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  1. In fact, it's a post-CCIP upgrade. BAe Systems was awarded a contract to supply 336 Mode-5 capable AN/APX-125(V) Advanced IFF to the USAF in April 2013. The installation on Block 40/42 Vipers was scheduled to be completed by May 2015. Externally, the older AN/APX-113(V) and the AN/APX-125(V) are virtually identical.
  2. Never expected to built one, but eventually did: Westland Wyvern The one that'll never make it into my stash: F-35
  3. Northrop Improved Seat as found on Jordanian F-5E/F: For comparison, Northrop Standard Seat:
  4. It also appears that the recent batch lacks the formation lights, depicting blanking covers instead. UV-30MK "Aerosol/Chaff Dispensing System"/"Passive Jamming Dispenser" http://eng.ktrv.ru/p...ng/323/529/552/
  5. According to http://www.f-106deltadart.com
  6. The Six never carried AIM-4Ds operationally, only AIM-4E (GAR-3), AIM-4F (GAR-3A) and AIM-4G (GAR-4A) "Super Falcon" missiles. The SARH -guided AIM-4F superseded the E-model quite quickly. A typical loadout would comprise two AIM-4F on the forward trapeze launchers and a pair of IR-guided AIM-4G on the rear rails.
  7. Stone me to death, but... <heresy> I'd rather prefer a quarterscale Su-35S than some hellish poultry... </heresy>
  8. "Humpback" versus "Flat top" boundary layer spill duct: Cheers Erik
  9. Some nozzle shrouds have a rather small-segmented adapter ring. Check out the starboard nozzle of the MiG-31 in the foreground. In contrast, the port nozzle shroud features the large-segmented adapter ring:
  10. That "French Mirage Blue" looks indeed pretty much spot on.
  11. If you were painting a Mirage F-1C or a Mirage IIIC in their distictive "Bleu Défense Aérienne" livery, Vallejo 70.900 would be the way to go. French Mirage Blue is a significantly darker shade. Mirage F-1 in "Bleu DA": http://www.fox-two.c...33-02-cotes.jpg Mirage 2000 in "Celomer 1620/1625": http://www.fox-two.c...2-03-dessus.jpg If it has to be Vallejo, here's my suggestion: Celomer 1620 Gris bleu fonçé/dark grey-blue -> Vallejo 71.113 Intermediate Blue Celomer 1625 Gris bleu (moyen) clair/light blue grey -> Vallejo 73.615 Light Ghost Gray
  12. Anyway, as to what's really under the spine and skin of the Barak, a great deal is still clouded in secrecy. Absence of the LNP: When it comes to night-time operations, only very few air forces have gained a similar level of proficiency like the IDFAF, and the IDFAF was one of the very early adopters of night-vision goggles. The IAF top brass deemed a combination of Sharpshooter/LANTIRN targeting pods and Journal NVGs completely sufficient in order to perform effective night-time precision strikes. On the other hand, the top brass argued that a deep penetration strike platform like the F-
  13. And again, IDFAF Baraks were unique... Both Block 30 and Block 40 D-models were capable of carrying the LANTIRN targeting pod. WAR versus WAC HUD: The F-16C's Wide Angle Coventional HUD is well capable of processing and displaying raster images/videos generated by the night-vison sensors. However, the holographic WAR HUD, commonly attributed to Block 40 Vipers, features a significantly wider instantaneous field of view: 17x30 degrees versus 14x21 degrees (WAC HUD).
  14. The SuE is indeed a really nice kit. At first glance, it looks pretty much "right" to me. Have yet to "put it under the microscope", though... But I'm not expecting any nasty surprises. Maybe it's time to generally acknowledge that Kinetic has come a long way since the Tracker, Hawkeye and F-16. There's always room for improvement - beyond question. But I'm confident enough to put my Heller SuEs up for sale on evilbay.
  15. That's great news. Thanks for the confirmation!
  16. How about a "MIRAGE 2000 UNDER THE SKIN"? Any plans?
  17. The MCID was introduced with Block 30D standard, but despite their "higher" FY86-XXXX serials, IDFAF Baraks were manufactured according to Block 30, Block 30A, 30B and 30C standard. Maybe this can serve as an explanation as to the obvious deviation from the "86-0262 rule"... Provided it's in accordance with the facts: Source: Ra'anan Weiss, Alon Koren, Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Barak, Aircraft of the Israeli Air Force 4, Isradecal Publications
  18. Some NSI Block 30 Baraks (3XX tail numbers), c.f. vertical ECS intake lip = NSI http://cdn-www.airli...6/7/2031763.jpg http://cdn-www.airli...9/3/1487398.jpg http://cdn-www.airli...8/0/0539088.jpg http://cdn-www.airli...7/3/2106379.jpg [...] Block 30 Barak with (retrofitted) MCID, c.f. oblique ECS intake lip = MCID http://cdn-www.airli...6/4/1360465.jpg Allegedly (according to the Isradecal F-16C/D Barak book) only a single Block 30 Barak, "360", received an MCID retrofit. "301" may have received its MCID replacement as a result from a landing mishap in the late 1980s.
  19. Same here...another favourite on the horizon. Looks promising. <cough> wing root trailing edge/rear fuselage transition... </cough>
  20. Just as Pete has already stated - yes, no, maybe. Pretty much any combination can be found. According to USAF specification, a complete application of IR-reducing FMS-2026 topcoat not only comprises the actual airframe (="Alternate Mission Equipment"), but also the 370 gallon external tanks including the 370 gallon tank pylons as well as the 300 gallon tank. Station 1/9 (wing tips) missile rails, station 2/8 missile rails/adapter and station 3/7 pylons did not receive an FMS-2026 "HAVE-GLASS II/Pacer Gem" topcoat.
  21. Those are the planar receiver antennas of the AN/ALQ-128 EW Warning Set.
  22. First signs that the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) program is underway? I don't think so... The F-15's legacy ALQ-135 EW suite is indeed slated to be replaced by an all-digital, state-of-the-art EW system under the EPAWSS program, and Boeing has just been selected by the USAF as prime contractor. The system itself is going to be manufactured by BAE Systems based on BAE's experiences with the F-15SA's Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS) currently in production. The program has just entered its fiscal year 2015 pre- EMD (Engineering & Manufacturing D
  23. Compared with the other Bay 5 ALQ-135 LRU's, the Band 3 Control/Oscillator black box protrudes quite significantly. Bay 5 #1 Bay 5 #2
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