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Israel details F-15I upgrade progress
Flight International ^ | 10/16/2013 | Arie Egozi

Posted on 10/16/2013 11:01:38 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

The Israeli air force has updated the status of an ongoing modernisation programme for its fleet of Boeing F-15I "Raam" strike aircraft.

"This is the first major upgrade of this excellent aircraft and it will enable it to fly for many more years," says Col Shimon Tsentsiper, commander of the service's depot 22.

Intended to help retain the two-seat F-15I's status as the air force's primary long-strike platform in a variety of operational scenarios, the upgrade introduces a "great number" of new avionic systems, most of which were developed in Israel by drawing on the service's operational experience. The F-15I has been in Israeli service since 1998, with 25 having been acquired.

Israeli air force

"We face a great number of missions that require special capabilities and this upgrade prepares the aircraft for them," the depot commander says.

The installation of new systems has forced the depot to add a second main computer to the F-15I, Tsentsiper notes. "A replacement of the old one would have caused problems with the original systems connected to it. We install another main computer and a special protocol will channel the old systems to the old computer and the added ones to the new one. This is a major change, but it was absolutely necessary," he adds.

Israel's F-15C/D "Baz" combat aircraft are being upgraded on another line at the facility, so that the type can remain in service for the next 20 years. The upgrade activity includes structural work, with a main focus on replacing the existing tail section with a flight control surfaces that have a higher resistance to cracks.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; f15i; israel

1 posted on 10/16/2013 11:01:38 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“The upgrade activity includes structural work, with a main focus on replacing the existing tail section with a flight control surfaces that have a higher resistance to cracks.”

LOL. No, it’s to reduce radar signature.


2 posted on 10/16/2013 11:34:02 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Those sure are beautiful planes.


3 posted on 10/16/2013 11:48:50 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Jewbacca

You’d be amazed at where you find cracks on those things.


4 posted on 10/16/2013 11:50:03 AM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: yarddog
Those sure are beautiful planes.

Yeah...</dreamily>...just flat out sexy.

5 posted on 10/16/2013 11:55:37 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: Antihero101607
Yeah, and any effect on radar profile is a coincidence.


6 posted on 10/16/2013 1:20:48 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca
Wow!
An F-15 with no rudders!

Cool.

7 posted on 10/16/2013 1:39:19 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: publius911
Wow!
An F-15 with no rudders!
Cool.

Yeah, real cool until you go dead stick.

8 posted on 10/16/2013 1:52:50 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo; publius911

You’re going to have to eject if the computer dies anyway.

Just part of the deal with stealth.

For the record, this is a computer mock of of the “F-15 Silent Eagle.”

I think the real Silent Eagle has more of a F-18 looking tail -— at about 30 degrees -— compromising stability for reduction in radar cross signature.

Not sure what they are doing for the engine inlets, if anything, so face-on would still be a pretty good signature.


9 posted on 10/16/2013 2:01:27 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

weird. Is this borrowing from the silent eagle concept?


10 posted on 10/16/2013 2:05:09 PM PDT by lavaroise
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To: lavaroise

No, it was a CGI of what the silent eagle would look like.

Obama won’t sell the F22 or give code to the F35 to Israel, so Israel is retrofitting the F-15 with stealth.


11 posted on 10/16/2013 2:25:32 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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12 posted on 10/16/2013 2:29:30 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, Michelle on Chicago)
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To: Jewbacca
You’re going to have to eject if the computer dies anyway.

Fly by wire computers are usually triple redundant, so it is unlikely for all three to die at the same time.

However, it is much more common to lose both engines. Ask Chesley "Sulley" Sullenberger

13 posted on 10/16/2013 3:05:29 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Jewbacca

If the purpose is to reduce radar cross section, it is what I have advocated for US fighters for years.


14 posted on 10/16/2013 4:09:31 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: Yo-Yo

My jet had one and it never died (F16)!


15 posted on 10/16/2013 4:10:22 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

I noticed on the local Panama City, FL news that Tyndall AFB is converting F-16s into target drones to be used for training.

It just strikes me that an F-16 is too modern an airplane to be used for target practice.


16 posted on 10/16/2013 4:35:22 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Yo-Yo

“However, it is much more common to lose both engines. Ask Chesley “Sulley” Sullenberger”

It’s a long way from the Negev to the Hudson.


17 posted on 10/16/2013 4:48:40 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Jewbacca
My jet had one and it never died (F16)!

So then the Hydrazine EPU and RAT were just wasted space on your Viper?

I'm sure you've seen the YouTube of the dead stick F-16 landing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjXT2NUCOtk

18 posted on 10/16/2013 4:52:35 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: PLMerite

What, they never get fuel tanks shot out in the Negev?


19 posted on 10/16/2013 4:53:39 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo

I think we are talking about two different things.

For the record, I only started the EPU one time not in training; when I got an inflight main battery failure warning which turned out to be some sort of sensor error.


20 posted on 10/17/2013 7:24:37 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

Baruch Hashem! ( : >)


21 posted on 10/17/2013 8:33:57 AM PDT by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, & Hillary Abedin Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood.)
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