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First T-50 Golden Hawks land in Indonesia

Nice colours on the Indonesian T-50s! (Image © TNI-AU)
Nice colours on the Indonesian T-50s! (Image © TNI-AU)

The first two T-50 Golden Hawks for the Indonesian air force (TNI-AU) arrived in Indonesia today, two years after an agreement for 16 aircraft was signed with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). The aircraft left for Indonesia after leaving Seochan airfield, home of KAI and birthplace of the T-50 Golden Hawk.

The contract for 16 T-50i aircraft – as the Indonesian version of the Golden Hawk is officially designated – is worth 400 million USD. The supersonic trainers are to replace the BAe Hawk Mk53s that are now in service with the TNI-AU.

The ferry flight from South Korea to Indonesia took about seven hours to complete. Click here for an air to air shot of the T-50s escorted by a Hawk. All 16 aircraft will be delivered during the coming months, in a total of eight ferry flights.

The South Korean T-50, that very much resembles a scaled down F-16, first flew in August 2002. The Republic of South Korea Air Force (ROKAF) operates a substantial nuber of T-50s. The type is also used by ROKAFs display team, the Black Eagles.

Other countries have expressed interest in the Golden Hawk. Among those countries is the Philippines.

Seen landing at Sacheon is the second KAI T-50 prototype. The installation over the exhaust houses an anti spin dragchute. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Seen landing at Sacheon is the second KAI T-50 prototype. The installation on top of the exhaust houses an anti spin dragchute. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

© 2013 AIRheads’ Elmer van Hest

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Nice trainer, great helmet

Dedicated followers of the latest HMD-fashion. (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)
Dedicated followers of the latest HMD-fashion. (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)

Alenia Aermachhi sure is proud of its new M-346, and called it ‘the only advanced jet trainer with a fully integrated Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)’ in a press release on Tuesday. The new helmet provides student pilots with a new generation personal avionics system that enables them to develop competency in the use of advanced weapons systems management in operations fully representative of modern combat aircraft.

Fully integrated into the M-346 aircraft avionics systems and the ground based mission simulators, the HMD is particularly effective in those missions where the trainee employs the Embedded Tactical Training System (ETTS) for sensor and weapons systems training.

In these missions the HMD demonstrates its outstanding capability to augment the pilot’s Situational Awareness (SA), both in Air-To-Air and Air-To-Ground missions.  Optically integrated with the M-346 Head-Up Display (HUD), the M-346 HMD provides training in the combined use of HMD and HUD provided information.

The M-346 HMD is particularly effective during off bore-sight “target tracking”; tactical symbology is displayed on the helmet visor and provides targeting and tracking information in direct view allowing the student to concentrate on performing tactical maneuvers and weapon release in pursuit of his mission objective. The M-346 HMD is also equipped with a click-on night module which permits an easy mechanical integration with all the most common night-vision goggle models.

Now, we at AIRheads↑FLY barely understand what any of the above means. But we do know it looks kind of cool as you can see as well at Alenia Aermacchi M-346 resumes flight tests.

© 2013 AIRheads’ Elmer van Hest

Alenia Aermacchi M-346 resumes flight tests

The Alenia Aermacchi advanced jet trainer over the desert (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)
The Alenia Aermacchi advanced jet trainer over the desert (Image © Alenia Aermacchi)

The M-346 advanced jet trainer has resumed test flight operations after it was grounded by Alenia Aermacchi of Italy following an accident of the company-owned, pre-series aircraft on May 11, 2013.

,,The technical investigation allowed Alenia Aermacchi to successfully identify the accident’s causes”, writes the company in a press release. ,,The process has been shared with air force customers, and the required aircraft modifications have been approved by the relevant authority, the Italian Direzione Armamenti Aeronautici.”

Source: Alenia Aermacchi

Overview: the Air Forces of Denmark

Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) (Flyvevåbnet) status as of July 2013


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Active number of aircraft: 93

  • 17x Lockheed Martin F-16AM single-seat multi-role fighter
  • 13x Lockheed Martin F-16BM dual-seat multi-role fighter
  • 4x Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules tactical transport aircraft
  • 3x Canadair CL-604 Challenger sea and fishery patrol & VIP transport aircraft
  • 27x Saab T-17 (MFI-17) training and observer/scout aircraft
  • 14x Agusta Westland EH-101 tactical transport & search and rescue helicopter
  • 8x Eurocopter AS 550 C2 Fennec observation & scout helicopter
  • 7x Westland Lynx Mk 90B naval support helicopter

Airbases (Flyvestation): 5

  • Aalborg

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    • C-130 (Eskadrille 721)
    • CL-604 (Eskadrille 721)
    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 4x)
  • Karup

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    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 20x)
    • EH-101 (Eskadrille 722)
    • Lynx Mk 90B (Eskadrille 723)
    • AS 550 Fennec (Eskadrille 724)
  • Skrydstrup

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    • F-16AM/BM (Eskadrille 727 / Eskadrille 730)
    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 3x)
  • Roskilde

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    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • Sea King Mk 43 (330 skvadron)
  • Sønderstrømfjord (Greenland)

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    • CL-604 (det. Esk 721, 1x)

Source: Flyvevåbnet

Danish T-17s provide close air support

Royal Danish Air Force (Flyvevåbnet) Saab T-17 (MFI-17 Supporter) training aircraft at Fliegerhorst Wittmundhafen (Wittmund AB), Niedersachsen, Germany (Deutschland). The aircraft with serial T-428 serves with the Flight School (Flyveskolen) at Karup. (Image © Marcel Burger)
Royal Danish Air Force (Flyvevåbnet) Saab T-17 (MFI-17 Supporter) training aircraft at Fliegerhorst Wittmundhafen (Wittmund AB), Niedersachsen, Germany (Deutschland). The aircraft with serial T-428 serves with the Flight School (Flyveskolen) at Karup. (Image © Marcel Burger)

WITH VIDEO | Saab T-17 training aircraft of the Flight School of the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) were deployed for a more offensive role in June 2013. They provided close air support (CAS) over several towns of Danish Jutland, reports the press department of the Danish Armed Forces.

>>> SEE FORSVARETS VIDEO OF T-17 IN CAS ACTION HERE (SCROLL-DOWN) >>>

Together with Forward Air Controllers on the ground instructor pilots of the Flight School identified ground targets from their T-17s for simulated distruction by high-flying F-16 fighter aircraft. The operations were part of wider exercise AGOEX which the Danes held in June to train joint operations between air and ground assets.

The RDAF (Flyvevåbnets Flyveskolen) at Karup operates 27 Saab T-17s, relatively small single-engine propeller planes mainly used to train future air force pilots. Many countries paint their trainers black or yellow, but the Danish T-17s retain a green camo paint scheme for their secondary ground support role. Of the 27 T-17s four are based at Aalborg and three at Skrydstrup.

T-17 is the Danish designation for the Saab MFI-17 Supporter, a military derivative of the Malmö Flygindustri MFI-15 Safari, which was taken over by Saab. Between 1971 and 1979 a total of 462 of the type were built, including 212 as the MFI-17 Mushshak by Pakistan under license.

The aircraft is said to be easy to fly, has wings strong enough to take a weapons load and has excellent capabilities to serve as a armed scout or counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft.

© 2013 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger

>>> SEE FORSVARETS VIDEO OF T-17 IN CAS ACTION HERE (SCROLL-DOWN) >>>

Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) (Flyvevåbnet) status as of July 2013


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Active number of aircraft: 93

  • 17x Lockheed Martin F-16AM single-seat multi-role fighter
  • 13x Lockheed Martin F-16BM dual-seat multi-role fighter
  • 4x Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules tactical transport aircraft
  • 3x Canadair CL-604 Challenger sea and fishery patrol & VIP transport aircraft
  • 27x Saab T-17 (MFI-17) training and observer/scout aircraft
  • 14x Agusta Westland EH-101 tactical transport & search and rescue helicopter
  • 8x Eurocopter AS 550 C2 Fennec observation & scout helicopter
  • 7x Westland Lynx Mk 90B naval support helicopter

Airbases (Flyvestation): 5

  • Aalborg

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    • C-130 (Eskadrille 721)
    • CL-604 (Eskadrille 721)
    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 4x)
  • Karup

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    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 20x)
    • EH-101 (Eskadrille 722)
    • Lynx Mk 90B (Eskadrille 723)
    • AS 550 Fennec (Eskadrille 724)
  • Skrydstrup

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    • F-16AM/BM (Eskadrille 727 / Eskadrille 730)
    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • T-17 (Flyveskolen, 3x)
  • Roskilde

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    • EH-101 (SAR)
    • Sea King Mk 43 (330 skvadron)
  • Sønderstrømfjord (Greenland)

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    • CL-604 (det. Esk 721, 1x)

Source: Flyvevåbnet