McDonnell Douglas F-4F KWS-LA - German Bomb Truck

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During the 1980s, the decision was made by the German Defense Ministry to pursue a new fighter program alongside the British and Italians. This new fighter was planned to enter service in the late 1990s and would culminate as the Eurofighter Typhoon. In the meantime however, something was needed until this new fighter could reach its full operational capability. To that end, the Defense Ministry began investigating the possibility of introducing an upgrade to the existing F-4F fleet to improve its combat capabilities in both air-to-air and air-to-ground roles and would be given the name Kampfwertsteigerung (KWS) or Improved Combat Efficiency (ICE) in English.

The mission requirements of the upgrades were placed into two categories Luftangriff (LA) or ground-attack (GA), and Luftverteidigung (LV) or air-defence (AD). The requirements for the LA mission were:

  1. High weapons accuracy by an improved navigational system;
  2. Use of precision guided weapons;
  3. Use of standoff weapons;
  4. All-weather combat capability.

43 of a total of 153 F-4Fs would remain at the LA standard while the remainder would continue on to be upgraded to the LV standard. The LA upgrades began in 1986 and included:

  1. A new Honeywell laser-based inertial navigation system (LINS);
  2. A digital GEC-Marconi CPU-143/A computer;
  3. A new Rockwell-Collins control and display unit.

In addition to these upgrades, all aircraft received a new grey Norm 90J camouflage and underwent a Structural Life Extension Program (SLEP) to increase the lifespan of the airframe, which were now expected to remain in service until 2012. From this, two distinct versions of the KWS emerged; the KWS-LA, which retained the old APQ-120 radar and still lacked the ability to engage targets BVR can be distinguished by its black radome and the KWS-LV can be distinguished by its new grey radome. Following the introduction of the Eurofighter Typhoon, KWS-LA standard airframes would gradually be retired from service and used for parts in support of their KWS-LV counterparts, before being replaced entirely in 2014.

Specifications

Wingspan: 11.77 m
Wingspan (folded): 8.41 m
Length: 19.20 m
Height: 5.02 m
Wheel track: 5.45 m
Wing gross: 49.2 m2
Empty weight: 13,757 kg
Max T/O weight: 28,030 kg
Max payload: 7,500 kg
Hard points: 9
Engine: 2x General Electric J79-MTU-17A
Thrust (dry): 52.5 kN
Thrust (afterburner): 79.24 kN
Max speed (high level): Mach 2.00
Max speed (sea level): Mach 1.05
Service ceiling: 16,581 m
T/O run basic weight: 1329 m
Landing run (chute): 951 m
Landing run (no chute) 1552 m

Armament

Gun:
M61A1
SUU-23/A gun pod

Missiles:
4x AIM-9B / F / E / J / L / L/I-1
2x AGM-65B / D Maverick

Bombs:
250 lb Mk 81
500 lb Mk 82
750 lb M117
1000 lb Mk 83
2000 lb Mk 84
3000 lb M118
MATRA 250 kg
BL 755 cluster bomb
BAP-100/80 anti-runway bomb
DURANDAL anti-runway bomb
BLU-1 fire bomb (finned and unfinned)
BLU-27/B fire bomb (finned and unfinned)

Rockets:
LAU-3/A rocket launcher
LAU-59A rocket launcher
LAU-10 rocket launcher

Other:
Vertikale Bordwaffe (VBW)
Mehrzweckwaffe 1 (MW-1)

ECM:
ALQ-71-3
ALQ-101(V)-8
ALQ-119(V)
SPS-141
ALE-38 chaff dispenser
ALE-40 flare/chaff dispenser

Sources

Andreas Klein, The MDD F-4F Phantom II in German Air Force Service 1973-1982

Andreas Klein, The MDD F-4F Phantom II in German Air Force Service 1982-2003

GAF TO 1F-4F-1

GAF TO 1F4F-34-1

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+1 Need another Luftwaffe fighter aircraft

I guess F-4F ICE-LA located under F-4F (Late) before F-4F ICE in rank 8

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perhaps as a premium? since Lazur isn’t too efficient at grinding due to it’s small payload

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11.7 with L(I) would make for a great fighter-bomber

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If they ever add 9L(i)

AFAIK it’s identical performance-wise to the AIM-9M except 2kg heavier (which doesn’t seem to affect the speed or manueverability). There’s likely slight differences, sure, but with the information I could find it’s totally reasonable to copy and paste the 9M. No reason not to add it, for at least the F-4F ICE LA and a “late” example of the Italian F-16.

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+1 Good grinder for top teir germany especially if premium

Some corrections, F-4F KWS didn’t use AIM-9B~9J, only AIM-9L,9L-1,IRIS-T
F-4F all Use 9L after Peace Rhine
and no AGM-65B only AGM-65D and AGM-65G
F-4F Peace Rhine lacking AGM-65D and AGM-65G Maverick missile. // Gaijin.net // Issues

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Hopefully we see this model soon, and Gaijin doesn’t forget about it because of the ICE-LV. Too often vehicle models are leapfrogged and it can be years before the intermediate model is introduced.

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the F4F KWS LA just the br10.7 one? if not, what different of them?

AGM-65D and AGM-65G, AIM-9L and AIM-9L(I)-1 which is like AIM-9M

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