Air International 2015-10
Main: Military
Croatian MiG-21 bisDs are scrambled on practice interceptions on a weekly basis.
New avionics comprise (1) KFS-564A control unit, (2) SN3500 primary navigation display, (3) GPS 400W, (4) AN/ARC-210 digital radio, here temporarily replaced with TY92 High Power VHF radio, (5) Thommen analogue instrument and (6) TSC 2050 IFF system.
A Tornado ECR RET.8 (foreground) and a Tornado IDS RET.7 from 6° Stormo at the 50° Stormo base of Piacenza-San Damiano in January 2015.
During Operation Unified Protector in May 2011 a Tornado IDS RET.6 from 6° Stormo armed with two GBU-32(V)/B JDAMs, two AIM-9L Sidewinders and two BOZ-102 chaff and flare dispensers departs Trapani-Birgi.
Tornado ECR RET.8 ‘50-01 ’ from 50° Stormo taken at Piacenza-San Damiano in January 2015 before a training flight. This aircraft is one of 15 ECRs upgraded under the RET.8 contract.
The AMI’s Tornado fleet is maintained at 1° RMV's depot Cameri where this Tornado ECR RET.8 from 50° Stormo was photographed.
The RecceLite pod, introduced on the Italian Tornado during the first phase of the MLU, is seen here carried by a 6° Stormo Tornado IDS RET.7 taxiing at Ghedi.
One of the first MLU Tornado ECRS delivered to the 50° Stormo taking off from Piacenza-San Damiano. The ECR MLU is distinguishable by the MMR’s white antennas fitted to the sides of the fin.
Two GBU-32(V)/B JDAMs being loaded to a Tornado IDS at Trapani-Birgi air Base in May 2011, during NATO air operations over Libya.
An A340 at N’Djamena - the type is providing sterling service to the French armed forces in Africa.
This HRZ MiG-21UMD sports the colours of the Croatian national flag.
In the Sahara theatre Transalls are flown with a full load of decoys.
Transall R204/64-GD taxies out from Niamey for yet another mission.
Troops arriving in North Africa are taken to the frontline bas­es in northern Mali aboard Transalls, as seen here at Niamey. The CN235 crews have painted 'Casa Team' and 'I love Casa Nurse’ on the tailfin.
French airmen have become accustomed to carrying out maintenance procedures in austere environments, as with these checks being conducted on a Transall.
The A400M is progressively taking an expanding role in Africa - the type offers twice the speed, twice the endurance and twice the load as a Transall.