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NoBarrelRolls

F-14 Tomcat as AWACS

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The other day I stumble upon this picture of what it seems to be a proposal for a F-14 Tomcat as AWACS. It never got beyond being a scale model and  it was known as XEF-142.

 

Looks like this was going to be an AWACS with a considerable strike capability, judging by the two MERs carrying dumb bombs.

 

If anyone has a spare E-2 Rotodome and an F-14 it could be a cool "kitbash" project. 

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Scary to think how that would’ve messed with the maneuverability ?  

Edited by Corsairfoxfouruncle

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Like Corsairfoxfouruncle said, an F-14 equipped with a rotodome would be hard to handle to say the least.

And what about the weight? A regular F-14 couldn't land on a carrier with 6 AIM-54, I can't imagine how could land in this configuration.

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On ‎8‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 1:04 PM, NoBarrelRolls said:

Like Corsairfoxfouruncle said, an F-14 equipped with a rotodome would be hard to handle to say the least.

And what about the weight? A regular F-14 couldn't land on a carrier with 6 AIM-54, I can't imagine how could land in this configuration.

On top of that, where would the klystrons go, and the processors, power supplies etc etc?

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could be intersting

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The Macross anime ran with this idea and did a version of their Valkyrie VE-1 Elint. The Valkyrie being heavily inspired by the Tomcat. 

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