A-4E (Israel)

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A-4E
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Description

The A-4E Skyhawk is a premium gift rank VI Israeli strike aircraft with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB), 8.7 (RB), and 9.3 (SB). It was introduced as a premium pack in Update "Ground Breaking".

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Drogue parachute
Reduces braking distance when landing on any runway
Max speed
at 0 m1 081 km/h
Turn time37 s
Max altitude12 500 m
EnginePratt & Whitney J52-P-6A
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight11 t

The A-4E has a really decent speed for its BR but loses a great amount of energy at every turn. It has a low acceleration but is able to reach up to Mach 1.14 in a dive without breaking the wings. Flaps are automatically deployed, so if you set the flaps to landing, it won't deploy them until is safe to do so. This only works if the flaps are not already deployed, if so, it won't retract flaps and you will break them if over speeds of 400+ km/h. The aircraft is capable of maintaining 8 Gs in a turn, but it will overload if a higher turn is made. It is very easy to break the wings pulling hard turns, either negative or positive Gs. With a full load of fuel and a heavy bomb loadout wings become way weaker: any slight turn in negative Gs will overload and break the wings.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock ___ ___ 12500 __._ __._ __._ __._ 900
Upgraded 1,095 1,081 36.3 37.0 53.0 39.7

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
0 437 592 562 410 ~8 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 450 < 700 < 490 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Pratt & Whitney J52-P-6A 1 5,049 kg 311 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 39m fuel
900 kg Axial-flow turbojet 5,789 kg 6,292 kg 6,913 kg 7,517 kg 11,113 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 11m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 39m fuel MTOW
Stationary 3,754 kgf N/A 0.65 0.60 0.54 0.50 0.34
Optimal 3,754 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.65 0.60 0.54 0.50 0.34

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear437 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB5 070 Sl icon.png
RB5 070 Sl icon.png
SB8 020 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts970 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 900 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 230 / 160 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
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New boosters
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Fuselage repair
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Airframe
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G-suit
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Cover
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aden_belt_pack
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Mk81
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Flares/Chaff
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Mk82
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LAU-3/A
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Gun pod Mk 4 Mod 0
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Mk83
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LAU-10/A
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AIM-9B
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Mk84
AGM-62A
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GBU-8/15

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 30 mm DEFA 553 cannon
Ammunition300 rounds
Fire rate1 296 shots/min
Main article: DEFA 553 (30 mm)

The A-4E (Israel) is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 2 x 30 mm DEFA 553 cannons, belly-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
    • 2 x 30 mm DEFA 553 cannons + 60 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

List of setups (35)
Setup 13 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannon (ammunition: 2 250 rounds)
Setup 220 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 314 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 43 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 51 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 61 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 72 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 85 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 91 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
Setup 10171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 1136 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 122 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 136 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 146 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 156 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 166 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 172 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
18 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 182 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
12 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
Setup 192 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
3 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 202 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 2000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb
Setup 212 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
133 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 222 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
28 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
Setup 231 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannon (ammunition: 750 rounds)
2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
Setup 242 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
Setup 252 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 266 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
2 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
Setup 272 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
Setup 282 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
3 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 292 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
2 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bomb
Setup 302 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
6 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bomb
2 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
Setup 312 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb
2 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
Setup 322 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
2 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
3 x 1000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bomb
Setup 332 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
2 x AGM-62A Walleye I ER guided bomb
Setup 341 x GBU-8
Setup 352 x AIM-9B Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
1 x GBU-8

The A-4E (Israel) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 3 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannons (750 rpg = 2,250 total)
  • 20 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (5,000 lb total)
  • 14 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (7,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (2,250 lb total)
  • 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb + 114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets (750 lb total)
  • 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb + 24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets (750 lb total)
  • 3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (2,250 lb total)
  • 5 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (5,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  • 171 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 36 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles
  • 114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 114 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 6 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 24 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets + 6 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 18 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (4,500 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 12 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 133 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 28 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 20 mm Mk 11 mod 5 cannon (750 rpg)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs (1,020 kg total)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs + 6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (2,520 lb total)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs + 6 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (4,020 lb total)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs + 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (1,770 lb total)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs + 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (4,020 lb total)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 6 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (2,520 lb total)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 6 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (4,020 lb total)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 1 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bomb (1,770 lb total)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles + 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (4,020 lb total)
  • 2 x 510 kg AGM-62A Walleye I ER bombs + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (1,020 kg total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb GBU-8 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb GBU-8 bomb + 2 x AIM-9B Sidewinder missiles (2,000 lb total)

The largest payload is the 14 x 500 lb bombs which if all dropped on one base will net 1.34 tons of TNT equivalent.

Usage in battles

Simulator battles

Ground attack - With its large payload options and capability, the A-4E is very capable at ground attack or base bombing. The AGM-62A Walleye bombs have a tremendous advantage of stand-off bombing, while you only get roughly 2,000 lbs of explosives in the loadout, dropping from high altitudes (24+ km / 8,000+ ft) at a speed nearing Mach 0.8 can have the AGM-62A with some practice traveling beyond 8 km (5 mi) to a target. The 30 mm DEFA cannons are phenomenal in accuracy, ammo count, and stopping power. However, with the plane being nose heavy, your angle of attack is extremely high at low speeds, which can lead to slam into the ground when trying to strafe ground targets with guns.

Air combat - In a dogfight, the A-4E can hold its own if kept above 800 km/h IAS (500 mph). If you drop below this air speed, your angle of attack increases dramatically since the plane is nose heavy. Combined with the rather weak engine, this creates a situation of high drag low thrust, meaning you will not be able to recover your air speed during the engagement. The A-4E's wings will start to lose lift in a high G pull around 480 km/h IAS (300 mph). Therefore, your best bet is to avoid turnfighting at all costs.

This plane is an attacker and excels at it, with its ordnance. But only in extreme measures could the A-4E be flown as a fighter.

Trim-wise the A-4E is all over the place: it does not like to settle. You will find yourself from a 25-30% elevator trim at 400 km/h IAS (250 mph ) to a 5% trim at 800 km/h IAS (500 mph). At roughly 840-880 km/h IAS (525-550 mph), the plane becomes stable (meaning +1% or -1% trim). This can make newer pilots to the plane feel like they are overworking in this plane as it requires a very attentive pilot.

The goal in this plane is to attack ground and keep the 15-minute timer constantly going. You can do this by taking 2 Walleyes with you and destroying 2 tanks or pillboxes. You can also do this by loading 7,000 lbs of bombs and bombing a base, or by strapping on 171 mighty mouse rockets and strafing a ship. All these methods will net the same profit as in SB, more money is earned from passive income than from useful actions.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Payload is extremely high and well balanced allowing you to tailor your gameplay and loadout to the situation at hand.
  • AGM-62A guide bomb allows a knowledgeable pilot to strike a target while miles away.
  • Flares and Chaff can increase your survivability.
  • 30 mm DEFA have high accuracy, stopping power, and ammo count.
  • Carrying 2 x AIM-9B air-to-air allows for some offensive behaviour.
  • The plane carries enough payload to take out a full base or convoy in a single pass.
  • The airframe is extremely strong and will not rip at high G turns nor from diving at speed.

Cons:

  • The engine is underpowered for the airframe.
  • In SB, the seating position is very low. without manual adjustment it will feel like you are sitting in a bath tub.
  • In SB, A pilot will have to constantly be at the controls due to the wild changes in pitch and lift the plane experiences.
  • Turning requires a high angle of attack which bleeds airspeed extremely quickly.
  • If caught at slow speeds, the plane has too little acceleration to escape any fighter it will come across.
  • The turning ability below 800 km/h IAS (500 mph) is very poor.

History

Israel had been interested in purchasing American combat planes ever since its inception in 1948, but rocky relations with the US resulted in the Americans refusing the vast majority of proposals over several decades. 1965 saw the first approval of a major deal for American combat jets, in which Israel would (initially) receive 48 A-4H Skyhawks. Due to lingering American reluctance to sell high-end military equipment to Israel at the time, the A-4H was actually a stripped-down variant of the A-4F (itself an improvement of the A-4E), removing several key abilities from the aircraft: It had no ability to fire AAMs, had a downgraded bombing sight, and could only carry a limited variety of air-to-ground weaponry.

The Israeli Air Force named the aircraft Ayit (Eagle), and very quickly restored all of its missing functionalities - while also adding several new features that had never been present in any of the American models. It regained the ability to fire AAMs, and was now capable of firing heat-seeking AAMs - previously unavailable to any A-4 model. Israel also installed improved avionics, a French DEFA 30 mm twin autocannon (to replace the American Colt 20 mm), equipment for the launching of precision-guided munitions, and an extended jet pipe that decreased the aircraft's vulnerability to heat-seeking SAMs.

The A-4H Skyhawks quickly replaced the Dassault Mystère to become Israel's primary ground-attack aircraft during the late 1960s. Skyhawks participated heavily in the War of Attrition (1968-1970). One Ayit even managed to shoot down a Syrian MiG-17 using unguided rockets.

The impressive performance of the A-4H eventually led Israel to purchase a large number of them, including several dozen "classic" A-4Es that had previously served in the US Navy. These A-4Es quickly received upgrades to match the A-4Hs in performance. In total, Israel purchased over 250 Skyhawks, becoming the world's leading importer of the aircraft. A-4H Skyhawks continued on to serve in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1982 Lebanon War, and in many later Israeli operations. During the 1970s they were gradually replaced by the F-4 Phantom II and later the F-16. While most of the A-4H Skyhawks were eventually sold to Indonesia, many others remained in service as training aircraft until 2015.

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


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