Category Archives: Airlift

Airbus A400M tests airfield seizure

Ground forces roll out from an Airbus A400M just landed at Boscombe Down on July 17th, 2013 (Image © Airbus Military)
Ground forces roll out from an Airbus A400M just landed at Boscombe Down on July 17th, 2013 (Image © Airbus Military)

In a series of tests at RAF Boscombe Down in the United Kingdom, Airbus Military tested the new A400M tactical transport aircraft to deploy vehicles and troops rapidly to seize an enemy airfield. The photo published on July 17th shows a Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle, and weapons-mounted support vehicle with trailer exiting an A400M with its engines running to enable it to depart immediately. The technique is typically used to enable special forces to secure a bridgehead airfield so that large quantities of reinforcements and supplies can subsequently be delivered in safety. Although not tested this time, up to 60 troops could be deployed simultaneously with the vehicles.

Source: Airbus Military

Nine Australian C-130s to Indonesia

UPDATE 22 NOVEMBER 2013: The Indonesian government cancelled all military co-operation (temporarily) with Australia on 1 January 2014, out of anger of Australian espionage of highly placed officials including the Indonesian president. The Indonesian move will very likely cause cancellation or delay of at least the latter five C-130s.

Nine former Royal Australian Air Force C-130H Hercules will soldier on with the Indonesian Defence Forces, according to a press release by the Australian government on July 26th, 2013.

On that day five C-130s were offered at at discount rate and the two countries signed an pre-sale document. Four other Herculeses are already in the process of being transferred as part of an earlier agreement.

,,The sale of a further five C-130H transport aircraft will further enhance Indonesia’s capacity to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crisis”, writes an Australian government press spokesperson.

Source: Australian Government

A RAAF C-130H Hercules in Iraq in 2008 (Image © Australian DoD/DMO)
A RAAF C-130H Hercules in Iraq in 2008 (Image © Australian DoD/DMO)

Dyess AFB largest Super Hercules operator

The 28th C-130J Super Hercules destined for Dyess AFB, Texas, leaves the Lockheed Martin Marietta plant, Georgia (Image © Todd R. McQueen / Lockheed Martin)
The 28th C-130J Super Hercules destined for Dyess AFB, Texas, leaves the Lockheed Martin Marietta plant, Georgia (Image © Todd R. McQueen / Lockheed Martin)

The final Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules (aircraft number 5726) designated for the 317th Airlift Group was ferried to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on July 25th, 2013.

With the arrival of this aircraft, Dyess AFB is officially the largest C-130J Super Hercules operator in the world with a fleet of 28 aircraft.

The C-130J Super Hercules worldwide fleet recently surpassed 1 million flight hours; missions flown by Dyess AFB C-130J crews and aircraft contributed to this milestone.

Source: Lockheed Martin

Cameroon AF gets CN235

Cameroon Air Force Airbus CN235 (Image © Airbus Military)
Cameroon Air Force Airbus CN235 (Image © Airbus Military)

The Cameroon Air Force got its first and only new Airbus (CASA) CN235 medium transport aircraft, reports Airbus Military.

The handover makes Cameroon the sixteenth sub-Saharan nation to operate Airbus Military’s family of light and medium aircraft. Altogether 61 countries now operate the Airbus Military light and medium family of airlifters and surveillance aircraft – the C212, CN235 and C295.

The CN235 is can carry a six tonne payload and operates in hot, dusty and humid conditions and on unprepared runways. It has a fair short take-off and landing capability, and its cabin can be reconfigured for a variety of transport missions such as carrying troops, cargo, mixed loads or for medical evacuation.

Source: Airbus Military

Cameroon Air Force (Armée de l’Air du Cameroun) status as of July 2013


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Active number of aircraft: 20

  • 4x Dassault Breguet / Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft
  • 1x Airbus CN235 medium transport aircraft
  • 3x Lockheed C-130H tactical transport aircraft
  • 1x Gulfstream III VIP transport
  • 1x Aérospatiale SA332 Super Puma transport helicopter
  • 1x Aérospatiale SA330 Puma transport helicopter
  • 1x Aérospatiale SA318 Alouette II utlity helicopter
  • 1x Bell 412 utility helicopter
  • 7x Humbert Tetras training aircraft

Airbases: 3
Douala, Garoua, Yaoundé

The number and type of active aircraft are confirmed by several sources. The Cameroon AF might have more aircraft ready, but AIRheads could not obtain reliable information about those aircraft.

Talisman Saber 2013

USMC MV-22B during exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (Image © USMC / Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)
USMC MV-22B during exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (Image © USMC / Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)

A US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey transport aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes off from Samuel Hill Airfield in Australia on July 16th, 2013. The 31st MEU is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response.

Source: USMC