Jun 30, 2013
El avión que ha regresado a territorio nacional, numero de fuselaje 22-31 y número de cola P.3M-08, desplegó a Yibuti el 12 de diciembre del 2012, y desde entonces ha realizado 83 misiones en la Operación Atalanta, con una operatividad del 100%. Esta aeronave del Grupo 22 celebró su 45 cumpleaños recientemente, habiendo realizado un total de 153 misiones en sus diferentes despliegues al Cuerno de África, sumando 1.154 horas de vuelo sobre el Océano Índico. El motivo de su regreso a la base Aérea de Morón es la realización del mantenimiento programado de 224 días, que cumple el día 12 de julio.
The missiles, US officials warned, could one day be used by terrorist groups, some of them affiliated with Al Qaeda, to shoot down civilian aircraft.
But one country ignored this admonition: Qatar, the tiny, oil-and-gas-rich emirate that has made itself indispensable to rebel forces battling calcified Arab governments and that has been shipping arms to the Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar Assad’s government since 2011.
Around $772 million are being spent to buy 18 PC-12s and 30 Mi-17s for the Afghan Special Mission Wing. However, the watchdog pointed out that the unit does not have the man power required to operate those aircraft nor the training.
The special inspector general is recommending the purchase be suspended until these shortcomings are rectified.
The announcement came Thursday with praise from a slate of dignitaries at the base in Glendale and in missives from the state’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.
Jun 28, 2013
The Ospreys are the first of 10 slated to arrive as part of the 352nd SOG expansion, which will last through the end of 2014.
The airbase, modern Russia’s first on Belarusian soil, will consolidate bilateral defense collaboration as part of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
It is envisioned that the system solution will be a multi-nation, certifiable, exportable configuration built upon the company’s Block 5 Predator B aircraft capabilities and Advanced Cockpit Ground Control Station (GCS) layout.
Boeing workers in Everett the first wing spar for the first U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker, starting production of that aircraft and toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years.The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER, a proven airframe in service as an airliner, freighter and tanker.boeing
possible Foreign Military Sale to France of 16 MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft and associated
equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion.
The Government of France has requested a possible sale of:
16 MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft
8 Mobile Ground Control Stations (GCS)
48 Honeywell TPE331-10T Turboprop Engines (16 installed and 32 spares)
24 Satellite Earth Terminal Substations
40 Ku Band Link-Airborne Communication Systems
40 General Atomics Lynx (exportable) Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target
Indicator (SAR/GMTI) Systems
40 AN/DAS-1 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (MTS)-B
40 Ground Data Terminals
40 ARC-210 Radio Systems
40 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems
48 AN/APX-119 and KIV-119 Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) Systems.
After a motion was presented opposing the program on Wednesday, a successive and watered down motion was eventually voted through authorizing the existing orders; a parliamentary vote will be required for further purchases.
Opposition to the JSF has mounted over the program’s rising costs as the country seeks to cut government spending — particularly since February’s parliamentary elections, which saw an influx former comic Beppe Grillo’s supporters.
The IAF has bestowed the nickname “Shimshon” on its C-130Js. Shimshon is Hebrew for Samson,
Jun 26, 2013
A substantial amount of the intel of the North Korea comes from the three massive Global Hawk unmanned surveillance planes based at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Because of special flight restrictions, the Global Hawks can’t fly over thunderstorms, nor, without a way to see the clouds ahead, can they go around them. So whenever a hint of bad weather arose on the route Global Hawk was assigned last year from Guam, the missions were canceled. Last year, the UAVs were grounded for an entire month.
This susceptibility to South Pacific cyclones is adding new energy to the political hurricane raging in Washington over the future of the expensive UAVs.
The contract with Mauritania was signed on June 17 at the Paris Air Show.
The AW109 helicopters would be used for border patrol and reconnaissance missions, and would be delivered in mid-2014 in a multi-role homeland security configuration and the contract also includes training and support package.
Mauritania’s Air Force only flies two other helicopters – Chinese Harbin Z-9As delivered in 2003.
The Mauritanian Air Force has been growing in recent times, especially in response to Islamic terrorist organisations operating in the region. Four Embraer EMB-312F Tucanos were received from France in 2010 and 2011, while the nation began taking delivery of new Super Tucanos in October 2012.
Also at the Paris Air Show, AgustaWestland announced that it had signed a contract for a single AW139 medium helicopter, which will be operated by the Senegal Air Force. It will most likely be used for VIP transport.
The contract marks the entrance of AgustaWestland helicopters in the regional market, and includes in-country support services and training for both aircrew and maintainers.
Senegal is also expanding its air force, with the country recently ordering three A-29 Super Tucanos from Embraer. The contract was signed on April 10 this year.
The earlier deadline for the IOC-2 was September, which has been extended by two months now. The schedule for the final operational clearance will be December, 2014, though the top brass in the IAF is sceptical about the FOC deadline.
The decision is understood to have been made about two weeks ago, and will allow Typhoons to refuel from the Voyagers despite the fact that the U.K. Military Aviation Authority (MAA), the certification agency that normally approves such clearances, has not yet given the aircraft combination a Release to Service notice.
With elections looming and pressure for budget savings, the purchase of up to seven MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft has emerged as rare point of bipartisan agreement between Australia's Labor government and conservative opponents, but both sides are reluctant to discuss their wider strategic aims.
The Royal Thai Air Force said that the aircraft would be reserved for VIP guests.
According to Airbus, the ACJ320 features the most spacious cabin in the corporate jet market, with the same cross section as the ACJ318 and ACJ319.
Jun 25, 2013
No se ha especificado la variante contemplada en la negociación; sin embargo, desde finales de 2007, cuando la FAV anunció que tenía proyectado adquirir un nuevo lote de helicópteros Cougar, trascendió que se trataba de la última versión EC725, o Súper Cougar.
La FAV es un antiguo operario de la familia Super Puma/Cougar. En 1988, adquirió ocho AS332B1 Super Puma, y, diez años más tarde, ocho Cougar: seis AS532AC y dos AS532UL. Los AS332B1/AS532AC operan con el Grupo Aéreo de Operaciones Especiales Nº 10, mientras que los AS532UL están asignados al Grupo Aéreo Presidencial Nº 4.
With elections looming and pressure for budget savings, the purchase of up to seven MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft.
Los más de 3.000 kilómetros que separan las Bases Aéreas de Zaragoza y Orland fueron cubiertas en 3,5 horas de vuelo, con el apoyo de un avión cisterna KC-135 de la Fuerza Aérea de Francia. La zona de reabastecimiento en vuelo se situó en Alemania, a unos 1.200 kilómetros de Zaragoza.
La finalidad del AT13 es proporcionar un adiestramiento táctico a todas las unidades participantes en un amplio espectro de misiones, dentro de un escenario conjunto y realista. En este sentido, se busca mejorar la interoperabilidad de todas las unidades, desplegar en una base con apoyo logístico limitado y adiestrar a las tripulaciones en operaciones aéreas compuestas (COMAO), integrando asimismo, a las unidades navales y terrestres.
Entre las unidades participantes en el AT13, destacan los F-16 de Polonia, Turquía, Holanda, Bélgica, Noruega y Grecia; los Rafale de Francia; Eurofighter y Tornado de Alemania; además de los F-18 de Suiza y España. Toman parte también medios de guerra electrónica, reabastecimiento en vuelo y AWACS de la OTAN. Gracias al alto nivel de preparación de las unidades, así como a la calidad de las 80 plataformas aéreas participantes, el Arctic Tiger 2013 será uno de los mejores ejercicios en los que participen fuerzas aéreas de la OTAN durante el presente año.
Russia is considering development of a light military transport plane based on the Antonov An-140, or the Ilyushin Il-112V.
The An-26 is a twin-engined turboprop aircraft designed and produced in the USSR from 1969 to 1985.
The An-140-100 was developed by Russia's Antonov design bureau as a replacement for the An-24 and An-26 series aircraft. It can carry up to six metric tons of cargo to a range of over 2,000 kilometers, and can be used for patrol, military transport and special-ops missions.
Jun 24, 2013
The MC-27J has been adapted for the gunship mission via the installation of a palletised system, which houses an ATK GAU-23 30mm cannon and associated command and control equipment inside the aircraft's cargo hold. This will provide operators with the ability to rapidly convert their transport aircraft for the persistent strike role.
Part of the first test phase included proving the roll-on, roll-off nature of the system, which Alenia Aermacchi and ATK say "exceeded all test objectives". Conducted at Eglin AFB in Florida by company personnel.
At a meeting presided over by Defence Minister , the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) approved a plan to purchase air-to-ground missiles with a 500-kilometre range from the German-Swedish joint venture Taurus System.
The number of missiles and proposed budget have not been confirmed yet, but Yonhap news agency said South Korea planned to buy about 170 Taurus bunker busters.
As reported by the company, following extensive investigations, the aviation authorities EASA and LBA have now given a positive answer to a preliminary query submitted by Cassidian, which means that the system now can be integrated into aircraft of the size of business jets, outside of scheduled traffic. This particularly concerns aircraft operators which offer air transport to crisis areas on behalf of governments or aid organisations and which are particularly exposed to attacks by light IR-guided missiles, the so-called MANPADS.
The Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251) VLA team at Patuxent River installed the two Next-Generation Visual Landing Aids for upcoming nighttime carrier landing practices. The systems provide pilots with rotation-line lighting cues for the simulated flight deck.
An unspecified number of the aircraft have been produced by aircraft-builder Irkut as part of the $550 million deal for 36 Yak-130 jets.
Operating from NAS Jackson-ville, the ARB detachment of 45 aircrew, maintainers and ordnancemen flew their six AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters in support of the Truman Strike Group sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX).
Jun 21, 2013
10:30 AM Doors open to the public and static exhibitions
10:50 AM Formation of the participating forces.
11:00 AM Military honors ceremony and tribute to the fallen.
11:20 AM Police Dog Demonstration team unity and EOD
11:40 AM Parachute patrol Exhibition of Ejército del Aire-PAPEA
12:00 PM Aerobatic Patrol helicopter Exhibition of Ejercito del Aire, Patrulla ASPA
12:30 PM Exhibition of Ejército del Aire Canadair CL-215T
12:35 PM Patrulla Aguila Aerobatic Show.
13:10 PM Farewell pass of Mirage F1, along Eurofighter and Patrulla Aguila
13:30 PM End of the opened doors day.
- Mirage F.1 (on flight and static display)
- EF-2000 (on flight and static display)
- Patrulla AGUILA (on flight and static display)
- Patrulla ASPA (on flight and static display)
- PAPEA (on flight and static display)
- CL-215T (on flight and static display)
- C295 (on flight and static display)
- F-18 (on flight and static display)
- F-5 (on flight and static display)
- C-101 (on flight and static display)
- Antonov An-2 (FACV) (on flight and static display)
- FACV Bleriot XI Mock-up static display)
- Eurocopter Albacete Helicopter Factory (static display)*
*I hope to see EC665 Tigre HAP version for FAMET (Spanish Army)
Bon voyage 'Grandma', we'll miss you a lot...this little corner is named after you.
But there are questions as to whether the USAF has the money to pay for a replacement for the venerable Northrop T-38 Talon. Earlier in the year, Gen Edward Rice, head of the Air Education and Training Command, said that even before the cuts mandated by the Congressional sequestration law went into effect, the service did not have the money allocated to pay for a new trainer.
Later in the year, USAF chief of staff Gen Mark Welsh and outgoing air force secretary Michael Donley said that while the service needed a T-38 replacement, it does not have the money to pay for such a programme.