Skip to comments.Israel details F-15I upgrade progress
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.
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"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.
“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.
Those sure are beautiful planes.
You’d be amazed at where you find cracks on those things.
Yeah...</dreamily>...just flat out sexy.
Yeah, real cool until you go dead stick.
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.
weird. Is this borrowing from the silent eagle concept?
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.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
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
If the purpose is to reduce radar cross section, it is what I have advocated for US fighters for years.
My jet had one and it never died (F16)!
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.
“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.
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
What, they never get fuel tanks shot out in the Negev?
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.