A-7 Corsair II
Built originally on the airframe of
the F-8U Crusader, the A-7 underwent a number of modifications
since its 1965 introduction. The A-7 Corsair II, which is retired, was used by TAC for close air support attack missions.
The A-7E was the final fleet version of the A-7.
After more than two decades of service, however, it was replaced by the F/A-18 Hornet.The A-7E had a 20mm gun and can carry
payloads of up to 15,000 pounds of bombs and missiles. Eight
ordnance stations were available. A-7E Corsair IIs were part of the two-carrier battle group that conducted a joint strike on selected Libyan terrorist-related
targets in 1986. Together with carrier-based F/A-18s, A-7s used
anti-radiation missiles to neutralize Libyan air defenses.
F/A-18s replaced A-7Es in the carrier air wing mix.
The last two squadrons transitioned in FY 1992.
Replacing A-7s with F/A-18s gave operational commanders more
flexibility by allowing them to employ the F/A-18s in either the
fighter or attack role. Also, a smaller number of aircraft (85) are
needed in an F/A-18 equipped carrier air wing than in an A-7E
equipped carrier air wing (94).
now Northrop Grumman Corp.)
|Power Plant|| Single
Allison/Rolls Royce TF41-A-400 non-afterburning turbofan
engine with a static thrust rating of 15,000 pounds
A-7E Pilot only
TA-7C Two seats
Maximum speed at
20,000 feet Mach .94
Range greater than
1,900 nautical miles
|Avionics & Countermeasures||
APQ-126 multi-mode nav/attack radar [Texas Instruments]
AVQ-7 raster HUD
ASN-91 INS, ASN-190 Doppler navigation system
ASU-99 projected map display
ALR-50 SAM warning system [Magnavox]
ALQ-126 ECM [ Sanders]
APR-43 tactical radar warning system [Loral]
ALQ-119 ECM [Westinghouse]
ALQ-131 ECM [Westinghouse]
ALQ-123 IR countermeasures [Xerox]
ALQ-126 DECM [Sanders]
ALQ-162 tactical communications jammer [Eaton AIL]
ALQ-162 radar jammer Northrup
mounted M61A1 20 mm six barrel cannon
Six wing pylons
Two fuselage launch
Pylons can carry a
large single weapon, multiple racks capable of
six weapons per rack, or triple racks with three
weapons per rack.
Can carry 15,000
pounds of payload
practically all first line ordnance used by the
sophisticated, integrated, highly versatile
airborne weapon system platform
Capable of performing
a variety of search, surveillance, and attack
Can carry four
externally wing-mounted 300 gallon fuel tanks,
coupled with a variety of ordnance on remaining
Can conduct in-flight
transferring more than 12,000 pounds of fuel
digital navigation/weapon delivery system is
common to all current USN/USAF attack aircraft.
systemwhich is based on state-of-the-art
electronics, digital computing techniques, and an
automation philosophyprovides unparalleled
mission effectiveness and flexibility.
The Forward Looking
Infrared (FLIR) capability means the A-7's night
attack accuracy is equivalent to day attack
of delivering bombs with an accuracy of less than
10 mils Circular Error Probable (CEP) and guns at
less than 5 mils CEP.
During Desert Storm,
demonstrated more than 95% operational readiness
and did not miss a single combat sortie.
Has flown more than
120,000 combat sorties and provided unprecedented
response in Vietnam, Libya, Grenada, Panama, and
enhanced via armor plating in critical areas and
a state-of-the art DECM.
Modernized with a new
solid-state rate gyro assembly in the Automatic
Flight Control System and a wing enhancement
program that virtually eliminates flight hours as
a constraint for measuring aircraft service life.
scheduled/unscheduled direct maintenance man
hours per flight hour is 11.
|Wing span over
|Wing chord: at
|Wing chord: at
|Wing aspect ratio
Weights and Loadings:
|Take off weight
loading (attack mission)
Performance (At Maximum Takeoff Weight of
|Max level speed @
|T-O run @ maximum
take-off weight of 1,705m
|Minimum wind over
CAP 150 nm
from aircraft carrier
unrefueled w/max internal & external fuel
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Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Friday, December 25, 1998 2:27:23 PM