A Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed Orion scrapped & 2 more scheduled for disposal by end 2014,Defence confirmed.1st aircraft,A9-663,only aircraft in RAAF’s 19-strong fleet not upgraded under AP-3C program,scrapped October 20.All 19 Orions to be progressively drawn-down through to June 2019.Orion’s maritime intelligence,surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR) capability scheduled to be replaced by mix of manned P-8A Poseidons & unmanned Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Tritons under AIR 7000 program.
Air show parking U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxies cargo aircraft aligned on a Westover, Mass. Air Reserve Base runway, to make room for air show aircraft this past August. The 2012 Great New England Air Show was the largest Westover has had since 1974, boasting more than 60 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Kelly Galloway)
The U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team prepares to take off from the Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska runway for the 2014 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show July 19. The F-22 Demo Team was one of the premier acts for the Defenders of Freedom Air Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger/Released)
4 Belgian Air Force General Dynamics F-16 Falcons have been patrolling & policing airspace of Estonia,Latvia & Lithuania.NATO members since 2004,Baltic States do not have air forces capable of enforcing their airspace.Every 4 months,a NATO partner assumes role of air policing, sending detachment & several fighters.Belgium has been present since September 2,2013,with 50 military personnel & 4 F-16 fighter-bombers.Based in Siauliai in northern Lithuania til Jan 3 2013.
Boeing has been awarded a $250 million contract to upgrade NATO’s fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, the company announced Wednesday. The avionics upgrades, designed to meet compliance with future aircraft regulations, will go on 13 of the 17 AWACS operated by the alliance. Those modifications will begin in 2016 with a 2018 completion date.French Armée de l'Air E-3s already upgraded to E-3F std.