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  • A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D. approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker before an aerial refueling mission over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 30, 2020. The deployment underscores the U.S. military's commitment to regional security and demonstrates a unique ability to rapidly deploy overwhelming combat power on short notice. The B-52 ?Stratofortress? is a long-range, heavy bomber that is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet and provides the United States with immediate nuclear and conventional global strike capability. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)

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    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon is aerial refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Dec. 30, 2020 as part of an escort mission in support of the B-52 Stratofortress deployment. The short-notice deployment underscores the U.S. military's commitment to regional security and demonstrates a unique ability to rapidly deploy overwhelming combat power on short notice. The B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, heavy bomber that is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet and can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with global reach precision navigation capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward)
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  • A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon based in the Central Command area of operations conducts armed aerial patrols in Somalia in support of Operation Octave Quartz, Jan. 9, 2020. The F-16s support to OOQ demonstrates the U.S. military’s reach and power projection across vast distances to hold adversaries such as al-Shabaab at risk with flexible, precise and lethal force that is capable of rapidly responding anywhere on the globe. The mission of OOQ is to reposition U.S. Department of Defense personnel from Somalia to other locations in East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Taylor Harrison)


    A Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 taxis into NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, Jan. 11. The aircraft delivered supplies for an Emergency Field Hospital being constructed at Antelope Valley Hospital in nearby Lancaster, California. Samaritan’s Purse is charitable organization which has partnered with Lancaster Baptist Church, the city of Lancaster and AV Hospital to provide a 70-bed temporary field hospital to support COVID-19 patients. (Air Force photo by Giancarlo Casem)

    A uniquely painted U.S. Air Force KC-135 from the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing based in Sioux City, Iowa takes off from the Air Guard base in Sioux City on January 12, 2021. The bat tail flash was recently painted on the Stratotanker in commemoration of the unit’s 75th anniversary in 2021.
    U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

    A uniquely painted U.S. Air Force KC-135 from the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing based in Sioux City, Iowa lands at the Air Guard base in Sioux City on January 12, 2021. The bat tail flash was recently painted on the Stratotanker in commemoration of the unit’s 75th anniversary in 2021.
    U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2021) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the "Fighting Swordsmen" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, lands on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Ike is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron Pinske)
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    The simulator of the Su-34 multifunctional fighter-bomber was first delivered to the branch of the Military Educational and Scientific Center of the Air Force in Chelyabinsk.

    The simulator has a real interior of the Su-34 cabin with an instrument environment and control systems. Cadets on the new device will be able to work out actions in the event of special situations and improve the skills of interaction of the crew when performing combat tasks. The simulator allows to create the effect of complete immersion of cadets in the flight process thanks to the visualization system, which allows to create a continuous and merged image of space.

    Cadets of the Chelyabinsk branch of the MESC of the Air Force Academy and young pilots - graduates of aviation schools who are serving in the military service of the aviation division of the Central Military District, have already started training on the simulator.
    (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation)
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    WASHINGTON – Jan. 6, 2021 – The government of France signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) with the U.S. government signifying their intent to purchase Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.

    The LOA allows the U.S. Navy to begin contracting activities with Northrop Grumman for production of E-2D airborne command and control aircraft. The signed LOA secures the sale that will include three E-2D aircraft, nonrecurring engineering, spares, repairs and support equipment, training and follow-on support, within the congressional approval funding limit. The anticipated contract award will be in 2022 with aircraft delivery to France in 2028 at the latest.

    “The procurement of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye will provide France a generational leap in capability for unparalleled situational awareness for their air defense fleets,” said Janice Zilch, vice president, manned airborne surveillance programs, Northrop Grumman. “We have a long standing relationship with France as it transitions to E-2D’s from a two-decade legacy of E-2C aircraft.”

    The French Navy has been operating the E-2C Hawkeye since 1998 and is the only country other than the United States to operate its E-2 Hawkeyes from an aircraft carrier. This capability enables interoperability exercises that support Hawkeyes from each other’s carrier flight decks. With the U.S. Navy’s fleet transition to E-2D squadrons, the French Navy intends to maintain interoperability and partnership by taking steps to procure three E-2D aircraft.

    The E-2D is the U.S. Navy’s premier airborne command and control aircraft for all targets and all environments. It delivers advanced radar capability for unmatched detection and tracking. Additionally, it provides 360 degree simultaneous air and maritime surveillance, enabling nations to protect sea lanes, monitor coastlines and support civilian emergency coordination operations. The E-2D is a force multiplier for interoperability, reciprocal information sharing and commonality across the battle force.

    Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.”
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    SEATTLE, Jan. 12, 2020 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Atlas Air Worldwide today announced an agreement to purchase four 747-8 Freighters. The order enables Atlas Air to leverage the operational advantages of the 747-8 Freighter to meet growing cargo demand around the globe.

    “The 747-8F is the best and most versatile widebody freighter in the market, and we are excited to bolster our fleet with the acquisition of these four aircraft,” said John W. Dietrich, Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer. “This significant growth opportunity will enable us to capitalize on strong demand and deliver value for our existing and prospective customers. The efficiency and capability of the 747-8F further complements our longstanding focus on leading edge technology. Dedicated freighters – like those operated by our Atlas, Polar and Southern subsidiaries – will continue to be in demand as the global airfreight market, particularly the e-commerce and express sectors, continues to grow.”

    With a maximum payload capacity of 137.7 metric tonnes (137,750 kg), the 747-8 Freighter allows customers to access 20% more payload capacity while using 16% less fuel compared to previous-generation 747s. The jet also features 30% quieter engines. The 747-8 airplanes in this agreement will be the final four aircraft to roll off the production line in Everett, Washington.

    “The 747 will forever hold a special place in aviation history and we are honored by Atlas Air’s longstanding commitment to the airplane. Atlas Air began operations 28 years ago with a single 747 and it is fitting that they should receive the last 747 production airplanes, ensuring that the ‘Queen of the Skies’ plays a significant role in the global air cargo market for decades to come,” said Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With the global air cargo fleet expected to grow by more than 60% over the next 20 years, we look forward to delivering these airplanes and supporting Atlas Air’s Boeing fleet well into the future.”

    Atlas Air has 53 747s in its current fleet, making it the largest 747 operator in the world. Its world-class fleet also includes 737s, 767s and 777s. The 747 and 777 models, in particular, are capable of carrying tall and outsized cargo loads on 3-meter-high (10-foot-tall) pallets. This common main-deck pallet height supports interchangeable pallets, adding to the versatility of both models.

    Boeing, the market leader in air cargo aircraft, provides more than 90% of the dedicated freighter capacity around the world, including new production and converted freighters. The 747 program has produced 1,560 aircraft since launching the jumbo jet more than 50 years ago. In July 2020, Boeing announced its decision to complete production of the 747-8 in 2022.
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    São José dos Campos, Brazil, January 13, 2021 – Just six months after their first E2 order, Congo Airways has placed a firm order for two E195-E2 jets. This is in addition to their existing two aircraft order for the smaller E190-E2. The four aircraft deal has a total value of USD 272 million at current list prices. This new firm order will be included in Embraer’s 2020 fourth quarter backlog.

    Desire Bantu, CEO of Congo Airways said, “We see an opportunity in our market and the crisis we are all facing for Congo Airways to emerge stronger – which is why we are not waiting to place this further order. These new jets will allow us to extend our passenger and cargo operations regionally to high demand destinations such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Abidjan. As we prepare for future success, we will have the flexibility, and the right sized, most efficient aircraft, to serve our customers as the market returns.”

    “Africa has for too long been thought of as a market of mostly low frequencies and long thin routes. As airlines start ramp up their operations, the E2 family of aircraft is perfectly positioned to right size routes previously operated by narrowbodies, while keeping frequencies and adjusting capacity to new levels,” said Cesar Pereira, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Congo Airways will benefit from the flexibility provided by the common cockpit on the E2 jet family meaning their flight crews can transition seamlessly between variants.”

    The E195-E2 will be configured in a dual class 120 seat layout, 12 in business, 108 in economy. An additional 25% capacity when compared to the 96-seat configuration chosen by Congo Airways for their E190-E2s. The E2 deliveries are expected to begin in 2022 with Embraer and Congo Airways continuing to review the potential to anticipate the beginning of the deliveries. There are currently 206 Embraer aircraft operating in Africa with 56 airlines in 29 countries.
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  • Andersen Air Force Base (Jan. 12, 2021) A Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 P8-A Poseidon aircraft arrives in Guam for Sea Dragon 2021 Jan. 12.
    Sea Dragon is an annual multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare exercise that improves the interoperability elements required to effectively and cohesively respond to the defense of a regional contingency in the Indo-Pacific, while continuing to build and strengthen relationships held between nations. (US Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Hooker)

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron lands at Yokota Air Base, Japan, in support of the annual aircraft arresting system test, Jan. 13, 2021. The AAS is used to stop aircraft in the event of an emgerency landing and must be teated yearly (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo)

    An F-16DJ Fighting Falcon assigned to Misawa Air Base, Japan, catches a barrier cable during the initial certification test of the newly installed flightline BAK-12 barrier, aircraft arresting system (AAS) at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Jan. 13, 2021. The AAS utilizes the arresting hooks attached to the tail of an aircraft to safely decelerate and stop the aircraft when needing to land in short distances. Ensuring the BAK-12 is fully functional through certification testing reenforces Yokota’s multi-capable presence in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Gabrielle Spalding)


    A U.S. Air Force aircrew member assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron prepares to enter the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle prior to evening take-offs during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Training incorporating ACE concepts contribute to the development of multi-capable Airmen and aircrew, improving interoperability and helping allies and partners increase their capabilities in less than optimal environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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    A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron performs pre-flight checks on an F-15E Strike Eagle during Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 12, 2021. Agile Combat Employment capabilities ensure U.S. Air Forces in Europe, along with allies and partners, are ready for potential last minute contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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    U.S. Air Force Air Commandos, with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, inspect a CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Jan. 12, 2021. This versatile, self-deployable aircraft offers increased speed and range over other rotary-wing aircraft, enabling Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews to execute long-range special operations missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda A. Flower-Raschella)

    A KC-46A Pegasus, assigned to the 931st Air Refueling Wing (ARW), taxis on the flight line at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 11, 2020. The mission of the 931st ARW is to support Air Mobility Command’s worldwide air refueling mission, meeting the air refueling needs of all U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine and selected allied nations’ aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)
     

  • ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (Jan. 15, 2021) – A P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 is prepared for its first training event of Sea Dragon 21. It involved tracking several Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target’s (EMATT), which simulate the characteristics of a submarine. Sea Dragon is an annual multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare exercise that improves the interoperability elements required to effectively and cohesively respond to the defense of a regional contingency in the Indo-Pacific, while continuing to build and strengthen relationships held between nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Hooker)

    NORTH ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 12, 2021) An F/A-18C Hornet, from the “Death Rattlers” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, taxis across the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, the flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and Pacific through the Western Indian Ocean and three critical chokepoints to the free flow of global commerce. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph Calabrese)
     Taxis Across The Flight Deck Of The Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz
    15.01.2021
    Pilots of all types of naval aircraft of the Baltic Fleet conducted the first scheduled flights over the mainland and over the sea in the coming year.

    During the flights the crews of Su-30SM and Su-24 played tactical episodes on development tasks — to ensure fire land units to destroy command posts, armored vehicles, manpower and surface ships, as well as conducting air reconnaissance.

    On the same day, at the Donskoye airfield in the Kaliningrad region, the crews of Mi-24 attack helicopters, Mi-8 transport helicopters and Ka-27 shipboard helicopters conducted scheduled training flights. The Mi-24 and Mi-8 crews worked out take-off and landing, performed flights for aerial reconnaissance, and also during the cover of land units carried out training approaches to attack ground targets of a mock enemy. Pilots of Ka-27 helicopters flew to a given square of the sea to reveal the surface situation.

    In total, about 30 aircraft of various types were involved in scheduled flights of the Baltic Fleet's naval aviation.
    (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation)
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    15.01.2021
    The crews of Mi-8 and Mi-24 transport and combat helicopters have started training flights at the Kara-Haak mountain range in the Republic of Tyva.

    During the training flights, the crews of Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters will work out the skills of passing mountain passes at an altitude of up to 2.5 thousand meters in the daytime and at night, piloting skills when flying over peaks and rocky areas. In addition, during the flights, helicopter pilots will perform search activities to detect and evacuate the "wounded", land helicopters on hard-to-reach unprepared mountain sites.

    Special attention will be paid to the performance of tasks on piloting techniques at low altitudes (up to 50 meters above the ground) and the actions of crews in emergency situations.

    The exercise involves more than 10 helicopters Mi-8 and Mi-24, and more than 50 crews aviation squadron transport regiment CMD and a separate helicopter regiment, part of the 14-th army air force air defense CMD. Training flights will be completed at the end of this month.
    (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation)

    Marignane, 14 January 2021 – All Nippon Helicopter’s (ANH) H160 has performed its first flight test, a 95-minute flight at the Marseille Provence Airport. This successful maiden flight paves the way for the aircraft’s entry into service in Japan.

    ANH deploys a helicopter fleet comprising six AS365s and five H135s for electronic news gathering for the TV stations across Japan. This H160 will replace one of its AS365s.

    “We are delighted to see the successful inaugural flight of Japan’s very first H160, and we are looking forward to this next-generation helicopter playing an important role in our nationwide missions,” said Jun Yanagawa, President of ANH. “Since the introduction of the AS365 helicopter three decades ago, the requirements of the electronic news gathering market is constantly evolving and has significantly improved. This state-of-the-art helicopter H160 is a timely welcome for our operations.”

    The H160 was granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in July 2020, with the certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) expected in early 2021. Upon delivery of the helicopter, specialised equipment installation and customisation will be performed at Airbus Helicopters’ Kobe facility, before its entry into service.

    “We are honoured to have ANH as our H160 launch customer in Japan, as they renew their fleet. This successful first flight is particularly meaningful during this unprecedented time for the industry. We thank our customer and the teams involved for devoting maximum efforts into this achievement. We will continue to provide our utmost support and ensure a smooth delivery to ANH,” said Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan.

    Japan’s electronic news gathering market is a mature market with 87 helicopters dedicated for such missions today. Close to 70% of these helicopters are manufactured by Airbus, with the H125, AS365, H135 and H155 platforms commonly used by the operators. With the imminent introduction of the H160, which is equipped with additional safety features from the Helionix’s accrued pilot assistance, this helicopter will bring added leverage to the operator.

    Designed as a multi-role helicopter capable of performing a wide range of missions such as offshore transportation, emergency medical services, private and business aviation, as well as public services, the H160 integrates Airbus’ latest technological innovations. The helicopter provides passengers with superior comfort thanks to the sound-reducing Blue Edge blades and superb external visibility that benefits both passengers and pilots.
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