Monday, November 17, 2014

Kosmos-2499: Is it a spy or an assassin... or both?


Blog Editor's Note: Given the ramp up of Russian military operations in Europe and Asia, Radio Sputnik replacing Voice of Russia now on the air with Cold War style propaganda, and now Cold War style space activities, I believe the Russian have reset our relations. If they start operating independently again in space, well those of us who lived through the last Cold War may live to see another one regardless what American politicians have to say on the situation.

Object 2014-28E – Space junk or Russian satellite killer?
By Sam Jones, Defense and Security Editor

It is a tale that could have come from the cold war. A mysterious object launched by the Russian military is being tracked by western space agencies, stoking fears over the revival of a defunct Kremlin project to destroy satellites.

For the past few weeks, amateur astronomers and satellite-trackers in Russia and in the west have followed the unusual manoeuvers of Object 2014-28E (now IDed as Cosmos 2499-LVH), watching it guide itself towards other Russian space objects. The pattern appeared to culminate last weekend in a rendezvous with the remains of the rocket stage that launched it.

The object had originally been classed as space debris, propelled into orbit as part of a Russian rocket launch in May to add three Rodnik communications satellites to an existing military constellation. The U.S. military is now tracking it under the NORAD catalog number 39765.

Go to the link below to read the rest of this article http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/cdd0bdb6-6c27-11e4-990f-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz3JMzknud9


1986 DIA illustration of the Istrebitel Sputnik (IS) (lit. "fighter satellite").
system attacking a target. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Here is the current orbital details of this space object:
Cosmos 2499, NORAD ID: 39765, Int'l Code: 2014-028E
Perigee: 1,158.5 km, Apogee: 1,510.7 km, Inclination: 82.4 °
Period: 112.2 minutes, Semi major axis: 7705 km
Launch date: May 23, 2014

And finally here are some additional details on Cosmos 2499 courtesy of the Zarya Space website at http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2014

Cosmos 2499  2014-028E NORAD Catalog #39765 
A small satellite with orbit changing capability. Possibly, but speculatively, an inspector satellite with its own Briz-KM rocket body (2014-028D/39764) as a target. Detected by US tracking sensors and originally catalogued as debris, it was not included in early announcements of the launch. Early 2014 July - started a series of manoeuvers to reduce the separation in orbit planes between itself and the Briz-KM.
2014 November 8/9 it matched planes with the rocket and manoeuvered alongside it.

2014 May 23, 20:26 7872 0.0018 1480 1509 115.86 82.45 317  
2014 May 29, 21:19 7873 0.0018 1481 1508 115.86 82.45 304  
2014 Jul 2, 22:32 7872 0.0017 1480 1508 115.85 82.45 228  
2014 Jul 3, 19:47 7871 0.0020 1477 1508 115.82 82.45 218  
2014 Jul 9, 09:02 7868 0.0024 1472 1509 115.77 82.46 200  
2014 Jul 11, 17:00 7866 0.0021 1471 1504 115.71 82.45 189  
2014 Jul 17, 15:46 7855 0.0022 1460 1494 115.47 82.46 166  
2014 Aug 8, 16:11 7684 0.0241 1121 1491 111.72 82.46 99  
2014 Aug 12, 10:19 7621 0.0323 997 1489 110.36 82.46 94  
2014 Aug 20, 09:32 7588 0.0337 954 1465 109.63 82.42 78  
2014 Aug 20, 14:25 7585 0.0371 925 1488 109.57 82.45 73  
2014 Oct 28, 23:22 7652 0.0287 1055 1494 111.03 82.46 254  
2014 Nov 9, 00:02 7681 0.0254 1108 1499 111.67 82.45 231  
2014 Nov 9, 13:19 7705 0.0228 1152 1503 112.19 82.46 230

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 16 November 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE0977 165834   CNV4386 2014-11-16 22:56:38 C-40A United States USNR | VR-58 [KNIP]
0D066B ------   ---  2014-11-16 21:25:52 ------ Mexico ---
AE047C 59-1448   KEYS81 2014-11-16 21:24:59 KC-135R United States MS ANG | 186ARW | 153ARS [KMEI]
AE047C 59-1448   KEYS81 2014-11-16 21:03:29 KC-135R United States MS ANG | 186ARW | 153ARS [KMEI]
00000A Various   ---  2014-11-16 20:25:46 Various Various ---
AE093A 00-1051   ---  2014-11-16 20:25:29 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE] 0000  16300   
AE0484 62-3509   BACKY94 2014-11-16 20:14:09 KC-135R United States AFRC | 916ARW | 77ARS [KGSB]
AE12BB 69-5828   FLIP33 2014-11-16 19:16:34 MC-130P United States USAF | 1SOW | 9SOS [KHRT]
AE1234 03-3123   RCH739 2014-11-16 19:12:53 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
00000A Various   ---  2014-11-16 18:57:51 Various Various ---
AE0600 80-0321   KRCH 550 2014-11-16 18:42:42 C-130H United States AETC | 314AW | 62AS [KLRF]
AE04BD 58-0076   INDY66 2014-11-16 18:35:16 KC-135R United States AFRC | 434ARW | 72ARS [KGUS]
AE0668 62-3523   KANZA96 2014-11-16 18:25:10 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]
AE20C4 07-7183   RCH025 2014-11-16 17:25:26 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
AE19AF 80-0281   79000155 2014-11-16 16:04:53 A-10A United States USAFE | 52FW | 81FS [ETAD]
00000A Various   ---  2014-11-16 16:01:23 Various Various ---
AE093A 00-1051   ---  2014-11-16 16:00:45 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE] 0000  16300   
AE0668 62-3523   KANZA96 2014-11-16 15:52:20 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]
ADFE4C 94-0320/95-0099   ---  2014-11-16 15:44:25 C-12V United States US Army | B/6-52 AVN (TA) DET-1 [KFTK]
AE0668 62-3523   KANZA96 2014-11-16 15:28:40 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB]
AE1234 03-3123   RCH739 2014-11-16 15:25:31 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
ADFE68 91-1237   DERBY 73 2014-11-16 14:52:11 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
ADFE64 91-1233   DERBY 71 2014-11-16 14:42:32 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
AE0567 85-0010   ---  2014-11-16 00:18:27 C-5M United States USAF | 60AMW [KSUU]

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 15 November 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE117D 02-1111   RCH701 2014-11-15 22:09:07 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]
AE11CA 03-3704   ---  2014-11-15 21:43:04 T-6A United States USAF | 14FTW | 41FTS [KCBM]
AE0203 98-3543   ---  2014-11-15 21:38:30 T-6A United States USAF
AE0579 87-0028   ---  2014-11-15 20:47:09 C-5B United States USAF | 60AMW [KSUU]
AE148A 92-3289   ---  2014-11-15 18:50:06 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB] 0000  24000   
AE015F 58-0119   SODA81 2014-11-15 18:44:20 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]
AE04D8 165830   CNV4062 2014-11-15 16:30:12 C-40A United States USNR | VR-59 [KNFW]
AE4E05 02   C102 2014-11-15 16:08:26 C-37A United States USCG | CGAS Washington [KDCA]
AE148A 92-3289   ---  2014-11-15 16:03:55 E-8C United States GA ANG | 116ACW [KWRB] 0000  24000   
AE29FD 166694   CNV4242 2014-11-15 14:52:22 C-40A United States USNR | VR-56 [KNTU]
AE4D66 10-0213   RCH148 2014-11-15 07:01:42 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
000001 ------   ---  2014-11-15 02:01:21 Various ------ ---
AE4EBE 168440   VVLL801 2014-11-15 01:36:36 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP] 0000  29000    
AE0672 63-8014   BACKY91 2014-11-15 00:46:22 KC-135R United States AFRC | 916ARW | 77ARS [KGSB]
AE4E14 11-5748   GLEAN22 2014-11-15 00:40:24 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]
83AEFC 84-24378   ---  2014-11-15 00:29:48 C-12U United States USARC | C/2-228 AVN (TA) [KFBG]
AE4EBE 168440   VVLL801 2014-11-15 00:27:02 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP] 0000  29000    

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 14 November 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

ADFCFE 95-0050   ---  2014-11-14 23:09:58 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS
ADFCED 94-0142   ---  2014-11-14 23:05:57 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS
AE54C7 12-5756   GLEAN21 2014-11-14 21:43:59 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]
83AEFC 84-24378   ---  2014-11-14 21:39:04 C-12U United States USARC | C/2-228 AVN (TA) [KFBG]
AE54C7 12-5756   GLEAN21 2014-11-14 21:22:36 C-130J-30 United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]
AE0484 62-3509   BACKY94 2014-11-14 21:12:08 KC-135R United States AFRC | 916ARW | 77ARS [KGSB]
AE1141 165975   ---  2014-11-14 20:54:50 T-6A United States USN | TW-6 [KNPA]
ADFCEF 94-0144   ---  2014-11-14 20:28:59 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS
ADFCFE 95-0050   ---  2014-11-14 20:20:27 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS
00000A Various   ---  2014-11-14 20:20:03 Various Various --- 0000  29400   
AE0668 62-3523   KANZA96 2014-11-14 20:07:48 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB] 0000  34000   
ADFE68 91-1237   DERBY 73 2014-11-14 20:03:50 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
AE0600 80-0321   KRCH 550 2014-11-14 19:33:38 C-130H United States AETC | 314AW | 62AS [KLRF]
ADFCEF 94-0144   ---  2014-11-14 19:28:59 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS
ADFCFE 95-0050   ---  2014-11-14 19:20:27 T-1A United States USAF | 14FTW | 48FTS
00000A Various   ---  2014-11-14 19:20:03 Various Various --- 0000  29400   
ADFECB 84-0485   PAT185 2014-11-14 19:17:35 C-12T-3 United States KY ARNG | OSACOM DET-11 [KFFT]
AE0668 62-3523   KANZA96 2014-11-14 19:07:48 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB] 0000  34000   
ADFE64 91-1233   DERBY 71 2014-11-14 19:06:08 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
ADFE68 91-1237   DERBY 73 2014-11-14 19:03:50 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
AE047C 59-1448   KEYS81 2014-11-14 19:01:56 KC-135R United States MS ANG | 186ARW | 153ARS [KMEI]
AE03FC 84-0176   ---  2014-11-14 18:59:16 C-12U United States USARMY
AE0977 165834   CNV4386 2014-11-14 18:53:37 C-40A United States USNR | VR-58 [KNIP]
AE1191    ---  2014-11-14 18:37:17 F-15E/UC-35B United States 
AD96A2 11-3031   HOUND91 2014-11-14 18:35:33 C-146A United States USAF | 27SOW | 524SOS [KCVS]
AE0600 80-0321   KRCH 550 2014-11-14 18:33:38 C-130H United States AETC | 314AW | 62AS [KLRF]
AE07DB 93-0601   THUG21 2014-11-14 18:24:18 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]
AE4EBF 168441 ???   VVLL862 2014-11-14 18:19:38 P-8A United States --- ---  34000    
ADFECB 84-0485   PAT185 2014-11-14 18:17:35 C-12T-3 United States KY ARNG | OSACOM DET-11 [KFFT]
ADFE64 91-1233   DERBY 71 2014-11-14 18:06:08 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
AE047C 59-1448   KEYS81 2014-11-14 18:01:56 KC-135R United States MS ANG | 186ARW | 153ARS [KMEI]
AE03FC 84-0176   ---  2014-11-14 17:59:16 C-12U United States USARMY
AE035E 58-0077   STEEL81 2014-11-14 17:56:34 KC-135T United States PA ANG | 171ARW [KPIT]
AE0977 165834   CNV4386 2014-11-14 17:53:37 C-40A United States USNR | VR-58 [KNIP]
AE1191    ---  2014-11-14 17:37:17 F-15E/UC-35B United States 
AD96A2 11-3031   HOUND91 2014-11-14 17:35:33 C-146A United States USAF | 27SOW | 524SOS [KCVS]
AE07DB 93-0601   THUG21 2014-11-14 17:24:18 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]
AE4EBF 168441 ???   VVLL862 2014-11-14 17:19:38 P-8A United States --- ---  34000    
AE035E 58-0077   STEEL81 2014-11-14 16:56:34 KC-135T United States PA ANG | 171ARW [KPIT]
AE03C0 160627   ---  2014-11-14 16:52:43 KC-130R United States USN | VX-20 [KNHK]
AE03C0 160627   ---  2014-11-14 15:52:43 KC-130R United States USN | VX-20 [KNHK]
AE04E4 59-1469   E91469 2014-11-14 15:32:46 KC-135R United States AFRC | 459ARW | 756ARS [KADW]
152AD7 RA-76503   VDA6875 2014-11-14 15:31:22 Il76TD-90VD Russia Volga Dnepr Airlines 
00000A Various   ---  2014-11-14 15:23:42 Various Various --- 0000  29400   
AE04E4 59-1469   E91469 2014-11-14 15:12:08 KC-135R United States AFRC | 459ARW | 756ARS [KADW]
AE04DB 57-1437   BACKY77 2014-11-14 15:09:47 KC-135R United States AFRC | 916ARW | 77ARS [KGSB] 0000  40000   
AE0668 62-3523   KANZA96 2014-11-14 15:00:47 KC-135R United States USAF | 22ARW [KIAB] 0000  34000   
AE1173 02-1101   RCH850 2014-11-14 14:22:02 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
ADFECB 84-0485   PAT185 2014-11-14 14:19:27 C-12T-3 United States KY ARNG | OSACOM DET-11 [KFFT]
AE12BB 69-5828   FLIP33 2014-11-14 13:51:09 MC-130P United States USAF | 1SOW | 9SOS [KHRT]
ADFDEE 93-1096   SKIER96 2014-11-14 00:30:47 LC-130H United States NY ANG | 105AW | 137AS [KSWF]
83AEFC 84-24378   ---  2014-11-14 00:28:48 C-12U United States USARC | C/2-228 AVN (TA) [KFBG]

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 13 November 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE0265 57-1436   SODA91 2014-11-13 23:57:18 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]
AE093A 00-1051   ---  2014-11-13 23:24:03 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE]
AE11DD 76-1606   SNTRY61H 2014-11-13 22:29:56 E-3C United States USAF | 552ACW [KTIK]
AE0568 86-0011   ---  2014-11-13 22:04:10 C-5M United States USAF | 60AMW [KSUU]
AE0265 57-1436   SODA91 2014-11-13 21:19:37 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]
AE093D 01-0301   ---  2014-11-13 21:17:44 UC-35a1 United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]
ADFEA2 96-7322   SUMIT 22 2014-11-13 21:05:44 C-130H United States AFRC | 302AW | 731AS [KCOS]
ADFEA2 96-7322   SUMIT 22 2014-11-13 20:44:39 C-130H United States AFRC | 302AW | 731AS [KCOS]
AE49C8 09-9212   RCH685 2014-11-13 20:04:06 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS] 0000  29000   
AE093D 01-0301   ---  2014-11-13 20:00:52 UC-35a1 United States US Army | OSACOM PATD [KADW]
AE1251 165835   CNV4362 2014-11-13 19:47:22 C-40A United States USNR | VR-57 [KNZY]
50801D UR-82009 ADB266F 2014-11-13 19:29:59 An-124-100 Ukraine Antonov Design Bureau
AE4CF7 2714   C2714 2014-11-13 18:58:57 C-27J United States CoastGuard
AE2935 78-23140   ---  2014-11-13 18:20:05 C-12 United States ---
AE0505 60-0366   TOPCAT6 2014-11-13 16:39:14 KC-135R United States NJ ANG | 108W | 141ARS [KWRI]
A8657E N640CS   DOJ420 2014-11-13 16:37:50 737-400 United States US DOJ ---  22975    
AE04AC 99-0103   ---  2014-11-13 16:36:52 UC-35a1 United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE]
ADFE85 92-0550   BULL21 2014-11-13 16:09:23 C-130H United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]
AE0505 60-0366   TOPCAT6 2014-11-13 16:06:38 KC-135R United States NJ ANG | 108W | 141ARS [KWRI]
ADFE85 92-0550   BULL21 2014-11-13 14:56:45 C-130H United States USAF | 19AW [KLRF]
AE2935 78-23140   ---  2014-11-13 14:50:48 C-12 United States ---
ADFE66 91-1235   DERBY 72 2014-11-13 14:40:25 C-130H United States KY ANG | 123AW | 165AS [KSDF]
AE49C8 09-9212   RCH685 2014-11-13 14:32:51 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS] 0000  29000   
ADFECB 84-0485   PAT185 2014-11-13 13:21:06 C-12T-3 United States KY ARNG | OSACOM DET-11 [KFFT]
AE07D0 89-1192   ---  2014-11-13 04:35:44 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
478114 5607   NOW335B 2014-11-13 01:47:15 C-130J-30 Norway 335skv
ADFDB9 93-1039   FELON 32 2014-11-13 01:00:39 C-130H United States AFRC | 94AW | 700AS [KMGE]
AE015F 58-0119   SODA91 2014-11-13 00:48:58 KC-135R United States TN ANG | 134ARW | 151ARS [KTYS]

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 12 November 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE29CF 08-6202   RAID93 2014-11-12 23:26:09 MC-130J United States USAF | 27SOW | 522SOS [KCVS]
AE10B5 01-0186   RCH634T 2014-11-12 23:25:02 C-17A United States USAF | 436AW | 3AS [KDOV]
AE4EC2 168757   LLVV817 2014-11-12 22:58:07 P-8A United States USN | VP-30 [KNIP] ---  33000    
AE4EBF 168441 ???   ---  2014-11-12 22:49:34 P-8A United States --- 
ADFEC9 84-0182   PAT576 2014-11-12 21:40:49 C-12U United States ARMY
ADFDB7 93-1037   CHIVE 37 2014-11-12 21:08:26 C-130H United States AFRC | 94AW | 700AS [KMGE]
AE08FC 84-24379   00000000 2014-11-12 20:16:30 C-12R United States USARC | A/2-228 AVN (TA) [KWRI ]
AE036F 98-0009   ---  2014-11-12 19:36:08 UC-35A United States USARMY |
ADFD76 91-0506   ---  2014-11-12 18:35:20 C-26E United States CO ARNG | OSACOM DET-33 [KBKF]
AE0679 00-0174   BOE74 2014-11-12 18:23:51 C-17A United States USAF | 3WG | 517AS [PAED]
AE4E9D 166180   ---  2014-11-12 18:05:45 T-6B United States ---
00000A Various   ---  2014-11-12 18:04:01 Various Various ---
AE041D 57-1486   JAKE11 2014-11-12 17:19:54 KC-135R United States MS ANG | 186ARW | 153ARS [KMEI] 0762  29000   
AE093A 00-1051   ---  2014-11-12 16:37:26 UC-35B United States USARC | B/2-228 AVN (TA) [KMGE] ---  --- 

Russia flexing military muscle with expanded bomber patrols around North America

 In this Aug. 7, 2008 file photo, Russia's strategic bomber Tu-160 or White Swan, the largest supersonic bomber in the world, seen at Engels Air Base near Saratov, about 700 kilometers (450 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
Blog Editor's Note: With the start this week of Russia's new propaganda arm "Radio Sputnik" streaming on the Internet, which according to the station has replaced the Voice of Russia, the on-going conflict in Ukraine, provocative flights around Scandinavia by the Russian Long Range Air Force and now this below. Mikhail S. Gorbachev may be right that we are near or at the Cold War cranking up again (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/11/09/gorbachev-warns-new-cold-war-at-ceremony-marking-berlin-wall-fall/). Wonder when we will see Radio Sputnik show up in the shortwave broadcast bands? Time to keep an ear on the Russian Long Range Air Force freqs. More to follow on that on this blog.

From AP and CBS News press reports:

In a show of military muscle amid tensions with the West, Russia will send long-range strategic bombers on regular patrol missions across the globe, from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico,  Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

The announcement by Shoigu came as NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
accused Russia of sending fresh troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine.

Shoigu said Russian long-range bombers will conduct flights along Russian borders and over the Arctic Ocean. He said, "In the current situation we have to maintain military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico."

Shoigu would not say how frequent the patrol missions would be or offer any other specifics, but he noted that the increasing pace and duration of flights would require stronger maintenance efforts and that relevant directives have been issued to industries.

He said the Russian air force's long-range planes also will conduct "reconnaissance missions to monitor foreign powers' military activities and maritime communications."
A senior U.S. military official said Russia has not previously flown actual bomber patrols over the Gulf of Mexico, including during the Cold War.

The bomber patrol flights have resumed under President Vladimir Putin's tenure, and they have become even more frequent in recent weeks, with NATO reporting a spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas as well as the Atlantic Ocean.

Earlier this year, Shoigu said that Russia plans to expand its worldwide military presence by seeking permission for navy ships to use ports in Latin America, Asia and elsewhere for replenishing supplies and doing maintenance. He said the military was conducting talks with Algeria, Cyprus, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cuba, Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore.

Shoigu said Russia also is talking to some of those countries about allowing long-range bombers to use their air bases for refuelling .

Complete story at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-flexing-military-muscle-with-expanded-bomber-patrols/

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

60 AMW KC-10 A/A Frequencies


For my west coast readers, Travis AFB 60 AMW KC-10A tankers have two VHF interplane (Air/Air) frequencies assigned to them. Keep an ear out for activity on
138.875 (primary) and 139.925 (secondary) MHz.

Russia's 'close military encounters' with Europe documented

Russian military flights into Europe have increased over the past year
The growing strains between Russia and the West prompted by the Ukraine crisis are now sending ripples of military tension across Europe.

NATO has responded to Russia's incursions into Ukraine by stepping up its ties with Kiev and bolstering air patrols and exercises with its eastern and central European members.

Russia in turn has decided to pursue a more active, many might say a more aggressive, military policy of its own, returning to the sorts of flights and activities from the Cold War years that were used to regularly test out NATO defenses.

The European Leadership Network, a London-based think tank, has produced a detailed study of this more assertive Russian activity.

Close encounters

Entitled Dangerous Brinkmanship: Close Military Encounters Between Russia and the West in 2014, it chronicles almost 40 specific incidents that have occurred during the past eight months.

It says these "add up to a highly disturbing picture of violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles, narrowly avoided mid-air collisions, close encounters at sea and other dangerous actions happening on a regular basis over a very wide geographical area".

Key incidents by date
You can read the entire story on the BBC website at
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29956277

Russian TU-95MS Bear Net heard on new winter freq

Reporters on the UDXF newsgroup are reporting that the Russian TU-95MS Bear W CW Beacon / CW Net  have shifted operations to a winter frequency of 8112.0 kHz

According to Tom Hill the winter USB voice frequency for these Russian Air Force aircraft is 8131.0 kHz.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Mode-S/ADS Milcom Intercepts 8 November 2014 - Btown NC

Here is another round of Mode-S/ADS-B intercepts and selected ATC call signs logged from here on the radio ranch in WNC. All dates/times are UTC.

AE140A 05-3787   ---  2014-11-08 22:16:04 T-6A United States USAF | 14FTW | 41FTS [KCBM]
AE01ED 97-3021   ---  2014-11-08 22:11:07 T-6A United States USAF | 14FTW | 41FTS [KCBM]
AE0563 85-0006   ---  2014-11-08 21:49:48 C-5B United States AFRC | 439AW | 337AS [KCEF]
AE04D9 165831   CNV4642 2014-11-08 21:44:01 C-40A United States USNR | VR-59 [KNFW]
AE07D6 92-3292   RCH802 2014-11-08 18:23:54 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]
AE54CD 12-5760   ---  2014-11-08 18:16:55 MC-130J-30 United States USAFE | 352SOG | 67SOS [EGUN]
AE1238 03-3127   STORK41 2014-11-08 17:36:08 C-17A United States USAF | 62AW [KTCM]
AE54CD 12-5760   ---  2014-11-08 17:20:38 MC-130J-30 United States USAFE | 352SOG | 67SOS [EGUN]
AE1198 03-3115   RCH695 2014-11-08 16:46:10 C-17A United States MS ANG | 172AW | 183AS [KJAN]
AE08F9 84-24376   2316 2014-11-08 16:36:03 C-12R United States OSACOM/PAT
AE0419 164407   GOTO FMS 2014-11-08 15:38:40 E-6B United States USN | SCW-1 [KTIK] ---  21325    
AE08F9 84-24376   2316 2014-11-08 14:20:55 C-12R United States OSACOM/PAT
AE07E5 95-0102   RCH803 2014-11-08 07:20:26 C-17A United States USAF | 437AW [KCHS]