Air International 2016-04
The Kumertau-based KumAPE plant produces the 12-tonne Ka-32A11BC co-axial helicopter at an annual output of four aircraft. Near term prospects call for a slight increase to between six and ten.
The left image shows what appears to be a tactical terminal mounted atop the right side fuselage and the right image shows the pod fitted with an infrared search and track system carried on station 5.
Soko G-4 Super Galeb 23690 (c/n 046) at Golubovci Air Base is one of four put up for sale by the Government of Montenegro on February 25, 2016.
Tornado GR4 ZG750 in the desert pink colour scheme and tail markings applied to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait.
One of Russia’s Tu-214R surveillance aircraft arrived at Khmeimim Air Base Latakia, Syria, on February 15, 2016 from Kazan. The Tu-214R is equipped with a multi-band MRK-411 radar, high-definition electro-optical and signal intelligence systems, and an extensive communications suite. Both aircraft are operated by the main intelligence directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces or Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravleniye. The aircraft returned to Russia on February 28.
The future of the Mi-38 programme depends on the will of the Russian military and law enforcement agencies to place orders.
The model of the Bell AH-1Z Viper during the ceremony that saw Bell Helicopter and BAE Systems Australia sign an agreement for the support of the Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter in Australia.
The Embraer Executive Jets range. Of the 975 executive jets the company has delivered, 89 are currently operating in the Asia-Pacific region.
Kazan Helicopters plans to produce 12 Ansat light twin helicopters per year, increasing to 20 in the event of growing demand.
There are currently 65 large Embraer business jets, including the flagship Lineage 1000 pictured here, operating in Asia-Pacific.
The German Heersflieger continues to operate the Bell UH-1D Huey with the Einsatzgruppe SAR (Operational Group/Task Force SAR) as part of Transporthubschrauberregiment 30 based at Niederstetten. The group covers the entire German mainland from detachments at Norvenich Air Base (western part of Germany), Holzdorf Air Base (eastern part of Germany) and currently Landsberg Air Base (southern Germany). Niederstetten will assume responsibility for the south when Landsberg is closed in 2017. Originally, the Huey was due to retire at the end of this year, but no successor for the SAR role has been found and the Bundeswehr extended its service life by a further 30 months, which means UH-1D SAR operations can continue until mid-2019. Maintenance and logistics support is gradually being transferred to RUAG Aerospace in Oberpfaffenhofen. The number of UH-1Ds to remain in service is not yet known.
Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon Instrumented Production Aircraft IPA4 C16-20/11-91 is seen at Getafe on March 3, 2016 loaded with MBDA Storm Shadow stand-off conventionally armed cruise missiles. The aircraft started flutter and loads testing at the end of February in different weapon fit configurations involving either one or two missiles.
Having declared initial operating capability (IOC) in February 2015 and full operating capability in January 2016, the Puma Force based at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire reached 10,000 flying hours with the Puma HC2 on February 17,2016. After deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Toral soon after IOC was declared, the Puma Force (comprising 33 and 230 Squadrons) has maintained its readiness for contingency operations and a national standby commitment alongside the ongoing Afghanistan deployment. The Operation Toral detachment lifted more than 15,000 passengers and over 79,000lb (36,000kg) of freight during 2015.
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (VMM-261) ‘Raging Bulls’ is currently deployed to Moron Air Base, Spain with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force for Crisis Response in Africa. The squadron’s flagship MV-22B BuNo 168303/EM00 is seen at Cannes Airport, France during a recent training exercise. The tail is marked with the Gadsden flag comprising a rattle snake and the legend ‘Don’t Tread On Me’. The flag was designed in 1775 by General Christopher Gadsden during the American Revolution, and used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag.
A CV-22B Osprey prepares to depart Hullavington while a second wave of paratroopers wait for their aircraft.
The 25th M-346I Lavi produced by Alenia Aermacchi for the Israel Air and Space Force at Venegono on March 2, 2016. The aircraft has new tail markings for 102 The Flying Tigers Squadron based at Hatzerim Air Base. Monte Rosa, the second highest mountain in the Alps, can be seen in the background.
Lessor GECAS is one of nine customers for the 787-10, which is set for roll out and flight testing in 2017.
Four EA-6B Prowlers assigned to each Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina conducted a ‘final four' division flight on March 1, 2016. This was the last time each squadron was able to fly together before the official retirement of Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron 1 (VMAQT-1) at the end of FY 2016.
The Ka-226T will probably become the most successful Kazan Helicopters product yet thanks to an Indian military order calling for 60 helicopters built in Russia and 140 kits for assembly in India.
The Predator B ER Long Wing flew from GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Test Facility in Palmdale, California. It is contributing to the company’s Certifiable Predator B project.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force’s 22 Squadron operates the Airbus A400M.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force G550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning aircraft on display at the Singapore Airshow, based on the IAI Elta EL/W-2085 active electronic scanned array multiband radar.
Israel Aerospace Industries has launched a new generation ELI-3360 Maritime Patrol Aircraft based on a modified Bombardier Global 5000.
Saab says the Global 6000 and Q400 had been selected as platforms for the Swordfish Maritime Patrol System because they were well suited to the demands of maritime operations.
The Legacy 450 is one of Embraer's medium-sized executive jet offerings. The company is predicting a significant rise in the number of sales in this segment in the region.
An impression of the Twin Otter 400S Seaplane, which will feature composite floats, new Honeywell avionics and an uprated PT6A engine.
The 400S Seaplane will be similar to the Series 400 Twin Otters pictured here, however the current seaplane configuration does not fully represent the base specifications of the 400S, which is due to begin deliveries in Q1 2017.
A Royal Australian Air Force C-27 Spartan receives a water cannon salute after arriving at RAAF Base Richmond in 2015. The type is due to achieve initial operational capability at the end of 2016.
Caracals from EH 1/67 typically fly personnel recovery missions, equipped with a refuelling boom and a MAG58 machine gun on each side.
Airbus' Getafe, Spain facility has produced its first A350-1000 horizontal tail plane for the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse.
Included in the Integrated Investment Plan are the sixth and seventh Airbus KC-30A multi-role tanker transports, which are currently in Getafe awaiting conversion. This 33 Squadron KC-30A is photographed during a training sortie.
Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity being towed at Mojave prior to its unveiling.
Electronic Attack Squadron 142 (VAQ-142) ‘Gray Wolves' is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11) and operates the EA-18G Growler. The squadron’s latest CAG-bird BuNo 168381/NH500 features a white and blue livery, and colour badges of the squadron and CVW-11.
Air Canada has signed a letter of intent for up to 75 C Series
Patrol Squadron 10 (VP-10) ‘Red Lancers' based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida started its transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon in February 2015. Assigned to Commander Patrol and Reconaissance Wing 11, VP-10 was the fifth of six squadrons to transition. P-8A BuNo 168764/LD764 seen at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada in mid-February, features full-colour tail markings.
Kazan’s booming business since 2010 was achieved from two Indian military orders for a total of 151 Mi-17-V5s. An order for 48 more is expected within the next 12 months.
The G400 will have external fuel tanks mounted on the sides of the fuselage. Brochure figures quote a ferry range of over 3,000 nautical miles.
TUI Fly Boeing 737-800 D-ATUZ (c/n 34691) has recently been painted in a new logo scheme promoting a hotel chain. This aircraft was pictured at Manchester in February after having brought FC Augsburg fans to northwest England for their game against Liverpool.
Boeing launched its 737-800BCF conversion for the 737-800 in 2016, with the conversion providing competition for AEI's 737-800SF and IAI Bedek's 737-800BDSF.
The type has already secured 30 firm orders and 25 commitments.
The first two H160 flight test aircraft photographed together over the Mediterranean. They will be joined by a third example in 2017.
Pilots assigned to the 34th and 466th Fighter Squadrons dropped inert 500 lb GBU-12 laser-guided bombs from the F-35A Lightning II on the Utah Test and Training Range during the last week of February 2016. The squadrons are assigned to the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings respectively, the first units working up to combat-coded status with the F-35A. The weapon drops were the first undertaken by an F-35A combat unit.
Will Aeronavale Rafales be deployed to Jordan and/or the United Arab Emirates to fly alongside their Air Force colleagues?
An artist’s impression of a possible Low Boom Flight Demonstration Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) design.
ATR 72-600 F-WWEY is flying as part of ATR's All Electric Aircraft trials.
In May 2016, Boeing is scheduled to open a new facility to build the wing for the 777X.
Although not optimised for ultra-long range like the 777-8, the 771-9's 7,525 nautical miles (13,940km) capability means it will be able to fly London-Los Angeles or New York JFK-Hong Kong.
The Swordfish will leverage the C4I system that Saab is developing for its Global 6000-based GlobalEye AEW capability.