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16 mars 2015 1 16 /03 /mars /2015 12:55
Projet MRTT - Plan Unis pour "Faire Face"


13 mars 2015 Armée de l'Air

 

Dans le cadre du plan stratégique Unis pour "Faire Face", le colonel Tantet est chef du projet MRTT. Il évoque l'arrivée dans les forces aériennes françaises de l'Airbus A330, surnommé "Phénix". Il est aussi question de l'impact sur le personnel et les infrastructures qui accueilleront le remplaçant à terme du Boeing C135.

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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 08:20
B-2 Spirit Aerial Refuel


12 mars 2015 US Air Force

 

A Utah Air National Guard aircrew from the 151st Air Refueling Wing, Salt Lake City, Utah, man a KC-135 Stratotanker during an aerial refueling mission on February 18, 2015 in the skies over Montana.

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20 septembre 2014 6 20 /09 /septembre /2014 16:20
Elephant walk

 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samantha Krolikowski/Released

 

KC-135 Stratotankers taxi to the runway during an operational readiness exercise Aug. 22, 2014, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The exercise allowed 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wing Total Force Integration units to test and evaluate their capabilities to provide responsive aerial refueling and operational support for military missions worldwide.

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10 mars 2014 1 10 /03 /mars /2014 13:50
Pays baltes: 6 chasseurs et 2 avions ravitailleurs US arrivent en Lituanie

 

 

TALLINN, 6 mars - RIA Novosti

 

Six chasseurs F-15C et deux avions ravitailleurs KC-135 de l'US Air force ont atterri jeudi sur la base de Zokniai (nord de la Lituanie) pour renforcer la protection de l'espace aérien des pays baltes, a annoncé jeudi l'état-major des forces d'autodéfense estoniennes.

 

Le secrétaire américain à la Défense Chuck Hagel a déclaré mercredi au Congrès que le Pentagone élargirait sa coopération militaire avec la Pologne et les pays baltes (Estonie, Lettonie et Lituanie). Selon M. Hagel, cette décision a été adoptée en réponse à la crise politique en Ukraine.

 

Le ministre estonien de la Défense Urmas Reinsalu a pour sa part salué le renforcement de la présence militaire américaine dans cette région.

 

"Après avoir analysé avec les Etats-Unis l'évolution de la situation sécuritaire en Europe, je leur ai demandé de renforcer la protection de notre espace aérien, et je suis ravi de constater que le principal allié de l'Estonie a rapidement répondu à cette demande", a indiqué M. Reinsalu.

 

Les pays baltes ne possèdent pas d'avions capables d'effectuer des missions de patrouille aérienne. Depuis leur adhésion à l'Otan en avril 2004, leur espace aérien est protégé par d'autres pays de l'Alliance qui exercent leurs responsabilités à tour de rôle. De janvier à fin avril 2014, c'est au tour d'avions américains de patrouiller dans le ciel balte. Cette mission était assurée jusqu'à présent par quatre F-15C.

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7 mars 2014 5 07 /03 /mars /2014 18:50
Photo credit: Antanas Gedrimas

Photo credit: Antanas Gedrimas

 

2014-03-07  kariuomene.kam.lt

 

On March 6 the U.S. Air Force deployed six F-15 C Eagle fighter jets to the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai. These aircraft will augment the present mission comprising four U.S. F-15 C Eagle aircraft. The U.S. has heightened it NATO presence to increase the strength of the Baltic Air Policing mission. Another two U.S. KC-135 aerial refuelling aircraft have brought aircraft service personnel.

 

The U.S. has sent the additional fighter jets to the Baltics as a response to the developments in the region and as a further demonstration of a long-term U.S. commitment to NATO and European security.

 

According to the statement issued following NATO consultations under Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty, the Alliance agrees "to pursue and intensify our rigorous and on-going assessment of the implications of this crisis for Alliance security, in close coordination and consultation".

 

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on March 5 that a decision had been made to boost U.S. participation in NATO's Baltic Air policing mission with regard to NATO decisions.

 

The U.S. aircraft will also participate in NATO's Baltic Regional Training Event (BRTE) to take place early in April alongside NATO partners Sweden and Finland.

 

The additional F-15s and KC-135s NATO have been deployed to the Baltic Air Policing mission from their home base in Lakenheath, United Kingdom, just like the first four F-15s that arrived early in January.

 

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7 mars 2014 5 07 /03 /mars /2014 16:50
Additional Airmen, aircraft to support NATO policing mission in Baltics

An F-15C Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, March 6, 2014. The 48th Fighter Wing sent an additional six aircraft and more than 50 personnel to support NATO's air policing mission in Lithuania, at the request of U.S. allies in the Baltics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Emerson Nunez/Released)

 

 

March 7, 2014 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

 

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- The 48th Fighter Wing has sent additional aircraft and personnel to support NATO's air policing mission in Lithuania, at the request of U.S. allies in the Baltics.

Six F-15C Eagles departed RAF Lakenheath and two KC-135 Stratotankers carrying more than 60 Airmen departed RAF Mildenhall March 6.

Nearly 150 Airmen and four F-15C Eagles from the 48th FW have been supporting the Baltic Air Policing mission out of Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, since January as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group.

"This is the advantage of being forward-based," said Col. Mark Ciero, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander. "If called upon, we can quickly respond to support our allies and partners."

Air policing is part of NATO's "Smart Defense" model that incorporates allied nations conducting operations through shared capabilities and coordinated efforts to effectively accomplish missions. NATO countries rotate to provide Airmen and aircraft for the BAP mission, which is slated to continue through 2018.

In the last decade, 14 NATO nations have participated in this mission. This deployment marks the fourth rotation for U.S. forces.

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2 octobre 2013 3 02 /10 /octobre /2013 11:20
KC-135

KC-135

October 2nd, 2013 by Mike Hoffman  - defensetech.org

 

Air Force generals received another reason Monday to keep pushing Congress to deliver funding for the KC-46A tanker program even in the midst of this budget environment.

 

A KC-135 Stratotanker made an emergency landing Monday at Sol San Juan airport in Palma De Mallorca. The tanker based out of McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas took off from a Spanish air base in Moron.

 

The Stratotanker was forced to land after a suspected fuel leak was suspected, officials said.

 

The KC-46A remains the Air Force’s top modernization priority at a time when service officials get few choices on what acquisition program they want to deliver. The KC-135 has been in service for more than five decades and remains an integral part of the Air Force’s fleet.

 

This is not the first emergency landings for the KC-135 this year. The aircraft has been forced to land because of engine and landing gear problems. Wouldn’t be surprised to hear about those landings in future Congressional hearings. Of course, that’s if the government reopens.

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