Air International 2017-04
Опытный Т-10-17 (второй серийный самолет новой компоновки) с типичными для первых Т-10С килями, имеющими горизонтально обрезанные законцовки.
T10-17 was the first production Su-27 in T-10S configuration that first flew at Komsomolsk on June 2, 1982.
Su-27 RF-92407 from the 790th IAP based at Khotilovo Air Base during an intercept by an RAF Typhoon over the Baltic Sea in 2014.
Russian Air Force Su-27SM RF-92211 was upgraded in 2002 - 2003 and now serves at Lipetsk with the evaluation and crew conversion centre.
Sukhoi development Su-27SKM, side number 305, drops two 500kg (1,100lb) KAB-500Kr TV-guided bombs.
Upgraded Russian Air Force Su-27SM(3) fighters assigned to the Lipetsk evaluation centre.
A Su-27 with its airbrake deployed atop the fuselage.
Aircraft T10S-3 (P-42) was stripped of most of its equipment and paint to reduce weight for its record-breaking flights.
Aircraft T10-20R was prepared for a range of record flights with fuel tanks fitted in the nose and tail beam, and ogive ends attached to the wings. The record-breaking flights were eventually abandoned.
Ukrainian Air Force Su-27, side number 100, received a digital colour scheme in 2012.
В дополнение к своим девяти ударным истребителям Су-30МК/МК2 Индонезия с 2003 года получила еще пару Су-27СК и три Су-27СКМ. На снимке: четыре Су-27СК/СКМ в одном строю с парой австралийских F/A-18A Hornet во время совместных учений в 2012 году.
Su-27SKM TS-2705 is one of three such aircraft unique to the Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara; all were delivered in 2010.
The R-27R semi-active radar-guided long-range air-to-air missile is one type of a family developed especially for the Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters.
The R-27T differs from the R-27R with the passive infrared Geophisica 36T seeker in that it has no mid-course path correction and tracks only after the target is locked on by the seeker.
Short-range R-73s and long-range R-27s on a Su-27 at the Lipetsk evaluation centre.
Thanks to a combination of gas and aerodynamic controls, the R-73 is one of the world’s best short-range air-to-air missiles. The laser fuse of the R-73L is recognisable by rectangular windows positioned aft of the front fins.
30mm rounds being loaded in to the Su-27’s Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-301 cannon fitted in the starboard leading-edge root extension.
The conventional Cassegrain-antenna N001 radar is fitted to standard Su-27, Su-33 and Komsomolsk-made Su-30 fighters.
Lyulka-Saturn’s AL-31F turbofan engine is the powerplant of all Su-27 and Su-30 versions.
On February 7, 1987, a pair of Su-27s were encountered by a Western aircraft, two Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16s over the Barents Sea, for the first time. On September 13, 1987, a mid-air collision occurred between a Soviet Air Force Su-27 and a Royal Norwegian Air Force P-3 Orion patrol aircraft. The P-3 was intercepted at 10.39hrs by the Su-27, flown by Vasily Tsimbal assigned to the 941st IAP, over international waters, 90km (48nm) from the coast of the USSR during a patrol in an area where Soviet warships were on exercise. To block out the Orion’s reconnaissance equipment the Soviet Su-27 flew beneath its belly. The propeller of the Orion’s outer starboard engine hit the Su-27’s fin. Fortunately, both aircraft returned to their bases.
Central to the Su-27's cockpit is the ILS-31 head-up display; on the right is the IPV tactical situation display, with the navigation device required for international flights above.
Su-30 502 is a Sukhoi test aircraft based at Komsomolsk used for the development of versions of the Su-30MK.
На снимке запечатлен пуск ракеты Х-29 во время испытаний опытного Су-30МК. Ракета может оснащаться пассивной телевизионной (Х-29Т) или полуактивной лазерной (Х-29Л) ГСН.
Su-30MK2, side number 503, launches a Kh-29L laser-guided missile.
Ракета Х-59М оснащена маршевым малогабаритным ТРДД, подвешенным в гондоле снизу, а ее наведение осуществляется при помощи аппаратуры, размещенной в универсальном подвесном контейнере АПК-8 или АПК-9.
In 2004, a Su-30MK2 dropped a Kh-59M2A anti-ship missile that reached a range of 285km.
Su-30M2s serve as combat trainers in units equipped with upgraded Su-27SMs. Russian Air Force Su-30M2 RF-96521, 10 Red is assigned to the 3rd Composite Aviation Regiment at Krymsk.
Since September 2015, four Su-30SM fighters are deployed to Syria to provide air cover to the Russian Air Group.
Once all contracts are fulfilled, Russia will have ten Su-30SM squadrons making it the most numerous fighter in the Russian Air Force fleet.
As of January 2017, the Indian Air Force had received 233 Su-30MKI fighters, including 50 delivered in flyaway condition from Irkutsk in Russia.
В дополнение к своим девяти ударным истребителям Су-30МК/МК2 Индонезия с 2003 года получила еще пару Су-27СК и три Су-27СКМ. На снимке: четыре Су-27СК/СКМ в одном строю с парой австралийских F/A-18A Hornet во время совместных учений в 2012 году.
Su-27SKM TS-2705 is one of three such aircraft unique to the Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara; all were delivered in 2010.
The Su-30MKI and its derivatives, like this Su-30MKM, are the most successful Russian fighter types of the post-Soviet period. By February 2017, Irkut had delivered 390 aircraft from an order book for 475.
One of 18 Su-30MKMs delivered to Malaysia in 2007-2009 feature French and Russian-made systems instead of Israeli ones as used in Indian Su-30MKIs.
Su-30MK2V 1168 of the Aviacion Militar Bolivariana.
Su-30MK2V 5812, assigned to Grupo Aereo de Caza 13 of the Aviacion Militar Bolivariana, is one of 24 received by Venezuela between 2006 and 2008.
The NIIP N011M Bars electronically scanned array radar features three rows of small T-shaped antennas in the centre for the IFF.
An Irbis radar during tests on a Su-30.
An N135 Irbis radar for the Su-35 during tests on Su-30MK, side number 503 test aircraft in 2007.
The front cockpit of a Su-30MKK with two 150 x 200mm (6x8 inch) MFI-10-5 multifunction displays, an ILS-31 head-up display and a set of conventional standby instruments.
Su-33s on the flight deck of the carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.
Su-27K T10K-1, side number 37, was the first one built and made its maiden flight on August 17, 1987.
A rare weapon configuration under the folded wing of a Su-33 comprising two S-250FM unguided rockets on a twin pylon and an R-73 air-to-air missile and Sorbtsiya electronic counter­measures pod above.
The UPAZ-1K refuelling pod fitted under a Su-33 enables fuel transfer to another aircraft at a rate of 2,300 litres per minute.
The UPAZ-1K refuelling pod features three coloured lights for signalling to the pilot of the receiver aircraft.
Twelve Su-27M fighters, side numbers 701 to 712, were built between 1988 and 1994, and assigned to trials. Aircraft 709 was displayed at air shows with the Su-35 export designation.
The first Su-35 prototype, side number 901, was used for initial testing and lacks a fire-control system.
Russian Air Force Su-35S RF-95477, Red 54 lands at Kubinka Air Base.
The first Su-35S for the Russian Air Force during tests with Kh-31 air-to-surface and R-73 air-to-air missiles. Note the freefall bombs loaded on pylons between the engines.
The most modern member of the Flanker family is the Su-35S, intended as a low-cost complementary fighter to the T-50 PAK FA, along with its Su-30SM and Su-30M2 fleets.
Su-35C 02 Red, one of the first batch of 12 delivered to the Russian Air Force in February 2014 and now operational at Dzyomgi Air Base.
The upper forward fuselage of the Su-35 houses sensors for the OLS-35 IRST (left); the SOER missile approach warning system (middle); and the air refuelling probe (right), all mounted forward of the cockpit canopy.
The AL-41F1S engine powers the latest Su-35.
The Commando Helicopter Force’s transition from the Sea King HC4 to the Merlin HC3 and HC3A was completed in June 2016 when 845 Naval Air Squadron returned home to RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset joining 845 NAS aircrew seen here. CHF’s primary role is supporting 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines.
Commando Helicopter Force Merlin HC3s will all be upgraded to HC4 standard under the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme, the first of which is expected to be delivered by the end of 2017.
В дополнение к своим девяти ударным истребителям Су-30МК/МК2 Индонезия с 2003 года получила еще пару Су-27СК и три Су-27СКМ. На снимке: четыре Су-27СК/СКМ в одном строю с парой австралийских F/A-18A Hornet во время совместных учений в 2012 году.
Su-27SKM TS-2705 is one of three such aircraft unique to the Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara; all were delivered in 2010.
Both of HMS Endurance’s Lynx HAS2ICE helicopters over Mare Harbour in the Falkland Islands during February 2007.
Lynx HAS2ICE XZ241/EE435 of 212 Flight assigned to HMS Endurance (A171) parked on the beach at Possession Bay in South Georgia.
This year is expected to see the maiden flight of a Y-20 fitted with the WS-20 engine, pictured on the inner port pylon on this Il-76LL testbed.
In 2002, thrust-vectoring AL-31FP engines were fitted on the Su-27KUB.
Dust landing training represents a vital part of the environmental training undertaken by many types within JHC. Here an upgraded Chinook HC4 based at RAF Odiham, home to the UK Chinook force, departs one such area having completed its sortie.
The Chinook is the now the only heavy-lift helicopter in service with the Royal Air Force. All 14 of the new HC6 variant, seen here, have been delivered to RAF Odiham whilst the legacy fleet has also been upgraded.
Captured completing a confined area landing, the Puma HC2 reached a new milestone in early 2017 completing 15,000 flying hours. In that time the Puma force has continually supported Operation Toral in Afghanistan and numerous training exercises in the UK and around the world as well as holding national standby commitment.
A CV-22 Osprey approaches a drogue on the end of the hose extended from a MC-130H Combat Talon II during a training mission.
A CV-22 on the 8th SOS ramp at Hurlburt Field.
The only weapon currently employed by the CV-22 Osprey, an M2 0.5-inch machine gun mounted on the rear ramp.
The cockpit of the CV-22 Osprey is dominated by five colour multifunction displays.
Su-27UB trainer 74 assigned to the 831 st Tactical Aviation Brigade of the Ukrainian Air Force.
Upgraded Belarussian Air Force Su-27UBM1 side number 63. This aircraft crashed during a demonstration at Radom Air Base, Poland, in August 2009.
The first T-10 prototype T10-1 was first flown on May 20, 1977, by Sukhoi’s chief test pilot Vladimir Ilyushin.
BAE Systems’ Jetstream J31 Flying Test Bed G-BWWW has been used for a series of company-funded test flights trialling new sense-and-avoid, weather avoidance and satellite-based communications systems.
BAE Systems says using the J31 is a concept the Civil Aviation Authority likes because it allows experiments to be conducted in a safe way.
In addition to a flight test observer and a vehicle commander on the ground, two engineers were aboard the Jetstream in the cabin workstations.
Each flight lasted around 90 minutes, with the aircraft flying through a corridor of non-congested airspace on a route from Warton to Inverness
Sea boats and the ship flight’s Lynx from HMS Chatham (F87) in the Northern Arabian Gulf while assigned to Combined Task Force 158 tasked with protecting Iraqi oil terminals in 2008.
A Lynx HMA8 from RFA Fort Victoria on scene of a Royal Marine boarding operation on a dhow with Somali pirates on board.
HMS Dragon’s Lynx HMA8 fires a salvo of flares at sunset at the end of a day-into-night training sortie.
Return from deployment. The pilot of Lynx HMA8 ZF557/PD426, assigned to Flight 208, hovers the helicopter to a parking spot at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton on March 10, 2017, marking the end of the type's final deployment and 41 years of operational service.
Lynx HMA.Mk 8. Новейший представитель семейства Lynx во многом идентичен армейскому модернизированному AH.Mk 7. Модернизированный HMA.Mk 8 (до конца 1995 года HAS.Mk 8) представляет собой современный корабельный вертолет, оптимизированный для решения задач в новом тысячелетии. Он оснащен двигателями Gem 42 Series 200 мощностью по 920 л. с. (686 кВт), новым несущим и рулевым винтами (последний - по типу AH.Mk 7), а также получил различное оборудование, благодаря чему удалось повысить его возможности по ведению разведки и борьбы с надводными кораблями противника. На вертолете оставили старую РЛС Seaspray, но установили новую цифровую систему обработки данных (вариант получил обозначение HMA.Mk 8 DSP - от "Digital Signal Processing"). Кроме того, на вертолетах HMA.Mk 8 британских ВМС возможна подвеска контейнера с 12,7-мм пулеметом FN Herstal, обычно применяемого на HAS.Mk 3GM, хотя и неизвестно точно, прошел ли вертолет сертификацию в такой конфигурации. В процессе разработки HAS.Mk 8 были задействованы три вертолета HAS.Mk 3CTS: XZ236 - для испытаний и доводки тактической системы CTS;ZD266 - для испытаний новой авионики; ZD267 - для испытаний нового подфюзеляжного носового обтекателя и пассивной системы обнаружения и распознавания PID (Passive Identification Device). Компания "Westland" получила контракт на переоборудование первых семи из 44 запланированных машин в мае 1992 года, а затем контракт еще на четыре вертолета (плюс доведение опытного ZD267 до стандарта Mk 8). Первая модернизированная машина была передана в войска в июле 1994 года, а начальная партия из семи вертолетов - к середине 1995 года. HMA.Mk 8 начал поступать в 702-ю эскадрилью с февраля 1996 года, а первый выход в море HMA.Mk 8 совершил на борту фрегата УРО "Монтроуз" (тип "Дьюк") в конце 1995 года. Предполагается с 2014 года начать замену Lynx на вертолет AW159 Lynx Wildcat (ранее известен под обозначением "Future Lynx").
A Lynx HMA8 in the hover loaded with two Sea Skua missiles.
HMS Daring's Lynx HMA8 operated by 200 Flight delivers aid to the village of Hagden on the Philippines island of Guintacan in the wake of Hurricane Haiyan in November 2013.
A Royal Marine descends the rope suspended from a Lynx HMA8 during fast roping training on board HMS Dragon P35) in the Arabian Gulf.
A Lynx HMA8 assigned to 702 NAS undertakes familiarisation training at Okehampton Camp.
Weapon loading drills on the flight deck of HMS Montrose (F236) during Operation Kipion in the Arabian Gulf.
Members of 815 NAS prepare to load a dummy Stingray torpedo to a Lynx HMA8 on board HMS Edinburgh (D97) in the Caribbean. The drill loading was undertaken as part of a routine flying exercise.
A Lynx HMA8 is moved into the hangar bay on board HMS Manchester (D95).
Tight for space, HMS Manchester's Lynx HMA8 stowed in the hangar bay.
Captured departing a forward refuelling point on Salisbury Plain is an Apache AH1 with a 230-gallon extended refuelling tank attached. The MoD will replace its legacy fleet with 50 Apache AH-64ES from 2020.
A classic sunset scene as an Army Air Corps Apache AH1 based at Wattisham descends to refuel from a forward refuelling point during a mission rehearsal exercise. JHC’s aspiration is its fleet of 50 AH-64E Apaches will be operational before the AH1 's scheduled 2025-2026 out of service date.
Y-20 serial number 783, pictured flying at Airshow China in 2014, was the second example to fly.
One of the first Y-20s delivered to the PLAAF. Reports suggest the four aircraft in service are the final prototype and three LRIP aircraft.
Russian D-30KP-2 engines power the Y-20s flying so far. Later production versions will use a new indigenous high-bypass turbofan, the WS-20 Huanghe.
Reports say during the design process the Y-20’s maximum take-off weight was increased to 230,000kg (507,063 lb) and its maximum payload to 60,000kg (132,277 lb).
The first operational Y-20 unit is the 12th Regiment of the 4th Transport Division at Chengdu-Qionglai.
Two squadrons operate the U-28A, for utility and ISR missions.
Boeing 737-7H4 N778SW (c/n 27883) photographed at Denver International Airport. Southwest Airlines introduced a revised colour scheme in 2014.
A number of Southwest’s aircraft wear distinctive special liveries, including 737-7H4 N918WN (c/n 29843), pictured here at Las Vegas, which has a livery called Illinois One.
Another colourful Southwest special is 737-7H4 N280WN (c/n 32533), seen at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International, wearing its Missouri One livery.
Southwest flies the world’s largest all-Boeing 737 fleet - 724 aircraft in several iterations, including 737-8H4 N8643A (c/n 42524) pictured at Seattle - Tacoma.
Southwest 737s on stand at Los Angeles International. The airline claims 30% of the Los Angeles Basin, the USA's second-largest market, and is currently modernising its facilities at the airport in a project scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2018.
One of the first Southwest 737 MAX aircraft, N8705Q (c/n 42558), at Boeing’s Renton facility in January 2017. Norwegian will be first to put the 737 MAX 8 into service, but with 200 737 MAX 8s on order, Southwest will be one of the major operators of the updated 737.