Air International 2007-08
A.Brookes - Strike Operations In The 21st Century /Military/
A Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II. The aircraft belongs to the 23rd Fighter Group 'Flying Tigers' at Pope AFB, North Carolina, which wear shark teeth markings.
Lockheed Martin's AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pod has just been selected by the UK MoD as a UOR to enhance the capabilities of the Harrier GR.7/9 ground-attack aircraft deployed in Afghanistan. The project also includes a datalink to allow joint terminal attack controllers on the ground to remotely view pod imagery in real-time.
Затянувшаяся во времени разработка B-1, тем не менее, привела к принятию на вооружение ВВС США эффективного стратегического авиационного комплекса, в конечном итоге ставшего одной из основ ударной авиации ВВС США.
Большинство заданий B-1B выполняют в паре, хотя в операции "Allied Force" бомбардировщики иногда работали отрядами из четырех самолетов.
Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the USAF inventory, the multi-mission B-1B has become the backbone of America's long-range bomber force.
This F-16C from the 174th FW, 138th FS, New York Air National Guard, is carrying a weapons load that is typical for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It comprises two wingtip-mounted AIM-120 AMRAAMs; two AIM-9M Sidewinders, on outer underwing pylons; a GBU-38 JDAM, on centre port pylon and a GBU-12 laser-guided bomb on the centre starboard pylon. Note also the Sniper targeting pod under the air intake. The claimed circular error probability of the JDAM is approximately 30ft.
An F-22A Raptor armed with four Small Diameter Bombs (SDBs). Boeing SDBs have an all-weather capability, a standoff range of 60nm and will be compatible with every US strike aircraft.
Прошедший V фазу модернизации B-52H сбрасывает свободнопадающие бомбы M117 на горный лагерь "Талибана" в Афганистане в ходе операции "Несокрушимая свобода" - 2003г.
Thanks to system upgrades and the development of stand-off and precision-guided munitions, the elderly B-52H is still a potent strike aircraft in the USAF inventory. During the first Gulf War, B-52s carried out the longest strike mission in the history of air warfare - a 35-hour non-stop sortie from Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, during which it launched AGM-86 air-launched cruise missiles. This Stratofortress is dropping a load of M-117 750lb iron bombs.
During combat in urban environments, such as is often encountered in Afghanistan, discrimination is everything and the Apache's Boeing M230 30mm chain gun is still the most accurate weapon in service. An additional fuel tank fitted to UK Apache AH.1s for operations in Afghanistan, has reduced the number of rounds of ammunition from 1,100 to 330, but this is still considered to be a useful load.