The Turkish Air Force upgraded its F-4E-2020 Terminator in March 2014 with the addition of the AGM-142 Popeye missile. It is now participating in the international exercise Anatolian Eagle 2014-2 in Konya, Turkey. The aircraft’s new strike capabilities are based on the latest technologies, including multi-function displays and new systems. The updated design also includes an improved radar and a more powerful electronic warfare suite, making it more capable of defeating ground forces and enemy targets.
The F-4Es were modified by Israeli Aircraft Industries for the Turkish Air Force. The aircraft received internal upgrades, such as computer and radar upgrades, and weapons-carrying capabilities. The fighters entered service on January 27, 2000 at Eskisehir. Their name was changed to 2020 “Terminators” to reflect their upgraded capabilities. This modernized version of the F-4 was designed for future warfighting.
The F-4E is still in service with the Turkish Air Force, with 30 in service. However, the air force is considering modernizing its existing Phantom fleet, extending the life of the aircraft and adding new capability to the combat system. The Turkish Air Force plans to use the upgraded F-4s, which are based on the Israeli Lavi Indigenous Fighter Program, to modernize and upgrade their fighters. There are also plans to upgrade the Russian S-400 to the F-4E.
F-4E 2020 Terminator Specifications
The new F-4E Terminator features improved armament, a re-engined and upgraded avionics suite, and a wider view HUD. The aircraft also received an INS/GPS, a hotass, and a MFD. The upgrades included an advanced ELTA EL/M-2032 radar and rewiring. The F-4E was upgraded to have more powerful engines, as well as an improved navigation system.
Turkish Air Force F-4Es were upgraded by the Israeli Aircraft Industries in the late 1990s. The upgrade included internal upgrades to computers, radar, and weapons carrying capability. The new F-4E was christened the “2020 Terminator” and first entered service on January 27, 2000. This modernized version is still used by Turkey. The current fleet of the type includes 30 active and retired aircraft. Unlike the previous version, the latest versions are still in service.
In 2008, the Turkish Air Force acquired three F-4Es, which they have been operating since 1989. They also upgraded a further 50 Phantoms to Terminator 2020 spec in the early 2000s. This modernization would not only increase the F-4’s service life but would also expand its capabilities. In addition, the Turkish F-4Es would also be equipped with the AGM-142 Popeye missile.
The F-4E is a multi-role combat fighter, which means that its main role is to shoot down targets. It is primarily used to combat enemy forces. It can be configured for either reconnaissance or attack missions. In order to perform a precision attack, it must carry a nuclear warhead. To carry out this mission, the aircraft must be able to stay aloft for more than four hours.
In the late 1990s, Turkey began to modernize its F-4Es. Its Israeli Aircraft Industries modernized the aircraft to increase its speed and range. The modernized fighters were given a new name: “Terminator 2020”. They entered service on January 27, 2000. In the Turkish Air Force, the new planes were named after the famous Terminator. Its 111 Filo unit was the first one to receive this upgrade.
Despite the F-4E 2020 specifications, Turkey will most likely continue to fly its existing fleet of fighters. Currently, the Turkish Air Force is operating 30 F-4Es, and 54 of its two hundred Phantoms have been upgraded to Terminator 2020 configuration. The upgrade would extend the service life of the F-4 and improve its capability. The new fighter would be based on the Israeli Phantom 2000 program, which integrated the Lavi Indigenous Fighter Program.
The F-4E was first introduced in 1964. It was initially designed to carry a weapon with an M61 Vulcan. It was also the first military aircraft to carry an internal M61 Vulcan cannon. In the definitive F-4E variant, only an internal cannon was used. Its successor, the F-4E, was re-designated in 2014. These two types are essentially the same.