1 декабря 2017г. на территории аэродромного комплекса «Восточный» в городе Ульяновске состоялась торжественная церемония присвоения имени великого авиаконструктора Олега Антонова тяжелому транспортному самолету Ан-124-100 «Руслан».
Named Oleg Antonov, the first An-124-100 is the first of the type for the 235th VTAP. The giant airlifter was rolled out at Aviastar-SP on December 1, 2015, following overhaul and upgrade, and is set to be taken on strength by the unit upon completion of its ground and flight testing effort in early 2018.
Strike Fighter Squadron 204 (VFA-204) 'River Rattlers' based at Naval Air Station New Orleans became the first Reserve strike fighter squadron to provide adversary support to the active-duty fleet in October 1993. The squadron currently operates F/A-18A Hornet BuNo 162859/AF414, shown carrying a blue-coloured ALQ-167(V) electronic countermeasures jamming pod, painted in a three-tone ghost colour scheme.
On December 11, 2017, HMAS Albatross conducted ceremonial divisions. The occasion marked the withdrawal from Royal Australian Navy service of the S-70B-2 Seahawk and the AS350BA Squirrel helicopters. An Australian Army OH-58A Kiowa leads a Royal Australian Navy AS350BA Squirrel and its replacement a Eurocopter EC135 over the skies of Nowra, New South Wales.
A B-52H over the Syrian desert.
Intakes of two TF33 engines on a Minot-based B-52H assigned to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron on the flight line at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar on November 6, 2017. The Air Force is looking at replacing these engines in the near future.
A newly installed and upgraded conventional rotary launcher loaded in a B-52H bomb bay at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on November 17, 2017. Upgraded CRLs were used by B-52 for strikes on Taliban infrastructure in southern Afghanistan during November.
B-52H Stratofortress 61-0018 takes off at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
Elements of Carrier Air Wing 9, currently assigned to USS John C Stennis (CVN 74), deployed to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada in November 2017 for a detachment. One of the CVW-9 aircraft operating from the base was Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117's CAG-bird E-2C Hawkeye BuNo 165814/NG600.
The next few months could see Egypt and Qatar ordering additional Rafale fighters.
The Atlantique has transformed from a Cold-War sub-hunter into an indispensable platform in current French military operations.
Roll-out at Aviastar-SP of the first ordered Il-78M-90A tanker took place on November 29, 2017. The aircraft has exactly the same equipment standard as that of the Il-76MD-90A transport, including a multisensor payload in the nose and an integrated self-protection suite.
The A400M is slowly coming of age, as aerial refuelling capabilities are going to be tested in the coming year.
Naval Air Station Fallon resident Fighter Composite Squadron 13 (VFC-13) 'Saints' operates F-5N Tiger II BuNo 761536/AF02 in a three-colour broken snake camouflage scheme, applied to replicate the colour schemes used by adversary aircraft in Asia.
Perhaps indicative of toned-down CAG-bird colour schemes now emerging from paint shops around the US Navy fleet, F/A-18E Super Hornet BuNo 168471/NG400 is the mount of Strike Fighter Squadron 151 (VFA-151) 'Vigilantes'. The aircraft is seen on final approach to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada during a recent deployment there by Carrier Air Wing 9.
The Royal Australian Navy marked the end of an era by handing over the last of its S-70B-2 Seahawk 'Bravo' helicopters to the Australian War Memorial for preservation in the national collection on December 4, 2017.
The first Il-76MD-90A, named 'Viktor Livanov' was delivered to the VTA's combat training centre in Ivanovo, the 610th CTATC, in December 2015.
Australia's third F-35A Lightning II rolled off the assembly line at Lockheed Martin's production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, marking another major milestone in Australia's F-35A project.