Sukhoi SU-30MKM – The Cobra

The Sukhoi Su-30MKM (Modernizirovannyi Kommercheskiy Malaysia – Modernized Export Malaysia) is a supermaneuverable fighter of the Royal Malaysian Air Force. It is a variant of the Su-30 series fighters, with many significant improvements over the original Su-30MK export version.

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The Su-30MKM was developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and is based on the Su-30MKI of the Indian Air Force. Both aircraft have common airframe, thrust vectoring engines and digital fly-by-wire system, However the MKM version differs from the MKI mainly in the composition of the onboard avionics.

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In 2003, Malaysia committed to purchase 18 Su-30MKMs. In August 2003, Malaysia signed a US$900 million contract with Irkut Corporation for 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKMs. The first two aircraft were handed over to the RMAF on May 2007 at Irkut’s aircraft manufacturing facility at Irkutsk, Russia. The two aircraft were later delivered to RMAF Gong Kedak, Malaysia on June 2007 by an An-124-100. By December 2007, seven months after the delivery of the first two aircraft, the RMAF had taken delivery of six Su-30MKMs. The eighteenth and last aircraft arrived at RMAF Gong Kedak on August 2009 with the three other aircraft of its batch.

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The MKM version differs from the MKI mainly in the composition of the onboard avionics. Thales supplies the Head-up display (HUD), navigational forward-looking IR system NAVFLIR and the Damocles targeting pod. The aircraft carries missile approach warning sensor (MAWS) and laser warning sensor (LWS) manufactured by Avitronics (South Africa). The Su-30MKM can legitimately claim super-maneuverability via digital fly-by-wire, canards, and two Saturn AL-31FP engines with thrust vectoring producing 27,500 lb thrust each with afterburners. This gives them an edge in close-in fights, allowing the pilot to rapidly point the plane at potential targets to draw them within the AA-11/R-73 Archer’s wide infrared seeker cone. The aircraft is capable of conducting SEAD mission when equipped with two KNIRTI SAP-518 jamming pods and Kh-31P anti-radiation missiles. The KNIRTI SAP-518 covers NATO surface-to-air and air-to-air threats in the G-J bands. It is equipped with NIIP N011M phased array radar for long range aerial combat which can track up to 15 targets and engage 4 targets simultaneously. It can also be equipped with a Thales Damocles Laser Designation Pod (Thales) surveillance & targeting pod for precision ground attack. It has a rear-facing radar, HUD (Thales), NAVFLIR (Navigation Forward Looking Infra-red) (French). Missile Approaches Warning System (MAWS) & laser warning sensor (LWS) supplied by Saab Avitronics of South Africa.

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 21.935 m (72.97 ft)
  • Wingspan: 14.7 m (48.2 ft)
  • Height: 6.36 m (20.85 ft)
  • Wing area: 62.0 m² (667 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 18,400 kg (40,565 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 26,090 kg (57,520 lb) typical mission weight ()
  • Max. takeoff weight: 38,800 kg (85,600 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Lyulka AL-31FP thrust vectoring turbofans, 123 kN with afterburner (27,560 lbf) each

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Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.0 (2,100 km/h or 1,300 mph) at altitude; 1,350 km/h, 839 mph near ground level
  • Range: 3,000 km (1,620 nmi) at altitude; (1,270 km, 690 nmi near ground level; with no external fuel tanks)
  • Ferry range: 8,000 km (4,320 nmi) with two in-flight refuellings
  • Endurance: 3.75 hrs (up to 10 hrs with in-flight refuelling)
  • Service ceiling: 17,300 m (56,800 ft)
  • Rate of climb: >300 m/s (>45,275 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 401 kg/m² (82.3 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.96
  • Maximum g-load: +9 g

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Armament

  • Guns: 1 × 30 mm GSh-30-1 gun (150 rounds)
  • Hardpoints: 12 (2 × wing-tip AAM launch rails, 6 × pylons under-wing, 2 × pylon under-engine nacelle, and 2 × pylons in tandem in the “arch” between the engines. It can be increased to 14 using multiple ejector racks. with a capacity of 8 tonnes of external stores.
  • Missiles:
    • Air-to-air missiles:
      • 10 × R-77 (AA-12) active radar homing medium range AAM
      • 6 × R-27ER (AA-10C) semi-active radar guided, long range AAM
      • 6 × R-27ET (AA-10D) Infrared homing extended range version, long range AAM
      • 2 × R-27R (AA-10A) semi-active radar guided, medium range AAM
      • 2 × R-27T (AA-10B) infrared homing seeker, medium range AAM
      • 6 × R-73 (AA-11) short range AAM
      • 3 × Novator KS-172 AAM-L
    • Air-to-ground missiles:
      • 3 × Kh-59ME TV guided standoff Missile
      • 3 × Kh-59MK active radar homing anti-ship missile
      • 4 × Kh-35 anti-ship missile
      • 6 × Kh-31P/A anti-radar missile
      • 6 × Kh-29T/L laser-guided missile
  • Bombs:
    • 8 × KAB-500L laser-guided bombs
    • 3 × KAB-1500L laser-guided bombs
    • 8 × FAB-500T unguided bomb
    • 28 × OFAB-250-270 unguided bombs
    • 32 × OFAB-100-120
    • 4 × S-8 rocket pods (80 unguided rockets)
    • 4 × S-13 rocket pods (20 unguided rockets)

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Avionics

  • Radar:
    • NIIP N011M PESA radar
  • Countermeasures:
    • KNIRTI SAP-518 electronic countermeasure pod

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Piaggio P.180 Avanti Evo – Rewrote The Rulebook On Elegance And Practicality.

Avanti EVO blends the very best of Italian style, peerless craftsmanship, and intelligent thinking to create an aircraft that stands alone for its values. With greater range, faster climb, reduced fuel costs, a lower noise footprint, added safety systems, and a more luxurious cabin, Avanti EVO is yet another step forward. Its speed exceeds 400 KTAS, faster than many jets and at a fraction of the direct running costs. Add to that a significantly improved service and support network, an innovative new maintenance program that can keep costs under control better than ever, and Avanti EVO stands alone for intelligence and elegance.

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EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS
Span 14.345 m 47.06 ft
Length 14.408 m 47.27 ft
Height 3.980 m 13.06 ft
CABIN DIMENSIONS
Height 1.75 m 5.74 ft
Width 1.85 m 6.07 ft
Length 4.55 m 14.92 ft
Max Seating Capacity 8+2 crew
Typical Executive Payload 6+1 crew
BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT
Volume 1.00 m3 35 ft3
Length 1.70 m 5.58 ft
Maximum Weight 159 Kg 350 lb
PRESSURIZATION
Differential 0.62 bar 9.0 psi
Sea Level cabin up to 7,315 m 24,000 ft
WEIGHTS
Max Take-off Weight 5,489 Kg 12,100 lb
Max Landing Weight 5,216 Kg 11,500 lb
Max Zero Fuel Weight 4,445 Kg 9,800 lb
Standard Empty (Shuttle Configuration) 3,561 Kg 7,850 lb
Max Fuel Capacity 1,271 Kg 2,802 lb
Fuel with Max Net Payload 1,066 Kg 2,350 lb
Max Net Payload 794 Kg 1,750 lb
Net Payload with Max Fuel 589 Kg 1,298 lb
Max Fuel Capacity (Increased Range Config.) 1,451 Kg 3,200 lb

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POWERPLANT
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A–66B Engines 850shp/634kW each (ISA, sea level), at-rated from 1,630hp
2 x Hartzell ve-scimitar blades low noise Propellers

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PERFORMANCE
Maximum Speed (at 31,000ft ISA) 745 km/h 402 KTAS
MMO 0.70 Mach
Max Range (NBAA IFR, Standard Conf.) 2,759 km 1,490 NM
Max Range (NBAA IFR, Increased Range Conf.) 3,278 km 1,770 NM
Service Ceiling 12,497 m 41,000 ft
Rate of Climb (MTOW, 12,100lb) 844 mpm 2,770 fpm
Take-Off Distance (SL, ISA, to clear 50ft) 972 m 3,190 ft
Landing Distance (SL, ISA, 50ft, MLW, no reverse) 1,000 m 3,282 ft

The perfect blend of style and efficiency coupled with industry-leading customer service from a company committed to high tech research and development: with the game changing Avanti EVO business aircraft, Piaggio Aerospace, producer of aviation technology par excellence, takes you into the air to conquer the world’s skies.

http://www.piaggioaerospace.it/en/business-aviation

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Pilatus PC-12NG – Exceeding Expectations Everywhere

The Pilatus PC-12 NG has gained a reputation for outstanding versatility, performance, reliability and operational flexibility. Large cabin, single pilot operations, long range, low operating costs, high speed, short-field capability, or precision Swiss engineering and construction, customers find the perfect balance of features to serve their needs in the PC-12 NG.

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Features

  • A Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67P engine, flat-rated at 1,200 SHP with five blade graphite composite propeller
  • A 330 cubic foot pressurized passenger cabin with seating for up to 9 passengers
  • A maximum range of 1,845 nautical miles (HSC, VFR, reserves)
  • 285 knot maximum cruise speed
  • A high-lift wing for exceptional short-field performance
  • Standard forward passenger door and large (53 in x 52 in) aft cargo door
  • Retractable trailing-link landing gear capable of grass and unimproved field operation
  • Certification for flight into known icing conditions
  • State-of-the-art Honeywell Primus Apex avionics
  • Single-pilot certification

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Performance

 Max cruise speed 285 ktas 528 km/h
 Max range (HSC, VRF, reserves) 1,845 nm   3,417 km
 Max operating altitude 30,000 ft 9,144 m
 Cabin altitude at 26,000 ft 8,000 ft 2,438 m
 Takeoff distance over 50 ft obstacle 2,600 ft 793 m
 Rate of climb (MTOW) 1,920 ft / min     585 m / min
 Landing distance over 50 ft obstacle (MLW/ no reverse) 2,170 ft 661 m
 Stall (MTOW) 67 KIAS 124 km/h IAS

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Weights

 Max ramp weight 10,495 lbs  4,760 kg
 Max takeoff weight 10,450 lbs  4,740 kg
 Max landing weight 9,921 lbs  4,500 kg
 Max zero fuel weight 9,039 lbs  4,100 kg
 Basic operating weight (includes 200 lb / 91 kg pilot) 6,782 lbs  3,076 kg
 Usable fuel (402 gal) 2,704 lbs  1,226 kg
 Payload with full fuel (and 200 lb / 91 kg pilot) 1,009 lbs  458 kg

 

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http://www.pilatus-aircraft.com

Bomba Malaysia Mil Mi-8/17 Hip – Beauty Beast

The arrival of the Mil Mi-8/17 Hip originally for Royal Malaysia Police ( PDRM ). Due to certain regulations, ICAO related, the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia ( DCA Malaysia ) refused to register the helicopters as they did not conform design guidelines set by the ICAO . The helicopters need to be military registered and were given to the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Air Wing as M994-03 & M994-04.

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Test flight after maintanance at AIROD Subang

These helicopters are equipped with western avionics, a dolphin nose dome (weather radar), single ramp rear door and an extra sliding door on the starboard side. These helicopters was an xport version of Mi-8MTV.

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Return to AIROD after few hours flight test

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RMAF BOEING F/A 18D HORNET TURNS 20

Boeing F / A-18 Hornet is a fighter attacker modern, suitable for use in all weather conditions. Delivery of the aircraft for Royal Malaysia Air Force ( RMAF ) began in March 1997 until August 1997. A total 8 unit based at Butterworth AFB as the 18 Squadron for the RMAF.

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LIMA 2017 : 25th Mac 2017

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LIMA 2017 : 25th Mac 2017

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LIMA 2017 : 25th Mac 2017

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LIMA 2017 : 25th Mac 2017

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LIMA 2017 : 25th Mac 2017

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LIMA 2017 : 25th Mac 2017

Canon 60D + Tamron 70 – 300mm

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