to modernise its current fleet of 14 C-130Hs.
The J-10B/C is gaining additional strike capabilities with integration tests underway with the K/JDC01 (also known as the OC-5) targeting pod and two GB-1/TG-500 500kg laser-guided bombs seen loaded on prototype 01 (1031).
Military and civilian members of 771 Naval Air Squadron ‘Ace of Clubs' led by Lt Cdr Dick Calhaem pose for the camera with three of the unit's unmistakable red and grey Sea King HU5s at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in mid-December 2016.
Before completing the SR-10 (in the background), KB SAT restored historic Yak-30 jet trainer (side number 80) to airworthy condition. The Yak-30 and its single-seat version Yak-32 were contenders for a training aircraft programme for the Warsaw Pact. This was eventually won by the Czechoslovakian-built L-29 Delfin. This particular Yak-30 was made in June 1961. Years later, a group of enthusiasts bought the preserved aircraft from the Yakovlev company. On December 19, 2007, the restored aircraft took-off with Ildus Kiramov at the controls.
China’s L-15 Falcon lead-in fighter-trainer programme finally reached a milestone, when the first aircraft for the Zambian Air Force (serial number AF­-001) made its maiden flight from Hongdu in late 2015 and received its technical certification on December 26, 2015. Zambia has finished training six of its pilots and maintenance personnel on the type according to an announcement by the Hongdu Aircraft Industry Group on December 28.
Soldiers from Task Force Destiny and airmen with the 9th Airlift Squadron unload a US Army CH-47F Chinook from a C-5M at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan on December 26, 2015.
The Australian Army Aviation Corps looks set to increase its fleet of CH-47F Chinooks to ten aircraft following approval by the US State Department for the potential sale announced by the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency on December 21, 2015.
WestJet’s Boeing 767-300ER(W) C-FOGJ made the inaugural direct ETOPS flights from Alberta to Hawaii on January 10, 2016. The Canadian airline has acquired four ex-Qantas 767s which have received Aviation Partners Boeing Winglets and new cabins prior to entry into service.
The ALAT will receive seven additional Tigre HADs and, once the 40 Tigre HAP helicopters (depicted) are upgraded to HAD configuration, the ALAT will have a fleet of 67 attack helicopters.
One of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM-powered A320neos during flight testing. The initial example of the neo powered by this engine option was due for delivery to Lufthansa by the end of January 2016.
NATO's first Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft, marked CS XAV-SA-0014, lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on December 19, 2015, completing its first flight.
Soldiers from Task Force Destiny and airmen with the 9th Airlift Squadron unload a US Army CH-47F Chinook from a C-5M at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan on December 26, 2015.
The DLR’s HALO (High Altitude Long Endurance) Gulfstream G550 D-ADLR is currently operating from Kiruna in Sweden as scientists gather data on processes in the atmosphere above the Arctic.
The first A350-900 for TAM Airlines was one of 14 A350 XWBs delivered in 2015 - Airbus is planning to deliver 50 examples this year.
The MiG-29KUB prototype with wings folding during trials from the Russian Navy's sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. In 2016, a new frontline regiment equipped with MiG-29KRs and MiG-29KUBRs will begin initial deck training operations to the carrier.
The MiG-35 is the most advanced derivative of the Fulcrum still in development and has proven hard to sell. The Russian Air and Space Force is the only confirmed customer with an initial order for two aircraft for developmental test work. A follow-on order is expected in 2016 for 30 more.
Rosoboronexport has refused to admit the existence of an order by Egypt for 46 MiG-35s. According to an article in the Russian daily Vedomosti in the first half of 2015, details of the Egyptian contract have been agreed, but there is no confirmation of contract signing.
MRJ Flight Test Vehicle 1 JA801 during one of its early test flights from Nagoya. This and the other flight test aircraft will undertake testing at Grant County International Airport in Washington.
Guernsey-based Aurigny Air Services recently took delivery of a new-build Dornier 228NG, supplementing two second-hand Do 228-202Ks that entered service last year. The three aircraft will replace Aurigny’s ageing Britten Norman Trislanders, the last of which is scheduled for retirement in April 2016. Dornier 228-212NG G-OAUR was delivered from RUAG’s plant at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, via Southampton to Guernsey on December 14, 2015. It is seen here departing Groningen-Eelde in the Netherlands on January 10 after a fuel stop.
HondaJet N420EX, the first production example of the light business jet, flying for the first time on June 27, 2014.
The first HondaJet to be delivered to a customer N420EX during a test flight prior to its delivery.
The Y-20 reached another milestone in early 2016, when AVIC/XAC reported that all tasks concerning its development phase have been successfully accomplished. Following the first prototype side number 781 (c/n 01) in January 2013, the second airframe (02) acted as a static test aircraft and 03 (783) followed in December 2013. According to reports aircraft 04 was finished in February 2014, but this is still unconfirmed and is likely to be another test aircraft. During that time, a pulse assembly line has been completed at XAC and is ready for production. The fifth Y-20 785 (c/n 05) was reported as first ready for its maiden flight in July 2015, but was only recently spotted at Qionglai North. The type is currently undergoing operational evaluation with the PLAAF by the 4th Transport Division and is expected to enter service in 2017. Since its appearance at the Zhuhai Airshow in November 2014, the Y-20 has been seen at airports all over China, including high-altitude tests at Inagi Aden and Daocheng Airport.
CS100 FTV5 during night testing of all the lighting systems. The five CS100 test aircraft amassed more than 3,000 flying hours during the test programme.
Swiss International Air Lines is scheduled to receive its first CS100 in the second quarter.
The McKinley Climatic Laboratory in Florida was used for cold temperature testing.
Rob Dewar, Vice President C Series, holds a copy of the CS100 Type Certificate awarded by Transport Canada.
F/A-18E BuNo 165167/SD213, Salty Dog 213, loaded with an LRASM mass simulator vehicle, two CATM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missiles, and two 2,000 lb Mk84s bombs over Chesapeake Bay on January 6, 2016 during a structural load test of the AGM-158C LRASM.
Air France's last 747, F-GITJ, receives a water cannon salute at Paris CDG at the end of its last commercial flight.
The prototype SR-10 lifts off for its maiden flight from Oreshkovo airfield on December 25, 2015 with Yuri Kabanov and Maksim Mironov at the controls.
A mock-up of the SR-10 was displayed at Zhukovsky in August 2009. At the time of the show the company claimed the fuselage was real while the wing and undercarriage were mock-ups.
Before completing the SR-10 (in the background), KB SAT restored historic Yak-30 jet trainer (side number 80) to airworthy condition. The Yak-30 and its single-seat version Yak-32 were contenders for a training aircraft programme for the Warsaw Pact. This was eventually won by the Czechoslovakian-built L-29 Delfin. This particular Yak-30 was made in June 1961. Years later, a group of enthusiasts bought the preserved aircraft from the Yakovlev company. On December 19, 2007, the restored aircraft took-off with Ildus Kiramov at the controls.
The SR-10 features a conventional front cockpit, although KB SAT offers an optional glass instrument panel with two large MFDs in each cockpit.
Design of Kamov’s MPVK Minoga heavy ASW helicopter.