Embraer in Belgian service

Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Luc Dujardin - ©SBAP 2011 

 

Emmen airbase is born in 1930. The story of this base is comparable to the evolution of Payerne regarding the different aircraft based there. Today, Emmen airbase is probably the one with the lowest activity. But this base is the home of the well known “Patrouille Suisse” and their F-5E. Some transport aircraft are based there, but the most activities in Emmen are provided by the Aeronautical companies responsible for the construction of the maintenance of the Swiss Air Force aircraft. But since couple of years Emmen is the home base of the 7th UAV squadron “Drohnenstaffel 7” and their Swiss made machine: the ADS 95 “Ranger”.

Constructed by RUAG Aerospace, this unmanned vehicle is in service since 2001 and the Swiss Air Force bought 28 frames of this recce aircraft.

Technical Data ADS 95 "Ranger"

Engine: 2 cylinder, 2-stroke, 45 PS engine
Max. take-off mass (MTOM): 275 kg
Payload: 40 kg
Width span: 5.71 m
Length: 4.61 m
Height: 1.13 m
Speed: 90 - 220 km/h
Flight endurance: approx 4 h
Operational range: distance to directing control station: 100 km
 
 
Base equipements
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
The Hawker Hunter Mk 58 as gate guardian (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
Control tower (Luc Dujardin) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Landing lights and the city in background (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Arrester barrier (Luc Dujardin) and the tension system (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
The barrier deployed... (Serge Van Heertum) means that some movements are busy (Luc Dujardin)
   
Approach radar (Serge Van Heertum) In middle of the runway and the arrester cable (Serge Van Heertum)
   
   
Operations October 14th
   
Arrival of two PC-21 (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
   
After the handling, towing to the hangar (Luc Dujardin) No more mission for them today (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Emmen is the homebase of the Drohnenstaffel 7 (Swiss Air Force) The transport system (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Back to base for th D-125 (Serge Van Heertum) Note the landing "gear" system (Luc Dujardin)
   
Set on transportation system (Serge Van Heertum) Back to the launch pad beiing prepared for next mission (Serge Van Heertum)
   
The launch pad vehicle (Serge Van Heertum) D-126 placed on the launch pad (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Panoramic view of the all system (Serge Van Heertum)
   
Drone pilot command post (Serge Van Heertum) Follow up radar system (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Serge Van Heertum) The hangar with some of the "Patrouille Suisse" aircraft (Serge Van Heertum)
   
PC-6 is a workhorse in the Swiss Air Force (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)

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