Question re AMRAAM loadout

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Unread post16 Mar 2018, 14:33

When carrying two external tanks, can the F-22 carry 2 AMRAAM's per pylon, similar to how an F-15 does?

I've seen them flying with and without tanks. I've seen them with external AMRAAM's, but not both?

EDIT: I found 2 conflicting external stores graphs. The first seems to show only the tanks on internal 2 pylons. The other both tanks and AMRAAM's, albeit they're listed as AIM-120A's. Who uses A's anymore??

More importantly, which one is right?
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Unread post16 Mar 2018, 16:34

I seem to remember that the 2-per-pylon above the EFT is a ferry-only config and the AMRAAMs are actually mounted without fins, which are store separately in the internal bays.
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Unread post16 Mar 2018, 16:57

And neither of them are actually right as I don't believe the outer pylon was ever cleared for the fuel tank.
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Unread post18 Mar 2018, 14:09

OK but my question had to do with the inner two pylons. When carrying a tank on each, can it also hold two (functional) AMRAAM's?
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Unread post18 Mar 2018, 15:01

SpudmanWP wrote:I seem to remember that the 2-per-pylon above the EFT is a ferry-only config and the AMRAAMs are actually mounted without fins, which are store separately in the internal bays.

I remember reading that, but AFAIK it was never flown.

I've seen one picture of only the outboard pylons fitted, with dual rails and one of them carrying an AIM-120; it's the one from underneath with the gear down.

Every other picture I've ever seen shows only external tanks on the inboard pylons.

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