Then, Israeli Air Force jets launch retaliatory air strikes in Syria. An FI is hit and crashes in northern Israel. Two pilots eject, one is seriously. The IAF FI Sufa is the Israeli Air Force version of a Block 52+ F Fighting Falcon multi-role jet warplane. Combat Aircraft F Fighting Falcon FI Soufa. Also Known As: Block 52+ F- 16D and Sufa Origin: United States of America Corporations: Lockheed Martin.
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FI Sufa (Storm)
Before landing on Israeli soil, one of the aircrafts performs a “touch and go” procedure, following the landing of both aircrafts for the first time at the IAF base in Ramon. The new aircraft is equipped with conformal fuel tanks CFT that extend its flight range and enhance its ability to stay in the air without compromising other flight performances, an APG V X synthetic aperture radar SAR which enables tracking ground targets at any weather, day or night, and avionic systems which were developed according to specific demands made by the IAF and the Israeli Defense Industries.
These systems f-166i upgradeable and designed with the possibility of being updated in the future. The two aircrafts began their long journey a total of 21 hours at the “Lockheed Martin” aeronautics company in Fort-Worth, Texas. The jets took off for a long flight to the halfway pit stop at the Azure Island west of Portugal. Following a few hours’ leave on the ground, they continued on their way to Israel.
The honored entourage attached the symbol of the Negev squadron to the aircraft’s tails, thus making them an official part of the IAF. Their purpose is to significantly prolong the aircraft’s flight range and ability to remain in the air. The tanks are installed the plane’s back and conform to it’s figure. The radar improves target-tracking performance and allows for automatic targeting instead of manual, thus saving valuable time. The radar also features improvements in the sifa of aerial targets including aquistion range and tracking f–16i.
On top of the goggles which FI pilots and navigators wear is displayed various aircraft information such as height, speed and weapon systems data. This data be linked to the system, enabling the weapons to be launched on an enemy target using sight only. In shfa, a camera mounted in the helmet records that which the pilot views allowing examining what the pilot saw in flight during debriefing.
Dorsal spine Avionics Compartment – An integral part of the advanced systems installed in the plane was developed precisely to the IAF’s specifications by the country’s defense industries.
These systems are improved models based on those installed in the FI. The aircraft features advanced Israeli communication systems as well. The tanks are mounted on unejectable supports.
Satellite communication – The FI features two new communication devices manufactured by Elta and Rafael, including a UHF radio with new encoding methods and long distance relay capabilities.
The F16I Sufa airplanes are returning today to active flying after it was proved that risk to the air crew members is extremely low. The technical and medical information regarding the spreading of the dangerous material to the cockpit was presented to Sufa air crew members and technical workers in a conference yesterday evening, April 27th, In light of the findings, it was stated that Sufa airplanes will return to be operational after they were grounded on March 20th, wufa, following air crew complaints regarding side effects caused by oxygen system and by the formaldehyde level that was above the international environmental standard.
During this sura, special working teams which consisted of experts, Air Force reservists and regular soldiers, were looking into a few issues and series of experiments were conducted in cooperation with the producing company, Lockard Martin, in order to define the source of the problem and examine possible solutions. A thorough check that included all Sufa airplanes has discovered that only in seven planes the level of formaldehyde was higher than the international standard.
In these planes there will be f-61i future flights. In addition, a sample of all kinds of airplanes was checked and no similar problem was discovered. Regarding the exposure of Sufa members to the formaldehyde material, it was discovered that risk is extremely low. In part of the airplanes special filters were installed for inspection. The working teams will continue their work to prompt the findings of the phenomenon causes and search for a long term solution.
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Litening is a combat-proven multi-spectral airborne targeting and navigation pod. It is designed for navigation and target illumination to improve day and night attack capabilities. The high sensor resolution enables pilots to reliably identify the combat objects and consequently to avoid collateral damage. It is fully operational 24 hours a day and in adverse weather conditions. The RecceLite is a self-contained self-cooled multi-sensor tactical reconnaissance system, consisting of an airborne pod based on the Litening Targeting and Navigation Pod and a ground exploitation station.
The images and the data annotation are recorded on a solid state recorder and transmitted to the exploitation station via the RecceLite data link. The Images are then interpreted at the ground exploitation station. The concept comprises a single pod system, with a single sensors payload having sensors in both IR infrared and VIS visual and near infrared wavebands, having three fields of view FOV in IR and four in VIS, and the capability to direct the line of sight of all sensors towards any direction in space excluding aircraft obscurations.
The sensors are using large two-dimensional focal plane arrays FPA mounted on a 4-axis gimbals system, and images are captured by scanning sufs the gimbals, and taking snapshots of the targets area.
The line of sufq is accurately directed towards the targets area using an onboard inertial navigation system INSand motion compensation in all directions is achieved by locking the sensors line of sight on the region of interest ROI while capturing images. Motion compensation is using advanced inertial tracking and digital elevation maps DEM embedded in the pod. Empty – 10, Kg. Typical combat take-off Fully fueled, with missiles and cannon ammunition – Python 5 heat seeking air-to-air missiles by Rafael.
F16I Airplanes Resume Active flying. Accurate delivery of laser guided bombs; GPS guided munitions, cluster and general purpose bombs and reliable damage assessment.
Short Range Air-to-Air Missile.