Air International 2016-12
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The Be-200ChS can operate routinely from water and during firefighting operations is capable of scooping up 12,000 litres of water in 18 seconds.
The Be-200ChS is used mainly for firefighting, while the cargo and personnel transport are among the secondary roles of this the jet-powered amphibian.
The first Ka-32A11BC helicopters with re­generation rescue and medical evacuation equipment were introduced in the MChS aviation fleet in 2011.
Ka-32A11BC helicopters are equipped with medical care modules for one patient.
The Mi-26T is the MChS workhorse for the demanding fire fighting mission in forest regions, capable of employing the VSU-15 water bucket with a 15,000-litre capacity.
The cavernous cargo hold of the Mi-26T can accommodate bulky and heavy loads weighting up to 20 tonnes, such as this twin tracked transport vehicle.
An AV-8B Night Attack Harrier on the VMAT-203 flightline. The unit still has one Day Attack Upgrade Aircraft, an old AV-8B Day Attack with the bigger F402-RR-408 engine.
An AV-8B Night Attack Harrier performing its final checks before taxiing out for a training flight with VMAT-203. The aircraft is carrying an AAQ-28(V) Litening Generation IV targeting pod.
An AV-8B Night Attack in clean configuration during an evening training flight over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina.
The AV-8B Night Attack Harrier will remain in service until 2026 when all Harriers will have been replaced by the F-35B Lightning II.
A mix of AV-8B Night Attack jets, like this aircraft, and AV-8B+ Radar aircraft is taken on board during a Marine Expeditionary Unit deployment.
Having passed the strike pipeline, a future Harrier pilot will be assigned to VMAT-203 where they receive training initially on the TAV-8B, followed by solo flights on the AV-8B Night Attack.
New Harrier pilots follow an intensive 11-month course where they accomplish 50 hours on simulator and 100 live flying hours on AV-8B Night Attack and TAV-8BS.
The crew of a TAV-8B boarding their jet before starting up for a mission to Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue in North Carolina, where carrier and LHD training is conducted.
On average, VMAT-203 trains 20 to 30 US Marine Corps and international pilots annually, including British pilots who train to maintain V/STOL currency ahead of the F-35’s arrival.
The Bo105CBS-5, an integral component of the rapidly deployable global rescue systems, being unloaded from a Il-76TD during the recovery operation following the Sukhoi SSJ100 Superjet crash in Indonesia in 2012.
The Il-76TD freighter is the main transport vehicle for MChS’ global rescue systems that can be deployed to any point in the world at short notice.
Il-76TDs in the MChS fleet can be equipped as water bombers with the VAP-2 fire attack system, holding 42,000 litres (9,238 gallons) and capable of delivering a water salvo that covers a swathe which is 550m (1,804ft) long and 100m (328ft) wide.
The single Mi-8MB operated by the MChS is shown hauling an external sling load - in this specific case an Audi Q7 SUV for demonstration purposes during the MAKS 2009 airshow.
When used for medical evacuation, the Mi-8MTV-1 can be equipped with two modules for transporting a total of four critically wounded casualties.
A US Army CH-47F Chinook from the 82d Combat Aviation Brigade on a training flight operating from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in support of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, on October 22, 2016.
One of the main challenges for the DETHM Air was dust in the open air, as is clearly visible on this picture taken at Madama, EH 1/67.
A Puma Pirate with the 20mm GIAT M621 cannon on a training mission in the south of France.
The first EH 1/44 ‘Solenzara’ Puma flying over BA126 Solenzara on the island of Corsica.
Puma Pirate from EH1/67 working with a JTAC from EE 2/2.
A Puma on the EH 1/67 ramp with a MAG-58 installed at the left door. The MAG-58 can turn on its base, so the Puma can fly with its doors closed when the machine gun is retracted.
Both Pumas of the DETHM Air at N’Djamena in Chad. EH 1/67
Both DETHM Air Pumas are refuelled by a Transall C-160 on their way back to N'Djamena after the end of their deployment at Madama. EH 1/67
Maintenance at Cazaux is carried out in a state-of-the-art hangar, a contrast to the austere operations in the field carried out when the unit was in Africa, although DETHM Air did receive two P20 mobile hangars.
Close-up of the 7.62mm MAG-58 machine gun installed on the SA330.
The 20mm GIAT M621 cannon installed on the SA330 gives the helicopter its Pirate name.
The restricted view from the gunner's position behind the 20mm cannon.
Both DETHM Air Pumas are refuelled by a Transall C-160 on their way back to N'Djamena after the end of their deployment at Madama. EH 1/67
The lone Yak-42D in the MCHS fleet is used for VIP transport and as a command post when deployed to disaster-strucken areas.
Two An-148-100EMs with a range of up to 4,000km (2,157nm) were taken on strength by the MChS in 2012 and 2013 which are used for medical evacuation and VIP transport
Three Bo105CBS-5s, in service since 1994, are used to provide helicopter emergency medical services for Russia’s Ministry of Health.
The Bo105CBS-5, an integral component of the rapidly deployable global rescue systems, being unloaded from a Il-76TD during the recovery operation following the Sukhoi SSJ100 Superjet crash in Indonesia in 2012.
OH-58D Kiowa Warriors of the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct a farewell flyover of Fayetteville, North Carolina on April 15, 2016. The squadron subsequently deployed to South Korea.
The Republic of Korea Navy plans to deploy its AW 159s from mid-2017 after completing the integration process, which includes pilot training, live weapons firing and naval ship flight trials.
Republic of Korea Navy QHIs received instructional pilot training at Cornwall Airport, Newquay. This involved approximately 24 hours of left and right seat con­version training, five hours of maintenance test pilot conversion training and ten hours of instructor conversion training.
The Thales Compact Flash Sonics clipping sonar features an electric reeling machine and an integrated sonobuoy processing system with a VHF receiver able to collect data from both active and passive sonobuoys.
Two of the Republic of Korea Navy’s first AW159s during trials and development test flying from Leonardo Helicopters’ manufacturing facility in Yeovil, Somerset.
Two of the AW159s at Jinhae Air Base, South Korea during their July 27, 2016, official acceptance ceremony.
The first four AW159s for the Republic of Korea Navy. These aircraft are part of the order for eight aircraft placed in 2013.
The sonar equipment for the Koren AW159. An integrated sonobuoy processing system collects data from both active and passive sonobuoys.
Spike NLOS is a multipurpose, electro-optical missile containing a video camera in the front that provides a real-time wireless data link for ranges up to 15 miles (25km).
One of the Korean AW159s on the production line at Yeovil. The Republic of Korea Navy’s order is significant, as it is the first export order for the AW159.
A sniper from CPA 20 with his HK417 rifle concentrating prior to his mission.
A special scheme was applied to 737-436 ZS-OTF (c/n 25305) to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The ‘Camoplane’ livery on ZS-OAF (c/n 25116) is one of the most distinctive applied to any 737.
This jet, ZS-ZWO (c/n 28373), is one of only two 737s in the kulula fleet that now sport a special scheme.
A close-up of the 'Flying 101 ’ livery that 737-86N(WL) ZS-ZWP (c/n 28612) sported for five years. This aircraft has since been repainted into a British Airways livery for Comair.
New 737-800S straight from the Boeing factory, including ZS-ZWA (c/n 40851) delivered in 2012, have the ‘K dot’ livery that is largely standard across the fleet.
Boeing 737-8LD ZS-ZWD (c/n 40855) photographed at Pretoria in September 2016.
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