F-4E modification in development
The F-4 Phantom II is considered one of the greatest and most versatile jet fighters for its time. Conceived during peacetime, it served as an interceptor, strike and reconnaissance aircraft, and was the second most produced jet fighter after the North American F-86 Sabre. The Phantom II was one of the largest postwar programs with a total 5,195 aircraft constructed — 5,057 built by the McDonnell Corporation and 138 under license, by Mitsubishi Aircraft in Japan. It was first fighter aircraft to fly simultaneously with the US Navy Blue Angels as well as the USAF Thunderbirds, and was the first US Navy fighter to be adopted by the USAF. By January 1962, it was flying with three branches of the military — the US Navy, USAF and USMC.
It could carry a bomb-load greater than the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, and served with twelve nations including Great Britain, West Germany, Spain, Australia, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Japan and South Korea. It was first in many areas of aerospace engineering innovations that would go on to break fifteen world aviation performance records. The Phantom II was the first fighter aircraft to be completely reliant on its own radar and detection systems.
The developed modification F-4E is equipped with the DMAS (Digital Modular Avionics System) AN / ARN-101.
The Digital Modular Avionics System (DMAS) is an integrated navigation and weapon delivery system installed to enhance the all-weather capability of the aircraft. The DMAS replaces the existing navigation computer (AN/ ASN-46A), inertial navigation set (AN/ASN-63), and weapon release computer set (AN/ASQ-91). In addition, the DMAS provides a self-contained, automatic computer approach-to-landing-mode.
DMAS is integrated with the radar AN/APQ-120, optical sight AN/ASG-26.
The presence of an optoelectronic system AN/ASX-1 Target Identification System Electro – Optical (TISEO), which is installed in the leading edge of the left wing, allows to detect air targets at long distances.
Against air targets, the aircraft is armed with AIM-9, AIM-7 missiles and M61 Vulcan gun.
For ground strikes, the aircraft can use a large range of weapons that includes conventional and guided aircraft bombs, bomb containers, unguided rockets, gun (gun containers SUU-16/A), guided missiles AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-45 Shrike.
This modification is also able to use a guided bomb GBU-15.
For detection and target designation, an AN/AVQ-26 optical-electronic container can be suspended on the central pylon.
As a means of EW, up to two AN / ALQ-131 containers can be suspended.
Pleasure in flights,
Exterior and cockpit F-4E (WIP).