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DURING A visit to Israel on February 7, Colombia’s Minister of Defence, Juan Manuel Santos, announced that a further 13 refurbished and upgraded former Israeli IAI Kfirs will be purchased for the Fuerza Aerea Colombiana (FAC — Colombian Air Force). All eleven of the FAC’s surviving Kfirs will also be upgraded.
Commencing in 1985, the FAC took delivery of 12 Kfir C2s and one twin-seat Kfir TC2. The C2s were later updated to C7 standard, but two have since been lost in accidents. The FAC will begin taking delivery of the upgraded aircraft in early 2009. It is reported that
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The nagging thought returned as I crossed the English Channel: ‘Did I make the right choice?’ As CO of the 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group flying the P-47 Thunderbolt, beside and behind me at 26,000ft were an additional 15 olive drab P-47s containing pilots for whose lives I was responsible.
The P-47, although huge in comparison to other Allied fighters, was a delight to fly. With its big Pratt & Whitney R-2800 out front, it was intimidating at first, but once inside this spacious cockpit the ‘Jug’ was a real honest airplane, stable and easy to fly at all
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ONE OF NATO’s top annual live air exercises, clean hunter focuses on co-ordinating allied air operations. This year’s event was the biggest to date and took place over Northern Europe between June 14-25. Its operational areas extended from as far south as central France up to Denmark, and from the United Kingdom across to the middle of Poland. One of the most complicated exercises in Europe was supervised by the Headquarters Allied Air Forces North (HQ AIRNORTH) at Ramstein AB, Germany, through its various Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOCs).
The CAOCs are where the information and intelligence supplied by satellites,
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Mike Pooler looks at the major changes recently introduced in the RAF’s fast jet training syllabus, and how they effect RAF Chivenor in particular.
THESE FIRST FEW years of the decade are seeing some major changes at one of the RAF’s most popular stations. Situated on the banks of the Taw/Torridge estuary in North Devon, near to the town of Barnstaple, Chivenor has been in the business of training pilots for the ‘fast jet’ squadrons since 1951 when 229 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) was established there. In those days, the emphasis was on the fighter pilot side of training using
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RUSSIAN STATE arms export agency Rosoboronexport is believed to be in the final stages of negotiations to sell up to 50 Sukhoi Su-33 naval fighters to China in a deal worth up to $2.5 billion, according to a report in Russian news daily Kommersant on October 23. The aircraft, novelised variants of the single-seat Su-27 Flanker, are intended for operation by People’s Liberation Army Naval Aviation (PLANA) units from the former Soviet aircraft carrier Varyag, which China acquired from Ukraine in 1999 and is currently refitting at the Dalian shipyard.
When the deal is finalised, which is expected to be
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ALTHOUGH THE requirement tor a new fighter aircraft has been effectively frozen due to Chile’s economic situation, a winner was officially decided on in December 1997 — the BAe/Saab Gripen. However, the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) of the Fuerza Аerеа de Chile (Chilean Air Force), General Fernando Rojas Vender, wanted to attract all the participating companies to the FIDAE 98 aerospace show in Santiago (of which he is also president) and so this decision was kept very quiet. Subsequently Boeing made additional representations to Chile regarding the F/A-18 Hornet, but Chile is concerned that the ‘C’ model production line is
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Dwarfed by their museum neighbours, the surviving pair of Chichester-Miles Leopard jets need no viewing platforms; to examine each aircraft, you simply peer over it. The tiny twin-jet is a saga of endeavour, trial but finally, disappointment.
The Leopard was created by Ian Chichester-Miles, ex-de Havilland, Hawker Siddeley and a former chief research engineer at British Aerospace Hatfield; he founded Chichester-Miles Consultants Ltd (CMC) in January 1978. The new company was based near Hatfield at Welwyn, its mission to develop an economical high-performance miniature business jet. With planned cruising of around 435kts, CMC’s project aimed to completely surpass piston-engined private
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PLAYING ‘THE ENEMY’ is one of the most important jobs in any air force today. The realism with which this is done will determine the level of combat readiness army, navy and air force units will be able to achieve and preserve. Over recent years a greater emphasis on realistic combat emulation, the role of playing an enemy force, has become increasingly important to the Canadian Forces (CF) in its day-to-day training operations and also in preparation for any UN/NATO-led operations it may be involved in. The air force’s combat support squadrons, or ‘composite’ squadrons in the sense that three
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THE 58TH Airlift Squadron, Air Education and Training Command’s C-17 ‘schoolhouse’, based at Altus AEB, Oklahoma, made the first dual-row airdrop from a C-17 Globemaster on July 5, 2005. Dual-row airdrops allow twice the amount of cargo and heavy equipment to de dropped during the vulnerability time over a combat zone in comparison to a single row drop. The US Air Force is introducing the method to the C-17 course at Altus in support of the US Army’s requirement to drop an entire brigade onto a drop zone in a certain amount of time.
Aircrew must use different drop procedures
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FOLLOWING A REQUEST from the US Air Force for a non-developmental airlift aircraft (NDAA) to supplement the C-17A, which may now be purchased in much lower numbers than planned, 11 companies have put forward proposals. The USAF has been asked to collect information on potential NDAA aircraft and an NDAA system programme office has been established to assess the most cost-effective alternatives.
Options offered include a wide range of both new and used aircraft. As expected, Boeing has offered its 747-400F, McDonnell Douglas the MD-11, and Lockheed a new production version of the C-5 Galaxy. McDonnell Douglas has also suggested
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