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[Fictional] F-23I 'Karesh' (Shark)

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F-23I for STRIKE FIGHTERS 2

 

This is a simple mod of Dels' excellent F-23A 'Black Widow' to give a fictional F-23I 'Karish' (Shark) of the Israeli Air Force with markings for;

 

No.110 squadron - The Knights Of The North Squadron in a 'Fossil Grey' scheme.

 

No.113 Squadron - The Knights Of The Twin Tail Squadron in a 'Fossil Sand' scheme.

 

 

BACKSTORY

 

With the success of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and F-15 Eagle in Heyl HaAvir service the Israeli's were hoping that the Northrop/McDonnell Douglas F-23A 'Black Widow' would win the USAF's ATF competition to continue their relationship with the McDonnell team at St. Louis but unfortunately Lockheed Martin's victory in the ATF competition looked like bringing an end to a long and enduring partnership.

 

However in a brave move, in May 1991 the Northrop/McDonnell Douglas team secured permission from Congress to actively market the F-23 to (State Department) 'approved' nations and offered a single-seat multi-role version called the F-23I (International) to Germany, Japan, Israel and the UK. With Germany looking for any excuse to get out of the Eurofighter consortium and facing high reunification costs they persuaded the UK to team up in a combined purchase of 200 F-23I's. In return, this led to the German and UK Governments persuading Northrop/McDonnell Douglas to make BAe and MBB prime sub-contractors for any further export sales.

 

However, with only 200 F-23I's on order Northrop/McDonnell Douglas were not convinced that it was enough to launch a viable programme but the breakthrough came in January 1994 when the USAF agreed to purchase 100 F-23A's for PACAF (the air component of United States Pacific Command) and this move finally saw Japan and Israel also join the programme with 100 F-23I's each.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Drop the F-23I folder into your Aircraft folder.

 

2. Drop the ROMAH folder into your Weapons folder.

 

3. Sprinkle the contents of the Decals folder into your main Decals folder.

 

 

CREDITS

 

BIG THANKS to TK for the continuous improvement of a great little game/sim.

 

Massive thanks to Dels for this superb add-on aircraft - one of the very best.

 

Special thanks to dk1257 for allowing me to copy his KF1-AGM 3 and re-badge it as the fictional 'Romar' ALCM.

 

And finally, special thanks to everyone in the wider Third Wire community.

 

Regards

 

Spinners

 

v1.0 04/10/09




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