It seems that the IAF had problems carrying the Popeye missile or the Rafael Tadmit when the AN/ALE-40 Chaff and Flare dispensers were mounted on the pylon sides. The fins interfered with the AN/ALE-40 operation. So they made a new pylon that would move the MAU-12 ejector rack forward so the fins would clear the AN/ALE-40.
Sounds simple enough, but they couldn't leave the MAU-12 in the forward position when carrying conventional munitions because it moved the center of gravity too far forward.
So this was their solution:
A pylon that was longer and mounted the MAU-12 farther forward for the missiles, but that also had the ability to move the MAU-12 back to the original (normal) position for other weapon loads. So here are what the pylons would look like with the MAU-12 in either position.
|Here is the MAU-12 in the forward position for carrying the Popeye or Tadmit weapons.|
|Here is the MAU-12 in the aft (or normal) position for all other weapons.|
- Drawings (c) by Kim Simmelink
- Israeli Phantoms - The 'Kurnass' in IDF/AF Service - 1969-1988, by Andreas Klein & Shlomo Aloni
- Israeli Phantoms - The 'Kurnass' in IDF/AF Service - 1989 until Today, by Andreas Klein & Shlomo Aloni
10/26/2013 - Original Post