Expansion construction project at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The construction effort is necessary as more forces come to Afghanistan and the shift is on from expeditionary to stability operations support.
Credit: American Forces Network Afghanistan, 11/18/09
Video Location: Bagram, AF
Equipment drop from a C-130 aircraft. The C-130 originates from Kandihar for support for coalition ground troops. Scenes include cargo being loaded onto the aircraft, the aircraft flying over mountainous terrain and cargo being pushed out of the aircraft and parachuting to the ground. Precision air re-supply to the ground has become an important element of USAF support to the ground forces.
Credit: 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, 10/9/09
The CV-22 is an Air Force-modified version of the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey. The first two Air Force test aircraft were delivered to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in September 2000, for flight testing. The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB, N.M., began CV-22 aircrew training with the first two production aircraft in August 2006.
The first operational CV-22 was delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command’s 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla., January 2007. Initial operating capability is scheduled for 2009 with a total of 50 CV-22 aircraft delivered by 2017.
Credit: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, 11/4/09
The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover, and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.
The flexibility of the aircraft offers increased speed and range over rotary-wing aircraft, enabling Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews to execute long-range special operations missions. The CV-22 can perform missions that normally would require both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The CV-22 is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, forward-looking infrared sensor, and other advanced avionics systems that allow it to operate at low altitude in adverse weather conditions and medium- to high-threat environments.
Credit: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs,11/4/09
The video shows the operation of the boom on the new A330 tanker. The boom allows for much more rapid refueling than legacy tankers, greater security in operating the boom in night refueling operations and gives the aircraft more capability to refuel more air platforms at the same time. This will be especially important for concurrent refueling of manned and unmanned platforms, a characteristic for 21st century air operations. The third Australian A330 recently landed at Dover AFB on its way back from conversion operations in Australia for final test and preparation in Europe. Currently, there are 28 A330 MRTT on order with four nations – the UKE (14), Australia (5), Saudia Arabia (6), and the United Arab Emirates (3). The UAE is likely to buy an additional 3 tankers which would bring the total to 31 A330 MRTTs.
Credit: Airbus Military.
What is shown is a recent flight of the Eurohawk, a joint program of Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence Systems (http://www.northropgrumman.com/isr/assets/Euro-Hawk_Brochure.pdf) The Eurohawk is an innovative trans-Atlantic program driven by industrial co-operation to deliver a national (German) requirement (http://www.daten.euro-defence.eu/2005/2005smith_semmler.pdf) A common airframe is customized for German needs by EADS DS. This allows commonality with regard to airframe support. The German version provides a new SIGINT mission system to provide stand-off capability to detect intelligence radar emitters and communications intelligence emitters (http://www.eads.com/1024/en/businet/defence/mas/uav/eurohawk.html) Delivery of the first demonstrator is scheduled for 2010. 5 UAVs in total are planned. The Eurohawk will provide an important element of the planned NATO AGS or air-ground surveillance system (http://www.nato.int/issues/ags)
U.S. Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division of the National Joint Patrol with the Afghan Army trying to find out what they can from the locals about the enemy. Scenes include the Soldiers on foot patrol, moving through neighborhoods and up mountain sides, occupying an observation post, locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs), checking vehicles, brief interviews from team members, and a controlled detonation of an IED.
Credit: NATO TV, 10/6/09
The video shows the MV-22 being used during combat training for urban operations. The use of the aircraft with a speed and range which can allow the USMC to move quickly and deploy intact over distance is a crucial combat advantage. Here the MV-22 is seen training in the Midwest during a recent exercise. The video was shot at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.
Credit: USMC; w4th MEU Public Affairs, 10/2/09
The Osprey comes in a configuration for special operations for the US Air Force as well. The ability of the Osprey to operate at night and in diversity of settings provides flexibility for insertion concepts of operations.
The speed and range of the Osprey can carry troops in general support operations with more security and flexibility than traditional rotorcraft. The Osprey is a plane which can land and takeoff like a rotorcraft. Tiltrotor technology provides a significant force for change in ground force con-ops.
This presentation of the F-35 manufacturing process appeared at the Paris Air Show in June 2009. The key elements of the manufacturing process are discussed in the manufacturability section of the website.
Credit: Lockheed Martin
This video provides an overview of the C-5 capabilities and provides insights into its contributions to the con-ops of the joint force. The C-5 is a unique lift asset for the US and its allies and allows complete transfer of units with kits into contingency operations as well as supporting heavy lift worldwide. The new C-5M can fly from Dover, Delaware (its base) to Baghdad without refueling.
Credit: Lockheed Martin
A key task facing the ISAF forces in Afghanistan is to deliver security where possible to the Afghan population. A key element of such an effort is the work of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams which are a team of civilian and military personnel working together with Afghans in a case by case local basis. Here the activities of one such PRT are seen in a following up a Taliban attack on an Afghan school.
Credit: The AFN Afghanistan, 10/2/09
In addition to providing continuing security within Iraq, the US military is providing training to Iraqis on equipment to be provided to the Iraqis. In this video two Marines discuss training for Iraqi soldiers in vehicles maintenance, welding and carpentry.
Credit: II Marine Expeditionary Force, 10/4/09
First Flight of the F-35B which is the vertical launch version of the F-35 on February 15, 2009. This Fall the F-35B will be tested more fully at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.
Credit: Lockheed Martin