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    85 TES F-15C fires first IRST-cued AMRAAM

    85 TES F-15C fires first IRST-cued AMRAAM

    Photo By 1st Lt. Lindsey Heflin | An F-15C Eagle from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, showcasing Lockheed...... read more read more

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL, UNITED STATES

    08.10.2021

    Courtesy Story

    53rd Wing

    The 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron conducted the first-ever live fire of an Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile from an F-15C Eagle using an Infrared Search-and-Track system, successfully shooting a QF-16 aerial target, Aug. 5, 2021.

    The F-15C was equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod IRST Block 1.5 system. The IRST passive target tracking capability was combined with the APG-63v3 RADAR to datalink the target location to the AIM-120, explained Maj. Brian Davis, 85th TES Chief of Air-to-Air Weapons and Tactics. During the test, the sensors in multiple spectrums collaborated for the missile to successfully intercept the target and closed kill chains.

    “This successful live missile test is significant because an F-15 equipped with an IRST-cued AIM-120 allows us to achieve detection, tracking, targeting, weapons employment, and verification of an intercept without being dependent upon RADAR energy,” said Davis. “It’s also not susceptible to radio frequency jamming or a target’s low observable design.”

    The test also coincided with the fielding evaluation of the Legion Pod Block 1.5 IRST, where members of both the 85th TES and Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force collaborated to test the datalink characterization to further develop follow-on tactics.

    “This proves the capabilities of the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force to lethally target an aircraft outside of the traditional radar electromagnetic spectrum,” said Lt. Col. Jacob Lindaman. “Pairing that with the ability to also adopt the Legion Pod on any platform sets a precedent for what’s to come.”

    Nearly a year ago today, the U.S. Air Force hit two other IRST milestones: the first missile shot of an AIM-9X using the Legion Pod on an F-15C and the first flight of a Legion Pod-equipped F-16.

    The 53rd Wing provides tactical advantage to the warfighter at the speed of relevance. By testing new, operational capabilities, developing tactics, and evaluating fielded capabilities, the 53rd Wing is bringing the future faster while answering the warfighter’s demands for integrated, multi-domain capabilities.

    For more information, please contact 1st Lt Lindsey Heflin, 53rd Wing Public Affairs Advisor at 850-598-3283 or lindsey.heflin.1@us.af.mil.

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    Date Taken: 08.10.2021
    Date Posted: 08.10.2021 10:59
    Story ID: 402746
    Location: EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL, US 

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