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Revision as of 00:10, August 13, 2010

The F-4G Phantom II, also known as the F-4G "Advanced Wild Weasel," was the last of the USAF's dedicated Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) aircraft.

Description

The prototype F-4G first flew on December 6, 1975 and the aircraft entered service in 1978. The F-4G entered service to replace the F-105F/G "Wild Weasel" Thunderchief (which replaced the F-100F "Wild Weasel" Super Sabre). Most of the F-4Gs in service were conversions of old USAF F-4E airframes (some of which had seen service in Vietnam). The conversion involved the removal of the gun for the installation of the AN/APR-38 radar warning and homing receiver which has 52 antennas in the airframe. The main weapons of the F-4G are specialized Anti-Radiation Missiles (ARMs) for the destruction of enemy radar sites. These missiles include the AGM-45 Shrike, AGM-78 Standard ARM, and the AGM-88 HARM. The F-4G can also carry AGM-65 Mavericks and for self-defense: a pair of AIM-9 Sidewinders and an AN/ALQ-119 jamming pod. The F-4G's last hurrah was in the Gulf War of 1990-91, and the last of the type were retired in 1995 due to Pentagon budget cuts. This ended over 30 years of Phantom II service with the USAF. The F-4G is being replaced by F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcons equipped with HARMs and HARM targeting pods.

Ace Squadrons/Pilots

Armament

Standard Weapons

Special Weapons

  • LAGM: AGM-88A HARM

Statistics

  • Speed: 63
  • Mobility: 25
  • Stability: 55
  • Defense: 68
  • Air-to-Air: 17
  • Air-to-Ground: 63

Sources

  • "Aircraft of the World"
  • Ace Combat series
  • Global Security.org
  • Fighter Planes.com
  • Federation of American Scientists Military Analysis Network

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