Air International 2017-06
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The Su-35/Su-35S can carry a wide range of guided munitions for target engagement at short, medium and long ranges.
Series production of the Su-35S fighter takes place at Sukhoi's Y.A. Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur
An E-3F from EDCA O/36 refuels during one of the Operation Chammal deployments undertaken by the type since September 2014.
All 30 Merlin HM2s in service modified and fit to receive the Crowsnest role kit, of which ten will be delivered.
The target is to achieve a nominal in-service date for Crowsnest by Q3 2019 with initial operating capability by Q2 2020 and full operating capability in 2022.
The Merlin HM2 continues to receive upgrades to enhance its capabilities in addition to Crowsnest. These include a new traffic avoidance system and updates to the defensive aids suite.
Initial assessment phase testing ensured there were no gross effects on the Merlin flight profile with the radome attached.
Crowsnest will support the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning lls by providing long-range air, maritime and land detection.
Australia’s first F-35A Lightning IIs, A35-001 and A35-002, fly in formation with No.2 Operational Conversion Unit F/A-18A Hornet displaying its 75th anniversary livery on transit to the Australian International air show in Avalon.
P-8A test aircraft BuNo 167954 makes the first aerial refuelling contact with the Speckled Trout KC-135R 61-0320 during a test sortie flown from Edwards Air Force Base, California.
P-8A Poseidon test aircraft BuNo 167954 during an air refuelling test sortie with KC-135R 61-0320, the tanker assigned to the 412th Test Wing based at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
A C-135FR refuels a Rafale B from the Armee de I’Air and an Aeronavale Rafale M.
French and German medical staff train on board a C-135FR outfitted with the MORPHEE mobile intensive care unit.
A Mirage 2000-5 from EC 1/2 ‘Cigognes’ loaded with an inert MICA air-to-air missile is put in a shelter at BA116 Luxeuil after an early afternoon mission.
A HH-60G Pave Hawk winches a casualty aboard at the Del Valle Regional Training Centre.
An Armee de l'Air Rafale configured with three external fuel tanks and two SCALP missiles. Aeronavale Rafales only carry one SCALP missile on the centerline station.
Armee de I'Air armourers load a GBU-24 to a Rafale participating in Operation Chammal. Both the Aeronavale and the Armee de I’Air fly the Rafale loaded with only one GBU-24 on the centreline station.
A total of 45 TALIOS pods will be acquired by the DGA to replace older types of designator pods used by the Armee de I’Air and the Aeronavale.
Armee de I’Air personnel load a RECO NG pod to the centreline station of a Rafale prior to a reconnaissance mission over Iraq or Syria.
The solution being developed for Crowsnest is an updated and repackaged role-fit version of the Cerberus tactical sensor suite in service with the SKASaC.
The exercise schedule aboard RFA Argus included day/night missions, flight deck operations; take-off/landings, hover in-flight refuelling and approach work, shown here.
Crowsnest will replace the seven Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control Mk7 helicopters serving with 849 Naval Air Squadron, which are scheduled to be withdrawn from service during Q3 2018.
A Stockton-based California Army National Guard CH-47F from the 1-126 Aviation Regiment, on the flight line at Los Alamitos.
An ALAT Puma helicopter in the Sahel region for Operation Barkhane. Note the MAG-58 machine gun for self-protection.
The Shadow 200’s primary mission system is an Israel Aerospace Industries POP300, which is formed by a forward-looking infrared camera, a daylight TV camera (equipped with an optional near-infrared filter) and a laser pointer.
One of the Shadow 200 UAS ready to be launched from its launcher system.
A Shadow 200 UAS system operator at work inside a ground control station.
The French Special Forces squadron ET 3/61 ‘Poitou’ flew missions with the C-160 and C-130 over Mali equipped with the Wescam MX-15i (depicted) and the MX-20.
An MQ-9 Reaper, assigned to ED 1/33, during an Operation Barkhane mission over Niger.
P-72 CSX62279 seen on a test flight from Verona airport. Note the installation of a high-powered search light near the starboard side nose.
Numerous sensors including the Selex Seaspray 7000 radar can be seen on this side profile.
An extension to the aft fuselage houses the electronic support measures system and mounts for a future magnetic anomaly detector boom.
The P-72A cockpit resembles the commercial ATR 72-600, including a mission display and a DASS control system.
The aft cabin has two observer seats each adjacent a bubble window.
The Leonardo ATOS mission console features a 22-inch screen and two touch screen displays to control the numerous radios and communication suites.
The first visit of an Armee de I'Air A400M to Iraq (Bagdad and Erbil) took place on April 23, 2017.
The largest Legacy variant, the 650E, is aimed at the large jet sector and is capable of seating up to 14 passengers.
Legacy 450 N801EE photographed at Avalon in Australia. This model is priced at $16.6 million and capable of carrying up to eight passengers.
The Legacy 450 and 500 feature fly-by-wire flight control systems, flight deck side-stick controllers, Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion Avionics, four 15.1 in (383mm) high resolution LED screens, an optional Embraer Enhanced Vision System and head-up display.
The interior of Legacy 450 PR-LKN at Embraer’s Sao Jose dos Campos production facility. This variant can seat up to eight passengers and has a 2,900nm (5,370km) range.
An AS555AN with snipers on board during a Mesures Actives de Surete Aerienne exercise in March 2017.
A Caracal from EH 1/67 ‘Pyrenees’ banks above the water near BA120 Cazaux during an exercise with Armee de I’Air divers. Since April 2017, the Caracal is responsible for the SAR alert at Cazaux.
The powerful MX-15 imaging sensor carried by the LUH-72 Lakota is ideal for disaster and battlefield applications.
Sgt Powers uses the hand controller to position the Lakota’s MX-15 imaging sensor looking for serious quake damage.
One of the three Do 228s operated by 28° Gruppo Squadroni seen while flying near Viterbo.
The two aircraft types operated by 28° Gruppo Squadroni ‘Tucano' taken in-flight is an uncommon sight, considering their quite different performances and flying qualities.
A Do 228 while taxiing. The black radome on the nose protects the antenna of the King KWX-56 radar, which has weather and mapping capability.
The Do 228 cockpit clearly shows its age, as it is dominated by analogic instruments.
A VC-180 overflying Lake Bolsena, north of Viterbo. The operational missions of this type are authorised only by the Army General Staff.
The two aircraft types operated by 28° Gruppo Squadroni ‘Tucano' taken in-flight is an uncommon sight, considering their quite different performances and flying qualities.
Two VC-180s inside the Tucano’ hangar at Viterbo Air Base. Most of the technical and support activity on these aircraft are assigned to Piaggio Aerospace.
The EA-18G Growler is always distinguishable from a Super Hornet by its wing tip pods housing the ALQ-218 receivers.
On static display at Avalon, EA-18G A46-306 carried a pair of ALQ-99 jamming pods and AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles.
P-8A Poseidon BuNo 168430 assigned to Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16) 'War Eagles' flies over NAS Jacksonville.
Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16) ‘Eagles’ made the maiden deployment of the P-8A in December 2013 to the US 7th Fleet area of operations. At the end of that tour of duty, the Eagles had flown over 3,800 hours in 369 sorties.
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 (VX-20) P-8A Poseidon test aircraft BuNo 167954 releases a Mk54 torpedo.
Two AGM 84 Harpoon test missiles release from VX-20 P-8A Poseidon BuNo 167953 during a weapons separation test.
P-8A test aircraft BuNo 167954 makes the first aerial refuelling contact with the Speckled Trout KC-135R 61-0320 during a test sortie flown from Edwards Air Force Base, California.
P-8A Poseidon test aircraft BuNo 167954 during an air refuelling test sortie with KC-135R 61-0320, the tanker assigned to the 412th Test Wing based at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Patrol Squadron 8 (VP-8A) 'Fighting Tigers’ is one of five front line P-8A Poseidon squadrons assigned to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW-11) based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.
Patrol Squadron 30 (VP-30) 'Pro's Nest' based at Jacksonville is the P-8A Poseidon Fleet Replacement Squadron.
P-8A Poseidon test aircraft BuNo 167956 assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) ‘Pioneers’ at RAF Lossiemouth during Exercise Joint Warrior.
Противолодочная торпеда Mk.54
Aviation Ordnancemen load an AGM-84K SLAM-ER missile on a P-8A Poseidon in preparation for a conventional weapons technical proficiency inspection.
Aviation Ordnancemen move an Mk54 torpedo from a P-8A assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) ‘Pioneers' at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
A High Altitude Anti-Submarine Weapon Capability (HAAWC) torpedo was released from a P-8A Poseidon during safe separation testing. The HAAWC is an add-on kit for the Navy’s Mk54 lightweight torpedo that allows the P-8A to release the weapon from high altitude.
An electronic warfare operator monitors his work station on a P-8A Poseidon during a search and rescue mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
A Mirage 2000N assigned to EC 2/4 ‘Lafayette’ taking off from its base in Jordan carrying four GBU-12s, a weapon payload validated by the CEAM in 2015. Note the Magic 2 air-to-air missile for self-protection.
A Mirage 2000D pilot conducts pre-flight checks with a mechanic. The Mirage 2000D can carry one SCALP missile.
A Mirage 2000D with full afterburner on its way to the Diane range near BA126 Solenzara on the island of Corsica.
A Rafale B from the Escadron de Chasse et d'Experimentation 1/30 ‘Cote d'Argent’ taking off for another Chammal mission, carrying four GBU-12s and a Damocles designator pod.
A C-135FR refuels a Rafale B from the Armee de I’Air and an Aeronavale Rafale M.
An AS555AN with snipers on board during a Mesures Actives de Surete Aerienne exercise in March 2017.
Australia’s first F-35A Lightning IIs, A35-001 and A35-002, fly in formation with No.2 Operational Conversion Unit F/A-18A Hornet displaying its 75th anniversary livery on transit to the Australian International air show in Avalon.
Crowsnest will support the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning lls by providing long-range air, maritime and land detection.
A Rafale M during an Appontage Simule Sur Piste session, working up for the next Charles de Gaulle cruise.
A Rafale M from 12F with live GBU-12 bombs during one of the first flights for Operation Chammal in April 2017.
A C-135FR refuels a Rafale B from the Armee de I’Air and an Aeronavale Rafale M.
Aircraft N8703J (1A003, c/n cn 42556) was the systems performance test 737 MAX 8, which tested all of the aircraft’s systems, including autoland.
Boeing has pitched the 737 MAX 9 at operators who want extra capacity on high-density routes that need more seat rows than the MAX 8.
The first 737 MAX 9, N7379E (c/n 42987), during its first flight on April 13, 2017. This jet and a second will undertake the variant's certification testing this year and into 2018.
The 737 MAX 9 will be able to accommodate between 180 and 204 seats, three more rows longer than the 737 MAX 8. The aircraft has the same fuselage length as the 737-900ER.
Malindo Air is set to be the 737 MAX 8’s launch customer, but the aircraft of several other operators - including flyDubai’s first example, A6-MAX (c/n 60966) have been parked at Renton.