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F-15E flies with new radar system
USAF News ^ | 1/21/2011 | USAF News

Posted on 01/24/2011 5:58:39 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Officials took a step forward in the F-15E Strike Eagle's continuous technological evolution as the Air Force's most versatile combat aircraft here Jan. 18.

Officials from the 46th Test Wing launched the fourth generation fighter for the first time with a new and improved radar system, the APG-82(V)1.

The APG-82 uses active electronically scanned array radar technology composed of numerous small solid-state transmit and receive modules. The standard radar, APG-70, is a mechanically scanned array housed in the nose of the aircraft. Although the current F-15E radar has undergone numerous updates and upgrades, it is still the same system the aircraft had on its maiden flight more than 24 years ago.

"We've been able to get more out of it, but at this point it's pretty much maxed out," said 1st Lt. Nathaniel Meier, a radar modernization project manager with the Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force.

The new radar lacks the motors and hydraulics of the old system and includes a new avionics and cooling system.

Aircraft radar continuously sends out and receives energy to identify objects or targets around it.

Due to its unique capabilities, the F-15E radar operates as air-to-air and air-to-ground radar, officials said.

(Excerpt) Read more at af.mil ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aesa; eglinafb; f15; radar

1 posted on 01/24/2011 5:58:51 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Good deal.


2 posted on 01/24/2011 6:02:55 PM PST by DemforBush (I got three passports, a couple of visas. You don't even know my real name..)
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To: Army Air Corps

Ping


3 posted on 01/24/2011 6:04:43 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

This is the radar designed to pick up the Chengdu J-20.


4 posted on 01/24/2011 6:05:11 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

This is the radar designed to pick up the Chengdu J-20.


5 posted on 01/24/2011 6:05:21 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

The U.S. should upgrade the A-10... with stealth and avionics.. and maybe VTOL versions..


6 posted on 01/24/2011 6:13:06 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
How can you post about the most beautiful milcraft ever and not post her picture? Have you no decency, sir???


7 posted on 01/24/2011 6:17:29 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: freedumb2003

I am sorry. I will make a promise to evryone. When I post a F-15 story, I will post a F-15 picture. I always keep my promise.


8 posted on 01/24/2011 6:19:13 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: hosepipe
The U.S. should upgrade the A-10... with stealth and avionics.. and maybe VTOL versions..

Any guy who sees an A10 and doesn't have a, uh, visceral reaction, isn't a guy.

When an airframe gets the job done, come up with a better one or just build and enhance what works! They ain't done the former so they should do the latter.

9 posted on 01/24/2011 6:21:34 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

LOL! I am just following you around today showing people what you are talking about!

And it is my honor to do so, but I can’t always be there... Looking forward to your next F-15 thread :)


10 posted on 01/24/2011 6:24:14 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: freedumb2003

That is a beautiful airplane. I noticed the “ET” designation on one many years ago at an airshow at Eglin. There were quite a few pilots at static displays who would converse with the public.

I told one that I knew that “EG” meant Eglin but what did “ET” mean. He said it was not extra terrestrial, but “Eglin Test”.


11 posted on 01/24/2011 6:24:32 PM PST by yarddog
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To: freedumb2003

The a-10 is my favorite aircraft...Oh so deadly to tanks!


12 posted on 01/24/2011 6:26:19 PM PST by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: freedumb2003

If kill were nimble and could fly it’d look like the A-10.


13 posted on 01/24/2011 7:04:57 PM PST by Orbiter
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
I would gladly trade 100 F-35s for 300 brand new, upgraded F-15Cs.

It would STILL be the most effective air-superiority fighter in the world. Their current, unchallenged record is ~110 to 0.

Most pilots are smart enough to not come out against them.

14 posted on 01/24/2011 7:29:57 PM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: freedumb2003

The idiots destroyed the tooling.

I guess we’ll just have to do it the Chinese / Russian way and copy our own design to make a brand new A-10.


15 posted on 01/24/2011 7:38:28 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (They bring a Bible to a Memorial, we bring a T Shirt - Long Legged Mac Daddy)
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To: Kickass Conservative
We have more than enough A-10s, and with the new avionics upgrades, making them A-10Cs, they will be around for a very long time.
16 posted on 01/24/2011 8:00:06 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo
You can never have enough A-10’s. LOL
17 posted on 01/24/2011 8:27:48 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (They bring a Bible to a Memorial, we bring a T Shirt - Long Legged Mac Daddy)
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To: Kickass Conservative

When we were looking at 5,000 Soviet tanks rolling across West Germany, I agree.

Nowadays, 350 is enough.


18 posted on 01/24/2011 8:36:35 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo

Yeah, but I want one for myself.

I thought we only had about half that amount in service. I think a lot of them are assigned to NG Units. Would those get the upgrades as well?


19 posted on 01/24/2011 8:44:39 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (They bring a Bible to a Memorial, we bring a T Shirt - Long Legged Mac Daddy)
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To: hosepipe; ErnstStavroBlofeld; Yo-Yo
The U.S. should upgrade the A-10... with stealth and avionics.. and maybe VTOL versions..

They did that. It is called the F-35.

Far more capable, and more importantly, far more survivable than any A-10. A-10s are great, particular in anti-tank, but against a modern adversary (that doesn't consider camels a major mode of transportation and RPGs an accessory) they are simply not survivable. A cold war FReeper stated some time back that in the Fulda Gap they were not expected to survive (and some story about who was expected to last longer between A-10 and AH-64 Apache pilots).

If one 'upgrades' the A-10 with stealth and avionics, you end up with the F-35A and C. You add STOVL you get the B version. The F-35 still needs some good amount of work, but the A-10 couldn't be used against any country with a real ability to defend itself.

20 posted on 01/24/2011 9:55:21 PM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz
[ A-10 couldn't be used against any country with a real ability to defend itself. ]

The A-10 is a flying tank.. are tanks still useful?..
Are armys still viable?.. Where ever you have foot soldiers A-10's are meaningful.. An A-10 is a flying marksman.. A UAV version might be useful.. a variation of a "Predator".. F-35's are too fast without the gatling gun..

21 posted on 01/25/2011 5:33:56 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: hosepipe
A-10s have a power supply problem but i saw somewhere that there is a plan to put a new APU on them to solve it.
22 posted on 01/25/2011 5:35:56 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: hosepipe
The U.S. should upgrade the A-10... with stealth and avionics.. and maybe VTOL versions..

And give it supersonic cruise capabilities, also.

23 posted on 01/25/2011 5:37:41 AM PST by SeeSac
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To: spetznaz; hosepipe
Speznaz wrote:

The U.S. should upgrade the A-10... with stealth and avionics.. and maybe VTOL versions..

They did that. It is called the F-35.

Uh, I think hosepipe knew that and was being sarcastic...

24 posted on 01/25/2011 5:41:13 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo
Some think this plane is ugly. They like the sleek and cool looking planes with all the kinetic performance specs and gee wiz techy things that are impressive. Of course in the USAF all that use to matter at least was what the fighter mafia wanted. For a ground pounder like I was, the A10 was a beautiful sight. A pilot that knew what he was doing (Because that's what they always do, unlike vipers etc), a plane that could loiter a long time, carry a lot in terms of types of ordinance and types of targeting systems as well as actual payload........ When up in Alaska (1-17 IN) we use to train and the A10’s (Eileson AFB) would buzz us. You'd hardly hear them until they are on top of you and then you hear is their eerily howling sound. I just can't see how a jack of all trades F35 will replace a purpose built A10 (although sold as a replacement) with his armor, 30mm, twin engines, landing gear that can take abuse, little FOD issues...... That A10 was made for CAS, operating in austere conditions etc. and it does it so damn well! Like the A-1 which stuck around in Vietnam, I think the A10 will be with us for a while.
25 posted on 03/22/2011 8:21:43 AM PDT by Red6
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