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Unread post16 Jul 2020, 22:04

https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Dis ... ilestones/

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The Legion Pod, known for its advanced IRST (infrared search and track) capabilities, hit two major milestones at Eglin AFB with the first missile shot of an AIM-9X using the Legion Pod on an F-15C Eagle and the first-ever flight of an operational F-16 Fighting Falcon with the Legion Pod on July 8 and 13, 2020, respectively.

The testing process for the Legion Pod is managed by the Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force, a unique unit that reports to both Air Combat Command through the 53rd Wing and Air Force Material Command through the 96th Test Wing. Both test sorties were executed by the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron in the 53rd Wing.
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“The OFP CTF’s work on the Legion Pod is done differently than the traditional acquisitions method,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Moser, commander, OFP CTF. “We actually started testing the pod in a Pre-Developmental Test (DT) phase in early 2019 and got it to an eighty percent solution before it ever entered the official developmental phase. This ultimately allowed us to go through the developmental and operational testing quicker. What would normally take several years has been reduced to eighteen months from the start of DT to expected fielding.”

Use of the Legion Pod and its IRST capabilities allows a pilot to have another sensor that integrates with the aircraft and builds a more complete picture of the battlespace. Because of its use of infrared, it provides the ability to identify, track and shoot enemy aircraft in a RADAR jamming environment to include stealth aircraft that a traditional radar may not see.
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Unread post23 Jul 2020, 07:38

Question has a IRST System ever contributed to an Air to Air Kill??? (under combat conditions)
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Unread post23 Jul 2020, 20:24

Corsair1963 wrote:Question has a IRST System ever contributed to an Air to Air Kill??? (under combat conditions)

I'm not sure if that's relevant. There's lots of new systems and capabilities now in service, that didn't exist during previous conflicts. That's why the arguments such as those alluding to Vietnam fall flat, when comparing modern systems and tactics. Previous generation IRSTs (i.e. prior to the Teen series jets) didn't provide the kind of situational awareness/targeting that the Legion pod provides.
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Unread post23 Jul 2020, 22:02

Corsair1963 wrote:Question has a IRST System ever contributed to an Air to Air Kill??? (under combat conditions)


Pass - don't remember seeing anything claimed outside of an exercise.

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