CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (5 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2364 times:
I was reading somewhere and in passing I saw a mention to a television based visual identification system on the F-14. Was such a system real? Did it work well and was it actually practical? Why haven't any fighters since bothered with such a system- or have they?
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2276 times:
Quoting Rwessel (Reply 1): An obvious issue is that such a system is useless at night, or in less than perfect visibility.
So they never thought of a low light capable system? Or did someone in congress decide to cut it off before the system reached maturity?
I am just thinking in the regional type conflicts that appear to be the main focus of our military a system that would allow a visual identification at long range would be pretty useful, even if it was only useful in good weather.
It's on the left side (in these photos - starboard side of the a/c) of the fairing under the radome:
Quoting Rwessel (Reply 1): To the best of my knowledge, no other U.S. fighter has ever had a similar system.
Later models of the F-4E had a TISEO (Target Identification System, Electro-Optical) installed on the port wing leading edge. It's the big tube sticking out of the front of the wing inboard of the slats.