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F-14AK "ArcticCat" Existance Confirmed  
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4629 times:

As some of you may or may not know I have been working on a revisionist history of the Alaskan Defense Forces.

As part of many date-less nights I am now able to present for your review, the specifications of the Primary Air Defense fighter of the Alaskan Military. The F-14 Tomcat....unoffically called the Arcticcat in spite of the snowmachine makers complaints about it's trademark  Wink/being sarcastic



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F-14AK at ADF base Annette Island. This is the primary air intercept station in southeast Alaska

Just a bit of history, The F-14 was introduced into Alaskan service in 1987. The aircraft differed only in detail from it's USN and IIAF brethren. In 1992 it was decided to upgrade the aircraft to the F-14AK standard. This modification is similar the USN conversion of F-14A's to F-14D standard. The main differences in the versions is the replacement of the TF-30 engines with the F-110, a degraded F-14D AN/APG-71 radar replaces the AN/AWG-9 radar and with several other digital systems from the F-14D are also used on the F-14AK. Capability to use the TARPS recon pod was also added to the design as the Mirage IIIR aircraft was due to be retired.


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F-14AK makes a high speed base over an overcast sky at ADF base King Salmon.


One difference from the F-14A+/B/D and the Ak versions is the choice of the ADF to install the Zvezda K36D ejection seats into the aircraft instead of the original Martin Baker MK-GRU-7A seats and the NACES seat used on the Dog models. The choice of the Russian seats was partially dictated by the 1990 introduction of the MIG-29A aircraft also uses the K36D seat. This will mean that only two ejection seas will be supported by the ADF once the OA-37 is retired. The K36D and the Escapac seat used on the A-4E/M Skyhawk aircraft.


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F-14AK in landing configuration at ADF Kodiak. Old Colors

Also the Arcticcat can be called the prototype of the "Bombcat". The Alaska Defense Forces specified a ground mission for the aircraft. Using the lantern targeting pod to direct laser guided munitions. Ability to use the JDAM GPS munitions will come later. The aircraft can operate the Skipper missile. The aircraft is also wired for the Alarm anti radar missile system.


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Bombcat over ADF base Kodiak. Note the Lantrin pod under the starboard wing


Also air-to-air weapons fit is different then the US Navy. The ADF never fielded the AIM-54 phoenix missile or the AIM-7 Sparrow. The British Sky Flash Missile is used instead. The F-14AK also fields the IAI Python IV missile in lieu of the AIM-9 Sidewinder.


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F-14Ak departs a cloudy ADF Kodiak showing it's afterburners for good effect

Since these aircraft are not subjected to the extreme stresses of carrier operations, an service life in excess of 10,000 airframe hours is expected.


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User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4330 times:

Is this some kind of joke?

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4335 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

This is like a tribute for me since I've been working on the F-14s with the U.S. Navy for some times now. Maybe I'll have to go up to Alaska to work on them after my PRD expires in 2006, same year as when the F-14 fleet will be decomm.

Kevin


User currently offlineDl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11446 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4230 times:
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l-188 dude, I have heard you talk/write about this before. What are you describing? Is this some role-playing strategy game, or a way to pass the time?
Just for the record, if I were to choose a long range interceptor I would have either the F-14D SuperTomcat with AIM-54C or the SU-30 with R-77 variants.

Ian



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4214 times:

Way to pass the time mostly.

Those 12 hour graveshifts can get long, and the political discussions on non-aviation where starting to get old.

Now I just have to build the damm thing quarter scale of course.

Here are a couple of older threads and the ADF.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/military/read.main/23123/6/
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/military/read.main/21269/6/
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/military/read.main/21331/6/
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/military/read.main/20604/6/

I forgot to mention that the Lantrin system the ADF uses on it's F-14Ak is the full system, Targeting and Navigation pods...not just the Targeting pod on the Navy Bombcat installation.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4092 times:

Hey Geocaps.

Since you are familiar with the American cousin  Wink/being sarcastic

Any systems that you think I should add to the aircraft.




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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6483 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

Ftrguy:

Fanfic stuff.



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User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2728 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3897 times:

Call me a party-pooper but shouldn't we discuss budget.

Once the US federal money gets shut off Alaska will afford what, 2 of these babies. The per unit costs of these variants would astronomical.

Better to buy of the shelf.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

As lord high protector, I pulled an arab and nationalized the oil industry  Big thumbs up


And although Alaska in this scenario is an independent nation, they still host two US Army bases, the dew line and two major airforce stations. The leases for those plus training airspace leases, are allocated directly to the military budget.




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User currently offlineAnt72LBA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3744 times:

L-188,

Congratulations on the most original series of posts I've read on A.net in a long time!

As this is entirely imaginary I can disagree/agree to my hearts content without worrying too much about someone jumping on my back.

Have to say that I think the F-14 would be too much plane for the ADF; surely the F-18 would have been a better choice? Designed from the start as a multi role fighter, it would be able to fufill many of the roles I've seen mentioned on your other posts (well those listed above). A replacement for those A-6s, it would also be able to fufill the maritime strike role. As the 90's progressed and less capability required as the threat from the USSR decreased then numbers could be thinned down and roles concentrated on one aircraft type (think I may be missing the point of the ADF a bit here though, i.e. what we'd all like to see out air forces like rather than the harsh economic truth).

I'd also be interested in the ADFs current choice of helicopters/maritime patrol/tactical and strategic transports as these roles will become ever more important as the direct threats decrease.

Would Alaska have been/be a member of NATO?


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

Thanks Ant72LBA.

As far as the F-14 being too much aircraft. I would point out that they where originally acquired 2nd hand.

NATO, no. We aren't on the North Atlantic. Kind of makes being a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Org. a little pointless. NORAD on the other hand...yes. The Alaska Defense Forces man all of those radar stations on the coast that where looking at the Russkies during the cold war.

As the Soviet Union was collapsing a white paper was produced by the government regarding the future defense needs of the Air Force. One of the conclusions was a need to get away from single task aircraft. The other thing was to get away from dependence on a sole source of aircraft and systems...read the US. Although the military as a whole did a pretty good job of that. Despite the fact that a large percentage of the military budget comes from US base and airspace leases.

They like getting some of the taxpayers money back I guess Big grin

Anyway you asked about the current makeup of the aircraft of the ADF. Well here are the major types and a bit of the history as to how they came into service.

Here goes.


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The flagship as it where would be the 24 F-14AK Tomcats that the ADF operates in two squadrons. These are the primary air defense fighters and are also tasked for the maritime defense role. I forgot to mention that the forward two belly positions are wired for Exocet, several dozen rounds of which are retained in the ADF arsenal despite the retirement of the Mirage IIIAK/R aircraft. However the Tomcats did not replace the Mirages. They replaced a Hawker Hunter squadron that once was considered the "Naval" arm and a Mirage IIIsquadron.


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There are three squadrons MIG-29 Aircraft. 36 A models and 6 UB two seaters. These aircraft replaced an overstrength Mirage IIIE/R squadron and two F5A Squadrons. This aircraft actually lost the F-5A replacement contest to the F-16 in September of 1988, however a contract to purchase was not inked when on 24 March 1989 an American flagged tanker exiting the Port of Valdez ran aground. It was later determined that the pilot of the Exxon owned tanker had been drunk. With the resultant bad relations with the US over the 11 million barrels of oil that was spilled form the Exxon Valdez, a purchase of American fighter aircraft quickly became politically unacceptable for the Alaskan government. The other competitors for the contest had been another American product, the F-18A, A French aircraft, The Mirage 2000, and the Mig-29. Since the F-18 was from the US it suffered from the same issues the F-16 did. The Mirage was judged to be very expensive for what it was/is. The Mig-29 was not compatible with any of the ordinance used by the ADF, but it was cheap. Alaska has had a greater historically relationship to the Soviets and Russia then most people are aware of and could be considered the "friendliest" member of NORAD to NATO. So the MIG was ordered and the difference in price between it and it's more expensive western counterparts was enough to enable an accepable line of Mig-29 compatible weaponry to be acquired.

The Army Support arm of the ADF is made up of 4 twelve aircraft squadrons.


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There are two squadrons of A-4E Skyhawks. They where acquired in the 1970's as part of a decision to retire the ADF's avgas powered aircraft. In this case the aircraft that was retired was the awesome A1D Skyraider. These aircraft are in the process of being replaced by rebuilt A-4M aircraft. These aircraft are being modified with the F404 engine that the Singaporian A-4's where retrofitted with.


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There are also two squadrons of A-37A Dragonflies. These freaky little Cessnas where acquired to replace the venerable OT-38 Trojan in the FAC role. Those Trojans are similar in configuration to the French Fennec versions of the aircraft. The Dragonflies are to be replaces by OA-4M aircraft, also being rebuilt with newer avionics and the F404 engine

There is going to be a retableing of these four squadrons when the M versions enter service. Instead of each squadron dedicated to either the attack or FAC mission Each squadron will have 8 A-4M models and 4 OA-4M models and carry out both missions.


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A single overstrength squadron of F5A/B aircraft provide the training arm. The ADF is unique in that pilot wanna-be's are required to have the equivalent of a US FAA Commercial License and Instrument rating before application. This eliminates the need to have a primary trainer to train pilots. Only jet transition and tactics are needed. The training arm is however scheduled for reduction when the ordered L-39ZO aircraft begin to arrive. 12 of those aircraft are expected to enter service in the next year.


Oh and before I get transport.

The ADF owns 8 C-130's and 6 AN-72's.


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The Herks replaced the C-119G in the early 1970's and the AN-72's replaced the C-7 Caribou in Service.


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[Edited 2004-11-12 07:39:45]

[Edited 2004-11-12 07:53:46]


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29705 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3515 times:

Yikes!

Don't know what happened to the formating there in that post when I edited it.



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