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Old 10-28-2018, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default Will navigation be painful?

Since the hornet, harrier and warthog have moving map, they don't have a chance to get lost over the battle field. What is the situation with tomcat? is it painful to find your location with the equipments you have during the fight or normal flight?
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Old 10-28-2018, 08:07 PM   #2
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Only as painful as say the M2000...

I believe the Tomcat’s INS can have waypoints etc and should be accurate enough to get you to a target and then back to the boat. You also have TACAN etc.
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“Give me a map, and a stopwatch and I’ll fly you through the alps in a plane with no windows!”

I think it will be fine. You may even find that you have better SA since you don’t have a moving map to rely on...
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“Give me a map, and a stopwatch and I’ll fly you through the alps in a plane with no windows!”
Only if there’s no wind but nice Red October quote.
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I think the RIO takes care of navigation. Yes-No?
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Only if there’s no wind but nice Red October quote.
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Only as painful as say the M2000...

I believe the Tomcat’s INS can have waypoints etc and should be accurate enough to get you to a target and then back to the boat. You also have TACAN etc.

how is it done with mirage?
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how is it done with mirage?

The Mirage 2000 uses an inertial navigation system (constant position tracking in latitude/longitude), TACAN (radial beacon with distance measuring to station) and VOR/ILS (radial beacon with instrument landing system in some cases). The F-14 has the same minus the VOR, and it has an instrument landing system exclusive to carrier landings.


The INS is very easy to use so long as you know what you are doing - it doesn't give you the moving map, but it does constantly tell you where you are. Its best use is when following a proper route where you know what does each waypoint mean in the map/situation. You can use it as a poor man's moving map by checking the bearing/distance from currently selected waypoint, like a TACAN of sorts.
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Old 10-28-2018, 10:10 PM   #9
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so, in short, it functions like the HSI in most planes? F15c for example
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:40 AM   #10
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The HSI can NAV to a waypoint or fix in the INS. The two are not directly connected but they work together.
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