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MC-12 Liberty: Debut la Red Flag

MC-12 Liberty, varianta pentru aplicatii ISR a Beechcraft King Air

La exercitiul Red Flag de anul acesta, desfasurat in perioada 27.02-16.03, au participat, pentru prima data aeronave MC-12, platforme ISR derivate din modelul civil Beechcraft King Air. Avioanele au apartinut Escadrilei 498 Recunoastere, campata la Beale AFB, California.

Lt. Col. Harlie Bodine, comandantul escadrilei a declarat ca participarea la Red flag e o mare realizare atat pentru aeronava, introdusa in serviciu in 2009, cat si pentru unitatea pe care o comanda, infiintata in august anul trecut.

“The MC-12 had the fastest approval-to-delivery time in the Air Force’s history with the exception of the P-51, a World War II fighter – just eight months from concept to combat. Being in Red Flag not only validates the capability we provide but enables us to train and integrate with a huge list of other weapon systems. We are extremely glad to be here,” a declarat Bodine.

Ca in fiecare an, exercitiul Red Flag a reunit in zona Nevada Test and Training Range, mai multe zeci de aeronave, de toate tipurile, apartinand statelor membre NATO.



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