Air Pictorial 1998-03
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H.Mambour - Armament Camp - Finland
Back from the range, MiG-21BIS MG-130 of HavLLv 31 (Fighter Squadron 31) based at Kuopio-Rissala, on approach to Oulu carrying a live R-3R (AA-2-2 Advanced Atoll) AAAI on its port weapon pylon.
MiG-21BIS fighters and Hawk armament trainers on the Oulu flightline.
Saab 35 Draken armed with a Hughes Rb28 Falcon AAAI. Some 36 Drakens equip HavLLv 11 and 21 at Rovaniemi and Tampere respectively.
All air transport to the week-long camp was provided by the Fokker F27s of the Support Sqn.
One of three Learjet 35As operated by the Tukilentolaivue (Support Sqn), carrying RM30 target sleeve pods under the wings.
Hawk Mk 51 HW-335 offers a rare sight of a Western aircraft armed with a Russian weapon as it taxies out from the Oulu flight-line carrying an R-60 (AA-8 Aphid) missile.
MiG-21BIS fighters and Hawk armament trainers on the Oulu flightline.
The BAe Hawk has had a 17-year association with the Finnish Air Force and operates with both the frontline fighter squadrons in the attack role as well as with the Air Academy at Kauhava for training. To date, Finland has purchased 57 Hawks, 50 Mk 51s and seven Mk 51As.
Boeing F-18 Hornet HN-405 is one of the Air Force’s first single-seaters and with a handful of other examples, took part in the armament camp at Oulu.