Israeli Fighter/Bomber, upgraded version of ex-USAF F-4E with updated engines and avionics. The Kurnas 2000, which entered service in the IAF on April 9th 1989, was different from the original Phantom mostly in its avionics. "Although they look practically identical, the Kurnas 2000 is a completely different plane", said Lt. Col. A., commander of a Phantom squadron, who was being interviewed by the IAF Magazine. "The avionics make it a completely new aircraft. The avionics are, in effect, the heart of the plane, and the upgrading project basically amounted to a heart transplant; the Phantom's heart was replaced with a much stronger one".
The conversion plan included replacing the plane's original radar with a new one. Norden, an American company, developed the APG-76 radar especially for this purpose - and according to the IAF's specifications. This radar, considered to be the best of its kind, uses advanced technologies that were originally developed for the US Navy's future attack plane, the A-12 Avenger II - a project that has since been cancelled.
The APG is a Synthetic Aperture Multi-Mission Radar System which constructs a representation of the terrain by sending electromagnetic waves towards it. The great advantage of this mode of operation, compared with systems that are based on optical equipment, is that the picture quality remains good, even in bad weather. The radar is currently an exclusive feature of the Kurnas 2000, but in view of its superb performance, the USAF is considering a special pod mounted version for its F-16's.
The Kurnas 2000 also boasts a Kaiser wide-angle heads-up display, considered the best in the world. The wide angle means that the system effectively covers 60% of the pilot's forward view - twice the angle covered by other systems. The displays, located directly in front of the pilot, show vital measurements like speed, altitude, direction of flight, etc., as well as information regarding the operation of weapons systems.
The multifunction displays are one of the most important improvements in the Kurnas 2000's cockpit. The WSO, who is in charge of operating the planes avionics and weapon systems, sees the data pertaining to both systems on two color displays. A screen in the forward section of the cockpit shows the pilot the information he needs, and can be toggled to mirror the WSO's screen.
The multifunction displays greatly improve cockpit ergonomics, and ease much of the work burden on the two crew members - especially during combat operations.
Color scheme is from late 1980's.
Two seat multi-task fighter;
Dimensions: Wingspan: 11.68 m;
Length: 19.20 m;
Height: 5.00 m;
Wing area: 49.24 sq. m;
Maximum speed: exceeds Mach 2;
Attack radius: 492 km;
Ceiling: over 18 km;
Empty: 13,760 kg, Max. loaded: 28,030 kg;
Two General Electric J79-GE-17 engines, with a thrust of 5,385 kg. each;
A Vulcan six-barrelled 20 mm. cannon with 640 rounds, air-to-air Sparrow, Sidewinder, Shafrir 2 or Python (3, 4). Air-to-ground armaments weighing 7,257 kg., including guided bombs like Popeye and iron bombs.
Quoting Kurt's MOCs
Another great variant and excellent details. Bravo!
Working in the TISEO on the port wing root, and the Israeli Phantom-specific probe and drogue style refueling probe on the starboard fuselage behind the cockpit were both challenging. The unique Israeli color scheme was difficult to accurately model as well.
Model features dual opening canopies with detailed cockpits, opening radome, functional landing gear with multi-piece doors, positionable flaps, spoilers, and airbrakes, positionable tailhook, all-moving tailplanes, positionable RAT (Ram Air Turbine), ASX-1 TISEO (Target Identification System Electro-Optical) on the left wing above the inner pylon, the Israeli probe-and-drogue style retrofitted refueling probe, and folding wingtips. Model also features centerline drop tank, two AIM-9 Sidewinder air to air missiles and one AIM-7 Sparrow air to air missile on each inner wing pylon, four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles under the fuselage, and auxiliary fuel tanks under the outer wing pylons.