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HotelBushranger
02-11-2008, 08:54 PM
What's this thing on the fuselage? I've seen it on other pictures of Rhino's, is it ordnance (don't think so) or is it some sort of ECM or some such?

Cheers

http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/5005/whatwc4.jpg

jarink
02-11-2008, 08:58 PM
Nope, it's a LANTIRN (Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night) pod. It's a combination IR camera that can be used for both navigation and targeting (with a built-in laser designator).

HotelBushranger
02-11-2008, 09:03 PM
Ah righto, thanks mate! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Enforcer572005
02-11-2008, 09:26 PM
It may also be an Isreali designed Lightening pod, which is a lightweight alternative to Lantirn. They are very similar in appearance and concept.

han freak solo
02-11-2008, 09:46 PM
That's R2D2. Come on!

Badsight-
02-12-2008, 02:42 AM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
That's MiniMe R2D2. Come on!
fixxord

JarheadEd
02-12-2008, 08:24 AM
That isn't LANTIRN, its ATFLIR. Advanced Tracker/Forward looking Infrared Reciever. Other than the name Jarink got it right.

Litening would be found on a legacy Hornet, or a Harrier, and the way to tell Litening apart from the vanilla AN/AS-38A on a Hornet is Litening can be carried on either inboard wing pylon, or the centerline or the Left fuselage station. The fuselage carriage uses a large "L" bracket adapter to fit to the station. The old FLIR (AN/AS-38A) fits only on the left fuelage, but its a conformal fit, like the pictured ATFLIR.

Normally, Super Hornets won't carry Litening.

Warrington_Wolf
02-12-2008, 01:13 PM
Here is some information about the TIALD (Thermal Imaging And Laser Designator) pod that is carried by RAF attack aircraft.
I don't know if it is exactly the same as the one in the pic but it looks very similar.
http://www.raf.mod.uk/equipment/tiald.cfm

Korolov1986
02-12-2008, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by JarheadEd:
That isn't LANTIRN, its ATFLIR. Advanced Tracker/Forward looking Infrared Reciever. Other than the name Jarink got it right.


QFT. Super Hornet community has almost exclusive access to ATFLIR pods.

thefruitbat
02-12-2008, 04:42 PM
there's only one 'super' hornet, and here she is

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y290/thefruitbat1/798px-Hornet3-64.jpg

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fruitbat

Korolov1986
02-12-2008, 06:15 PM
That 'Hornet' cannot carry 17,750lbs of precision guided weaponry while going Mach 1. And it lacks a 20mm cannon capable of firing up to 6,000rpm.

Sorry, there's no way a post-WW2 era prop can compete with a modern multirole aircraft.

http://www.mechmodels.com/mas/screenshots/f18ethg_newgrey2.jpg

Airmail109
02-12-2008, 06:22 PM
Originally posted by Korolov1986:
That 'Hornet' cannot carry 17,750lbs of precision guided weaponry while going Mach 1. And it lacks a 20mm cannon capable of firing up to 6,000rpm.

Sorry, there's no way a post-WW2 era prop can compete with a modern multirole aircraft.

http://www.mechmodels.com/mas/screenshots/f18ethg_newgrey2.jpg

Oh boy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Enforcer572005
02-12-2008, 09:56 PM
JarheadEd, thanx for the info. I wasn't even aware of that system. Haven't been keeping up with it as much. I even mispelled litening pod.
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thefruitbat
02-13-2008, 04:19 AM
Sorry, there's no way a post-WW2 era prop can compete with a modern multirole aircraft.

And there was me wondering why they replaced props with jets, thanks for clearing that up.

fruitbat

JarheadEd
02-13-2008, 11:00 AM
Originally posted by Korolov1986:
Super Hornet community has almost exclusive access to ATFLIR pods.

Super Hornet community has "Exclusive" ATFLIR access. It just wont fit on anything else due to its conformal nature.

On a side note, There used to be a joke in our squadron (possibly Marine Corps and Navy wide)about the legacy Flir pods (AN/AAS-38) Which were known to be rather maintenance intensive.

Q: "How many bolts do you need to hold a Flir pod on a Hornet?"

A: "None,..They just suck that bad"

Korolov1986
02-13-2008, 04:50 PM
Originally posted by JarheadEd:
Super Hornet community has "Exclusive" ATFLIR access. It just wont fit on anything else due to its conformal nature.


Actually it will fit on the legacy Hornet, only that (as I understand it) the Navy doesn't have enough pods for all the Hornets, thus the Super Hornet people have exclusive access to the pod.

Legacy Hornets were used for testing of the pod as I understand it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

JarheadEd
02-13-2008, 05:13 PM
Originally posted by Korolov1986:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JarheadEd:
Super Hornet community has "Exclusive" ATFLIR access. It just wont fit on anything else due to its conformal nature.


Actually it will fit on the legacy Hornet, only that (as I understand it) the Navy doesn't have enough pods for all the Hornets, thus the Super Hornet people have exclusive access to the pod.

Legacy Hornets were used for testing of the pod as I understand it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

True that. It will fit, but LITENING pods are being used on the legacy birds to bring more eyes to the sky, plus LITENING will fit on other stations, and Harriers too. As for fitting,..I had it backwards, since we used to have a modded AN/AAS-38 to fit on a Super Hornet, but renamed to a different an/aas-something (I forget) due its different aft section. Sorry about that.

This is for HBR http://www.raytheon.com/products/atflir/index.html

jarink
02-13-2008, 06:07 PM
What surprises me is that none of this capability was permanently built into the SuperBug from the start. Heck, they knew FLIR was dang useful pretty much all the time, so why to take up a weapon station for it?

HotelBushranger
02-13-2008, 09:04 PM
Originally posted by JarheadEd:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Korolov1986:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by JarheadEd:
Super Hornet community has "Exclusive" ATFLIR access. It just wont fit on anything else due to its conformal nature.


Actually it will fit on the legacy Hornet, only that (as I understand it) the Navy doesn't have enough pods for all the Hornets, thus the Super Hornet people have exclusive access to the pod.

Legacy Hornets were used for testing of the pod as I understand it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

True that. It will fit, but LITENING pods are being used on the legacy birds to bring more eyes to the sky, plus LITENING will fit on other stations, and Harriers too. As for fitting,..I had it backwards, since we used to have a modded AN/AAS-38 to fit on a Super Hornet, but renamed to a different an/aas-something (I forget) due its different aft section. Sorry about that.

This is for HBR http://www.raytheon.com/products/atflir/index.html </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Chuurs mate http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

JarheadEd
02-13-2008, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by jarink:
What surprises me is that none of this capability was permanently built into the SuperBug from the start. Heck, they knew FLIR was dang useful pretty much all the time, so why to take up a weapon station for it?

Back in the late '80s there was a company trying to sell a FLIR that mounted in front of the windscreen ALA MIG-29. "Eagle EYE" or something like that. Just never bought by anyone. Go figure.

JarheadEd
02-16-2008, 10:12 PM
Originally posted by jarink:
What surprises me is that none of this capability was permanently built into the SuperBug from the start. Heck, they knew FLIR was dang useful pretty much all the time, so why to take up a weapon station for it?



Man! I don't know why I didn't remember this until today. FLIR and fuel.

http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/military/fa18ef/new...7/q3/070702a_nr.html (http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/military/fa18ef/news/2007/q3/070702a_nr.html)

I_KG100_Prien
02-16-2008, 10:54 PM
I think the only thing I'm going to miss about leaving Virginia Beach is seeing all the Hornets flying around. Love those things. I hate driving by NAS Oceana because I alway get distracted by them when they are landing. My one bad driving habit.. watching planes.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Too bad the Hornet isn't one of the LOMAC flyables http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

JarheadEd
02-16-2008, 11:10 PM
Too bad the Hornet isn't one of the LOMAC flyables http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif


True that. Allow me to direct you here.

http://vrsimulations.com/product_FA18E.htm


Although FS9, It will be out for FSX,..and "I am JarheadEd, and I approve of this add on."

Ratsack
02-17-2008, 02:00 AM
Originally posted by thefruitbat:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
Sorry, there's no way a post-WW2 era prop can compete with a modern multirole aircraft.

And there was me wondering why they replaced props with jets, thanks for clearing that up.

fruitbat </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Ratsack