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Long Range Visual ID System On F-14

Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:02 pm

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?
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RE: Long Range Visual ID System On F-14

Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:16 pm

The Tomcat was capable of carrying the Northrop AAX-1 TV based optical system, although its actual deployment was very slow. The F-14D had a somewhat updated system.

To the best of my knowledge, no other U.S. fighter has ever had a similar system.

An obvious issue is that such a system is useless at night, or in less than perfect visibility.
 
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RE: Long Range Visual ID System On F-14

Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:03 pm



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.

Also, where was this system located on the F-14?
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RE: Long Range Visual ID System On F-14

Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:05 pm

It was located on the bottom of the nose, just aft of the radome. Pretty easy to pick out.

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RE: Long Range Visual ID System On F-14

Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:30 am



Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 2):
Also, where was this system located on the F-14?

It's on the left side (in these photos - starboard side of the a/c) of the fairing under the radome:


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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.

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