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Help In Identifying An F-16 Missile  
User currently offlineMonterey From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 14 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4826 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?

Thanks!

http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA--...d=d0ef8b744e77612cb94e2b897757efbe

http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA--...d=ccd68acd382e0fb1c6ff835b6747d503

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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7615 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4807 times:

There is a finless store, is that what you mean?.

I do not think it is a missile.


User currently offlineMonterey From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4806 times:

Yes; then the question is, what is it? I've only seen it on F-16 photos, and it's not listed under any of the systems that the F-16 carries.

User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 835 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4786 times:

It's an ACMI (Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation) pod.


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User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2325 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4774 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?


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User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2325 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4761 times:

Did a little more digging, and it looks like it is an airborne instrumentation pod, similar to this:

http://www.cubic.com/cda1/Prod_&_Ser...Air_Cmbt_Trng/Components/pods.html

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.



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