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I was wondering what is this?

Unread postPosted: 04 Jan 2009, 11:54
by flyingdonkey
When I was surf'n the net, I found the picture I attached.
Simply, I was wondering what this equipment was.

Oh, I don't know whether the equipment under the raptor in the picture is classified. If so, well I will not expect any kinds of reply.

Let me know the link if this is a sort of duplicated post.

RE: I was wondering what is this?

Unread postPosted: 04 Jan 2009, 13:25
by boff180
RCS enhancer.

Allows for the Raptor to be seen on radar when not on "operational" sorties.

Andy

Re: RE: I was wondering what is this?

Unread postPosted: 04 Jan 2009, 20:07
by flyingdonkey
boff180 wrote:RCS enhancer.

Allows for the Raptor to be seen on radar when not on "operational" sorties.

Andy
First off, thank you for reply. If that is RCS enhancer, there still remains a question. Some of raptors don't have it in training flights.

Secondly, even though that is so small, such small equipment will increase radar reflection SENSITIVELY. If that is a RCS enhancer, in real sorties, do they will detach the equipment?

RE: Re: RE: I was wondering what is this?

Unread postPosted: 04 Jan 2009, 22:20
by That_Engine_Guy
Just like the "reflectors" that were installed on the F-117; back in the day... :roll:

RE: Re: RE: I was wondering what is this?

Unread postPosted: 04 Jan 2009, 22:32
by LmRaptor
It is what is known as a Luneburg lens radar reflector. In real sorties the F-22 wouldn't use the Luneburg lens radar reflector - and it can most likely jetison it while in flight.

RE: Re: RE: I was wondering what is this?

Unread postPosted: 04 Jan 2009, 22:52
by That_Engine_Guy
Cool; I just learned something today!

Read all about the theory here: http://www.mayurakshi.net/luneberg.htm

RE: Re: RE: I was wondering what is this?

Unread postPosted: 05 Jan 2009, 06:24
by flyingdonkey
thanks gozillan.
I already knew the lens but it was not identified by myself.
So cool.
thanks a LOT! again.

RE: Re: RE: I was wondering what is this?

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2009, 10:07
by PhillyGuy
Those three rather distinct pieces of equipment in each of the bays would presumable be the AIM-120 attachment points/pneumatic actuators?

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Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2009, 12:08
by SnakeHandler
yes

Unread postPosted: 14 Jan 2009, 09:27
by dougiefresh
so the white "box" looking things in the first are called AVELs (can't remember what it means right now). They are connection points for the 120s. Everything else around it are just ECS lines and electrical this and that. The thing in the second picture is an RCS enhancer, but it does not jettison off. It is just bolted on and comes off rather easily when needed to remove.