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 are 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.
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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 are 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. 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 field of aerial targets including aquistion range and tracking quality. 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 addition, a camera mounted in the helmet records that which the pilot views allowing examining what the pilot saw in flight during debriefing. 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. F16I Airplanes Resume Active flying 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, , 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 period, 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 no 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.
F-16I Sufa unboxing – 1/48 Israeli Storm from Kinetic
DN Models T There is something unique in the Israeli version of the iconic F — maybe it is the unique three-color camouflage, which looks like a desert type camo and yet features fresh green nuances. Maybe they are the gorgeous animalistic tail markings that make the FI Sufa unique, or maybe both. The boxart depicts a Sufa with an eagle or a falcon on the tail, as well as decorated with quite a good amount of loadouts. The second thing that impressed me even before opening the box was the bottom right edge of the box, which shows the basic information about the content of this FI kit. The finished model will measure only some 30cm by 20cm, which is expected for a small plane such as the FI.
General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon variants
This configuraiton was developed in November in response to Israeli preference for the FI Eagle. The FES featured additional fuel in one 1, liter US gallon; Imp gallon centerline tank and two wing tanks, each 2, litre US gallons; Imp gallons , as well as two conformal tanks. The combat radius extended to in excess of 1, nautical miles 1, km; 1, miles. The FES was not purchased at that time, but the conformal tanks were developed as retrofit option for existing Fs.
F-16I Soufa Multirole Fighter
The FI Soufa Storm is a modified variant of the FD block 50 and 52 fighter and ground attack aircraft , with the avionics and weapons systems capability modified to meet the requirements of the Israeli Air Force. Israel ordered 50 FI aircraft in and signed the agreement for an optional additional 52 aircraft in September The production programme, Peace Marble V, is the fifth acquisition of Fs. The F16I Soufa made its maiden flight in December Deliveries were completed at a rate of about two a month over four years, with final delivery in The nd aircraft was delivered in There is a significant level of airframe co-production and avionics component production in Israel for the Soufa and for other variants of the F