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United State Air Force Released First Official Photos Of EC-37B After Visit At Davis-Monthan AFB

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United State Air Force Released First Official Photos Of EC-37B After Visit At Davis-Monthan AFB
An EC-37B Compass Call comes to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Aug. 17, 2022. Compass Call subdues air defenses by stopping the transmission of crucial details in between enemies, their tool systems, as well as control networks.(U.S. Air Force picture by Airman 1st Class Vaughn Weber)The airplane, slated to change the EC-130H Compass Call, made a short browse through to reveal to the 55th Electronic Combat Group the development with the program. The U.S. Air Force launched brand-new pictures of the brand-new EC-37B Compass Call as it quickly went to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on August 17, 2022. The browse through provided to the employees of the 55th Electronic Combat Group the chance to see up-close the airplane that will certainly change in a couple of years their aging EC-130Hs giving up turn much better efficiency and also brand-new capacities over the retiring airplane. The airplane, which got all outside adjustment, is still flying with its guide paint and also the noncombatant enrollment N591GA.

As you might understand currently, the Compass Call system is an air-borne tactical digital assault tool system mounted on a greatly customized variation of the C-130 Hercules, called EC-130H Compass Call. This system interferes with opponent command as well as control interactions, radars, and also navigating systems and also limitations foe control, which is crucial for opponent pressure administration.

The EC-130H flew for the very first time in 1981 and also was provided to the Air Force a year later on. The Compass Call is among the busiest possessions of the whole United States stock, which participated in every dispute where United States soldiers were involved in battle, and also is additionally lengthiest constantly released Air Force property, being released given that 2002 in Afghanistan. After 40 years, nevertheless, the EC-130H needs a substitute, with 5 airplane out of 14 currently retired.

Complying with the kind’s retired life revealed in 2014, the U.S. Air Force started the Compass Call Rehost program, which will certainly relocate the existing Compass Call systems from the EC-130H to the brand-new EC-37B, based upon the Gulfstream G550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning Aircraft (CAEW) airframe. When it comes to the EC-130H, BAE Systems is the specialist for the Prime Mission Equipment (PME) and also L3 Communications is the service provider for airplane combination as well as depot upkeep.

The option of the G550 was the verdict of a collection of evaluations that led the Air Force to pick to rehost the existing Compass Call goal system onto an industrial acquired airplane, causing a sole-source agreement to L3 Communications and also Gulfstream in 2017. The G550 has actually boosted rate, endurance, and also prolonged stand-off array over the heritage EC-130H airplane, claims L3Harris, giving considerably boosted survivability, in addition to supplying enhanced stand-off jamming capacity as well as versatility to respond to innovative interactions and also radar risks.

An EC-37B Compass Call parks after its arrival at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Aug. 17, 2022. Compass Call interrupts adversary command as well as control interactions, radar, and also navigating systems to limit battlespace control.(U.S. Air Force image by Airman 1st Class Vaughn Weber )Ten EC-37Bs, the initial 3 of which are presently being customized in Savannah, Georgia, as well as Waco, Texas, are arranged to change the whole EC-130H fleet. It appears, nonetheless, that the order may be raised to 14 airplane, changing the EC-130H in a 1-to-1 proportion. The initial trip of the brand-new EC-37B happened on October 7, 2021, while the initial ground examination of the totally changed airplane outfitted with the Compass Call system are prepared for 2023. Air Combat Command prepares to field the initial 5 EC-37Bs in 2023. These initial 5 EC-37B airplane will certainly organize the present Baseline 3 variation of Compass Call, which will certainly be”hair transplanted”from the retired EC-130Hs. The continuing to be airplane are arranged to get the updated Baseline 4 alternative presently in advancement, which will apparently present a brand-new low-band jammer system. Among the innovations that ought to make it right into the Baseline 4 system is the Small Adaptive Bank of Electronic Resources( SABER)innovation by BAE Systems, which was effectively trip evaluated for the very first time in 2014. According to the declaration from BAE Systems, SABER is a significant technical development that will certainly enable the Compass Call tool system to change from equipment to software-based electro-magnetic range(EMS )war capacity. The SABER system is improved a collection of Software Defined Radios(SDRs)utilizing an open system design and also will certainly supply the foundation of the brand-new EC-37B’s os.

In this manner, the Compass Call can be upgraded without considerable physical reconfiguration and also allow the U.S. Air Force to quickly as well as proactively reply to arising adversary risksystems. About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso is an independent reporter and also factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s likewise researching to accomplish a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions as well as OSINT methods put on the globe of existing problems as well as army procedures are amongst his locations of knowledge.

The A-10C Demo Team Unveiled Their “Warthog” In Vietnam-Era Camouflage Color Scheme

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The Demo Team’s A-10C takes off after the unveiling of the new paint scheme for the 2021 airshow season. (Photo: U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II demonstration team)

The SouthEast Asia camouflage of the A-10C, inspired by the F-105 Thunderchiefs of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, will honor the unit’s Prisoners of War, Missing in Action and Veterans.

The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II demonstration team is being assigned a new jet ahead of the 2021 airshow season. The aircraft, serial 81-0962, was recently repainted by the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, in the Vietnam-era SouthEast Asia (SEA) camouflage. The A-10 is not new to camouflages, as it was painted with the green and gray European One camouflage during the Cold War.

The Team said that the new paint scheme was inspired by the F-105 Thunderchiefs that the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing (former designation of the current 355th Fighter Wing based at Davis-Monthan) flew during the Vietnam War. To honor the Prisoners of War, Missing in Action and Veterans, the starboard side of the A-10’s nose features the names of all the unit’s members who lost their lives or were captured during the conflict, accompanied by the National League of Families POW/MIA flag.

In honor of all the Vietnam War Prisoners of War, Missing in Action and Veterans…this one is dedicated to you. 🇺🇸 🐗 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base United States Air Force Air Combat Command

Pubblicato da A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team su Venerdì 26 febbraio 2021

The upper surfaces of the A-10C have thus been painted with medium green, dark green and dark tan patches, while the lower surfaces have been painted with camouflage gray, in line with the same colors used by the US Air Force aircraft during the Vietnam conflict. On the fuselage the aircraft also shows the insignias of the 354th and 357th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, which have been redesignated 354th and 357th Fighter Squadrons in 1991.

The aircraft was unveiled at the presence of many Veterans and their families, which had the privilege of witnessing its first flight with the new colors and then get to see the aircraft up-close after it landed. The aircraft was reportedly flown by Capt Haden “Gator” Fullam which, according to the Air Combat Command 2021 Demo Team and Heritage Flight Support Manual, will be the Team’s new Commander and demo pilot. The official announcement is due to arrive soon, as the demo teams are scheduled to fly together during the Heritage Flight Training Course from March 3 through 8 at Davis-Monthan AFB.

The camouflaged A-10C on the ramp at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (Photo: U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II demonstration team)

The new specially painted “Warthog” follows the one that was unveiled in 2019 and flew during the 2020 airshow season, which featured green paint overlapping the standard low-visibility gray scheme on the jet’s upper surfaces, invasion stripes on the lower surfaces of the engines and the wings and the insignias used by the U.S. Army Air Forces until 1947. The special scheme was said to be inspired by P-51 Mustangs which used the same scheme during World War II, even if the P-47 Thunderbolt had a much similar livery.

Stefano D’Urso is a contributor for TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. He’s a full-time engineering student and aspiring pilot. In his spare time he’s also an amateur aviation photographer and flight simulation enthusiast.

BOOM! What Was That? Mysterious “Sonic Boom” Shakes Tucson This Morning.

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A file photo of an F-35A Lightning II over Davis-Monthan AFB outside Tucson, Arizona. The type of aircraft that may have produced the loud boom this morning has not been officially verified.
(All images: TheAviationist.com/Tom Demerly)

Air Force Claims Mysterious “Boom” Wasn’t Them. Local News Suggests, “Earthquake or Mine Blast”.

Tucson, Arizona residents near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and across the city of Tucson are reporting a loud “sonic boom” that happened at 10.44AM local time on Tuesday morning, Dec. 29, 2020.

According to a news report published on Tucson’s KOLD News 13, “People from across Tucson reported hearing a loud boom and the feeling the ground shake around 10:44 am Tuesday, December 29, 2020”.

When Tucson area residents were asked on Facebook if they heard anything, one source in the area told TheAviationist.com, “Hear it? My doors and windows shook like they were coming out of the frames. I was about to yell at the kids. It lasted a full 15 seconds. Hit at 10:44 am. The hanging planters on the back porch were still swinging ten minutes later. And there’s a catch, there was zero wind. It sounded like the house sounds when a dust devil hits it. We did have rain last night and the clouds are low. So, we have a nice reflective inversion layer to propagate air blast pressure waves. Didn’t feel it in the ‘ground’. Felt like only pressure.”

Confidential, unconfirmed reports to TheAviationist.com suggested the noise “might have been an F-35 out of Luke”, suggesting, but not verifying, that the loud noise may have been produced by a supersonic F-35 Lightning II flying from Luke AFB. There is no official media or military confirmation of this claim, and instances of military aircraft breaking the sound barrier over populated areas, which is against FAA and military regulations, are extremely rare.

Numerous Facebook posts about the noise over Tucson this morning surfaced on the author’s social media page.

On the other side, we have reported in the past about loud “booms” generated by fighter jets flying at very high altitude (during a Quick Reaction Alert mission) which propagated fast and could be heard from significant distance.

Local reports say the noise was heard, “as far north as Catalina Foothills High and as far south as Alvernon and Valencia”, which is a busy intersection in Tucson.

Tucson, Arizona is home to extensive military training installations including the massive Davis-Monthan AFB to the south of the city, the AMARG “Boneyard” storage facility adjacent to Davis-Monthan AFB and Tucson International Airport, which is a major training facility for international F-16 flight crews in addition to an active installation for Arizona Air National Guard F-16 units.

An official spokesman from Davis-Monthan AFB told KOLD News 13 that, “We are aware of the reported loud boom in Tucson this morning, but we did not have any aircraft capable of breaking the sound barrier flying at that time.”

Davis-Monthan AFB is home to a number of Air Force and Air Force Reserve units along with a large U.S. Customs and Border Patrol unit. The units at Davis-Monthan operate subsonic aircraft such as the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft, the EC-130 Compass Call electronic warfare aircraft and the HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter.

An MC-130J flies into Davis-Monthan AFB outside Tucson, Arizona during operational testing several years ago. Unusual aircraft are frequent visitors to Davis-Monthan AFB because of the local training areas and the AMARG facility.

However, because of the large 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (309th AMARG), often called “The Boneyard”, and the proximity of local training resources such as the nearby Barry Goldwater Range, it is common for unusual aircraft to visit Davis-Monthan AFB.

No seismic data has been recorded on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website showing earthquake activity in the region during the time of the reported noise. Large subterranean explosions, such as mining activities south of Tucson, could produce a loud noise, but would also register on USGS seismic data. None have been reported in the area.

Davis-Monthan AFB does conduct occasional training and security exercises using live explosives, but these are carefully controlled and public notice of the operations are posted in advance to Davis-Monthan AFB social media and media outlets. No such notices appear for this morning.

A substantial F-16 training facility that includes international air forces such as this Iraqi F-16 operates from Tucson International Airport.

While breaking the sound barrier over populated areas is prohibited, it has been known to happen in the Tucson area due to the high frequency of military flight operations and the proximity of active local training areas. In 2019, a series of mysterious, loud “booms” were heard between January and March in the Tucson area. When reporters from the local KOLD news 13 media outlet investigated the sounds, they reported that, “We never got a straight answer about the cause, but the shaking was strong enough to be picked up by a seismometer at the university of Geosciences Department [at the University of Arizona]”. Several people also caught the loud booms on video and posted the 2019 explosion sounds to social media.

In another 2017 incident, Luke AFB, north of Tucson near Phoenix, told local media that booms that were reported then “may have been caused by a training exercise”. In a separate 2013 incident, Luke AFB confirmed that an F-16 broke the sound barrier during a training exercise west of Tucson at 7:25 pm on February 28 northwest of Kitt Peak. The aircraft was from the 425th Fighter Squadron according to reports on KOLD News 13 at the time of the incident.

A file photo of A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft taxiing at Davis-Monthan AFB outside Tucson, Arizona. Most aircraft operating from Davis-Monthan AFB are subsonic and cannot produce a sonic boom. Aircraft from Tucson International Airport and Luke AFB near Phoenix do have supersonic capability.