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A still from TV video footage showing a UkAA Mi-24 wearing a United Nations logo left over from its previous work operating peacekeeping missions in Africa. The logo violated UN rules referring to the use of its symbol and was later removed.
An Mi-24R assigned to the 7th Independent Regiment (Army Aviation) pictured during the battle for Donetsk Airport on May 26, 2014.
A 7th Independent Regiment (Army Aviation) Mi-24VP, serial ‘10’, releases flares during the battle for Donetsk Airport on May 26, 2014. This was one of three Hinds that sustained heavy damage during the offensive against Slavyansk on June 3-4.
White ID stripes were added to the UkAA’s helicopters, as seen here on this Mi-24P and Mi-8MT.
В ходе АТО многие вертолеты (как и наземная техника) получили идентификационные белые полосы на хвостовой части фюзеляжа
This Brody-based 16th Army Aviation Brigade Mi-24P (serial '15'), armed with two 20-round B-8V-20 rocket packs was heavy damaged during the battle for Slavyansk on June 4, 2014.
Mi-24P Hind-F (serial ‘15’) armed with two Shturm-V anti-tank missiles is pictured at a forward operating site at the start of the battle for Slavyansk. It made an emergency landing on June 4, 2014 after sustaining combat damage.
In the early 2000s, RSK MiG promoted a MiG-29 life extension programme for up to 4,000 hours and 40 years, compared with the type's original 2,000 hours and 25 years life. The upgrade was purchased by some export customers including the Slovakian and Bulgarian Air Force. This photo shows a single-seat Slovakian aircraft in a digital camouflage applied as a part of the upgrade programme, which also included integration of Western navigation, communication and IFF avionics.
The MiG-29 was conceived as a light-weight agile fighter with BVR capability. The aircraft can be armed with up to six missiles - two BVR R-27Rs with semi-active radar-homing seekers and four heat-seeking R-60s or R-73s for close air combat. The missile payload is complemented by a 30mm GSh-301 cannon with 150 rounds.
The Schtel-3UM helmet-mounted cueing system is slaved to the radar/IRST and missile seeker heads for accelerated cueing at off-boresight targets of the highly-agile R-73.
An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 23d Fighter Group parked on the flight line at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida.
An A-10C Thunderbolt II (serial number 78-0598/'FT') from the 74th Fighter Squadron based at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, lands on a sand strip at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
Летчик штурмовика A-10A ведет огонь из пушки
An A-10 fires a volley of 30mm rounds at a target on the Saylor Creek Range in Idaho during gunnery competition Hawgsmoke 2010.
A-10C Thunderbolt II 80-0269, from Michigan Air National Guard’s 107th Fighter Squadron, taxies in during Exercise Angel Thunder 2014 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
The NH90 and its highly trained aircrew of three is most at home operating at low level over the sea.
Neptune Flight departs RNAS Culdrose to complete their FOST ASW/ASuW exercise, alongside 824 NAS and other surface/sub-surface vessels.
The Dutch NFH bristles with capability with its main external features, HELRAS and the nose-mounted forward looking infrared turret, visible in this close-up view.
The three deployed NH90s complete their final pre-flight checks prior to rotor start-up.
Approximately 50% of the deployed DHC force was made up of maintenance personnel, who worked 24/7 to ensure all operational objectives were met.
Low-level NAVEX complete, Cornwall's historic Godrevy Lighthouse provides the stunning backdrop for NH90 N317.
NH90 N317 with its three-person aircrew - comprising pilot, TACCO and SENSO.
Cornwall's weather provided the additional challenge RNN aircrew demanded to test their aircraft.
A crew prepares for an ASW/ASuW FOST exercise.
A Boatswain's Mate signals an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter from HSM-35 on the flight deck of the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). Fort Worth was on station conducting search and recovery operations as part of the Indonesian-led efforts to locate missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501.
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) provides a platform for a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from US Army 25th Combat Aviation Brigade to conduct deck landing qualifications off the coast of Hawaii.
One of the two MiG-29K prototypes built in the late 1980s was used as the baseline for developing new shipborne Fulcrums for the Russian and Indian naval air arms.
Although marketed as a multi-role aircraft, the big-spine MiG-29SMT operated by the Russian Air Force cannot employ laser-guided bombs or air-to-ground missiles because it lacks a suitable targeting and laser designation pod.
All 28 MiG-29SMTs currently operated by the Russian Air Force were inherited in 2009 and 2010 from the cancelled Algerian contract.
The initial full-standard MiG-29SMT demonstrator made its first flight after being converted from the MiG-29SE demonstrator on July, 1998. It is shown armed with an active radar-guided RVV-AE missile and a Kh-29T TV-guided air-to-surface missile.
Indian Air Force MiG-29UPG prototype KBU3301 with an inert Kh-35E anti-ship missile was used for aerodynamic trials. The aircraft's new dorsal tank pack, a component of the SMT and UPG upgrades, is clearly visible in primer paint.
МиГ-29СМТ теперь оснащен авионикой, созданной в Раменском приборном КБ
The MiG-29SMT's cockpit incorporates two multi-function colour displays and numerous analogue instruments in the centre of the console.
White ID stripes were added to the UkAA’s helicopters, as seen here on this Mi-24P and Mi-8MT.
Two Mi-8MTs in eastern Ukraine in May 2014, when all UkAA helicopters still operated without exhaust duct mixers for anti-missile protection but were armed with 80mm rocket packs.
The white-painted Mi-8MT delivering an assault party in the Slavyansk area.
This National Guard of Ukraine Mi-8MTV-1, equipped with a forward-looking infrared system in the nose turret, is used for medical evacuation. It was recalled from its lease to commercial operator Ukrainskiye Vertolety.
An Mi-8MT operating in eastern Ukraine at the beginning of the conflict. The helicopter still has the white colour scheme it wore for supporting UN operations in Africa.
A UkAA Mi-8MT pictured at a forward operating site between sorties. This Hip-H is armed with two 20-round rocket packs, but lacks EVU engine exhaust mixers.
A UkAA Mi-8MT damaged by small arms during operations over separatist checkpoints near Slavyansk on May 2, 2014. The helicopter made an emergency landing and was sent for repair.
Эвакуация подбитого Ми-8
An Mi-8MT being taken for repair following an emergency landing on May 2, 2014 after it sustained damage from small arms fire near Slavyansk.
MV-22B test ship N204TR armed with an AGM-176 Griffin B air-to-surface missile during November’s forward-firing weapon trials at Yuma, Arizona.
An unguided 2.75-inch rocket fires from a six-tube launcher fitted to MV-22B BuNo 165942/N204TR over the US Army’s Proving Ground range at Yuma in November 2014. Note the Wescam MX-15Di EO/IR imaging/lasing turret mounted under the aircraft’s nose.
A pair of MiG-29UBs from the Lipetsk training centre roll-out after landing at Kubinka Air Force Base in July 2013.
The Tigre HAP and the EC725 Caracal are the most modern types in service with the 4e RHFS.
Tigre HAD demonstrator s/n 6001 F-ZWPB has been heavily involved in trial programmes including the RPM rocket.
Four Hellfire training rounds mounted on a Tigre HAD at Le Luc.
Only the Tigre HAD is fitted with these two identification friend or foe' interrogator blade antennas.
A rocket launcher (right) and modified rocket launcher with a high-speed cameras (left) on Tigre HAD demonstrator s/n 6001. The trial fit was developed by DGA EV engineers.
Eight Hellfire missile firing markings adorn Tigre HAD demonstrator s/n 6001 F-ZWPB.
Two Tigre HADs at Valence during their delivery flight from Le Luc to Phalsbourg.
4e RHFS Tigres were the first to operate with an external fuel tank.
The MiG-29SMT's arsenal of unguided and guided weapons includes the Kh-31A high-speed anti-ship missile and a KAB-500Kr 1,100 lb (500kg) TV-guided bomb, as seen on the right side of this photo.
A group of Belorussian MiG-29s at Machulishi Air Force Base in the Minsk region assigned to the 61 Fighter Base prepare to conduct a flypast over Minsk on July 3, 2014.
A close-up of the two main air-to-air missile types used by the classic Fulcrum: the R-27R SARH-guided BVR missile suspended inboard and the highly agile, heat-seeking R-73 on the other two pylons.
The MiG-29’s Klimov RD-33 is efficient in cruise flight and an impressive afterburner power rating but suffers from a low TBO and produces a pronounced smoke trail on transient modes between idle and military power settings, as illustrated by these humpback RuAF MiG-29s at Lipetsk.
The lightweight R-60 air-to-air missile is used by a number of MiG-29 operators mainly for practice firings: it has been superseded by the more capable R-73.
The cockpit of the classic Fulcrum is populated by numerous analogue instruments which pilots believe are better ergonomically than those on its MiG-21 and MiG-23 predecessors.
The Tigre HAP and the EC725 Caracal are the most modern types in service with the 4e RHFS.
An AMX of the ‘Black Cats’ Task Group with a Rafael RecceLite pod on the centreline.
An AMX being loaded with Lizard LGBs.
The 51° Stormo Commander, Colonel Maurizio D’Andrea, taken post-flight at Istrana air base.
An AMX taking off from Herat with no weapons, for a familiarisation flight.
A Lizard laser-guided bomb comprises a Rafael LGB kit fitted to a 500 lb (226 kg) Mk82 general purpose bomb.
Two AMXs on the Herat runway before a close air support mission on behalf of ISAF forces.
Eight AMXs lined up at Herat on July 22, 2010. Taken on the occasion of an aircraft change, with the four new aircraft on the ramp together with the four destined to fly back to Italy.
The AMX’s typical load for multi-role missions in Afghanistan: a RecceLite or Litening II pod on the centreline, two Lizard LGBs, and two 580 litre (127 imp gal) underwing fuel tanks.
Two 'Black Cats' AMXs approach a US Air Force tanker in June 2012 during the second phase of their deployment, when the aircraft were cleared to be armed with Lizard laser-guided bombs.
An AMX on the ramp at Herat, awaiting the next mission. The Black Cats logged 10,526 flying hours in 3,583 sorties during their time in theatre.
The MiG-29K, a dedicated shipborne multi-role fighter, is currently being produced for the Indian and Russian naval air arms.
A sailor performs preflight checks on an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to HSM-35 aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).
Sailors assigned to HSM-35, Detachment 1, prepare an MQ-8B Fire Scout for stowage on the flight deck of the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).
An MQ-8B Fire Scout lifts off the flight deck of USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during flight operations.