Tornados in Combat

Chris England served as a Tornado pilot during the air war in Iraq last year. Here he gives a glimpse of how the Combat Air Wing operated at Ali Al Salem During Operation TELIC. March 20 — April 14.

THE RAF contribution to policing the Southern No-Fly Zone in Iraq had been going on since 1992, and by early January 2003 was termed Operation RESINATE. As part of the regular Tornado GR.4 commitments, 31 Sqn deployed routinely to Ali Al Salem airbase in Kuwait. That January it once again returned with eight crews to conduct medium level reconnaissance with the

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FIVE RAF FIGHTER UNITS TO GO

JAGUAR RETIRED EARLY

RAF 16 (Reserve) Squadron Jaquar GR.3A XZ392 ‘PF’ departs RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, on July 19 after this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (see pages 78-82). As part of the newly-announced defence cuts, the entire RAF Jaquar fleet will have been withdrawn by October 2007.

DETAILS OF the long-expected UK defence cuts were finally officially revealed in Parliament on July 21 by Secretary of State for Defence Geoff Hoon, when he presented a new Defence Command Paper, CM6269, entitled Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities. Unlike the last Defence White Paper (see A New Vision?, February,

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The crews of Tu-95 successfully completed the task of air patrols

Last week, long-range aviation crews, consisting of two strategic bombers Tu-95MS, emitted from an air base in Engels, has successfully completed the task by air patrols. On this "NWO" said the representative of the press service of the Defense Ministry and the information on the Air Force Col. Vladimir Drik. The route of flight, informed the officer was passing through the airspace over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean.

Russian pilots have worked skills flights over bezorientirnoy terrain performed forward and backward aerial refueling from tanker planes IL-78, went to remote areas of the North Atlantic and

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The crews of the MiG-29 SMT successfully completed the exercises to intercept air targets

Crews Kursk Aviation Group of the Western Military District has successfully completed the flight tactical exercises, during which fulfilled the various ways to intercept air targets, as well as the forced landing of the plane — the offender conditional airspace. The press service of the cooling zone.

According to the scenario exercise the crews of the MiG-29 SMT were suddenly raised the alarm "Action stations" with the objective to destroy not respond to requests simulated enemy aircraft. To take off in pairs with one of the military airfields of the Kursk region, fighter air group carried out

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Long-range aviation crews began scheduled flights on Il-78, Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS and Tu-160

The crews of long-range aircraft (DA) in Engels, Shaykovka, Ukrayinka and White began to fly on planes Il-78, Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS and Tu-160 according to the plan of combat training long-range aircraft on 2013 flights took place both during the day and night.

In flights involved more than 20 flight crews of long-range aircraft. The pilots worked teamwork skills in a carriage.

However, about 40 young pilots — the graduates of military schools in 2012 completed a course of theoretical training on the aircraft DA in the center of Ryazan deployment and retraining flight crew (aviation personnel

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The crews of the Russian Air Force long-range aircraft successfully completed the tasks as planned air patrol

Two strategic bomber Tu-95MS long-range aircraft of the Air Force (IAF) Russia has successfully completed the tasks as planned air patrol.

The route of flight passed over neutral waters of the Norwegian Sea. The crews of Tu-95MS worked bezorientirnoy skills of flying over the terrain, and also performed aerial refueling tankers from the aircraft IL-78. The flight duration was about 18 hours.

On the route of flight range aircraft were accompanied by a pair of MiG-31 Russian Air Force, and at certain stages of the route — Air Force planes UK and Norway.  

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The crews of the Russian Air Force long-range aircraft conducted successful launches of cruise missiles

October 19 carriages long-range aircraft of the Air Force (IAF), Russia made a practical launches air-launched cruise missiles as part of routine training.

For practical arrangements involved the Tu-160 and Tu-95 with Engels airbase (Saratov region). The crews of strategic bombers, flying from the airfield Engels made a 15-hour flight over bezorientirnoy terrain and successfully implemented a 4 launches of cruise missiles at designated targets on the range Pemba (Komi Republic). All issued airborne weapons have reached the goal.

The successful implementation of practical starts is the highest rating level of training of crews Russian Air

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SOUTH helicopter crews were the best in combat firing at ground targets

SOUTH helicopter crews were the best in combat firing at ground targets

Cup winner of the competition for air and fire skills of flight crew training Air Force "Aviadarts" went to this year's Army Aviation pilots to the air base of the Southern Military District (SOUTH) in the Krasnodar region, reports the Russian Defense Ministry.

Two crew of the Mi-24: Leading — commander Captain Andrew Skidanchuk, navigator-operator Major Gadzhimurad Kurbanov and slave — the commander of the helicopter Lieutenant Stanislav Shekhurdin, navigator-operator Lt. Alexander Mitin best handled all tests.

At the final stage

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Air Force crews have experienced the electronic ground near Voronezh

At the landfill Pogonovo in the Voronezh region were tested a new automated targeting systems and "electronic ground" with the participation of crews and helicopters Russian Air Force spokesman for the Air Force, Colonel Igor Klimov.

"The main problem that faced the crews of combat aircraft and helicopters — to destroy the airfield imaginary enemy, his aircraft and armored vehicles. Only half of the ground targets had known beforehand the crews of the Su-24M and MiG-29, Su-25 and Mi-28N, all the others were found during an air and ground reconnaissance. New automated targeting system allowed crews

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Tundra armor is not a hindrance. Tests crews ZRPK in the Arctic.

As part of the planned combat training calculations antiaircraft missile-gun complexes "Armour-S" connections aerospace defense made several kilometers march under its own power in the conditions of the Arctic.

During the march, 35-ton machine overcome natural obstacles in difficult terrain Arctic. Calculations ZRPK practiced learning objectives to repel air attacks in motion, carried out by the occupation opening position areas and cover the fixed objects from conventional cruise missile strikes.

Upon arrival to the area of training and combat tasks

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