Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Air International - 5 past issues

A lot of detailed info from a new magazine that opswarfare picked up recently at the Bukit Merah library. A quick check shows that Air International is available at the following NLB branches. (p.s. this was another old draft post, brought back to "life")
  • Bishan
  • Bukit Merah
  • Jurong
  • Tampines
A quick rundown below of some "juicy" bits from 5 past issues.

November 2007

RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA)
  1. RAF is in charge of Air Policing Area 9
  2. QRA comes under command of NATO's Combined Air Operations Centre 9 at RAF High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
  3. 27mm cannon on Typhoon is still not cleared for use
  4. Falkland islands has a QRA detachment
  5. RAF participates in NATO Baltic Air Policing QRA, rotating with other NATO partners
Retirement of SEPECAT Jaguar
  1. A capability gap created?
  2. Comparison of Jaguar with Typhoon, the latter coming off looking quite deficient in air-to-ground capability
  3. Maybe they should compare with Tornado instead
Indian Air Force at 75
  1. 2 SU-30MKI are deployed at Car Nicobar
  2. Andaman & Nicobar are just 200km from Myanmar and 100km from Indonesia
Feb 2008
EA-6B Prowler
  1. ICAP III program
  2. ALQ-218
  3. ASQ-140
  4. EA-18G will add ALQ-227
July 2006
MASC project for Royal Navy (AEW platform for new RN carriers)

Global Hawk numbers
  • 7 Block 10
  • 6 Block 20
  • 11 Block 30
  • Plans in place for 26 Block 30, 15 Block 15, for a total of 54
French Navy Night-flying
  1. Super Etendard Modernise (SEM)
  2. Sfim CN2H-AA NVG
  3. 100 hours of unaided flying (w/o NVG)
  4. limited field of vision
  5. lack of depth of field perception
  6. Democles laser designation/targeting pod
  7. tactical air navigation (TACAN)
  8. accuracy of 0.1nm (0.2km)
  9. block 2 (20,000 to 30,000 feet) sanctuary 2 - 22,000 feet
US Navy
  1. MH-60S transport
  2. also with armed helicopter capability MH-60S (AH)
  3. AAS-44C infra-red sensor, and 8 Hellfire missiles, plus window mount 7.62mm & 12.7mm machine guns
  4. MH-60R ASW
Export Flankers
  1. SU-30MKI Flanker-H of India
April 2007
Constant Peg (once classified aggressor programme to evaluate Russian fighter jets), 4477th Test Squadron, Red Eagles

May 2007
SU-24 Fencer
  1. Su-24M Fencer-D
  2. further upgrade by Gefest & T in 2000
  3. 50-150m height, 1,100km/h, can toss bombs at a distance of 10km from target, with CEP of 10-15m
  4. Su-24M2
  5. prolonged ultra-low altitude of 30-50m
  6. short periods, 10-30m
  7. fairly demanding in terms of handling characteristics
  8. Orion-A radar, 2 bands, centimetric (B-band) and millimetric (A-band)
  9. A-band, higher resolution, shorter range
  10. combat debut in 1984, Afghanistan
  11. used in Chechnya also

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