Monterey From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 14 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5439 times:
I have seen numerous photos of USAF F-16s with what looks like an air to air missile, but is not a sidewinder or AMRAAM; in fact, it has a "needle nose." It is the first inboard missile on the left wing in the two photos at these links: could anyone help me to identify what it is?
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2643 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5387 times:
I came across some shots from Nellis showing an A-10 with the same item, the photographer identified it as an electronic detection and countermeasure equipment pod, but I couldn't find anything else on it. Since both photos you noted were taken at Nellis, I wonder if it is some sort of tracking system used on the range for Red Flag or other exercises?
Quote: At the heart of our air combat training systems is the instrumentation pod, typically mounted on a wingtip weapon station. The pods collect in-flight events and data, and transmit information to ground stations for real-time monitoring of exercise events and the post-mission debriefs.
Our advanced pods incorporate GPS technology to provide continuous and precise position tracking of all players, as well as air-to-air weapons simulations with real-time hit/miss notifications and weapons scoring capabilities.
I've come across a few sites that refer to it as a "KITS ACT-R" pod.