Air International 2015-05
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Main: Military
Demand for conversion-to-type training for the Hind-F continues and it will serve with the centre until the end of the decade.
The giant Mi-26, operated by the Torzhok centre since 1982, is a 40-tonne machine with a 20-tonne payload, primarily designed to provide mobility for airborne and the special operation forces in the battle zone.
This is one of the recently delivered Mi-26s after a comprehensive refurbishment at Rosvertol, taken on strength in 2013.
VX-31 recently completed testing and integration of two modifications for the AV-8B Harrier II: an improved AIM-120 AMRAAM missile weapons engagement zone model, and the MIL-STD-1760 cable to the aircraft's outboard stations to enable carriage of smart weapons.
A Dust Devils’ AV-8B Harrier II passes through a canyon close to China Lake during a mission.
The Dust Devils are responsible for all AV-8B Harrier performance, flying qualities, structures, mission system software and weapons testing for the US Marine Corps. The squadron flies two variants: the AV-8B Harrier II Plus equipped with the APG-65 radar (on photo) and the AV-8B Harrier Night Attack variant.
The AV-8B Harrier Night Attack variant.
The AV-8B now uses the BRU-70 digital improved triple ejector rack (DITER) that enables the aircraft to carry three GPS-guided weapons on a single station. A DITER can be fitted to the outer pylons (as shown) giving the aircraft four GPS-guided compatible stations.
B-2 83-1088/’WM’ Spirit of Louisiana was one of three deployed to Nellis by the Whiteman Air Force Base-based 393rd Bomb Squadron for exercise Red Flag 15-1.
An AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile captured shortly after launch from an F-15C Eagle of the 173rd Fighter Wing.
The former aggressor F-15C Eagle was reassigned to the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing.
The 493rd Fighter Squadron ‘Grim Reapers’ based at RAF Lakenheath, England is the only F-15C Eagle unit remaining in Europe.
An 18th Wing F-15C based at Kadena Air Base, Japan releases flares from the ALE-45 dispenser over the Pacific Ocean.
A maintainer assigned to the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron performs line maintenance on an F-15C at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
A three-ship of Redhawks, F-15C Eagles assigned to the Portland, Oregon-based 142nd Fighter Wing.
Ammo troops use a MJ-1 lift truck to load an inert CATM-120C AMRAAM missile on to a launcher unit fitted to the inner portside weapon pylon of an F-15C Eagle.
Airmen discuss the maintenance status of their F-15C Eagle during the turnaround between sor­ties at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon.
Ammo troops assigned to the 173rd Fighter Wing at Klamath Falls Air National Guard Base, Oregon lift an inert CATM-120C AMRAAM missile off the trolley.
The 104th Fighter Wing based at Barnes Air National Guard Base at Westfield Air­port in Massachusetts transitioned from the A-10 Thunderbolt II to the F-15C Eagle in 2007
An Eagle driver assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard prepares for a sortie.
The CTACC’s Berkuty display team performing at MAKS 2013.
The Mi-28N Night Hunter was fielded in service in late 2008, with the first production-standard helicopters taken in strength by the Torzhok centre. Field tests and evaluation followed before it was commissioned into Russian Air Force service in November 2013.
A four-ship Mi-28N formation of the Berkuty display team, led by the Colonel Andrey Popov, the commanding officer of the 344th CTACC, during the MAKS 2013 airshow at Zhukovsky.
The F-22 Raptor-equipped 94th Fighter Squadron based at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia used Red Flag 15-1 as a final work-up exercise before deploying to US Central Command’s Area of Operation in early April 2015.
RAF Typhoon FGR4s employed live Paveway IV Mk2 precision-guided munitions for the first time during Red Flag 15-1.
With the Mi-8MTV-1 still in mass operation with Russian Army Aviation, the 344th CTACC has a handful of helicopters for use in the conversion-training role.
Refuelling in the Dragonfly is challenging for the pilot because of the restricted view caused by the aircraft's side-by-side seat layout.
Each A-37B received 454 US gallons (1,719 litres) of fuel during each 'wet' contact.
Smooth handling is needed when preparing to make contact with the refuelling drogue.
Three refuelling contacts are made by each Dragonfly pilot - one ‘dry’ and two ‘wet’.
The FAU A-37Bs and FAA KC-130H TC-69 at Base Aerea Mario Walter Parallada during a Tanque exercise.
The 344th CTACC has eight Ka-52 Alligators on strength, including four in the full configuration like this Ka-52 ‘White 91' which boast the sophisticated Vitebsk-52 self-protection suite and the Arbalet-52 millimetric radar.
The co-axial rotor Ka-52 completed its extensive test and evaluation effort in the definitive production configuration in November 2011, with first deliveries to Torzhok reported the following month.
Armour plating in the nose fuselage sides and floor of the Ka-52 provides protection from 23mm calibre projectiles while the windshield can withstand hits from 12.7mm calibre rounds. An extra degree of side-on protection for the pilots is provided by add-on armour screens on the movable canopy sections.
The Ka-52 is the Russian Army Aviation’s main attack helicopter, with the first four examples inducted in late 2010 by the Torzhok centre for aircrew conversion training and tactics development.
Based in central Uruguay, the IA-58A Pucaras can reach the country’s borders within half an hour.
Pucaras ready for departure ahead of an air interception exercise.
Primarily trainers but with a secondary attack role, PC-7Us are locally designated AT-92s.
F-15E Strike Eagles were deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina to join the Red Force in Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis.
Dust Devils’ F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 165666/’DD201’ releases ten GBU-31 JDAMs over the China Lake weapons range.
Dust Devils 215, F/A-18F Super Hornet BuNo 165793/’DD215’ launches an AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile during developmental testing of the Block II version.
Dust Devils’ Super Hornets loaded with live GBU-31 JDAMs.
EA-18G BuNo 168377/’DD523' carries a standard Growler payload comprising an external fuel tank and an ALQ-99 pod under each wing. The upper part of each pylon is marked with an orange patch denoting a test fitting.
Испытания Growler продолжаются и в 2010 году, на фотографии - самолет 31-й опытной эскадрильи, дислоцированной на авиабазе Чайна-Лейк. Первой в октябре 2009 года состояния эксплуатационной готовности достигла 132-я эскадрилья РЭБ "Scorpions".
An EA-18G Growler assigned to VX-31 returns to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake over the city of Ridgecrest, California.
VX-31's EA-18G Growler project office is completing tests of the SCS H10, start­ing the follow-on H12 and supporting the Royal Australian Air Force as it prepares to receive the aircraft.
The Mi-8MTV-5-1 is a new-generation tactical transport rotorcraft operated by the Torzhok centre in addition to three frontline units, all of them stationed in the Western Military District, each equipped with one squadron flying the type.
VX-31 continues to operate F/A-18C Hornet BuNo 165210 which was painted in a full-colour test paint scheme to mark the Centennial of Naval Aviation in 2011.
An F/A-18D Hornet assigned to Marine Fighter Attack (All Weather) Squadron 225 ‘Vikings’ based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California lands at Nellis following a Red Flag mission.
Red Flag 15-1 involved two first-time participants: Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and Royal Air Force Sentinel R1s.
Red Flag 15-1 involved two first-time participants: Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and Royal Air Force Sentinel R1s.
Each A-37B received 454 US gallons (1,719 litres) of fuel during each 'wet' contact.
Smooth handling is needed when preparing to make contact with the refuelling drogue.
Three refuelling contacts are made by each Dragonfly pilot - one ‘dry’ and two ‘wet’.
The FAU A-37Bs and FAA KC-130H TC-69 at Base Aerea Mario Walter Parallada during a Tanque exercise.
The Argentine Air Force has been sending its two KC-130Hs to Uruguay for Tanque exercises since 2003.