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F-177I Lahav

34.2k Dimkal  5.9 years ago

BAe/HarpiaDS F-177I “Lahav”

Long-Range Strike Aircraft – Official entry for RMark1’s Attack Plane Challenge


AG1: Internal Weapons Bay Jettison (use with bay doors opened)
AG2: Gyro-stabilization activation
AG3: Nose air-refueling probe operation (Airspeed<350mph)
AG4: Drag chute deployment
AG5: Inner wing pylon weapons Jettison
AG6: Outer wing pylon weapons Jettison
AG7: Lights Activation (Formation/NVG/Anti-col)
AG8: Weapons Bay Doors operation
VTOL Down: Flaps deployment
AG2 + VTOL Down: Dorsal Airbrakes Activation
TRIM: Normal operation (Tab-Down for Pitch-Up)


Israeli Air Force (IAF) operational background

After the successful completion of operations Opera and Wooden Leg in early 1980’s, IAF target assessment reports have ascertained that Israel needs a Long-Range Strike Aircraft, with increased weapons and fuel payload and capable of executing advanced air-to-ground missions at extended combat range and in standalone operation profiles. All of these reports have been gathered and implemented in 1989 as a Request for Proposal (RfP) to all major aeronautic industries which supplied Israel with combat aircrafts. Until then, all IAF air-superiority F-15s and F-16s were used in tactical strike missions and have been extensively upgraded to carry a wider range of air-to-ground armaments, including JDAM GPS-guided bombs and the Popeye missile.
BAe and HarpiaDS responded to this RfP with a proposed upgraded variant of the RAF Stingray S3 strike fighter aircraft, which has been designated as F-177I-C1-LRA in company’s internal designation system. The F-177I variant is a dedicated twin-seat and twin-engine strike aircraft and the newest and most capable member of the Cyclone attack aircraft family. It can be visually differentiated from the other Cyclone aircrafts as it is longer, has bigger nose radome, simpler landing gear and larger wing area with different pylon installments. Also, it has a dorsal air-intake in the root of the rudder wing and two smaller air-intakes in the front section for extra avionics cooling. The conglomerate committed to deliver 40 airframes with basic wiring; AFCS and engines installed in a period of 2 years after the signing of the contract and granted industrial permission to IAF for the incorporation, into the F-177I airframe, of any Israeli-made system. The proposed variant was exclusively including:
-Retrofit of the previous Rolls-Royce Prometheus TF645 engines with newer Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220/220E engines with improved fuel consumption, modern FADEC and greater acceleration rates but lower thrust and thus lower speeds. This way, IAF could achieve engine commonality in its whole fighter fleet (F-15, F-16 and F-177).
-Incorporation of modern IAI EL/M-2042 Advanced Multimode AESA Airborne Radar, specially designed for air-to-ground target acquisition up to 120NM. The EL/M-2042 greatly enhances target capabilities of the aircraft and enables long-range target detection and tracking for weapon delivery or automatic target acquisition in air-to-air combat profiles. In Air-to-Ground missions, the radar provides very high-resolution mapping (SAR-Synthetic Aperture Radar), surface target detection and tracking over RBM, DBS and SAR maps in addition to A/G ranging. In Air-to-Sea missions the radar provides long range target detection and tracking, including target classification capabilities (RS, ISAR).
-Upgraded avionics, sensors, IFF, tactical data links and weapons management and delivery systems provided by Elbit Systems
-Increased payload and fuel capacity due to use of advanced composite materials.
-Re-designed, simpler and lighter landing gear
-Reinforcement of the main wings for increased payload carriage and low-level flight
-Re-location of the upper-wing pylon to the outer under-wing position
-Certification of carriage and firing of any IAF munition (air-to-air and air-to-ground)
-Equipment with sophisticated combat support electronic systems, such as:
- ELL-8551 – ADAJAS - Advance Airborne Jammer System, which is an advanced EW system that suppresses all types of enemy Air Defense Surveillance and Fire Control Radars along the mission flight path and is designed to provide complete Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) protection.
- ELM-20900 - DTP - Digital Targeting Pod. The RTP is a complete E/O and IR, all-weather, autonomous real time system which can provide high quality digital imagery of ground targets and terrain from stand-off ranges, even throughout clouds, rain, fog, battlefield smoke and man-made camouflage.
Israeli government decided after a period of extensive negotiations with major US, French and British aeronautics industries to procure a fleet of 45 F-177I’s by the BAe/HarpiaDS conglomerate with increased industrial involvement of IAI and Elbit Systems. The official contract has been signed in June 1994, between the Israeli and British government, and was dubbed as “Project Jethro”. By the end of 1997, the 45 F-177I airframes have been delivered to IAI facilities and in April 1998, the first of the three F-177I Squadrons became operational. The F-177I aircraft received the Hebrew name “Lahav” in IAF service, which translates into “flaming blade”. Since then, the F-177I Lahav took part in many long-range air strikes and received many avionics and weapon systems upgrades and has been certified to carry all the current air-to-ground weaponry of IAF, both free-fall and standoff/precision guided munitions. During the early months of 2010, the F-177I Lahav, became the first IAF aircraft to successfully fire a GBU-86 Bulldozer precision-guided munition against Houthi targets in Northern Yemen. The GBU-86 Bulldozer and the GBU-66 Barrage bombs are part of Rafael/HarpiaDS commonly developed guiding kits for 1.000 and 2.000lbs free-fall bombs which include both GPS/INS guidance and IIR target acquisition capability with ranges up to 80km.



-Weapons Release Velocity: 200-500mph
-Recommended Throttle setting: 30%-60%
-Keep target in front of 3-9 line
-DO NOT fire any weapons with downward movement or excessive sink rate

Precision-Guided Munitions firing procedure
>AGM-200 “Prophet” Stand-Off Cruise Missile

--- (centerline pylon) ---
-Select Air-to-Ground target mode
-AG8 De-activate (open weapons bay doors)
-Select Cleaver type weapon (Mission computer automatically engages the centerline pylon)
-Recommended Alt: 1.000-10.000ft
-Acquire target (steady red target box)
-Fire weapon
-AG8 Activate (close weapons bay doors)

GBU-66 Barrage (1.000lbs) & GBU-86 Bulldozer (2.000lbs)
>Paveway III-class weapons with GPS/INS and IIR guidance

--- (outer and inner wing pylons) ---
Use these weapons after the centerline missile has been fired or jettisoned
-Select Air-to-Ground target mode
-Select Cleaver type weapon
-Recommended Alt: 1.000-10.000ft
-Acquire target (steady red target box)
-Fire weapon


-Aircraft will rotate automatically at T/O speed (~250mph fully loaded)
-TRIM SET for Speed and Altitude
-THROTTLE: Adjust for cruising flight
-Continue Flight


Gyro-stabilization Assisted Landing Approach System (GALAS)

(Best Landing technique due to increased operational weight):

-Reduce Airspeed at 300mph and below
-Align with Runway at 1.500 ft Altitude and 2NM distance
-THROTTLE: 8-15% (depends on weight)
-AG2: Activate for Gyro-stabilization
-TRIM: FULL DOWN gradually
-VTOL: FULL DOWN gradually
-Establish reasonable Rate of Descent
-Airspeed 180-220mph (depends on weight)
-Make corrections using small THROTTLE movements (~1-2%)
-Maintain Attitude 1°-3° Nose Up
-At Touchdown: THROTTLE – 0% AND AG4 for Drag Chute
-When all wheels on ground and airspeed below 150mph - APPLY FULL BRAKES


Air-Refueling Procedure

-Recommended Altitude: 10.000-12.000ft (for safety reasons)
-Throttle: Retard at 10-15% (depends on weight and altitude)
-Airspeed: <270mph (max permissible speed: 350mph)
-AG2 Activate
-AG3 Activate

Many thanks to Itamar3553 for helping me to find the correct Hebrew words for naming the aircraft!
It is highly recommended to download and use the Units mod by mushr0om for obtaining useful info during landing and/or flight.


General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 38.0ft (11.6m)
  • Length 73.5ft (22.4m)
  • Height 21.1ft (6.4m)
  • Empty Weight 20,162lbs (9,145kg)
  • Loaded Weight 57,128lbs (25,913kg)


  • Power/Weight Ratio 2.36
  • Wing Loading 42.7lbs/ft2 (208.3kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,338.8ft2 (124.4m2)
  • Drag Points 13518


  • Number of Parts 592
  • Control Surfaces 7
  • Performance Cost 2,647
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    8,496 Itamar3553

    @RedRoosterII yes, the are.

    5.1 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @Itamar3553 Thnx a lot! As soon as I get back at home I will choose the most acoustically suitable and I will rename it!

    5.9 years ago
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    8,496 Itamar3553

    @Dimkal no problem,choose what sounds best for you! there are definitions too, I gave even more words related to your definition.

    "ROSH HETZ" -arrowhead.
    "HOD HANIT" -spearhead, also an adjective for the soliders/vehicles in the most front an advancing force.
    "LAHAV" - a blade/a flame.
    "TAAR" - a very sharp blade.
    "ROMACH"- a javelin.
    "KIDON"-a bayonet.

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    34.2k Dimkal

    @Itamar3553 First of all its an honor to meet someone who speaks Hebrew! The name Nilhotz came up as a result to a mini-research I did for the Hebrew word "arrowhead" or "spearhead". Unfortunately, Google translate app does not support phonetic writing for Hebrew so I tried a couple of other sites in order to found the pronunciation of the word arrowhead/spearhead. Can u provide me with the right pronunciation of the word arrowhead/spearhead ? I will deeply appreciate that and I will give credits to u for that in the description section!

    5.9 years ago
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    8,496 Itamar3553

    @Dimkal It's interesting why did you chose this name to the plane because as a Hebrew speaker it's a pretty unique (almost Wierd to be honest) name (Nilhotz="We will press") for a plane. I saw that you are Greek so probably you don't speak Hebrew and if not how did you chose this name? It will be great to know.

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    39.0k phanps

    @Dimkal No problem dude, glad you are back.

    5.9 years ago
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    30.4k soundwave

    It’s brilliant! Such a beautiful plane.

    5.9 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @spefyjerbf @CRJ900Pilot @phanps @JangoTheMango @ThomasRoderick Thank u all guys! I was away from game due to work. I came back and I hope to upload some planes I got in hangar unfinished! Thnx again for ur support!

    5.9 years ago
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    39.0k phanps

    So you live.

    5.9 years ago
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    161k spefyjerbf

    A pleasant sight in my jetstream. Nice job with this one, and good job on the description!

    5.9 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @Franticmatty Hope to see it in ur next video! She deserves some attention!

    5.9 years ago
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    34.2k Dimkal

    @RMark1 This is my official entry! I managed to complete it and test-fly it in time. Hope to go well and I'm eager to see all the fine planes submitted to you by other great players! Enjoy your flight!

    5.9 years ago