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Some 227 horses and rider from the Colombian National Police took part in an 247 Mile journey to the Bridge of Boyaca to commemorate the sacrifice of the people of Charalá who gave their lives for their Country in the epic battle of the River Pienta – July 29th 2012
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Some random pictures from the Colombian Navy, inlcuiding their Celebration for its 189 Anniversary
A Formation of Colombian Navy vessels in the Bay of Cartagena, Colombia during the celebration of the 189 Aniversary of the Colombian Navy
Picture of the OPV "20 de Julio" during the Celebrations in Cartagena of the 189 Anniversary of the Colombian Navy
ARC Providenica Oceanographic Ship
ARC Valle del Cauca, Coast Guard Ship
ARC Valle del Cauca, Coast Guard Ship
More random pictures from the Colombian Navy
OPV ARC 20 de Julio
From Red Flag 12-4
Colombian Air Force Commander visits Nellis AFB
Colombia Air Force Gen. Tito Pinilla, commander, is greeted by U.S. Air Force Col. Hans Palaoro, Chief, United States Air Force Mission- Colombia during Pinilla's arrival July 24, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. During Pinilla's visit, he will be observing the missions of the Colombia aircraft that are participating in Red Flag 12-4.
And two amazing pictures in hig resColombia Air Force Gen. Tito Pinilla, commander, and Brig. Gen. Carlos Bueno, 1st Fighter Wing commander, discuss Red Flag aerial tactics during Gen Pinilla's arrival July 24, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Pinilla has been the Colombia Air Force commander since Sept. 9, 2011.
Two Republic of Colombia Air Force F-21 Kfir fighter jets perform refueling operations during the Red Flag 12-4 exercise July 24, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The first F-21 Kfir fighter jet entered service in 1976. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
Two F-21 Kfir fighter jets participate in Red Flag 12-4 exercise July 24, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.The F-21 Kfir fighter jet is a single-seat multitask fighter built by Israel Aerospace Industries.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
My curiosity its why the USAF designate the Kfir C-10 as F-21???
Because it was after F-20 Tigershark and before F-22 Raptor. (and I don't think they could have been C.10 models. Propably earlier ones)
Kfir did join US Navy as F21
From WikipediaTwenty-five modified Kfir C.1s were leased to the US Navy and the US Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989, to act as adversary aircraft in dissimilar air combat training (DACT). These aircraft, designated F-21A Kfir, had narrow-span canard foreplanes and a single small rectangular strake on either side of the nose which considerably improved the aircraft's maneuverability and handling at low speeds.
The 12 F-21 aircraft leased to the US Navy, painted in a three-tone blue-gray "ghost" scheme, were operated by VF-43, based at NAS Oceana. In 1988 they were returned and replaced by the F-16N. The 13 aircraft leased to the United States Marine Corps were operated by VMFT-401 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. In addition to the blue-gray painted aircraft, the USMC also had some F-21s painted in Israeli colors and desert "flogger" schemes. These aircraft were replaced by F-5Es when the F-21s were returned in 1989.
Kfirs are also used by the US firm Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, also known as ATAC, a civilian company that provides fleet tactical aircraft and services to the US military. ATAC provides airborne tactical training, threat simulation, and research & development. They are based in Newport News, VA, with additional permanent operating locations at US naval air stations and marine corps air stations in California, Nevada, Hawaii and Japan. ATAC also operates the Saab 35 Draken, the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and the Hawker Hunter F58. On March 6, 2012, ATAC Kfir N404AX crashed at NAS Fallon (Nevada) after a flight supporting the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center. The pilot, retired USN Captain Carroll LeFon, was fatally injured.
The colombian planes aren't F-21, those planes were Kfir C2 with elta 2001B (not really a radar) and it is basicly an israeli copy of the france's Mirage 5 with the american J79 (F-104's engine inherited by the F-4), the kfir C7 is the same plane with the elta 2021 (however even when colombia had Kfir "C7" those planes them never had that radar, so technically these planes were Kfir C2) and the Kfir C10 is with the elta 2032 and some other things.
There are some minor differences with the engine (a couple of lb +), RWR and other things like that.
ok... UAE's F16 is still F16, even it is almost total new development compare to F16C/D
Same case applies to Kfir...
A note from the Colombian Air Force during Red Flag 12-4 at Nellis AFB, Nevada
by Charles Ramey
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
7/30/2012 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- Central Colombia and southern Nevada are vastly different locations. The terrain, weather and operational environments between each location vary to the extremes. So what drives an air force to briefly trade the jungles of South America for the desert of the American southwest? The answer is world-class, realistic air combat training that can't be acquired anywhere else.
July 16-27, Colombia became the 29th nation to participate in Red Flag exercises at Nellis Air Force Base.
With eight Israel Aerospace Industries Kfir multi-role fighters, and Boeing 707 and 767 tankers, the Colombian air force deployed beyond its borders for the first time to participate in the two-week large force employment exercise.
As part of a 60-aircraft mission package, the Colombian air force supported air interdiction strikes, combat search and rescue operations, SCUD hunts, location of high value targets, and defensive counter-air missions.
"The aircraft are compatible for the missions given to us and doing well here at Nellis," said Colombian Brig. Gen. Carlos Bueno, commander of the 100-plus-person Colombian contingent participating in Red Flag. "At first, our pilots felt a little intimidated by the size and complexity of the exercise, but they quickly moved beyond that as they saw how they contribute to the overall mission."
The Colombian air force, which has extensive experience in precision engagement via counternarcotics and counterterrorism operations, primarily supported air-to-ground operations throughout the exercise.
"These guys are good," said Maj. Mike Culhane, an F-15C pilot from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, and a mission package planner during Red Flag 12-4. "Our plans relied on their precision strike capabilities to take out enemy threats, and they hit their targets on every mission. They were integral to our overall success."
For the Colombian air force, Red Flag began long before July 16. The country started working with the U.S. Air Force Mission in Colombia to begin planning for the exercise when it was invited to participate in 2011.
"The 12-month program consisted of English language training where the pilots had to score an 85 percent or higher on proficiency tests and a series of flying competency assessments, " said Col. Hans Palaoro, chief of the U.S. Air Force Mission-Colombia. "They also participated in a series of mini practices in Colombia, then deployed to Kelly Field, Texas, for a final checkout before coming to Nellis."
Partnering with the Colombian air force via exercises and other activities is a priority for the U.S. Air Force.
"Efforts in the areas of precision strike and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance have paid huge dividends for both countries as we work together to counter drug trafficking and insurgency," said Col. Michael Reed, chief of Strategy and Plans in the Secretary of the Air Force's International Affairs division. "We will continue to work with Colombia on a host of air force issues in order to increase our collective security. Colombian air force participation in Red Flag provides a perfect opportunity for us to learn valuable lessons from one another, and will serve to strengthen our strategically important relationship."
For the Colombians, the feelings are mutual.
"It's been amazing and great to work with other aircrews and share our stories and combat experience," Bueno said. "We've learned a lot of lessons that will help improve our interoperability with the U.S. Air Force and we hope to return for more exercises in the future."
Colombia’s Air Force Joins Red Flag 2012
Claudia Sánchez-Bustamante/DIÁLOGOColombian Air Force Maj. William Bello, pilot, uses the refueling probe on his Kfir, Israeli built fighter aircraft, to exit the cockpit July 13, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Kfir jets are in service with air forces of Sri Lanka, Ecuador and Colombia. They are also used as aggressor aircraft, without weapons, by the U.S. Navy, to provide dissimilar air combat training.
The skies over Nevada have seen high military aircraft traffic since the start of the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Red Flag 2012 exercise on July 16. Much of it is due to the participation of Colombian Air Force (FAC) Kfirs, which have come a long way to take part in the exercise for the first time.
Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise engaging the air forces of the United States and its partner nations. The exercise is based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and held north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), a military training area with more than 12,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land.
For Colombia, Red Flag represents a great opportunity to demonstrate their institution’s high level of professionalism and aptitude in each of the exercise missions, which include air interdiction, combat search and rescue, close air support, dynamic targeting and defensive counter air, three years after the FAC was recognized for its ability to perform air operations in complex environments by the U.S. Air Force (USAF), and was invited to participate.
“For us to finally be here is a dream come true. It’s something all the generals thought about back when they were lieutenants and captains, and now we are seeing the new lieutenants and captains actually doing it. The chance to work on our interoperability with the USAF and to improve our tactics and skills has been just incredible,” said FAC Brigadier General Carlos Bueno.
Red Flag 2012 has also allowed the Colombian pilots to display the high-level capability of the FAC’s Kfirs (a Hebrew name meaning young lion), which are executing their missions alongside the world’s aviation greats: the United States’ F-15s and B1s and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) F-16s, and successfully engaging the USAF “aggressor” F-16s.
Other participants in Red Flag 2012 include the 48th Fighter Wing, 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15Cs, from the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath; the UAE’s F-16s, and U.S. aircraft from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; Creech Air Force Base, Nevada; Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina; Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington.
The range offers 1,900 possible targets, realistic threat systems and an opposing enemy force that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. “Nellis and the NTTR are the home of a “peacetime battlefield,” providing combat air forces with the ability to train to fight together, survive together and win together,” according to the USAF.
The USAF’s 414th Combat Training Squadron is responsible for executing Red Flag, where more than 70 aircraft depart the base for a battle in the afternoon, and again each night until the conclusion of the exercise, on July 27.
Both personnel and maintenance and logistics protocols for each participating nation have been standardized to international levels, which has allowed the flight line mission readiness of each aircraft to be maintained for the day and night missions assigned. FAC maintainers worked closely with USAF advisors over the past year to learn USAF flight line standard procedures, which are now becoming the Colombian standard as well.
For his part, Colonel Hans Palaoro, Chief, Air Force Mission with the Military Group in Colombia, said, “For us, this is really about interoperability. We want to have strong Global Core Partners around the world, and the Colombian Air Force has shown that they are both willing and very capable of being one of them. During their preparation for RED FLAG, they learned and adopted the NATO international standard for Aerial Refueling (which of course the USAF also uses), making tanker interoperability with us a reality, they adopted USAF flightline standards and air-to-air training rules, and they have truly demonstrated their capacity to operate safely and very effectively with us – fully integrated – in the world’s toughest large force employment exercise. I could not be more proud of what they’ve done, and this represents the beginning of a new phase in our already strong relationship.”
Since its inception in 1975, 28 countries have joined the U.S. in these exercises, with several other countries having participated as observers. Colombia is now the 29th Red Flag provides training for more than 440,000 military personnel, including more than 145,000 aircrew members flying more than 385,000 sorties and logging more than 660,000 hours of flying time.
This mock battle in the skies over the NTTR has produced results that increase the combat capability of the armed forces for any combat situation.
Red Flag 12-4 2012
Some pictures of the Visit of the Colombian Air Force Commander Gen. Tito Pinilla to Nellis AFB, Nevada
Pictures and Credits: Colombian Air Force
*Picture Bonus from Red Flag 12-4
*Picture and credits: Kevin Whitehead
Nice pics, guys; keep them coming !
More pictures from Red Flag 12-4 and the Participation of the Colombian Air Force during this military simulated exercices in Nellis AFB, Nevada.
General Tito Pinilla Commander of the Colombian Air Force during his visit to Nellis AFB, in Nevada.General Tito Pinilla (right) Commander of the Colombian Air Force during his visit to Nellis AFB, in Nevada.
General Pinilla aboard of a Colombian Air Force Kfir C12 at the Ramp in Nellis AFB
A Colombian Air Force Kfir C-10 takes off From Nellis AFB
The Commander of the Colombian Air Force aboard a Kfir C12 at the ramp of the Nellis AFB, Nevada
An USAF F-16 Aggressor flyies over Nellis AFB, Behind the image of General Pinilla, we can se clearly the famous United Arab Emirates F-16 Squadron
General Tito Saùl Pinilla Pinilla Commander of the Colombian Air Force and the Lt. General Robin Rand of the USAF at Nellis, AFB
*Pictures and Credits: Colombian Air Force