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Old 03-15-2019, 05:04 AM   #1191
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Old 03-17-2019, 02:39 PM   #1192
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What will be F-15E standard? Late '80 / operation Desert Storm or later?
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:47 PM   #1193
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It looks like a travel pod on the centreline, but that can't be right given the other stores being carried or can it?
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Old 03-17-2019, 10:50 PM   #1194
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It looks like a travel pod on the centreline, but that can't be right given the other stores being carried or can it?
Datalink pod.
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Old 03-17-2019, 11:13 PM   #1195
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Datalink pod.
A-ha
The surface of the travel pod isn't as smooth so that should've been a give away.

None of those jets are carrying the GBU-15/AGM-130 series weapons, so are there other reasons for carrying the D/L pods or are the GBU-15/AGM-130 loaded on a different aircraft (unseen) within the flight?
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:09 AM   #1196
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A-ha
The surface of the travel pod isn't as smooth so that should've been a give away.

None of those jets are carrying the GBU-15/AGM-130 series weapons, so are there other reasons for carrying the D/L pods or are the GBU-15/AGM-130 loaded on a different aircraft (unseen) within the flight?
It’s been 16 years (to the day pretty much), so I’m not going to claim to remember the exact reason. We had some jets on alert in case they had intel about some of the HVTs (think the deck of cards) that were loaded with AGM-130s. They were basically “no fail” missions so there were extra tails with pods in case they needed spares had the prime aircraft broke. That may/may not have been why those still had them on there. We dropped a few 130s at the start, but they were not dropped on a continuous basis as they were not really necessary.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:59 PM   #1197
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It’s been 16 years (to the day pretty much), so I’m not going to claim to remember the exact reason. We had some jets on alert in case they had intel about some of the HVTs (think the deck of cards) that were loaded with AGM-130s. They were basically “no fail” missions so there were extra tails with pods in case they needed spares had the prime aircraft broke. That may/may not have been why those still had them on there. We dropped a few 130s at the start, but they were not dropped on a continuous basis as they were not really necessary.
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HVT, that reminds of a GW/Janes F-15 mission.
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:23 AM   #1198
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Old 03-20-2019, 12:03 AM   #1199
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V(2/3) are AESA radars. The V(1) was the last MSA iteration - we were not discussing AESA as there is no APG-70 equivalent AFAIK.
APG-82 is replacing APG-70

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APG-82 has far more in common with APG-63(v3) than APG-70.
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