Air International 2017-05
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The newly-installed avionics of the Su-25SM has increased automation and self-test capability, making possible a reduction in the aircraft’s pre- and post-flight servicing of some 25 to 30%.
Frontline attack squadrons equipped with the Su-25 have an active fleet of 12 single-seat plus two to three two-seat aircraft; the attack regiments consist of two squadrons. This example is from the 368th ShAP.
The RuASF intends to keep its existing fleet of Su-25SMs in active service until the early 2030s as the Frogfoots have a lot of unused life in them and the type is subject to a rolling life extension effort.
A Su-25SM belonging to the 368th ShAP at Budyonnovsk seen during its landing roll with twin-dome parachute deployed.
This pair of Su-25s - one upgraded and one non-upgraded machine - belong to the 960th ShAP based at Primirsko-Akhtarsk in the Southern Military District.
A Su-25SM of the 960th ShAP taking off from Hmeimim Air Base in Syria with a weapon payload of four OFAB-250-270 freefall bombs.
This Su-25BM, serialled 73, is the first Frogfoot upgraded with the Gefest i T SVP-24-25 digital navigation/attack system operated by the Lipetsk-based combat training and aircrew conversion centre.
The first-generation Frogfoot is likely to serve with most of its current operators well beyond 2020, while in Russia it could remain in use until the early 2030s.
This is the pattern aircraft for the Su-25SM3 upgrade, (c/n 10095, re-worked from the Su-25SM-4 prototoype), pictured in the late 2000s with the new radar jamming system of the Vitebsk-25 self-protection in two pods on the outermost wing hardpoints, 250kg freefall bombs and B13 pods for firing 122mm rockets. The missile approach warning sensors were not installed at that time.
Currently the RuAF has between 160 and 170 Su-25s in active service or undergoing deep maintenance and upgrade.
A look at the final assembly hall of the TAM plant in Tbilisi, Georgia. This image dating from the late 2000s shows newly-built single- and two-seat airframes, most likely intended for delivery to Azerbaijan
The Su-25’s cockpit (seen here in an export-standard K form), although considered old-fashioned, is described as roomy and ergonomically well-designed, while the upgraded Su-25SM has a much more simplified and ergonomic cockpit. The pilot sits in a full armour bath made from welded titanium plates.
A Su-25SM from the 368th ShAP demonstrates the Frogfoot's remarkable combat survivability. This aircraft was hit by a man-portable air defence system during the August 2008 South Ossetia war between Russia and Georgia. The aircraft remained flyable and managed to return to base, but was judged as beyond economical repair
After the Su-25’s withdrawal from use with the 209th UAB at Borisoglebsk in 2014 the squadron's aircraft were re-distributed to the front-line attack squadrons flying the type.
Plans for upgrading the Su-25UB Frogfoot (seen here) to the enhanced Su-25UBM2 standard have been delayed and the first production-standard machines upgraded to this standard are expected no earlier than 2019.
One of the three Royal Thai Air Force L-39s involved in this year’s Cope Tiger taxies, with other exercise participants visible in the background, including Kadena-based F-15Cs.
Block 30 F-16C 88-0410/FM lands at Andravida. The 482nd Fighter Wing 'Makos' was the first US Air Force unit based outside of Europe to participate in Exercise Iniohos.
Two United Arab Emirates Air Force F-16Es taxi for take off at Andravida. Operated by the Shaheen Squadron based at Al Dhafra Air Base, this year’s Iniohos was the first appearance of the type.
Royal Thai Air Force F-16A 10311 is painted in the ‘Century Falcon’ scheme to celebrate the air force’s 100th anniversary.
An Israel Air and Space Force F-16I Sufa on its take-off run in full afterburner. Rated at 29,000lb of thrust, the Pratt & Whitney F-100-PW-229 engine enables the F-16I an easy take-off run even when carrying a heavy weapons payload.
One of the three Royal Thai Air Force L-39s involved in this year’s Cope Tiger taxies, with other exercise participants visible in the background, including Kadena-based F-15Cs.
A practice spray run over the North Sea. For spraying operations, the aircraft is flown at altitudes between 150ft (45m) and 1,500ft (457m) and at speeds from 150kts (277km/h) to 170kts (315km/h).
One of the two Boeing 727-2S2F(RE)s operated by T2 for Oil Spill Response demonstrating its spraying capabilities at Farnborough in 2016. The TERSUS Aerial Dispersant System is visible on the underside of the aircraft's rear fuselage.
The 727's tri-jet layout enables the crew to keep the pod engines at static thrust and use the central engine for variable thrust to assist in achieving the correct speed for spraying.
A close-up of the TERSUS Aerial Dispersant System releasing fluid. The flow rate during spray operations is between 500 and 1,200 litres (109-264 gallons) per minute.
The good provenance of former FedEx aircraft and powerful Pratt & Whitney JT8D turbofan engines were two factors in the 727's selection for the oil spill response role.
Boeing 727-2S2F(RE) G-OSRA, the last 727 ever built, in the hangar at T2’s base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, from where the 727s can be mobilised in four hours to respond to oil spills worldwide.
Both 727-2S2F(RE)s operated by T2 were formerly used as freighters by FedEx in the United States.
The TERSUS Aerial Dispersant System features seven interconnecting 2,200-litre (483-gallon) tanks.
Although Flybe is divesting the 118-seat E195s, it intends to make use of the longer range of its 11 smaller 88-seat E175s.
The E195s that entered service from the mid-2000s will all have left the airline’s fleet by 2019-2020.
A Royal Thai Air Force Saab 340 Erieye was one of three AEW assets involved in the exercise, the others being a US Air Force E-3B and a Republic of Singapore Air Force G550 AEW.
Small jets like this Alpha Jet A from the Royal Thai Air Force’s 231 Squadron provided close air support and attack roles during the exercise.
The engine exhaust and the empennage arrangement of the Triton make for an interesting photo.
MQ-4C BuNo 168458 features a straight wing.
Maintainers walk with aircraft 457 as the tug-tractor driver edges the 130ft wide Triton into the purpose-built hangar at Pax.
Aircraft 457 and 459 side by side on the Triton ITT flight line at Pax.
Maintainers assigned to the Triton ITT push aircraft 457 to the hangar.
MQ-4C BuNo 168457 on a parking spot prior to a mission.
Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton BuNo 168457 during its maiden flight on May 22, 2013.
This shot of MQ-4C BuNo 168457 shows the radome housing the Multi-Function Active Sensor Active Electronically Steered Array maritime surveillance radar.
The 11,000shp EuroProp International TP400 turboprop engine may well be the most powerful turboprop in production, but the engine has caused significant challenges to the A400 programme.
The A400M's external fuselage is a whopping 5.64m (18ft 6in) wide.
Atlas C1 ZM401 at Keevil Airfield, Wiltshire.
Atlas C1 ZM401 at Avalon.
In Greece to provide command and control to the players in Exercise Iniohos was Israel Air and Space Force G550 537 operated by 122 Squadron.
A look at the final assembly hall of the TAM plant in Tbilisi, Georgia. This image dating from the late 2000s shows newly-built single- and two-seat airframes, most likely intended for delivery to Azerbaijan
Airmen prepare an F-15E Strike Eagle at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
An F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing taxis at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
An F-15E assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing starts to taxi for a mission in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.
An F-15E Strike Eagle disconnects from a KC-10A Extender after receiving fuel over Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.
Air Combat Command has developed a pod-based system called Talon Hate which functions like a translator between an F-15’s Link 16 datalink and an F-22's in-flight datalink.
Two F-15E Strike Eagles leave the KC-135 Stratotanker after receiving fuel over Iraq during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
An F-15E Strike Eagle receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a training mission over the Mediterranean.
An F-15E Strike Eagle sits on the flight line at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey during a deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
F-15E Strike Eagles with the 389th Fighter Squadron taxi to their shelters at Mountain Home Ar Force Base, Idaho, upon their return from a deployment to Southwest Asia.
A Legion IRST pod fitted to an F-15E.
Airmen load a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition onto an F-15E Strike during Coronet Warrior, an Operational Readiness Exercise, at Seymour Johnson.
A weapons load crew team, from the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, load an AIM-120 onto an F-15E Strike Eagle after a sortie in support of the NATO Tactical Leadership Programme course at Los Llanos Air Base, Spain.
A member of a weapons load crew adjusts a mount on an F-15E Strike Eagle.
Propulsion technicians service an F-15E Strike Eagle engine at Mountain Flome Air Force Base, Idaho.
Engine mechanics assigned to the 4th Component Maintenance Squadron perform routine maintenance on an F-15E Strike Eagle engine at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.
An F-15E Strike Eagle engine running with the afterburner engaged in the propulsion flight test cell facility at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
The Royal Thai Air Force is one of the last few F-5 operators in the region. Six F-5s from 211 Squadron took part in this year’s Cope Tiger.
Grey, blue and delta. A two-seat Mirage 2000BG loaded with an inert IRIS-T missile on its way to an operating area over the Ionian Sea.
The unmistakable lines of the F-4 Phantom II in the shape of Hellenic Air Force F-4E AUP 01528 on final approach to Andravida Air Base.
A Q400 undergoing maintenance at Flybe's Exeter HQ. The airline’s MRO subsidiary, Flybe Aviation Services, handles not only Flybe’s own fleet but also aircraft from third party operators.
Flybe is one of the major operators of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.
‘Faster than road or rail’ is one of the slogans used by Flybe on its aircraft to help promote the connectivity the airline provides.
In 2016 Flybe launched its first routes not touching its home market at all - from Hanover in Germany. The airline sees great opportunity in European markets.
The Flight Safety International simulators within the Flybe Training Academy at the airline’s Exeter International Airport in the UK, which also includes a cabin door trainer, 26 purpose-built classrooms and an integrated apprentice workshop.