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  • MOUNT FUJI, Japan (Nov. 16, 2022) An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Warlords" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 conducts flight operations near Mount Fuji, Japan during a flight exercise Nov. 16, 2022. Forward deployed onboard Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, the Warlords provide combat-ready, armed anti-surface and anti-submarine helicopter detachments to ships deploying in the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf regions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Avelar)

    Soaring over the world’s tallest building: Jets from the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team"The Red Arrows" join an Emirates A380, with the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in view, as part of a flypast by the Red Arrows over Jumeirah Golf Estates marking the start of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
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    November 15, the 3rd Airbus A330-200 of Base aérienne 125 Istres was delivered to the Air and Space Army and will soon join.
    This third and final newly delivered A330-200 will be converted into a Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) version and will complete the Air and Space Force (AAE) initial command of twelve A330 MRTT Phoenix. In the long run, fifteen Phoenix A330s will replace the 19 C-135s and other A310 and A340.
    This fleet of strategic extension aircraft will be an asset for the accomplishment of missions such as in-flight refueling, troop and freight transport, health evacuation or nationals evacuation, as was the case in AO August 2021, as part of Operation Apagan in Afghanistan. This new A330 also strengthens a major strategic function entrusted to the Ministry of the Armed Forces: that of nuclear deterrence.
    (Photo courtesy of the Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace )
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  • A U.S. Air Force AC-130J Ghostrider assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. takes off at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 16, 2022, during exercise Keen Sword 23. The 17 SOS conducted the Agile Combat Employment strategy via light logistics packages, to include bringing the ammunition needed for the duration of KS23 and the personnel needed to execute. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)
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    A 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle departs after receiving fuel from a 909th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight over the Pacific Ocean in support of exercise Keen Sword 23, Nov. 17, 2022. Bilateral exercises allow U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces to work together across a variety of areas to enhance interoperability and readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Roth)

    One of five F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron takes off at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 18, 2022. The 80th Fighter squadron stands ready to conduct counter-air, air interdiction and close air support missions in support of a free and open indo-pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Isaiah J. Soliz)

    A pair of pilots give the ‘Crush ‘em’ gesture inside a F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 80th Fighter Squadron as they taxi down the flightline at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 18, 2022. Kunsan’s fighter fleet plays a role in keeping the Indo-Pacific theater free and open through taking on a multi-role position employing air-to-ground and air-to-air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Dischinat)

    U.S. Air Force F-16s from the 51st Fighter Wing joined with Republic of Korea F-35As to escort two U.S. B-1B strategic bombers entering the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone and conducted a combined flight in a formation on Nov. 19, 2022. The training demonstrated the ROK-US combined defense capability and posture based on the alliance's overwhelming power and the U.S. ironclad commitment to providing extended deterrence in defense of the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Megan Estrada)
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    U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines prepare to disembark an MV-22B Osprey during Keen Sword 23, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 18, 2022. Keen Sword is a biennial training event that exercises the combined capabilities and lethality developed between 3d Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and the JGSDF. This bilateral field-training exercise between the U.S. military and the JGSDF strengthens interoperability and combat readiness of the U.S.-Japan alliance. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Lorenzo Ducato)

    A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, flies over Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 15, 2022. Two bombers participated in a training exercise with multi-nation assets assigned to Luke AFB, meant to familiarize pilots with different airframe operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Noah D. Coger)

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    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

    In March 2022, the first set of U.S. Air Force operational aircraft were equipped with the Quick Reaction Instrumentation Package (QRIP), enabling the first Combat Air Forces (CAF) contribution to Crowd-Sourced Flight Data (CSFD).

    The 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron partnered with the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) to leverage advances in technology and invent QRIP.

    Instrumentation packages like QRIP are traditionally reserved for integration on test aircraft, designed to collect data strictly for test and evaluation purposes. These devices have historically been too large, cumbersome, and expensive to consider for operational aircraft integration, until now.

    The QRIP is roughly the size of a football, with the capacity to record almost a Terabyte of data per flight. Applying this technology to CAF aircraft significantly boosts the amount of CSFD available to developers, within minutes versus the traditional weeks or months to access the data, and ultimately informs operational data sets while improving mission data reprogramming, data products, and software development.

    “QRIP captures data that is currently not being recorded, or being discarded at the cutting room floor, and makes it available and accessible at the speed of relevance,” said Lt. Col. Nathan Malafa, 59th Test and Evaluation squadron commander. “Big data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence do the heavy lifting to sift through this data and highlight where action needs to be taken.”

    Nineteen CAF jets have been modified with QRIP to date, with several taking part in exercises Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS). The CSFD gathered thus far has accelerated reprogramming changes, highlighted software deficiencies, enabled rapid debriefs, and provided data products previously unavailable to pilots and intelligence officers.

    “This is the power of edge-node computing, and we’ve now demonstrated it to great effect by watching video from OCONUS sorties minutes after the data is ingested over 6,000 miles away,” said Malafa. “The implications of this are only limited by our imagination.”

    While this technology is currently only implemented within the F-35 fleet, the intent is to expand to all fielded U.S. Air Force fighter variants, as well as other platforms.

    “The more data we can collect from the Air Force’s diverse portfolio puts the “crowd” in CSFD and amplifies data sets we can use to gain competitive advantage against our adversaries and competitors,” said Malafa.
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    RAF Typhoon and French Mirage fighter jets worked together over the Channel yesterday to practise their response to an aircraft posing a simulated threat to the UK or France.

    The front-line fighter aircraft met over the English Channel, known as La Manche or ‘The Sleeve’ in France, to intercept a jet simulating a potentially non-friendly military aircraft.

    The RAF and Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace collaborated as part of routine NATO Air Policing training to recognise a potential threat and coordinate the response. Known as Quick Reaction Alert, the process is similar whether inside UK airspace, on the maritime border with France, or as part of NATO Air Policing duties in Eastern Europe.
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  • Lt. Cmdr. Brian Vaught and Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Zimmerman, pilots for the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, park their jet Nov. 21, 2022, during their winter visit in Lincoln, Neb. The 155th Air Refueling Wing hosted the Blue Angels to talk about operational procedures for the Guardians of Freedom Airshow in 2023. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Alexander D. Schriner)

    Brize Norton, 18 November 2022 – The Royal Air Force, Airbus and other industry partners have carried out the world’s first 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) flight using an in-service military aircraft. It is also the first 100% SAF flight of any aircraft type carried out in UK airspace.

    An RAF Voyager – the military variant of the Airbus A330 commercial jetliner - took to the skies above RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, England, on Wednesday powered completely by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel on both engines, paving the way for a range of possibilities for the future of flying military aircraft.
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    The flight was a joint endeavour between the RAF, aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support agency, British aircraft leasing company AirTanker and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, with the fuel supplied by Air bp.

    Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said: “True to our purpose of 'pioneering aerospace', we have gladly supported the Royal Air Force on this landmark sustainable-fuel test flight. I commend our UK customer for this achievement which helps pave the way for a sustainable reduction of carbon emissions of our military aircraft fleets. Airbus engineers have made a significant contribution to this RAF mission by providing on-the-ground expertise in recent weeks and securing the necessary MoD military flight permits.”

    Sustainable Aviation Fuel – which is made from waste-based sustainable feedstocks, in this case used cooking oil – reduces lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80% compared to the conventional fuel it replaces, lessens the RAF’s reliance on global supply chains and improves operational resilience by reducing the necessity for fuel resupplying.
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    As different approaches will suit different platforms and environments, a range of alternative fuel options are being looked at to ensure the UK is at the forefront of this developing technology.

    The 90-minute return flight from RAF Brize Norton, flown by a combined Airbus, RAF and Rolls-Royce flight-test crew, replicated an air-to-air refuelling sortie and was witnessed by senior RAF and industry representatives. The RAF said it demonstrated the potential for its future operational capability, ensuring the ability to contribute to UK defence wherever and whenever it was required.

    Experimental test pilot and Captain of the flight, Jesus Ruiz, said: “From the crew perspective, the SAF operation was ‘transparent’, meaning that no differences were observed operationally. The Test Plan was exhaustive and robust and has allowed us to compare SAF with JET1 culminating in a flight without a single drop of fossil fuel. Teamwork was a key contributor, harmonsing experience from Airbus, Rolls-Royce and the RAF. We feel very proud to be a small part of this huge step for sustainable aviation.”
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    Nearly 100 personnel and 4 Typhoons are currently deployed to the United Arab Emirates taking part in the Advanced Tactical Leadership Course.

    This air warfare course sees participants from 10 countries plan and fly daily air combat missions with complex scenarios, testing the pilots and mission controllers.

    The course is also attended by RAF Intelligence Officers and Air Operations Controllers who provide support to mission planning and command and control.
    (Photos courtesy of the RAF)
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  • Published Nov. 22, 2022
    By Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman
    157th Air Refueling Wing
    PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. (AFNS) --

    In a feat of air mobility endurance, a KC-46A Pegasus from the 157th Air Refueling Wing flew a non-stop mission halfway around the globe and back, Nov. 16 to 17.

    The point-to-point, 36-hour, 16,000-mile, multi-crew, total force sortie was the longest such mission in the history of Air Mobility Command, the active duty major command to which the 157th ARW is aligned.

    Gen. Mike Minihan, AMC commander, has relentlessly driven the command to find new ways to employ current assets in anticipation of a future fight.

    “This extended mission is yet another example of capable Airmen taking charge and moving out to accelerate our employment of the KC-46A,” Minihan said. “This total force mission boldly highlights the imperative to think differently, change the way we do business, and provide options to the joint force.”

    Leaving from the east coast of the U.S. on a cold and rain-soaked morning, the crew flew west across the country and out into the Pacific Ocean. After overflying Hawaii, the crew flew across the International Dateline to Guam, before turning around and retracing their steps home to New Hampshire, where they landed on the evening of Nov. 17; 36-hours to the minute after they launched.

    Maj. Bill Daley, the mission’s aircraft commander and a traditional member of the New Hampshire Air National Guard, said the flight demonstrated the aircraft’s abilities to project and connect the joint force through its capacity for endurance, aircrew sustainment, refueling, situational awareness and connectivity, and airborne mission planning.

    The KC-46A provides strategic flexibility to the Air Force through its unique blend of persistence and presence. It takes a continuous supply of fuel to stay aloft for hours on end. Since every KC-46A can itself be refueled in flight, each aircraft can persist in operations areas to provide sustained support to armed aircraft. The endurance mission put these capabilities on display, taking on fuel three times throughout the flight and delivering gas to F-22 Raptors while flying a closed-loop pattern off the coast of Hawaii.

    The crew also leveraged the KC-46A’s secure and unclassified networks and situational awareness systems, which allow for a broad array of future uses. The platform’s situational awareness capabilities enable its protection in contested environments.

    It takes more than gas to stay in the air — the crew must also be sustained, and this was another refueling barrier tested and shattered on the mission. Taking turns at the stick were two aircrews from the New Hampshire ANG’s 133rd Air Refueling Squadron and one active-duty crew from the affiliated 64th ARS. While one crew flew, the other two rested, taking advantage of the modern amenities provided by the jet.

    According to Daley, earlier generations of refuelers lacked the basics needed to sustain crews for long-duration, multi-day missions. He said the old jets were incredibly uncomfortable and could go from hot to cold, contributing to crew fatigue. The Pegasus is a stark contrast to this.

    “It’s like flying with first-class service,” Daley said, who is a civilian airline pilot when not flying for the Guard.

    The KC-46A is climate controlled and comes equipped with kitchen, crew bunks and a lavatory. The configurability of the cargo area also allows for the placement of airline-style seats and additional sleeping areas to accommodate larger crews. For the endurance mission, a palletized kitchen and lavatory was also added to support the crew of 16 that included boom operators, aircraft maintainers, and a flight surgeon.

    To pass the long hours when not on duty, the crew, spent time reading, watching movies, preparing meals, and sleeping in cots spread out through the cargo area.

    Master Sgt. Michael Windy, a 133rd ARS boom operator who had nearly 3,000 hours of flight time on the KC-135 before converting to the KC-46, agreed with Daley on the increased comfort levels on the new aircraft that make missions like this one possible. With only a few hours remaining in the endurance sortie, Windy said he felt rested and comfortable.

    “I was on the 22-hour sortie we flew to Saipan a few months ago, so I already had an idea of what to expect,” Windy said, who worked hard to keep the rest of the crew comfortable and fed. “I really haven’t noticed that much of a difference in how I feel.”

    Senior Airman Paige Dunleavy, a 157th ARW avionics technician, said this was her first trip with a crew.

    “The joke is that my first TDY is to Pease,” she said of the unusual point-to-point mission.

    As a newer Airman who is in upgrade training, it was an excellent opportunity to see first-hand how the crew uses the systems she maintains.

    “I definitely learned things and it was the first time I was able to troubleshoot a system in flight,” she said, indicating the civilian satellite communications system reboot she and another avionics technician were called on to execute when it was giving the aircrew problems.

    Near the end of the mission, Dunleavy reported feeling normal overall, though she added that the hiker in her was excited to get back to the ground after flying over the Grand Canyon on the return leg of the trip.

    Maj. Heidi MacVittie, a Pease ANG base flight surgeon, served as a human performance monitor aboard the flight and collected quantitative data throughout the mission. This data, along with that collected during the wing’s recent 20-hour mission, will be used to inform decision making for similar missions in the future.

    "This mission was a true example of total force integration,” said Lt. Col. Brian Carloni, the 157th Operations Group commander. “The expertise of both our Guard and active-duty Airmen in executing this mission, demonstrated how critical teamwork is in any wartime scenario.”

    Daley said the success was due to more than the total force crew aboard the jet. The mission, which came nearly two months to the day after Minihan approved the KC-46A for worldwide deployments—including combat missions—was the result of the hard work and dedication of the whole wing over multiple years and ultimately demonstrated the strength they bring to the fight.

    “We have a healthy fleet and demonstrated full mission-readiness with onload and offload capabilities. We could execute tomorrow if we had to,” he said.
    (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

    PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 21, 2022) An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, lands on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), during flight operations in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 21. The Dambusters earned their nickname on May 1, 1951 when the squadron's Skyraiders destroyed the heavily defended and strategically positioned Hwacheon Dam in North Korea with aerial torpedoes by making precise low level runs. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports Alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Stanton)
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    A formation of 44th Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagles and a 525th FS F-22A Raptor are stopped on the runway as part of a capabilities demonstration at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 22, 2022. Kadena’s ability to rapidly generate U.S. airpower is a vital function of its mission to ensure the stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Roth)

    A U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor assigned to the 3rd Wing taxis alongside F-15C Eagles assigned to the 18th Wing during a capabilities demonstration at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 22, 2022. Similar training is routinely conducted at U.S. Air Force bases across Japan and around the globe to ensure Airmen’s readiness to respond to a range of potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Redin)

    The B-52H Stratofortress waits parked at the Main Parking Area during a snow storm at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Nov. 10, 2022. During the storm temperatures reached -4° (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Nottingham)

    ST. CHARLES, Mo., Nov. 22, 2022 — Boeing [NYSE: BA]’s High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability, or HAAWC, has satisfied all requirements for initial operational capability status from the U.S. Navy.

    The all-weather HAAWC enables the Boeing P-8A Poseidon to deploy MK 54 torpedoes from near or below its cruising altitude.

    “The initial operational capability milestone marks the readiness of HAAWC for fleet introduction for the Navy and its international partners,” said Dewayne Donley, program manager. “We’re excited to deliver greater flexibility and capability by way of higher-altitude launches from longer distances than previously possible.”

    The milestone follows the award of a full-rate production contract for the system to Boeing in August, squadron training, and the receipt of low-rate initial production units.

    HAAWC consists of a modular Air Launch Accessory, or ALA, kit that attaches to a MK 54 torpedo, transforming it into a precision-guided glide weapon.

    “It’s a major achievement for our team in reaching our goal of establishing a new high ground in anti-submarine warfare,” said Bob Ciesla, vice president of Boeing Weapons. “We look forward to continuing to work alongside the Navy toward the full deployment and operational capability of the system.”

    Additional fielding of HAAWC units are scheduled through 2024, with the potential for production to continue into 2030 under the current contract.

    The long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance P-8A aircraft has amassed more than 450,000 mishap-free flight-hours to date in support of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations, and performs humanitarian and search and rescue missions around the globe.

    As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team is committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity. Join our team and find your purpose at boeing.com/careers.
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  • ADRIATIC SEA (Nov. 21, 2022) An F/A-18F Super Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, is taxied across the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Nov. 21, 2022. Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 is the offensive air and strike component of CSG-10 and the George H.W. Bush CSG. The squadrons of CVW-7 are Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143, VFA-103, VFA-86, VFA-136, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 5, and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46. The George H.W. Bush CSG is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied, and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Wagner)

    PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 22, 2022) An F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to the Diamondbacks of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, prepares to launch on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 22. The Diamondbacks conduct carrier-based air strikes and strike force escort missions, as well as ship, battle group, and intelligence collection operations. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports Alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dallas A. Snider)
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    PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 22, 2022) Sailors prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27, for launch on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 22. The Royal Maces conduct carrier-based air strikes and strike force escort missions, as well as ship, battle group, and intelligence collection operations. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports Alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dallas A. Snider)
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    IONIAN SEA (Nov. 23, 2022) French Rafale fighter jets are loaded onto the catapult of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), during multi-carrier operations between the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Charles de Gaulle CSG, and the Italian Cavour CSG Nov. 23, 2022. The George H.W. Bush CSG is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied, and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Wagner)
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    IONIAN SEA (Nov. 23, 2022) A French Rafale fighter jet performs a touch and go on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), during multi-carrier operations between the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Charles de Gaulle CSG, and the Italian Cavour CSG Nov. 23, 2022. The George H.W. Bush CSG is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied, and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samuel Wagner)
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    An RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft assigned to the 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, takes-off for a Weapons School Integration (WSINT) mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 21, 2022. The RC-135V/W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft supports theater and national level consumers with near real time on-scene intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)
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    An F-15EX Eagle II assigned to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, takes off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 21, 2021. The F-15EX is at Nellis AFB supporting a Weapons School Integration (WSINT) exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)

    An F-35A assigned to 6th Weapons Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, takes off for a Weapons School Integration (WSINT) mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 21, 2022. The U.S. Air Force Weapons School trains tactical experts and leaders to control and exploit air, space and cyber on behalf of the joint force. (U.S. Air Force photo by William R. Lewis)

    A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 62nd Airlift Squadron flies over Arkansas during a training mission, Nov. 21, 2022. The 62nd AS provides advanced training to C-130 pilots and loadmasters for combat airlift and airdrop operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dana J. Cale)

    São José dos Campos - Brazil, November 23, 2022 – Embraer and the TUI Group announced today that they have signed a contract for the Pool Program to support TUI’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2s. The TUI Group will take delivery of three E195-E2 from AerCap on long-term lease. The aircraft, from AerCap’s existing fleet, will be delivered in a comfortable 136-seat single-class configuration in the first half of 2023.
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    The contract will provide the airline access to component exchanges and repair services for more than 340 reparable parts, plus interchangeable parts for TUI’s Embraer aircraft. Currently, Embraer’s Pool Program supports more than 50 airlines worldwide.

    “It’s a pleasure for Embraer to have TUI on board the Pool Program. Beyond having access to all Embraer’s spare parts inventory, TUI will count on the OEM’s expertise to support its E2 fleet,” said Danielle Vardaro, Vice-President of Worldwide Customer Support and Aftermarket Sales, Commercial Aviation, Embraer Services & Support.

    “Signing this new agreement with Embraer for the E195-E2 Pool Program, ensures a high component availability and access to a comprehensive support and services package. This will allow us to operate our new E2 jets for our guests according to TUI’s high operational standards”, said Geert Somers, Engineering & Maintenance Director at TUI Airline.

    Embraer’s Pool Program is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment in high-value repairable inventories and resources, while taking advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and vast repair service provider network for components. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the virtual elimination of the need for resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels.
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    About the TUI Group

    The TUI Group is one of the world's leading tourism groups. The company is based in Germany. TUI shares are listed on the FTSE 250, an index of the London Stock Exchange, on the regulated market of the Lower Saxony Stock Exchange in Hanover and on the over-the-counter market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The TUI Group offers integrated services from a single source for its 27 million customers, 21 million of whom are in the European national companies.

    The entire tourism value chain is mapped under one roof. This includes over 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson and 16 own cruise ships, from MS Europa and MS Europa 2 in the luxury class and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and cruise ships at Marella Cruises in the UK. The group also includes Europe's leading tour operator brands and online marketing platforms, five airlines with more than 100 modern medium and long-haul aircraft and over 1,000 travel agencies. In addition to expanding the core business with hotels, cruises via successful joint ventures and activities in holiday destinations, TUI is increasingly focusing on the expansion of digital platforms. The group is transforming into a digital company.

    Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social action is at the core of our corporate culture. The TUI Care Foundation, initiated by TUI, focuses on the positive effects of tourism, on education and training and on strengthening environmental and social standards with projects in 25 countries. It thus supports holiday destinations in their development.
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  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Zackary Short, and Keven Torres, forward area refueling point (FARP) specialists assigned to the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, provide fuel to a MQ-9 Reaper from a HC-130J Combat King II aircraft at an undisclosed location within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Nov. 19, 2022. FARP specialists provide a unique refueling capability, extending the reach of a variety of aircraft in austere locations across the CENTCOM AOR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Asselta)
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    BriteCloud’s world-first miniaturised jamming technology delivers a major upgrade in aircraft protection compared to traditional expendable countermeasures

    The decoy will be designated AN/ALQ-260(V)1 in U.S. Armed Forces service

    The U.S. Air National Guard (ANG) has issued a ‘fielding recommendation’ for Leonardo’s BriteCloud 218 expendable active decoy, tested on US F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. This means that the service, which has conducted an extensive testing and live trials campaign with BriteCloud since 2019, is confident that the decoy meets and, in some instances, even exceeds operational requirements, delivering an increased platform protection capability to 4th generation fighter aircraft like the F-16.

    The U.S. Air Force has subsequently designated BriteCloud 218 as AN/ALQ-260(V)1, identifying it as an airborne electronic warfare countermeasure. BriteCloud is unique in the combat air countermeasure market, packing latest-generation DRFM jamming technology into a compact expendable that can be launched from standard countermeasure dispensers. Unlike traditional chaff and flares, BriteCloud employs a sophisticated on-board electronic warfare capability designed to counter radar-guided threats.

    Designed and manufactured by Leonardo in the UK, BriteCloud has already entered service with the UK’s Royal Air Force. As a world-first technology, BriteCloud has been undergoing evaluation for potential service with U.S. Armed Forces under the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme. The fielding recommendation by the ANG is one of the final stages of the programme and gives the green light to BriteCloud 218 as proven effective and fit for operations.

    The BriteCloud 218-variant rounds evaluated under the FCT are standard-sized rectangular countermeasures measuring just two by one by eight inches. This means they are compatible with common dispensers including the AN/ALE-47 and are ready to equip other 4th generation fighters such as the F-15, F/A-18, F-16 and A-10 fighters. BriteCloud 218 is also an effective protection capability for smaller uncrewed platforms, with the German Armed Forces successfully trialing the system with target drone aircraft last year.

    Leonardo’s original BriteCloud 55 decoy (a slightly larger variant, compatible with round 55mm flare dispensers such as those on the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen C/D), is used by the UK’s Royal Air Force. BriteCloud’s unique combination of latest-generation threat protection with extremely low integration costs continues to generate significant international interest and Leonardo is in talks with a number of Air Forces about the capability.
    (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)
     21 July 2017
     

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