Air International 2011-12
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Mi-26 '05' blue is the first of 18 new examples of the helicopter to be delivered to the Russian Air Force seen at Rostov-on-Don prior to hand-over.
Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II 6928 (with its test registration F-WWOP tapped to its window) is the second of two ordered for the French Navy for operations in French Polynesia.
AV-8B Harrier II Plus VA.1B-36 was one of two of the type from 9 Escuadrilla taking part in TLP 2011-6.
The 18-hour B-2 mission over the North Pole from Edwards AFB on October 27-28, 2011 showed the ability of the EHF communications to function at high latitudes.
More than 60 years ago the DC-3 became the first airliner to fly fare-paying customers on a package holiday, when it took 11 passengers from Gatwick to Corsica.
The E-3 AWACS remains essential
F-16AM FA-68 was unveiled on November 10, 2011, painted to celebrate the 70th anniversary of No.350 Squadron of the Belgian Air Component.
F-16AM J-871, photographed at Kandahar, was one of the four RNLAF F-16s that returned to Volkel on October 29, 2011. They were replaced by four other F-16AMs that arrived at Mazar-e-Sharif on October 28 for operations over Northern Afghanistan.
One of the participants at the Hellenic Air Force show at Tanagra Air Base on November 6, 2011 was the service's demonstration Lockheed Martin F-16C Block 52+ (536, XK-37, ex 01-8532) of 340 Mira. The event celebrated 100 years of the air arm, hence the '100' on the ventral strake.
F/A-18A Hornet A21-38 takes off From the Royal Malaysian Air Force base at Butterworth during Exercise Bersama Lima 11. It carries special colours to mark the 70th anniversary in 2012 of No.75 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Bersama Lima 11 was conducted between October 17 and November 4, 2011 and involved members of the Five Power Defence Arrangement (Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom) at various locations in the Malaysian Peninsula and over the South China Sea. The exercise was the first to involve the Boeing 737 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft in RAAF service.
A B-52H Stratofortress from Minot AFB, North Dakota moves into position to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Pacific Ocean during a mission from Andersen AFB, Guam.
The two Ala 14 Mirage F1Ms taking part in TLP 2011-6 include tiger-striped C.14-64 '14-37'.
NHIndustries NH90 TTH NZ3301/F-ZWTU (c/n 1177) is the first of eight for the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Its maiden flight was on June 4, 2009 and the initial example for the service was originally expected to be delivered in March 2010.
A soldier descends from a Finnish Army Aviation NH90 TTH during a fast-roping exercise.
The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, AH-64D Apache Longbow and MQ-1C Gray Eagle at Michael Army Airfield, Utah, September 16, 2011, after the completion of the Manned Unmanned Systems Integration Capability exercise.
North American T-28B BuNo 140035/'035' (N281CM) is one of three former US military aircraft regularly used by the US Navy Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. Registered to the Edwards Group in Aldie, Virginia, the T-28B is hired by the school so that its students can fly a veteran aircraft for part of the fixed wing course. The aircraft is shown landing at NAS Patuxent River on October 21, 2011.
Tornado GR4 still reigns supreme
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A7-MAA (c/n F208, ex N9500H) of the Qatari Emiri Air Force was at Manchester International Airport on October 13, 2011. It is seen taxiing to the airport's dedicated cargo facility. Qatari Globemasters have been frequent visitors to Manchester in recent months, although the majority of the flights have been conducted by the civilian-schemed A7-MAB (c/n F209, ex N9500N).
Airbus A380-841 F-WWSU (msn 078, to become 9M-MNA) will be first example of the airliner powered by the upgraded version of the Trent 900. It is also the first of six for Malaysia Airlines and is seen making its maiden flight from Toulouse on October 20, 2011. Delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2012.
Airbus A340-642X A6-EHJ (msn 933), painted in Formula 1 Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi Grand Prix scheme, is an example of the 96 series 600s built. The carrier is one of several airlines that acquired both the four-engined A340 and twin-engined A330.
Boeing 777-3E9ER S2-AFO is seen about to depart Manchester on November 2, 2011 on Biman Bangladesh's first reinstated flight from the airport. The airliner operates Dhaka, London-Heathrow, Manchester, Dhaka, departing Manchester on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Bombardier CRJ200 C-GTJA/172 is the first of the type in Jazz's fleet to receive the new Air Canada Express colours.
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 115 (c/n 382-4400), previously operated by 1230 Squadron of the Libyan Air Force, was seen at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany on October 30, 2011. The aircraft arrived from Mitiga International Airport in Libya the previous day, having been used on international flights since late September after NATO's no-fly zone restrictions were eased slightly. It carries the new markings being applied to Libyan military aircraft.
C-130H Hercules TC-68 is one of five belonging to the Argentine Air Force that will be overhauled and upgraded. It is one of two currently out of service.
All change for the Bundeswehr's CH-53 fleet which will move from Heeresflieger to Luftwaffe control.
Acquisition of Luftwaffe Eurofighters will be halted at 140 aircraft, 37 short of the original number.
The 300th Typhoon has entered service with the Spanish Air Force.
Typhoon FGR4 proves its worth
Kazan-built Mil Mi-17-V5 Z3048 is one of the helicopters that was ordered by the Indian Air Force in December 2008.
31 октября 2011г. ВВС России приняли от ТАНТК им. Г.М. Бериева первый серийно модернизированный самолет ДРЛО А-50У. Самолет совершил перелет из Таганрога к месту своего постоянного базирования. А-50У получил новую элементную базу бортового радиотехнического комплекса, оборудован универсальными средствами отображения информации на основе дисплеев с жидкокристаллическими индикаторами, оснащен новым комплексом связи. В отличие от базового самолета, А-50У имеет отсеки отдыха для экипажа, буфет с бытовым оборудованием и туалет
The first production Beriev A-50U upgrade ('47'/RF-92957, c/n 0043453577/40-05) leaves Taganrog on October 31, 2011 for its operational base at Ivanovo. The only external airframe difference is the lack of strakes on the main landing gear nacelle.
Bearskin Airlines of Sioux Lookout, Ontario in Canada, is now using a Saab 340 to supplement its fleet of 14 (soon to be 15) Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners on Northern Ontario commercial passenger routes. Saab 340B C-FTLW (c/n 340B-336) is seen on October 27, 2011 at North Bay Jack Garland Airport, Ontario. The commuter-liner is operated by Calm Air International LP of Thompson, Manitoba, on behalf of Bearskin Airlines, but the carrier will take over upon acquisition of a Saab 340 operating certificate. A second example is due in January 2012. It commenced service with Bearskin on May 2, 2011, initially operating on Northwestern Ontario routes until the end of September, then flew the North Bay to Thunder Bay route from October 3.
Noted on approach to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport on October 16, 2011 was Ilyushin Il-76MF Candid JY-JID (c/n 203423808/96-02, ex 76954) of Jordanian International Air Cargo based at Amman. The aircraft was built by the Tashkent Aircraft Production Corp and made its first flight from Tashkent-Vostochny on September 30, 2010. It was tested at Zhukovsky from October 29, 2010, before delivery on June 30. A second example for the airline (JY-JIC c/n 1063421724/94-01, ex 76953) flew on May 12 and was handed over on June 29. Both were ordered by the Jordanian Government on August 17, 2005, and it was thought they were due to be operated by the Jordanian Air Force. However, they entered service with Jordanian International Air Cargo, although they are available for military requirements.
Airbus A320-214 JA801P (msn 4887, ex F-WWIQ) was delivered at Toulouse in southern France to Peach Aviation on November 4, 2011. The airliner is leased from GECAS, powered by CFM International CFM56s and configured for 180 passengers. Peach Aviation is a new low-cost Japanese carrier based at Osaka that was established by All Nippon Airways, the First Eastern Investment Group of Hong Kong and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. It will start operations from Kansai airport in March 2012, first on domestic routes, and then on services to Asia. It will initially lease ten A320s.
On October 12, Rolls-Royce agreed to sell its 32.5% equity and programme shares in the International Aero Engines joint venture to Pratt & Whitney. IAE produces the V2500 mid-sized turbofan engine family - its only product line.
Airbus A320-214 EC-KMN (msn 1229, ex XA-MXD) named Hoces del Cabriel of Iberia performed the first commercial biofuel flight in Spain on October 3, 2011, and carries titles reflecting this fact on its forward fuselage. The airliner flew between Madrid and Barcelona powered by a mix of 25% biofuel derived from camelina sativa, and 75% conventional fuel.
N872NA (AV-6 ex 00-2006) is one of the two RQ-4As transferred to NASA by the US Air Force in 2007.
Beech B-45 Mentors E-017 (c/n CG-181) and E-022 (c/n CG-186) of the Escuela de Aviacion Militar.
NASA Johnson Space Center's Aero Spacelines 377SGT-F Super Guppy Turbine N941 NA (c/n 004) will soon receive a major flightdeck upgrade. The aircraft (seen here at El Paso, Texas) was assembled in France in 1979/1980 with an analogue cockpit similar to that in the Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter. It will receive new digital cockpit displays, radio, navigation aids and a traffic collision avoidance system to bring it up to date with the latest air traffic management requirements. N941NA served with Airbus Industries until delivered to NASA on October 23, 1997.
Italian Air Force Sikorsky HH-3F MM80992/'15' was one of the helicopters that took part in CJPRSC 2011 at Albacete.
Thomas Cook Airlines is the fourth biggest carrier for the number of passengers carried and predominantly serves the holiday sector.
Flying Platform Equipped for Special Research Missions in Romania
The Beechcraft T-44A Pegasus is used by Training Squadron 31 (VT-31) 'Wise Owls' based at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas for advanced turboprop training and for intermediate instruction on the E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound. To mark this year's Centenary of Naval Aviation VT-31 painted T-44A BuNo 160984/'G-4' in a colour scheme similar to that used by a Curtiss NC-4 flying boat, the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic in May 1919 and flown by a US Navy crew.
Daher-Socata's Tarbes factory in southern France rolled out the 600th production TBM single-engine turboprop on October 20, 2011. The TBM 850 will be delivered to a private customer in the northwestern United States. In 1990 the TBM 700 was the first series production pressurized single-engine turboprop to be certified. The flat-rated 850shp (634kW) PT6A-66D-powered TBM 850 was introduced in 2006. Worldwide, the TBM 700/TBM 850 fleet has accumulated nearly 900,000 flight hours.
Eurocopter Chile handed over the first AS350B3e Ecureuil helicopter for a Latin American customer on October 20, 2011. AS350B3e CC-AEU (c/n 7234) was delivered to Servicios Aereos Kipreos SA at Eulogio Sanchez airfield, Santiago in Chile. The latest version of the Ecureuil was unveiled at Heli-Expo at Orlando, Florida, on March 6.
The maiden flight of the third prototype Sikorsky S-76D was announced on September 8, 2011.
Glasgow Airport in Scotland was used as a stop-over between October 7 and 9, 2011 by four Beechcraft T-6C Texan Ils on delivery to the Royal Moroccan Air Force. The trainers comprise 17/TQ, 18/TR (seen here), 19/TS and 20/TT (c/ns PM-17 to -20 respectively) and are the penultimate batch of the 24 ordered by Morocco. They arrived from Narsarsuaq in Greenland and departed two days later for Bordeaux in France, flying on to Lisbon in Portugal and then Marrakesh, their final destination.
The first US-assembled Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 under construction at the company facility at Melbourne, Florida.
Dornier Do 228-202K CC-AAI (c/n 8156, ex LN-MOL) was noted parked in front of the Linea de Aeroservicios SA hangar at Eulogio Sanchez airfield outside Santiago in Chile on October 20, 2011. The commuter-liner was receiving CorpFlite titles as it was being prepared for service with the airline. It previously served with Islandsflug as TF-ELA before being sold in Chile in July 2011.
Consideration is being given to a production line for the Dornier Do 228NG in the United States, if sufficient orders can be secured that region.
Embraer EMB-121AA Xingus 089/YJ and 102/YS, and EMB-121ANs 055/YZ and 066/ZA from EAT00.319 overflying York on October 20, 2011.
The first AgustaWestland AW139 for the aviation unit of the Vigili del Fuoco (Fire Fighting Department) of the Autonomous Province of Trento (I-TNCC, c/n 31369) was delivered on October 28, 2011. It is equipped for the emergency helicopter role and can be reconfigured for two patient litters and six medical attendant seats or 12 people for disaster relief operations. The second (I-TNDD, c/n 31374) ordered for the unit is due to be handed over before the end of the year.
Making a rare visit to Europe was Cessna C208B Grand Caravan F-OGXX (c/n 208B- 0577) of Aviations Sans Frontieres. It is seen on October 17, 2011 during a refuelling stop at Palma de Mallorca Airport, wearing the blue titles that have replaced the red lettering previously carried. Aviations Sans Frontieres provides airlift to non-governmental organisations involved in humanitarian work.
On October 21, 2011 the last four Boeing F/A-18F Block II Super Hornets for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) arrived at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland. The aircraft complete the order for 24 that have entered service with Nos. 1 and 6 Squadrons. The new arrivals were escorted into the base by a formation of 16 Super Hornets, which flew around the state to mark the occasion. The formation is seen over southeast Queensland.
The first Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III (09005) was revealed during a ceremony at Mesa, Arizona, on November 2, 2011.
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) 'Salty Dogs' concluded testing of the EA-18G Growler H8E Software Configuration Set in November with Salty Dog 521, NEA-18G Growler BuNo 166899/‘SD521’. The new software build provides cockpit improvements including jammer footprints, air-to-ground multi-source integration, CCS manual threshold (THOLD), emitter power levels, AARGM interface, off board jammer requests and automatic parametrics through Link 16. Operational testing of the H8E software is expected to start with VX-9 'Vampires' at NAWS China Lake in early 2012.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 166899/‘55‘ is painted in this two-tone blue and grey colour scheme to mark the US Navy's Centenary. Assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) 'Vikings', the Growler training unit at NAS Whidbey Island, the aircraft's scheme is based on that worn by Douglas TBD Devastators in World War Two.
To mark the Centenary of Naval Aviation in 2011, VAQ-129 painted EA-18G BuNo 166899/'55’ in a similar colour scheme to that worn by an F4-U Corsair operated by VBF-85 ‘Sky Pirates' aboard USS Shangri-La in 1944.
The third expeditionary EA-18G Growler unit, Electronic Attack Squadron 135 (VAQ-135) 'Black Ravens' is in the final phase of its work-up to its first deployment. Following participation in Exercise Red Flag Alaska in early October 2011, the squadron will complete its pre-deployment work-up by taking part in the USAF Weapons School Mission Employment exercise at Nellis AFB in early December. VAQ-135 has a new CAG-bird. EA-18G Growler BuNo 166941/'NL521' is painted to replicate the Douglas EKA-3B Skywarriors flown by Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 135, an electronic warfare and aerial refuelling support squadron based at NAS Alameda, California between May 1969 and 1973.
Korean Aerospace Industries has teamed with Eurocopter and Elbit to develop the Korean Naval Helicopter (KNH) for the Republic of Korea Navy. The aircraft will be a variant of the Surion Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), the first examples of which are due to be delivered to the Korean Army in the third quarter of 2012. This is the fourth KUH prototype (004).
RC-135U Combat Sent 64-14847 is seen on approach to RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk on October 25, 2011. The aircraft has been operating from the base for several weeks on missions over Europe, collecting electronic intelligence.
The H-6U demonstrator approaching a simulated warship helicopter platform during the tests in the United States in mid-2011.
The second Bombardier 415 (CL-215-6B11) for the Government of Manitoba, 'Tanker 258' (C-GMFW, c/n 2082), is seen taking off on delivery from the type's assembly facility at North Bay Jack Garland Airport, Ontario on October 23, 2011.
Lufthansa Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11F D-ALCC (c/n 48783) currently wears a special scheme marking '100 Years Air Cargo'. It depicts four historical scenes from the history of air cargo in Germany, including the Berlin Airlift and another of a Boeing 747 freighter being loaded with Volkswagen Beetles for export. The start of German's air cargo industry goes back to a flight by a Harlan Monoplane between Berlin-Johannisthal and Frankfurt-Oder on August 19, 1911, in which copies of the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper were carried. The MD-11 freighter is seen leaving Manchester International airport on November 4, 2011.
Fairchild Swearingen RC-26B Metroliner 92-0369/N6105L (c/n DC-831M, ex N3017R) was seen parked in the general aviation area at Medford-Jackson County Airport, Oregon on September 20, 2011. The aircraft was last noted serving with the Florida Air National Guard. RC-26Bs are equipped with a forward-looking infrared turret under the forward fuselage, which replaced a pod containing a sensor and data recorder originally associated with the variant. They are flown by Air National Guard units assisting various agencies in support of homeland security and the war on drugs.
US Army MQ-1C Gray Eagle 07-00129 carrying the General Atomics Triclops electro-optical sensor.
The first Sikorsky MH-16 Seahawk for the Brazilian Navy was shown for the first time wearing its new service colours in late October 2011. A total of six have been ordered to start replacing the Sea Kings with the HS-1 Squadron at Sao Pedro da Aldeia Air Base.
Three of the four Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules for the Qatari Emiri Air Force arrived at Marshall Airport, Cambridgeshire, on the evening of October 23, 2011. The new transports arrived from St John's in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and stopped over in the United Kingdom during their delivery flight to Qatar. They departed the next day, 211/MAH using the radio callsign 'DEMA121', 212/MAI 'DEMA122' and 214/MAK 'DEMA123'. All four of Qatar's C-130J-30s were handed over during a ceremony held at Lockheed Martin's facility at Marietta, Georgia, on September 28. They were ordered on July 26, 2008.
On November 1, 2011, the 250th Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules assembled was rolled out of the company's factory at Marietta, Georgia. The transport (C-130J-30 c/n 5684, due to become 09-5684) is destined for the US Air Force and will be delivered to Dyess AFB in Texas, which is due to receive 28 examples of the new variant. Including the earlier 'non-J' variants, the aircraft is the 2,404th Hercules built at Marietta.
Airbus A318-112(CJ) Elite OE-LUX has joined Tyrolean Jet Services, having previously been operated by Comlux Malta. The aircraft first flew on January 19, 2010.
A Boeing 737-476 N245SY (c/n 24445, ex VH-TJT), named Sam 4, is seen at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Hungary on October 14, 2011. The former Qantas airliner arrived there on August 27 and was transferred to the Bank of Utah on September 27. It is destined to be the second 737-400 for the Kyrgyzstan Government, joining EX-73401 (c/n 25361). N249SY (C/N 24439), which was believed to be destined for Kyrgyzstan, was actually delivered to SAMair as OM-SAA. It was ferried from Budapest to Bratislava in Slovakia on October 4.
Alaska Air Group began a series of 75 biofuel-powered commercial flights on November 9, 2011 from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and involved both of the group's carriers, Alaska Airlines (a Boeing 737-800) and Horizon Air (a Bombardier Q400).
A further two Boeing 747-8 Freighters have been recently handed over, following the first deliveries to Cargolux in October 2011. Atlas Air Worldwide's first example (747-87UF(SCD) G-GSSD, c/n 37562, RC571) following on November 4. It will be operated by Global Supply Systems on behalf of British Airways World Cargo and based at Stansted.
On November 7, 2011, Continental Airlines operated the first commercial service by a US airline using an aircraft powered by a blend of biofuel and conventional jet fuel from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport to Chicago O'Hare, with Boeing 737-800 registered N76516.
WestJet Airlines' Boeing 737-8CT(WL) C-GWSZ (c/n 37092, ex N1787B) is pictured about to touch down at Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport, Nevada, on October 16, 2011. The airliner was delivered in May 2010 and has worn a special livery highlighting the carrier's 'care-antee' in service. The care-antee was a marketing campaign launched by WestJet in April 2009 to illustrate how the carrier differed from its main rivals.
Since early September 2011, Basler BT-67 (DC3C-S1C3G) N707BA (c/n 33046) has been at Malta International Airport, where it is seen on October 23. The aircraft is operated by the Department of State Air Wing and is believed to have made flights to Libya. It has been accompanied by Bombardier DHC-8-315 N567WK (c/n 567, ex PH-DMQ) painted white overall. Although it carries no titles, the turboprop is also operated by the Department of State Air Wing.
The first Sikorsky YCH-53K prototype is being built at Florida Assembly and Flight Operations facility in West Palm Beach. The helicopter is the first of five prototypes and will be used as a Ground Test Vehicle for the latest variant of the Super Stallion, which is due to replace the CH-53E within US Marine Corps' heavylift helicopter squadrons. The first flight was originally planned to take place in November this year, but had been delayed until fiscal year 2013 by March and is now scheduled for fiscal year 2014.
Two F-35A CTOL variants were delivered to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida in October. F-35A 08-0750/'EG‘ (AF-12) flown by Lt Col Eric Smith touched down at 4:03pm Central Daylight Time on October 19, 2011 followed by 08-0751/'EG’ (AF-13) at 11:44am on October 26 flown by US Marine Corps' pilot, Maj Joseph Bachmann. These were the fifth and sixth F-35As delivered to Eglin.
Two F-35A CTOL variants were delivered to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida in October. F-35A 08-0750/'EG‘ (AF-12) flown by Lt Col Eric Smith touched down at 4:03pm Central Daylight Time on October 19, 2011 followed by 08-0751/'EG’ (AF-13) at 11:44am on October 26 flown by US Marine Corps' pilot, Maj Joseph Bachmann. These were the fifth and sixth F-35As delivered to Eglin.
F-35Bs BF-02 and BF-04 returned to NAS Patuxent River on October 21, 2011 after completing initial sea trials on the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). During the 18-day test period the two aircraft logged more than 28 hours of flight time and completed 12 short take-offs and 12 vertical landings under various conditions.
F-35B BuNo 168057/'VM01' (BF-06) in the markings of Marine Strike Fighter Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) ‘Warlords' lands at NAS JRB Fort Worth at the end of its third test functional check flight on November 3, 2011. The aircraft is the first production series F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) for the US Marine Corps, and made its maiden flight on October 25 piloted by Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti. The aircraft is due to be delivered to VMFAT-501 at Eglin AFB, Florida in early December.
Lt Chris Tabert launches in F-35C CF-03 from a degraded test catapult at NAES Lakehurst, New Jersey on October 6, 2011. The catapult was degraded intentionally to check the aircraft's response to steam ingestion. Future testing will include launches at varying weights, stores and with increased mission system functionality. On March 22, 2011, US Marine Corps test pilot Lt Col Matt Taylor completed functional checks and performed the first test hook up of an F-35C to the TC-7 catapult using aircraft CF-01.
F-35C CF-03 lands at NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas, prior to its delivery flight to NAS Patuxent River on June 2, 2011.
Navy test pilot Lt Chris Tabert prepares to launch F-35C CF-03 off the TC-7 steam catapult at NAS Patuxent River on November 4, 2011, the first time the test catapult at Pax had launched an F-35C Lightning II. Previous catapult testing took place at NAES Lakehurst, New Jersey.
The memorial to the crew of HC-130H 1705 and AH-1W BuNo 164596 at CGAS Sacramento, California, which was unveiled on October 29, 2011.
Beriev is designing the A-100 to supplement - and in future replace - the A-50U.
A model of the Beriev A-100 strategic airborne early warning and control aircraft showing its new and improved features; 1 - rotating active phased array radar antenna; 2 - satellite communications antennas; 3 - in-flight-refuelling probe; 4 - electronic reconnaissance/countermeasures antenna; 5 - renewed platform with PS-90A-76 engines and new wing.
Development of the PiperJet Altaire has been suspended indefinitely, becoming the latest very light jet programme to end before production could begin.
Shadow R1 ZZ418 is one of four transferred to No.14 Squadron upon its reformation on October 14, 2011. The aircraft did not carry any unit markings when they served with Shadow Flight of No.5(AC) Squadron.
A model showing the configuration of the relaunched IA-73 trainer.
The AME unmanned air systems' Fury 1500 Special Mission unmanned air vehicle has completed 100 hours of its 200-hour development programme. The UAS recently completed a 14.2 hour flight, controlled by the SharkFin mission management software. It is being developed for an undisclosed customer, which has a requirement for a 15-hour endurance for the catapult launched air vehicle. The Fury 1500 first flew in November 2010 and has been modified with a new wing and heavy-fuel powerplant.
The IAI Panther has completed its first automatic take-offs and landings.