About This File
Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) F-4E Kurnass 'Super Phantom' 2000 for Strike Fighters 2
*************** Now with brand new SF2 'Super_F4.LOD' *****************
IAI planned a second level of updating for the Kurnass 2000 (http://combatace.com...ike-fighters-2/) designated the "Super Phantom 2000", in which the aircraft were to be fitted with twin Pratt & Whitney (P&W) PW1120 turbofan engines.
The PW1120 was a derivative of the P&W F100 used on the F-15 and F-16, and was developed for the IAI Lavi fighter program, which was ultimately cancelled. The PW1120 was shorter and lighter than the J79 but almost the same diameter, making installation the Phantom relatively straightforward. The PW1120 offered 25% more dry thrust and 30% more afterburning thrust than the J79.
A single Super Phantom 2000 prototype was implemented and flown at the Paris Air Show in 1987. It could exceed Mach 1 without afterburners and was hoped to become a lucrative update offered by Israel to current Phantom operators.
However the program never went beyond the prototype with the 'official' line being that there were no takers as the cost of the engine update was a significant fraction of the cost of an entirely new aircraft, and nobody thought it sounded like a good deal. Boeing also had considered a similar Phantom update and abandoned the idea. But is is generally accepted that the real reason was McDonnell Douglas/ Boeing scuttled the project because it equalled the F/A-18C/D in performance and endangered any future sales of the F/A-18 and F-15 as current Phantom operators could upgade thier fleet to a similar level instead of having to replace them.
That being said, with the PW1120 engines it is one kick ass Phantom to fly and fight with in the SF2 game! So here it is. Along with the prototype skin that the aircraft wore to the 87 Paris Air show I have also included an operational IAF 119 Squadron skin however it was obviously never used.
None of the default loadouts include any weapons other than drop tanks as the prototype aircraft never carried any. However you can use the single mission editor to load a selection of preset loadouts based on the Kurnass 2000 loadouts.
This mod has its origins in the SFP1 Mirage Factory F-4E Kurnass but most of the 3D work to create the Super Phantom 2000 model has been done by Sundowner.
INSTILATION: Drop files in to appropriate folders, override when asked to.
NOTE: Has only been tested/used in a merged install of ALL SF2 titles
Credit goes to:
Bunyap and Chaser617 for the F-4EJ Kai cockpit / Avionics which we used as a base for the Kurnass 2000 Cockpit and Avionics.
The Viper Team for their IAF F-16C/D/I which some of the weapons came from.
Sundowner for his work on the TMF Kurnass 2000.
And of course the Mirage Factory Team for the original Kurnass Pack.
What's New in Version 1.1
- Brand new SF2 'Super_F4.LOD' with fuselarge aerial and afterburner nodes that glow correctly when the afterburners are on.