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Infra Red Search and Track on US century fighters

AeroFranz

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I was reading that F-101s and F-106s had IR search and track.
Does anyone have a good picture of the installation? I am curious because apparently they were in a retractable mount ???
 

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Not very clear...

F-106
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F-101
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F-101
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As a bonus, here is a F8 and F4
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The F-4E is actually fitted with TISEO - used to designate targets for GBU-15 and AGM-65B
 

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Thanks a bunch! I wonder why the US navy persisted with IRST when the air force didn't...maybe it was because of the difference in missions?
Be that as it may, it seems like even they are starting to turn around, with possible retrofits to F-15s. I doubt the F-22 would ever get it though. It would take a lot of money and R&D to strap one in such an integrated airframe (at least internally).
 

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