Air International 2016-05
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Canadian company Discovery Air deployed two A-4N Skyhawks to Gando Air Base for DACEX.
Gando Air Base is located opposite to Gran Canaria Airport.
One of the two updated E-3F MLU aircraft at Mont de Marsan. The CEAM is heavily involved in the mid-life upgrade of the four aircraft in Armee de I'Air service.
A Discovery Air Alpha Jet leads a 425 Squadron CF-18 Hornet. The Hornet is equipped with two drop tanks.
Zaragoza-based EF-18M C15.36/15-23 lands at Gando during DACEX.
Overview of the SERPENREX 2016 participants, including the German GFD PC-9 and the visiting Ejercito del Aire EF-18Ms.
Two Ejercito del Aire EF-18Ms being refuelled by the Solenzara cross servicing team. The Hornets landed at BA126 after each CAS mission for debriefing.
Although this Mirage 2000-5 has EC 1/2 markings it is assigned to ECE 5/330, reflecting how the CEAM can be provided with aircraft from other units if needed.
Some of the equipment tested by the CEAM, such as different types of laser-guided bombs, the SCALP missile and the ASTAC pod.
Two CEAM Rafales flying close to the coastline off southwest France.
Rafale C, 118/30-IW, pictured against the typical Corsican background loaded with two LGTRs.
Overview of the SERPENREX 2016 participants, including the German GFD PC-9 and the visiting Ejercito del Aire EF-18Ms.
ECE 5/330 flew the first production Rafale equipped with the Thales RBE2 AESA radar to test the new system in an operational environment.
An armourer checks an LGTR before the pilot arrives.
Typhoon C16.52/11-16 seen on final approach to Gando Air Base during DACEX. The aircraft is assigned to Ala 11 based at Moron Air Base near Seville.
A pair of DA Defence Alpha Jets manoeuvre at high altitude. The lead aircraft is painted in the arctic blue colour scheme.
This Alpha Jet displays its under-wing stores: two fuel tanks, an A100 Erijammer pod and an air combat manoeuvring instrumentation pod.
A Discovery Air Alpha Jet leads a 425 Squadron CF-18 Hornet. The Hornet is equipped with two drop tanks.
An orange-painted air combat manoeuvring instrumentation pod seen from rear cockpit of the Alpha Jet photo-ship.
During a snow shower, David Whittal pre-flights his Alpha Jet prior to a training sortie. DA Defence pilots and engineers are used to operating in severe weather conditions.
DA Defence engineers at work on an Alpha Jet. The company's engineering department has quickly mastered all Alpha Jet maintenance procedures.
The 500-hour inspections for the Snecma Larzac are carried out in-house by Discovery Air Defence engineers at the Bagotville Repair Shop.
DA Defence aircrews are qualified in the use of night vision goggles and they regularly operate at night.
Overview of the SERPENREX 2016 participants, including the German GFD PC-9 and the visiting Ejercito del Aire EF-18Ms.
The difference in size between the Transall and the Atlas is obvious in this shot.
This year tactical transport aircraft were integrated into the exercise scenario. This Transall C-160 worked with the fighters and ground crews during assault landings and para drops.
Gesellschaft fur Flugzieldarstellung or GFD, an Airbus Defence and Space company, deployed Learjet 35A D-CGFB equipped with electronic countermeasure pods to provide an array of electronic threats during each mission.
An A400M is marshalled onto its parking space for the night at Subang Air Base, Kuala Lumpur. Two engines have already been switched off.
Armee de I'Air A400M 0008/F-RBAB photographed over a typical coastal landscape in Djibouti.
The difference in size between the Transall and the Atlas is obvious in this shot.
A400M 0014/F-RBAF on the ramp at Subang,
Cold weather trials proved successful.
A new, but already familiar, shape on the ramp at BA123 Orleans.
One of the main current programmes for the CEAM is the A400M. Gen Reboul, the CEAM Commander, said: ‘‘Although not at the pace that we would like, we are acquiring new capacities step by step.”
During the mission around the world, the Armee de I’Air took the opportunity to test Atlas accessibility to a number of French bases, including BA186 Noumea.
Paratroopers get ready for a drop from 12,000ft at BA123 Orleans.
A French Air Force EC725 Caracal loaded onto an Atlas at BA120 Cazaux. The ability to quickly airlift special forces helicopters to hot spots is a welcome capability.
Even some of the largest French Army vehicles, such as this infantry armoured combat vehicle, can be carried by the A400M.
An armoured vehicle, is precisely marshalled into the Atlas' large cargo hold.
An A400M being refuelled at BA123 Orleans.
All A400M maintenance procedures were tested by the CEAM and maintenance task cards were produced by its specialists for use by front-line operators.
A CEAM expert at work. The centre was the first military A400M operator in the world.
The first paratrooper trials were carried out, while air-delivery capabilities will soon be expanded.
Ready to jump from the rear ramp at 12,000ft.
A French Air Force EC725 Caracal loaded onto an Atlas at BA120 Cazaux. The ability to quickly airlift special forces helicopters to hot spots is a welcome capability.
Aurigny is one of the latest operators of the Do 228, having introduced two examples to replace its veteran Trislanders.
The Norwegian company Lufttransport was the launch customer for the Do 228NG in Europe. It uses its aircraft for passenger and cargo transport, and is pictured here flying off Svalbard in the Arctic Circle.
The Netherlands Coastguard is one of several parapublic operators that use Do 228s.
Rough field operations, for example here in Venezuela, are a key aspect of the Do 228. It can take off in 2,600ft and land in 2,500ft.
Each pilot has two Universal HD liquid crystal display screens, with multiple display settings, and there is an electronic standby instrument system between the two inboard screens.
Mirage 2000N 366/125-BC during its take-off run at Solenzara.
Overview of the SERPENREX 2016 participants, including the German GFD PC-9 and the visiting Ejercito del Aire EF-18Ms.
Three Mirage 2000Ns flew missions during SERPENTEX, both working with JTACs on the ground and flying mixed patrols with the Mirage 2000Ds.
Eight Mirage 2000Ds were involved in SERPENTEX 2016: six from the BA133 Nancy and two from the CEAM at Solenzara. Mirage 2000D 675/3-JI fitted with a Damocles targeting pod, awaits its next mission.
An inert GBU-12 on a Mirage 2000D centreline station.
Some of the equipment tested by the CEAM, such as different types of laser-guided bombs, the SCALP missile and the ASTAC pod.
On paper the ECE 05/330 fleet now includes three Mirage 2000Ds, one of which is seen here departing on a late afternoon mission, but in reality the numbers change depending on testing and operational requirements.
A CEAM Mirage 2000D breaks away from its Rafale wingman. Work on the Rafale continues at CEAM; the centre is currently working on the F3R standard.
A CEAM Mirage 2000D breaks away from its Rafale wingman. Work on the Rafale continues at CEAM; the centre is currently working on the F3R standard.
Some of the equipment tested by the CEAM, such as different types of laser-guided bombs, the SCALP missile and the ASTAC pod.
In addition to two MX-20i turrets and the 30mm cannon, the forward fuselage of the AC-130J features multiple blisters, fairings, and blade antennas.
The GAU-23/A 30mm side-firing chain gun has a fire rate of 200 shots per minute.
Ten gunslinger tubes in the AC-130J’s rear cargo door are used to launch AGM-176A Griffin air-to-ground laser-guided missiles.
AC-130J 12-5753 undergoing ground-based system testing at Hurlburt Field. The aircraft is fitted with underwing pylons for weapon racks.
The forward most externally mounted sensor on the AC-130J is an L-3 Wescam MX-20i turret housing electro-optical and infrared sensors and laser designator.
A Fennec performs a low pass over the JTACs after a live firing mission at the Diane range. A sniper is at the door with his HK417 7.62mm semi-automatic rifle.