This was sent to me today by someone I know. The photo was taken at Nellis of one of the OT F-15s taking off.
The mystery is on the back of the right intake. We thought it might be related to EPAWSS, but the F-15 SA, that has EPAWSS doesn't have the same
thing. Our next thought is that it's related to a communications system.
I wouldn't think that would be a great place to hang a comms device really. Maybe a monitoring device for something where it needs to bleed some
heat? Unless that is the system and not the antenna for the comms, but in that case it is a pretty big package. It looks about the size of a steamer
trunk or so.
Talon HATE is a stepping stone. They built 4 pods to test. The main system is carried on the centerline station. They're going to use the information
gathered from Talon HATE to develop MAPS, which will be the final system.
Interesting. Looks like the Talon HATE, like Flipper35 has identified, but the location is still ponderous. Why not centerline? Why not more
aerodynamic? It it's a DL system, why prioritize the upper transmit/receive locations?
There really isn't a place on the centerline because of that other huge surface they call an airbrake on top and they use it top and bottom for all
aspect communications capability. At least that is how I take it.
edit on 3-2-2017 by Flipper35 because: Zaph beat me to it.
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