Air International 2016-12
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A mix of AV-8B Night Attack jets, like this aircraft, and AV-8B+ Radar aircraft is taken on board during a Marine Expeditionary Unit deployment.
An AV-8B Night Attack in clean configuration during an evening training flight over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina.
New Harrier pilots follow an intensive 11-month course where they accomplish 50 hours on simulator and 100 live flying hours on AV-8B Night Attack and TAV-8BS.
The crew of a TAV-8B boarding their jet before starting up for a mission to Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue in North Carolina, where carrier and LHD training is conducted.
An AV-8B Night Attack Harrier performing its final checks before taxiing out for a training flight with VMAT-203. The aircraft is carrying an AAQ-28(V) Litening Generation IV targeting pod.
The AV-8B Night Attack Harrier will remain in service until 2026 when all Harriers will have been replaced by the F-35B Lightning II.
On average, VMAT-203 trains 20 to 30 US Marine Corps and international pilots annually, including British pilots who train to maintain V/STOL currency ahead of the F-35’s arrival.
An AV-8B Night Attack Harrier on the VMAT-203 flightline. The unit still has one Day Attack Upgrade Aircraft, an old AV-8B Day Attack with the bigger F402-RR-408 engine.
Having passed the strike pipeline, a future Harrier pilot will be assigned to VMAT-203 where they receive training initially on the TAV-8B, followed by solo flights on the AV-8B Night Attack.
A US Army CH-47F Chinook from the 82d Combat Aviation Brigade on a training flight operating from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in support of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, on October 22, 2016.
A Puma Pirate with the 20mm GIAT M621 cannon on a training mission in the south of France.
One of the main challenges for the DETHM Air was dust in the open air, as is clearly visible on this picture taken at Madama, EH 1/67.
The first EH 1/44 ‘Solenzara’ Puma flying over BA126 Solenzara on the island of Corsica.
Maintenance at Cazaux is carried out in a state-of-the-art hangar, a contrast to the austere operations in the field carried out when the unit was in Africa, although DETHM Air did receive two P20 mobile hangars.
Both Pumas of the DETHM Air at N’Djamena in Chad. EH 1/67
Puma Pirate from EH1/67 working with a JTAC from EE 2/2.
Close-up of the 7.62mm MAG-58 machine gun installed on the SA330.
Both DETHM Air Pumas are refuelled by a Transall C-160 on their way back to N'Djamena after the end of their deployment at Madama. EH 1/67
The 20mm GIAT M621 cannon installed on the SA330 gives the helicopter its Pirate name.
A Puma on the EH 1/67 ramp with a MAG-58 installed at the left door. The MAG-58 can turn on its base, so the Puma can fly with its doors closed when the machine gun is retracted.
The restricted view from the gunner's position behind the 20mm cannon.
Both DETHM Air Pumas are refuelled by a Transall C-160 on their way back to N'Djamena after the end of their deployment at Madama. EH 1/67
OH-58D Kiowa Warriors of the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct a farewell flyover of Fayetteville, North Carolina on April 15, 2016. The squadron subsequently deployed to South Korea.
Two of the AW159s at Jinhae Air Base, South Korea during their July 27, 2016, official acceptance ceremony.
Two of the Republic of Korea Navy’s first AW159s during trials and development test flying from Leonardo Helicopters’ manufacturing facility in Yeovil, Somerset.
The Thales Compact Flash Sonics clipping sonar features an electric reeling machine and an integrated sonobuoy processing system with a VHF receiver able to collect data from both active and passive sonobuoys.
Spike NLOS is a multipurpose, electro-optical missile containing a video camera in the front that provides a real-time wireless data link for ranges up to 15 miles (25km).
The Republic of Korea Navy plans to deploy its AW 159s from mid-2017 after completing the integration process, which includes pilot training, live weapons firing and naval ship flight trials.
The first four AW159s for the Republic of Korea Navy. These aircraft are part of the order for eight aircraft placed in 2013.
The sonar equipment for the Korean AW159. An integrated sonobuoy processing system collects data from both active and passive sonobuoys.
Republic of Korea Navy QHIs received instructional pilot training at Cornwall Airport, Newquay. This involved approximately 24 hours of left and right seat con­version training, five hours of maintenance test pilot conversion training and ten hours of instructor conversion training.
One of the Korean AW159s on the production line at Yeovil. The Republic of Korea Navy’s order is significant, as it is the first export order for the AW159.
A sniper from CPA 20 with his HK417 rifle concentrating prior to his mission.