|TDPU/Spotters' Day at Florennes airbase - 14 July 2005|
The Tactical Discussion and Procedures Update (TDPU) event organised by 350 (F) Squadron at Florennes airbase was aimed at looking into the standardisation of the procedures and the improvement of the team-work between NATO squadrons equipped with the latest operational F-16 MLU M3 upgrade. More particularly examined was the Link 16 capability, which provides a real-time, jam resistant secure transfer of combat data, voice and relative navigation information between widely dispersed battle elements. At the same time 350 (F) Squadron, having a strong Air Defence squadron tradition organised a Fighter Meet which gave the opportunity to train air-air type missions against all major participating Air Defence Squadrons from Europe. Also present at Florennes were some F-16 MLU M4 upgraded aircraft from the Norwegian, Danish and Dutch Air Forces for some development testing giving a first peek of things to come for the Fighting Falcon family. On 14 July 2005 350 (F) squadron organised a Spotters' Day to give the general public a good view of the activities going on at Florennes Airbase. Plagued by some last minute cancellations due to the London bombings and the fact that it was France's National holiday, the splendid weather non the less made this a very refreshing and easy going-day.
Specially decorated for the occasion, the tail of F-16AM FA-57.
Participating Aircraft on 14 July
Three Swiss Air Force MC Donnell Douglas F/A-18C and D (middle) Hornets on the ramp at Florennes.
Two Dassault Etendards of the French Aéronavale await clearance for take-off at the runway threshold.
Shape of things to come, KLu F-16AM/M4 J-210 carrying a JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) GBU-31 INS/GPS guided bomb.
The newest short range air-to air missile Saab IRIS-T ordered by the
Norwegian Air Force (under the wing - the wingtip missile being an AMRAAM).
The system combines
aerodynamics and thrust control in a tail controlled airframe.
A Swiss Air Force F/A-18C Hornet comes in to land at Florennes during the Spotters' Day.
Daniel Brackx & Vincent Pirard (July 2005)
Last updated 16/03/12 06:49 Daniel Brackx