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20 décembre 2014 6 20 /12 /décembre /2014 13:50
Ankunft des ersten A400M in Deutschland


19 déc. 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 12/2014 14E33002

 

Nun kann auch die Bundeswehr einen A400M ihr Eigen nennen. Bundesministerin Ursula von der Leyen empfängt das Transportflugzeug samt Crew in Wunstorf bei Hannover. Der Militärflugplatz des Lufttransportgeschwaders 62 ist die neue Heimat des ersten A400M der Luftwaffe.
 

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18 décembre 2014 4 18 /12 /décembre /2014 23:50
A400M Germany Complete Process


18 déc. 2014 Airbus DS

 

Germany takes delivery of its first Airbus A400M. http://bit.ly/1AuXlyU

Check out the First Engine run, First Taxi, Painting and First Flight of A400M aircraft for the German Air Force.

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18 décembre 2014 4 18 /12 /décembre /2014 17:50
First German Air Force A400M maiden flight


18 déc. 2014 Airbus DS

 

First Flight of German Air Force A400M and interview to experimental Test Pilot Thomas Wilhelm, who captained the flight.

More info about A400M: http://bit.ly/11OQ3eu

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18 décembre 2014 4 18 /12 /décembre /2014 14:50
Übernahme des A400M in Sevilla


18 déc. 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 12/2014 14E33001

 

Im spanischen Sevilla ist der erste deutsche Airbus A400M offiziell abgenommen worden. Zuvor hatten Spezialisten der Wehrtechnischen Dienststelle 61 und der Beschaffungsbehörde der Bundeswehr das Transportflugzeug beim Hersteller Airbus Defence & Space in Andalusien mehrere Wochen lang noch einmal genau unter die Lupe genommen. Vor der Übernahme durch die Bundeswehr musste sichergestellt sein, dass alle vertraglichen Verpflichtungen eingehalten wurden und alles am Flugzeug ordnungsgemäß funktioniert.

 

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16 décembre 2014 2 16 /12 /décembre /2014 13:50
Air Policing - Luftraumüberwachung im Baltikum

16 déc. 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 12/2014 14E29801

Seit September 2014 befindet sich die Bundeswehr mit vier Eurofightern auf dem estländischen Luftwaffenstützpunkt in Ämari. Vier Monate lang unterstützen die Soldaten mit vier Luftfahrzeugen bei der Luftraumüberwachung im baltischen Luftraum. Dabei muss sicher gestellt sein, dass die Piloten im Falle eines Alarmstartes innerhalb von 15 Minuten in der Luft sein können. Hierfür wird für 24 Stunden – 7 Tage die Woche eine Bereitschaft von Wartungstechnikern und Piloten bereitgestellt.

Musik: High Heels von JC Lemay (Universal Music)

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30 novembre 2014 7 30 /11 /novembre /2014 12:50
EC645 T2 makes its first flight in Germany


28 nov. 2014 Airbus HC

 

The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) witnessed the first flight of the EC645 T2 at the Bavarian site of Airbus Helicopters in Germany.

The Bundeswehr has ordered 15 of these military helicopters for the German Air Force.

The EC645 T2 represents a significant addition to the German Air Force’s capabilities and offers a host of features that make it particularly well suited to missions carried out by the Special Forces Command (KSK).

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17 novembre 2014 1 17 /11 /novembre /2014 17:50
German A400Ms to get J-Music DIRCM

 

Nov. 17, 2014 by Arie Egozi – FG

 

The German air force’s Airbus A400M transports are to be equipped with the J-Music mutli-spectral directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system by Elbit Systems.

 

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J-Music System - photo Elbit Systems

J-Music System - photo Elbit Systems

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21 octobre 2014 2 21 /10 /octobre /2014 16:50
Erstflug deutscher A400M

 

21 oct. 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 10/2014 14E29301

 

Der erste deutsche Airbus A400M startete zu seinem Erstflug von Airbus Defence and Space im südspanischen Sevilla.


Der A400M wird die Transall ablösen. Insgesamt 40 Maschinen wird die Luftwaffe erhalten, die dann beim Lufttransportgeschwader 62 in Wunstorf stationiert sein werden.

 

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14 octobre 2014 2 14 /10 /octobre /2014 19:50
First German Air Force A400M makes its maiden flight

 

14/10/2014 Airbus DS

 

The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the German Air Force has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN18, took off from Seville, Spain today at 14:30 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site 4 hours and 58 minutes later.

 

Experimental Test Pilot Thomas Wilhelm, who captained the flight, said after landing: “It is a great privilege to have conducted the first flight of the German Air Force’s first A400M. I am absolutely confident that the combination of strategic range with true tactical capability that it brings will contribute enormously to the service’

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5 octobre 2014 7 05 /10 /octobre /2014 16:50
 photo Bundeswehr Sebastian Wilke

photo Bundeswehr Sebastian Wilke

 

Oct 4th 2014 economist.com

 

Is Germany able to give its allies more military help?

 

URSULA VON DER LEYEN, Germany’s first female defence minister and a possible successor to Angela Merkel as chancellor, likes a good photo opportunity. One that backfired recently had her standing under a dramatic sky with an army transport aircraft in the background, gazing into the distance as though on the look out for geopolitical derring-do. The derision was instantaneous. The image matched both her ambition and the vision she outlined in January of Germany’s armed forces playing a bigger role in international crises. Given post-war Germany’s radical pacifism, that was controversial.

 

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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 11:50
First A400M for German Air Force runs it´s engines for the first time


29 sept. 2014 Airbus DS
 

The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter for the German Air Force has begun final tests towards its delivery. The four engines on the aircraft, known as MSN18, were successfully run simultaneously for the first time

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26 septembre 2014 5 26 /09 /septembre /2014 11:30
L'engagement allemand auprès des Kurdes vire au fiasco

 

25/09/2014 Par David Philippot – LeFigaro.fr

 

La visite jeudi de la ministre allemande de la Défense, Ursula Von der Leyen, à Erbil, a accompagné la première livraison d'armes aux combattants kurdes. Une opération qui a connu plusieurs retards et ratés.

 

Pas moins de 25 jours après la décision du gouvernement allemand d'envoyer de l'armement léger aux forces kurdes s'est posé au Kurdistan irakien le premier Mc Donnell KC-130 chargé de 50 bazookas avec munitions, 520 fusils d'assaut G3 et 20 mitrailleuses. Un premier décollage a retardement puisque l'avion, 40 ans d'âge, a dû attendre une pièce de rechange avant de pouvoir s'envoler de Leipzig.

Il n'était surtout pas planifié que les armes arrivent au Kurdistan, avant les formateurs à leur maniement. Cela fait maintenant une semaine que six parachutistes ont quitté la base de l'OTAN de Hohn dans le Nord de l'Allemagne. Leur trajet s'est arrêté à mi-parcours à Burgas (Bulgarie), sur les bords de la Mer Noire, où ils rongent leur frein. Leur avion de transport Transall est tombé en panne, tout comme l'avion de secours venu à la rescousse.

 

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2 septembre 2014 2 02 /09 /septembre /2014 11:50
Sensorbediener der Aufklärungsdrohne Heron 1


2 sept. 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 09/14 14Z21901

 

Fliegendes Auge über Afghanistan. Wir zeigen die Arbeit des Sensorbedieners der Heron I Aufklärungsdrohne im Einsatz in Afghanistan.

 

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2 septembre 2014 2 02 /09 /septembre /2014 10:50
EATT - European Air Transport Training - Teil 2


28 août 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 08/2014 14E19902

 

Großes Finale beim European Air Transport Training (EATT) in Bulgarien. Zum Abschluss der zweiwöchigen größten europäischen Lufttransportübung fliegen zehn Flugzeuge aus zehn Nationen im Formationsflug eine Combined Air Operation. Bestandteile der Mission sind unter anderem Tiefflug im Gebirge, das Abwerfen von Lasten sowie der Transport von Verwundeten.
 

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14 août 2014 4 14 /08 /août /2014 12:50
40 Jahre Erstflug Tornado


14 août 2014 Redaktion der Bundeswehr 08/14 14E24701

 

Jubiläum für den Tornado: Vor genau 40 Jahren, am 14. August 1974, hatte der Tornado seinen Erstflug. Das Mehrzweckkampfflugzeug war von Deutschland, Großbritannien und Italien konzipiert worden. Seit seiner Indienststellung fliegt der Tornado in den Streitkräften dieser drei Länder. Außerdem ist der Tornado bei der Luftwaffe Saudi-Arabiens im Einsatz. Durch stetige Modernisierungen ist sichergestellt, dass der Tornado bis über das Jahr 2025 hinaus eine Vielzahl von Aufgaben wahrnehmen kann.
 

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 16:50
Biggest construction site of the German Air Force

 

17 July - EATC  News & Press updates

 

There are only a few months left until the scheduled delivery of the first A400M Atlas to the German Air Force. However, to realize all the efforts within this new aircraft introduction, it needs some time and - again - efforts to cope with the huge amount of information and impressions. Efforts that began several years ago and result in one of the most modern military airfields within NATO. Here, at Hannover-Wunstorf, the Air Transport Wing 62 is located, facing since 2009 not only the biggest construction site within the German Air Force but also of the whole Bundeswehr.
To decrease your efforts gaining an overview... the German Air Force media has prepared an article with several chapters, thus allowing to skip through different locations at ATW 62. Enjoy this helpful overview (in German language) here.


Find additional EATC article on the issue here. More information about the A400M to be found here.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 11:50
German A400 introduction takes shape

 

6 August -  EATC-   News & Press updates

 

The wings came from the United Kindom, fin and hull from Germany - and the cockpit was manufactured in France. Brought to Seville in Spain, where all aircraft parts are fixed together to one unit and where this video has been recorded: The first German A400M on the assembly line.

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10 août 2014 7 10 /08 /août /2014 11:50
From Havana to Termez - the German Airbus A310 Pax


16 July - EATC

 

The most used troop transporter in EATC service

 

A remarkable aircraft with a remarkable story: the Airbus A310 Pax, based at German Special Air MIssion Wing MoD (Cologne-Wahn), can state to be EATCs most used troop transporter. While the aircraft has reached nearly 25 years of military service and seen nearly every military spot on this planet, an end of its military service is still not in sight.

Starting as civil airliner within the German Democratic Republic's state airline "Interflug", the aircraft became state of the art in 1989, as it carried first passengers - nonstop - to Havana/Cuba or to other remote places in far East Asia.

But the German reunification changed everything... leaving every other GDR aircraft dismantled behind, while the Airbus A310 Pax improved its strategic missions inside the German Air Force until today.

Read the extraordinary story of the last flying GDR passenger aircraft - now and in future operating under EATC operational control - here at our aircraft chapter.

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8 août 2014 5 08 /08 /août /2014 16:50
A400M - Teil 2: Pilotentraining



8 août 2014  Bundeswehr

 

Viel zu lernen gibt es für die Piloten, die künftig das neue Transportflugzeug Airbus A400M fliegen werden. Drei Monate dauert die Ausbildung im spanischen Sevilla. Während dieser Zeit lernen sie im Unterricht und im Simulator alles über das hochmoderne Flugzeug, das die Transall ablösen wird. Zur gleichen Zeit befindet sich der erste A400M in Sevilla in der Endmontage.

Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 08/2014  14E16501

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11 juillet 2014 5 11 /07 /juillet /2014 16:45
Transall starting for last time - Pictures Bundeswehr

Transall starting for last time - Pictures Bundeswehr

 

8 July - Norbert Thomas - News & Press updates / EATC

 

By the end of 30 June 2014, the German aircraft C-160 Transall were dissolved from the United Nations operational use at MINUSMA mission.

 

Consequently on 03 July, technicians and pilots went on their trip home – with their three C-160 Transall arriving at their home bases the day after. Now the aircraft returned also back to EATC operational control: one year ago the EATC had given the operational authority back to the nation, thus allowing a more precise use by the tactical mission leader in the theatre abroad.

 

For the time being the use of the German C-160 Transall came to an end, although they can be ordered back to their logistic hub in Dakar within 72 hours. A return of the machines in the field of use may be requested by the UN at any time - although this is only to be expected when the military situations changes importantly: After an evaluation of the use of forces in MINUSMA, the United Nations had announced in recent weeks that there was - so far - no further need for the use of the German C-160 Transall.

 

Since the start of the assignment under the mandate of the United Nations on 01 July 2013, the German soldiers operated 1.050 flying hours, carried 4.500 passengers and approximately 520 tons of material to and from Mali in more than 470 support flights.

Last Transalls at Dakar

Last Transalls at Dakar

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10 juillet 2014 4 10 /07 /juillet /2014 07:50
Le général Pascal Chiffoleau et le général Pascal Valentin

Le général Pascal Chiffoleau et le général Pascal Valentin

 

09/07/2014 Armée de l'air

 

Jeudi 3 juillet 2014, à Eindhoven (Pays-Bas), le général Pascal Valentin a transmis le commandement de l’EATC (European Air Transport Command - commandement européen du transport aérien militaire) au Major-General allemand Christian Badia.

 

Depuis 2012, le général Pascal Valentin commandait l’EATC. Il a contribué à l’adhésion du Luxembourg en décembre 2012 et à la déclaration officielle de la «pleine capacité opérationnelle» de l’organisation, le 28 novembre 2013. Le général Pascal Chiffoleau devient le commandant en second de l’organisation européenne. Il commandait la brigade aérienne d’appui et de projection au commandement des forces aériennes depuis 2012.

 

Le même jour, l'Espagne est devenue le sixième membre de l’EATC. Sous la présidence du commandant de la composante Air belge, le général Van De Voorde, et en présence des autorités ibériques, l’accord entérinant l'adhésion officielle de l’Espagne à l'EATC a été signé. Cette contribution permet de mettre à disposition de l'EATC une partie de sa flotte d’avions de transport, constituée de Boeing 707, C-130 Hercules, Casa C-212, C-295 ou autres CN-235.

 

L’EATC, un partenariat européen soudé pour le transport aérien militaire

 

Le commandement européen a été inauguré en septembre 2010 sur la base d’Eindhoven, par l’Allemagne, la Belgique, la France et les Pays-Bas, dans le but de coordonner et d’optimiser l’utilisation des flottes de transport pour le compte des pays partenaires. Ce «concept unique et innovant», selon le général Pascal Valentin, permet de mettre en commun des moyens aériens, dont l’emploi «est optimisé par l’EATC pour effectuer le maximum de missions» dans le cadre du transport de passagers et de matériels, d’évacuations aéro-sanitaires sur le territoire européen mais également en opérations. Depuis sa création, l’EATC a démontré toute l’étendue de sa plus-value, en participant notamment à l’opération Serval au Mali en janvier 2013.

 

Les représentants de l'EATC à Eindhoven aux Pays-Bas

Les représentants de l'EATC à Eindhoven aux Pays-Bas

Le général Pascal Valentin remet le drapeau

Le général Pascal Valentin remet le drapeau

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4 juillet 2014 5 04 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
Pictures: EATC PAO

Pictures: EATC PAO

 

3 July - Norbert Thomas - EATC

 

Successful steps of the European Air Transport Commands (EATC) have been done in the past: more will follow. The Change of Command ceremony today at Eindhoven Air Base featured the handover of EATC Command from French Major General Pascal Valentin to German Major General Christian Badia - taken place under the lead of the Dutch Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Alexander Schnitger, Chairman of the Multinational Air Transport Committee (MATraC). 

 

A serial of changes

Before taking over the command, General Badia was Head of Division Strategic Defence Planning & Concepts at the German MoD. General Valentin instead will now focus on his new assignment, leading the NATO school in Rome.

General Valentin looks back on two busy years with a lot of challenges to cope with: The A400M introduction, reaching Final Operational Capability last year, achieving the accession of Luxembourg and Spain, which at last was finalized on the same day he left the EATC. Few days before he could promulgate the first A400M flying under EATC operational control.

The same date, but not in the limelight of the ceremony, also the Chief of Staff’s post is newly manned. German Brigadier General Jörg Lebert handed over to French Brigadier General Pascal Chiffoleau, former Commander of Air Mobility Brigade at Dijon AFB. Both positions either of Commander and Chief of Staff rotate as planned every two years between Germany and France.

 

New flag at EATC

 

More important decisions had been taken within the MATraC meeting in the morning, representing all EATC Participating Nations Air Chiefs: The lead of this highest circle in European military AT- matters went over from Belgian Lieutenant General Claude Van der Voorde to Dutch Lieutenant General Alexander Schnitger. For the next two years it is now his turn to monitor EATCs steps to reshape and improve the military AT-world within Europe. Although the Dutch Air Chief had a good start… facing only few hours before the accession of Spain to the EATC.

 

A rising giant

With the additional aircraft of Spain, intended to transfer authority latest by the end of the year, EATC will conduct more than 180 aircraft, operating from bases between the Baltic Sea and Gibraltar. But although this “rising giant called EATC” is a successfull lighthouse project in Pooling and Sharing, the new Commander knows, that nothing comes for free, facing e.g. the implementation of two Air Forces AT-fleets (Spain and upcoming Italy) into EATC structures: “With resources decreasing, demands rising, aging fleets and delays in the fielding of our new A400M we have to find better - and for sure sometimes new - ways in order to fulfil our commitments. All that counts at the end of the day is the added value that EATC can provide for each Participating Nation.”

 

Gallery EATC Change of Command Ceremony

 

EATC has a new Commander
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7 mai 2014 3 07 /05 /mai /2014 07:45
Luftwaffe conducts successful missile firing tests at Overberg

Luftwaffe conducts successful missile firing tests at Overberg

 

05 May 2014 defenceWeb

 

The technical support offered by the Denel Overberg Test Range (OTR) has again been put to good use this time by the Luftwaffe for testing of its Taurus air-to-ground missile.

 

Four Tornado fighters and 115 German Air Force personnel were involved in the recent exercise at the southern Cape range near Arniston.

 

The tests included live firings and missile quality assurance testing. Close air support and low flying manoeuvres were an integral part of the exercise.

 

“The testing campaign confirms the test range’s reputation as an internationally recognised centre for testing and evaluation. In recent years we have hosted tests for various clients in Europe and the Far East providing world-class and cost-effective facilities for test programmes,” said Abrie van der Walt, Denel OTR chief executive.

 

For the German exercise the Test Range deployed a wide spectrum of instrumentation systems for measurement. Command and control was set up to ensure operational evaluation criteria could be met during each mission. All the flight data were collected and displayed in real time at the Test Range’s control room.

 

Van der Walt said test support included capturing of trajectory and telemetry data during launches as well as provision of flying targets for pilots to practice aircraft gun employment.

 

With more than 43 000 hectares of terrain and almost 70 km of uninhabited coastline, the Test Range is a perfect arena for testing stand-off weapon systems. Topographic conditions over land allow for individual mission planning and evaluation of weapons systems.

 

The testing was preceded by an extensive logistical effort co-ordinated by Denel.

 

This saw more than 60 tons of technical equipment transported to AFB Overberg in an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft; the rest of the equipment was shipped in 20 sea containers from Bremerhaven in Germany to Cape Town; the four Tornadoes flew in from Büchel Air Base in Germany with stop-overs at the Canary Islands and Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. A US Air Force KC-10 tanker aircraft accompanied the fighters to do in-flight refuelling along the 10 000 km journey.

 

Luftwaffe Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Mbassa was fulsome in his thanks to both Denel and the AFB Overberg for contributing to the success of the exercise. This was the eighth testing of the Taurus since 2000 and he said the Luftwaffe was looking forward to working with and at the Denel Overberg Test Range in the future.

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30 avril 2014 3 30 /04 /avril /2014 20:50
Cher, très cher Eurofighter Typhoon pour les contribuables allemands - photo Bundeswehr Bicker

Cher, très cher Eurofighter Typhoon pour les contribuables allemands - photo Bundeswehr Bicker

 

30/04/2014 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr (Agences)

 

Selon la Cour fédérale des comptes, le programme d'avions de combat coûtera environ 60 milliards d'euros à l'Allemagne. Soit le double de ce qui avait été prévu.

 

Le programme d'avions de combat Eurofighter coûtera environ 60 milliards d'euros au gouvernement allemand, soit le double de ce qui avait été prévu, estime la Cour fédérale des comptes dans un rapport publié mercredi. Accusé par la Cour des comptes allemande d'avoir sous-évalué le coût total du programme, Berlin a pourtant réduit le nombre d'appareils commandés au consortium piloté par Airbus Group qui produit l'Eurofighter, annulant en février dernier une commande de 37 avions sur un total de 180 unités.

 

Le gonflement du coût total du programme s'explique notamment par la hausse des coûts de maintenance des appareils, écrit la Cour des comptes allemande. Le budget de 11,8 milliards d'euros calculé en 1997 par le ministère allemand de la Défense pour l'achat de 180 appareils, suffirait à en acquérir seulement 140, lit-on dans le rapport.

 

Un coût unitaire à 57 millions d'euros ?

 

En 2011, le coût unitaire d'un Eurofighter avait été évalué à 57 millions d'euros lors de la livraison des premiers appareils. Pourtant le NAO (National Audit Office), la Cour des comptes britannique, avait estimé le coût unitaire à 111 millions de livres (134,8 millions d'euros au cours du 30 avril), dont 72 millions de livres (87,4 millions d'euros) pour le seul coût de production  pour une cible de 160 Typhoon pour la Royal Air Force.

 

L'Eurofighter est régulièrement en concurrence avec deux autres avions de combat européens, le Rafale de Dassault Aviation, dont Airbus Group détient 46 %, et le Gripen du suédois Saab dans des appels d'offres internationaux. Et si jusqu'ici il a toujours été moins bien classé face au Rafale quand ils étaient confrontés dans des appels d'offre, l'Eurofighter, contrairement à l'avion français, a été exporté à plusieurs reprises (Arabie Saoudite, Autriche, Oman).

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11 avril 2014 5 11 /04 /avril /2014 07:50
Air-to-Air Refuelling photo Luftwaffe

Air-to-Air Refuelling photo Luftwaffe

 

Eindhoven - 10 April, 2014 European Defence Agency
 

A Distinguished Visitors (DV) Day is held as part of the first European Air-to-Air Refuelling training (EART14) at Eindhoven Air Base on 10 April 2014. The day brings together high-level military figures to witness and learn about the ongoing training.

 

EART14 runs from 31 March to 11 April, with German and Dutch aircraft and crews present for the entire period and Italy joining for the second week. The training was developed by the European Defence Agency (EDA) in close cooperation with the European Air Transport Command (EATC) and Dutch armed forces. It runs alongside the highly recognised Dutch fighter exercise Frisian Flag, to provide crews with the opportunity to take part in dedicated Air-to-Air (AAR) scenarios embedded in realistic combat situations.

 

Experiences so far

In the first week the Dutch KDC-10 and German A-310 flew 15 sorties  between them, off-loading more than 135,000 Kilos of fuel. The training has allowed tanker and logistic crews to enhance their skills in realistic AAR scenarios, helping ensure that crews remain proficient in areas outside of their daily AAR tasks. Crews have built up knowledge of the characteristics of aircraft used by other EU countries, while flying sorties in the morning and afternoon has allowed them to practice their quick turnaround procedures.

 

Multinational cooperation

Speaking about the training, Giampaolo Lillo, EDA Director for Cooperation Planning & Support, commented “this first European Air-to-Air Refuelling training is a prime example of how Europe can optimise the use of its existing assets through multinational cooperation. The EDA has a role to play as an enabler, however the success of the training is thanks to the Netherlands as host nation, EATC, and the participating Member States.”

 

Background

The EDA has a comprehensive plan to improve the AAR capabilities in Europe. Mandated by Defence Ministers, EDA is engaged in four work strands in this domain: short-term gap filling; optimisation of existing assets; optimisation of AAR capacity offered by the future A400M fleet and enhancement of Europe’s strategic tanker capability by creating a multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) capability.

As part of this global approach, the EDA, Italy and the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) jointly organised the first collective European Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) clearance trial on the Italian KC767 in September 2013. This enhanced AAR capabilities, as technical and operational clearances are mandatory to provide or receive fuel and they are thus a prerequisite to interoperability in multinational operations. Aircraft from France and Sweden participated in the campaign to obtain technical and operational AAR clearances against the Italian strategic airlift tanker. 

 

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