It's the instrument landing system (ILS) antenna. No, it's the IFF receiver. IFF antennae are installed on the bottom and top of aircraft and appearance like this . As noticed in this cutaway ...
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- It's the instrument landing system (ILS) antenna.
- No, it's the IFF receiver.
- IFF antennae are mounted on the top and bottom of aircraft and look like this . As seen in this cutaway of the A-10, the object (the Warthog's ILS receiver) inside the right gear fairing is angled slightly downward to be directed towards the ILS transmitter that's on the ground. Edit: I suppose I should have called it the ILS receiver (rather than antenna) in my original comment. Edit 2: This more detailed cutaway shows item 53 labeled as the A-10's IFF antenna.
- That cutaway isn't an A-10. It's the YA-10B two-seat prototype that never went into production.
- Good call, I wasn't even looking for that. But I believe that the ILS receiver is still there on the A-10s because, if it wasn't, the tip of the fairing wouldn't be painted black to enhance radio wave absorption. The guy in this forum addresses it but he doesn't provide any formal references.
- It also makes no sense to have an exclusively forward facing IFF antennae.
- What are you talking about?
- You posted a picture above which gives "another view". If you look just above its right wheel it looks like there's a black cone. There is none on the left hand side. I'm wondering why this is.
- It's the IFF receiver. The A-10 doesn't have a radar. On the other wheel well is the refueling receptacle.
- Thanks. What are the other three pods? Two bombs and a fuel tank?
- On the centerline is a TK600 fuel tank, carrying 600 gallons. On the far left is a Litening II targeting pod. On the far right is the LAU-68 seven-tube Hydra rocket pod. Inboard of those items on both wings (just outboard of the landing gear wheel well) are LAU-117 rails for carrying AGM-65 Maverick missiles. The "bombs" inboard of the wheel wells are actually MXU-648 travel pods for carrying baggage like wheel chocks, safety pin flags, engine intake and cockpit covers, and maybe the pilot's personal stuff as well. Read more comments