Good day everyone,
I want to bring a potential solution that may turn a lot of jets without viable countermeasures into jets with counter measures. Unfortunately this system is hardly mentioned online. However I hope this can bring more eyes on the subject.
I’d like to present the AN/ALE-36 (American) and the QRC-490 (Israel?) both of these designs are related to each other, and can convert mine dispensing pods to carry chaff… The AN/ALE-37 pods found on the AV-8A and A-6E TRAM are designed to be mass chaff pods, however are setup to dispense chaff the same way the integrated dispensers on western aircraft are setup and thus can deploy flares as well. I believe the AN/ALE-36/QRC-490 are setup in this same way.
The AN/ALE-36 is a conversion system for the SUU-38 mine dispenser, or the SUU-41 mine dispenser into a counter measure pod.
The SUU-38 was designed to deliver either the CBU-34 or CBU-42 cluster mines, the SUU-41 delivered the CBU-39 or CBU-40 cluster mines.
Both of these pods deliver mines outside of these rectangular compartments (Mine shape example):
Photographed here is the QRC-490 installed in what appears to be a SUU-41 pod, on a TER onboard an F-4:
These compartments make me believe that while its primary purpose was to delivery chaff, it may like the AN/ALE-37 pods be able to deliver flares as well, as these appear to be the same shape as CM dispensers on other craft.
Empty the SUU-38 weighs 176 lbs, and loaded with mines 824 lbs
Empty the SUU-41 is 230 lbs, loaded with mines its 690 lbs.
More info on cluster munitions: https://www.bulletpicker.com/pdf/CBU.pdf
A wide variety of aircraft could carry these pods, including the F-100 and F-105. Obviously more information is needed, but the ALE-36 is the most hopeful chance at getting these older 2nd generation jets counter measures. Hopefully someone may have additional pictures and information.
What is everyones thoughts on this? I’m hoping this isn’t a dead end, and can indeed only physically dispense chaff. I’ll be able to compile a list of aircraft compatible with these dispenser units soon.