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Mar 24, 2018
Dec 23, 2017and Qatari Eagles set to me the most advanced to date
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Qatar's F-15s Will Feature New 'Low Profile' Heads Up Display And New Cockpit
March 29, 2018
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Saudi Arabia may be briefly wearing the world's most advanced Eagle crown with their
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, but Qatar will assume that honor when the first of its 36—or possibly 72 if they execute an option for more—
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in the next couple of years. Along with a totally remodeled cockpit featuring large panel touch screen displays, Qatar's F-15s will also do away with the Strike Eagle's iconic green-glowing, wide-angle heads up display (HUD), replacing it with an innovative new design from BAE Systems.

When the Strike Eagle arrived on the scene in the late 1980s, its massive HUD was a technological marvel. It covered a lot more visual real estate than the F-15A/B/C/D's unit, which itself was cutting-edge when it was integrated onto the jet in the early 1970s.

The F-15E's Kaiser IR-2394/A wide angle HUD was even more special because it could project the forward-looking infrared video from the Strike Eagle's
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navigation pod up in front of the pilot over a large area. This ability is referred to as 'raster' and the ability to project symbology being dubbed 'line.' The Strike Eagle's HUD could project complex line and raster imagery simultaneously.

The E model's setup also used a single combiner glass and had a relatively svelte frame, giving it an outwardly modern-looking appearance. The same setup
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on Northrop's failed YF-23 Advanced Tactical Fighter demonstrator.

Combined with the pod's terrain following radar, the Strike Eagle's pilot had a whole new level of situational awareness when flying in the dark of night just a couple hundred feet above the ground at high speed. Eventually the Block 40 F-16C/D would also feature a HUD optimized for the same LANTIRN system. That unit was known as the wide-angle raster or
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The introduction of night vision goggles and a reduced emphasis on nap-of-the-earth combat flying lessened the demand for these tailored HUD systems, and more modern HUDs became line and raster capable as well, they also allow for a wide field of view without being so cumbersome.

Additionally, the 1980s era tech raster HUDs feature fairly massive components, are comparatively maintenance intensive, and they weigh a lot. Because of these issues, it's harder to modify and upgrade a fighter's cockpit around them.

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on American fighters has also decreased the reliance solely on the HUD for 'eyes out of the cockpit' flying and as a source of primary targeting information. The F-35's helmet
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, but many other options exist that provide great capabilities without the extensive integration demands, and now these can include the ability to use the system with night vision goggles as well as a daytime visor.

For instance, the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) that is used on the majority of American fighter aircraft now
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that allows for day and night functionality. And these helmet mounted displays can be integrated in such a way that they do not interfere with the functionality of a HUD by blinking off whenever the pilot's gaze is pointed directly at the Heads Up Display.

So with all this in mind, and considering the Eagle is finally getting a new cockpit, it's not surprising that Boeing thinks the F-15 is due for a less ungainly HUD system that can still do everything the old system can and more. Think of it as moving from an old analogue tube TV to a digital flatscreen TV. And this is precisely where BAE's modular LiteHUD system comes in to the picture—literally.

For the Eagle, Boeing told The War Zone that this system is called the Low Profile HUD, but really it's just a derivative of LiteHUD which offers fairly extreme enhancements over legacy HUD designs. It weighs 50 percent less and takes up 60 percent less space than most existing types. It can project high resolution imagery (1280H x 1024W), has a wide 25X20 degree field of view (the existing model offers a 21X28 degree field of view), and is completely digital. This all means that it will save money over the life of the jet and will help when it comes to mission readiness. It's also not obtrusive in the cockpit.

In just the couple of years LiteHUD has been in existence, the system has gone through a series of refinements and it has already been incorporated on advanced Hawk trainers, AC-130 gunships, and Textron's Scorpion, among other aircraft.

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So going forward, LiteHUD will now be included on future Strike Eagle derivatives. This marks the product's first known fighter platform customer, and it's a heavy-weight, high-tech beast with a reputation for dogfighting prowess at that.

Saudi Arabia's newest Eagles have an advanced cockpit with upgraded displays and up-front control panel, but it can't match to the capability that widescreen cockpit displays can provide:

The system's modular and compact nature makes it ideal for everything from training aircraft to high-end experimental aircraft as well, so don't be surprised if you see these things popping up more and more, especially now that it has the coveted Eagle's endorsement.

There's even a good chance that it will replace the F-15C/D Eagle's legacy HUD if and when the USAF provides funds to upgrade those jets' cockpits to a similar configuration. Supposedly this initiative is already part of a
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that aim to keep the F-15C/D relevant for
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. A structural upgrade, completion of
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, an
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system, new mission computers, a podded
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and other smaller upgrades are also part of this overall plan.

It has been reported that the Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), a new digital electronic warfare and radar warning receiver suite that will give the F-15C/D a huge survivability boost, has been cancelled. This is not accurate. The USAF is focusing on installing it on the F-15E fleet and is prioritizing an F-15C/D a structural upgrade at this time. It will likely be added later if the USAF plans on sticking to its air superiority Eagle roadmap and keeping the jet for the foreseeable future.

As for the F-15QA, it will have all the features the F-15SA has, including the activation of wing weapons stations one and nine, fly-by-wire flight control system, digital electronic warfare suite and other enhancements, but it will add a new
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and the new cockpit design.

The cockpit upgrade is a critical feature because it can allow the F-15's crew to visualize the battle-space and what the jets sensors and those connected to it via data-link are seeing in a whole new way. In essence, it gives the F-15 a far greater boost in capability than one would assume just by hearing the phase 'new cockpit.' The situational awareness boost is a game changer.

With the extra weapons stations and new weapons racks, the F-15QA will be able to act as a missile truck, packing up to 22 AMRAAMs on a single mission. Combined with the new cockpit and upgraded sensors, Eagle crews can work as much as 'battle managers' as classic fighter pilots, drawing on diverse combat assets to overwhelm the enemy.

It's amazing to think that as the F-15 approaches its 50th birthday the jet continues to receive new capabilities right off the production line in St. Louis. But the new cockpit—upgraded HUD included—in particular has been a long awaited evolution that will really squeeze the most out of the jet and its new sensors.

Once the feature is flying operationally, it will likely give the USAF a kick in the behind to make new cockpits a reality on their F-15C/D 'Golden Eagles' as well.


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State of Science: Iran Overtakes Israel in Scientific Research Rankings

Over the last two decades Iran has achieved great milestone in becoming a scientific superpower as its research and development productivity has grown dramatically, surpassing Israel in terms of production of scientific research . . .

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Israel Used 28 F-15, F-16 Fighters, Fired 70 Missiles At Syria . . .

Israel has used 28 planes mostly F-15 and F-16 fighters and fired 70 air-launched and tactical missiles in the last night air raid on Iranian military installations in Syria. The Syrian defense forces have shot down more than half of these missiles, Russian defense ministry said in a statement.

"Participating in the air raid were 28 Israeli planes F-15 and F-16, which fired more than 60 air-to-surface missiles on different parts of Syria. Also Israel launched more than ten tactical surface-to-surface missiles," Russian defense ministry was quoted as saying by TASS Thursday.

"While repelling Israel’s attack, Syria’s air defense units downed more than half of the missiles," the Defense Ministry said, adding that reports on the damage caused to the Iranian armed units and Syria’s military and civil infrastructure are being verified.

"The attacks were against the deployment sites of Iranian armed groups and also Syrian air defenses in the area of Damascus and in southern Syria."

“The Iranian armed units’ deployment sites as well as the positions of the Syrian army’s air defense units near Damascus and in southern Syria came under attack," the Defense Ministry said.

The Israeli military accused the Revolutionary Guards' Al Quds force and its commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, of launching the attack at the Israeli Golan Heights. This is the first time Israel has directly accused Iran of firing toward Israeli territory.

The IAF was attacked by Syrian aerial defense batteries, which carried out firing despite Israeli warning.

In response, the IDF has attacked several aerial intercept systems (SA-5, SA-2, SA-22, SA-17) belonging to the Syrian Army.

Israel stated that it had destroyed an Iranian military camp north of Damascus, The weapon storage sites of Quds Force at the Damascus International Airport, Systems of intelligence associated with the Quds Force, Observation, military positions and weapons in the area of the barrier. The Iranian launcher was also destroyed from which the missiles were launched into Israel last night.

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Iran calls for Pakistan China Russia regional alliance against US . . .

Islamabad, IRNA - Member of Iranian parliament stressed the need to enhance cooperation among the regional states to effectively fight against terrorism.

Head of the Iranian delegation and chairman of National Foreign Policy Committee Ardeshair Nourian made the remarks during an interview with IRNA after holding a session of drafting committee of Speakers Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan.

He said that they had a useful session of the committee during which issues related to formulations of rules and regulations of the Speakers’ Conference were discussed.

The politician added that the meeting emphasized on cooperation against terrorism.

He added that first Speakers’ Conference of Iran , Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, China and Russia was held in Islamabad last year and the next conference would be held in Tehran in August of this year.

The MP said that the draft committee had met to discuss future plans of the Speakers Conference its agenda and its rules and regulations.

Ardeshair Nourian said that regional cooperation is necessary to achieve regional peace and stability. He added that the role of Iran against terrorism was also hailed during the meeting.

He said that if regional states can operationalize steps against terrorism they would be able to enhance their cooperation in trade and economic sectors also. He added that all countries are eager to root out terrorism from the region.

Member of Pakistani parliament and head of Pakistani delegation in the draft committee Zahid Hamid told IRNA that Speakers Conference is a very good forum established to play its role in bringing peace and prosperity in the region.

He added that in 2017 historical conference speakers of six countries namely Pakistan, Iran , Afghanistan, Turkey, China and Russia participated. The MP said that in the drafting committee charter and rules of the conference have been formed.

“This platform will continue to work and I am very confident that it would prove be very fruitful in bringing peace and prosperity in the region,” said Zahid Hamid.


Iraqi Forces Capture 5 Top ISIS Leaders in Cross-Border Raid...

"The U.S.-led coalition says Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior ISIS group leaders.

In a statement Thursday coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon called the arrest a “significant blow to Daesh,” using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group.

Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in February in Turkey by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, Iraqi security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters on Thursday.

Hashimi described Eithawi as a direct aide to Islamic State leader Baghdadi, responsible for funds transfers to the group's bank accounts in different countries.

Iraqi agents used the Telegram messaging app on Eithawi's mobile phone to lure other Islamic State commanders to cross the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured, Hashimi said. Those held include Saddam Jamal, a Syrian who served as the group's governor of Syria's eastern Euphrates region.

Hashimi described Eithawi and Jamal as the two most senior Islamic State figures ever to be captured alive. The capture of all five was announced on Iraqi state TV on Wednesday.

Hashimi said the operation was carried out in cooperation with U.S. forces, part of an American-led coalition fighting against Islamic State on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border."

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