Baz Meshupar

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This page is about the Israelian jet fighter Baz Meshupar. For other versions, see F-15 (Family).
Baz Meshupar
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Baz Meshupar
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Description

The Baz Meshupar (lit. "Improved Baz") was an Israeli upgrade to the Baz (IAF designation for the F-15A/B and F-15C/D) introduced from 1998. It featured new domestic electronics systems and avionics borrowed from the F-16 Barak, providing a helmet-mounted display and the capability to active-radar homing missiles, approaching the standards of the F-15E Strike Eagle. While attempts have been made since its introduction to replace it with imports such as the F-15E, F-16D, and F-35, the Baz Meshupar maintains its status as Israel's primary air superiority fighter to this day.

Introduced in Update "Seek & Destroy", the Baz Meshupar is akin to an Israeli version of the F-15C MSIP II, with the same armament and systems. It has access to the AIM-120A AMRAAM, a great ARH missile with very long range, a terminal self-guidance system, as well as advanced inertial navigation. This is the weapon that defines the F-15C, however, this aircraft also relies on its excellent flight performance for aerial dogfights. For short-medium range combat, it has access to AIM-9M air-to-air missiles, with IRCCM and very good manoeuvrability. However, it lacks access to modern AGMs or laser guided bombs.

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
Max speed
at 10 668 m2 592 km/h
Turn time20 s
Max altitude16 764 m
Engine2 х Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight46 t

The F-15C Baz (Improved) Meshupar is a very agile fighter, its top speed is not as high as other fighters like the MiG-29SMT, but it compensates this with good energy retention, excellent acceleration and an adequate low speed manoeuvrability, after dogfights, the F-15C is capable to regain its speed quickly thanks to its good power to weight ratio.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 10,668 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,524 2,488 16764 21.6 22.2 285.7 272.0 750
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

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 + -
0 700 ___ ___ ___ ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< ___ < ___ < ___ -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 2 _,___ kg ___ kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type _m fuel __m fuel __m fuel
1470 kg ___ _,___ kg _,___ kg _,___ kg _,___ kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (___%/WEP)
Condition 100% ___%/WEP _m fuel __m fuel __m fuel MGW
Stationary ___ kgf ___ kgf _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__
Optimal ___ kgf
(_ km/h)
___ kgf
(_ km/h)
_.__ _.__ _.__ _.__

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
Gear700 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 costBasic → Reference
AB2 964 → 4 466 Sl icon.png
RB8 527 → 12 850 Sl icon.png
SB10 049 → 15 143 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications323 000 Rp icon.png
497 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training320 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 120 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 430 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 320 / 500 % Sl icon.png
262 / 262 / 262 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
540 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
26 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
40 000 Sl icon.png
940 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
540 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
M60_belt_pack
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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BLU-27/B
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9L
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
540 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
540 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air midrange missile.png
AIM-7M
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
540 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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M60_new_gun
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk84
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
Python 3
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mod arrow right 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-9M
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
26 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
40 000 Sl icon.png
940 Ge icon.png
Mods optical guided bomb.png
GBU-8
Research:
26 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
40 000 Sl icon.png
940 Ge icon.png
AIM-120A
Research:
26 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
40 000 Sl icon.png
940 Ge icon.png

The most important modifications are unlocking the AIM-9M and the AIM-120A, after that, prioritize modifications like G-Suit and all the engine modifications. If you need the F-15C for ground missions, ignore the performance modifications and unlock the GBU-8 guided bombs, however note that the F-16D Barak II is a better aircraft in ground battles than the F-15C.

Armaments

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

Main article: M61A1 (20 mm)

The Baz Meshupar is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm M61A1 cannon, wing root-mounted (940 rpg)
  • 240 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.

Default weapon presets
  • 2 x 750 gal drop tanks + 3 x 610 gal drop tanks
  • 2 x AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x Python 3 missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-7M Sparrow missiles
  • 4 x AIM-7M Sparrow missiles + 2 x 750 gal drop tanks
  • 8 x AIM-120A missiles
  • 4 x AIM-120A missiles + 2 x 750 gal drop tanks
  • 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (9,000 lb total)
  • 18 x 500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs (9,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 2,000 lb GBU-8 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 9 x BLU-27/B incendiary bombs

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Agile at low-medium speeds
  • Good power to weight ratio
  • Excellent air to air weaponry
  • Ability to carry missiles under external fuel tanks

Cons:

  • Does not have TWS (Track While Scan) for the radar unlike the regular F-15C, meaning that the Meshupar is unable to fire AMRAAMs at different targets over 16km
  • No radar HMD, limiting the combat efficiency of AMRAAM combat
  • No access to rockets
  • High fuel consumption
  • No access to modern guided munitions like AGMs or laser guided bombs

History

With its introduction into the Israeli Air Force (IAF) in the mid-1970s, the F-15 Baz very quickly became a key component in Israel's regional superiority - providing an umbrella that could not be challenged by any of Israel's belligerent neighbors. Nevertheless, by the 1990s the aircraft was already being threatened by the capabilities of newer Soviet/Russian models of the Su-27 and MiG-29. Though the Soviet Union was no longer around to supply such aircraft en-masse to Israel's remaining enemies (as it had done in previous decades), Israel's bitter lessons of technological parity during the 1973 Yom Kippur War led to the conclusion that the entire Baz fleet would have to be replaced in order to maintain a decisive technological edge. With close to a hundred Baz F-15s already in IAF service, this would be a complicated undertaking.

To make matters even more complicated, the 1990s were also a time of conflict between two separate issues in the air superiority fighter market. On the one hand, while the Americans had already begun funding Israel's defense to the tune of billions of dollars, this came with an exclusivity clause that would force Israel to purchase all of its fighters from the United States. Simultaneously, the United States was at this time heavily invested in development of the F-22 Raptor - which it intended to keep for itself in order to maintain its own technological edge. This left only one air superiority model on the table for Israel to buy: the F-15E Strike Eagle, a highly improved version of the F-15 that could double as a long-range precision bomber.

Fortunately for the IAF, the F-15E was perfectly suited for its purposes. Besides having had plenty of experience with previous F-15 models, the IAF also happened to be in need of a long-range precision bomber to contend with the emerging threat of ballistic missiles from Iraq and Iran. The only problem with the F-15E was that it was still in the process of being introduced into the US Air Force, and was even more expensive than previous F-15 models. This meant that the IAF would not be able to replace its entire existing F-15 Baz fleet within any reasonable timeframe. Relying solely on gradual F-15E purchases would leave Israel vulnerable for over a decade - a risk that it could not afford.

The decision was finally made to begin the purchase of F-15Es (which, after intense modification, would become the F-15I Ra'am) while continuing to wait for some newer, cheaper aircraft to be developed by the Americans. However, that alternative never materialized, and by 1995 the IAF had no choice but to create its own alternative: the Baz 2000 program. Building upon two decades of active combat experience with the F-15, and the emergence of a cutting-edge Israeli high-tech industrial sector, the Baz 2000 program would essentially upgrade existing F-15C/Ds into something closer to an F-15E. Additionally, equipment previously featured only on the F-16 Barak would be "married" into this new plane to give it capabilities not yet seen outside the F-16 platform.

This upgrade program resulted in the F-15 Baz Meshupar (lit. "Improved Baz"), more commonly known by the acronym BazMash. The first such aircraft was rolled out in late 1998, the same year that the first F-15I entered service.

The exact changes made to the BazMash are still classified, though several are plainly clear from photographs of the aircraft: it has larger conformal fuel tanks allowing for greater range than the original F-15C/D, and its avionics and cockpit have been completely redone. The BazMash features all-new Multi-Function Displays, contains avionics borrowed from the F-16 Barak (including DASH helmet integration), and is now capable of using JDAM GPS-guided bombs. It is also capable of carrying Israel's own beyond-visual-range interceptor missiles, the Python 5 and Derby. A radar upgrade has also been mentioned by unofficial sources, but has never been confirmed. It is unclear whether McDonnell Douglas (later Boeing St. Louis) had a hand in making such an upgrade possible, but it seems that every single Israeli military electronics company contributed at least one component to the new plane. Given the number of BazMash planes that were in service when the Baz 2000 program concluded, some sources have speculated that at least one of these aircraft is in fact an F-15A/B - first upgraded to the F-15C/D standard in the 1980s, and then to the new BazMash standard.

Despite all of these upgrades, the IAF stated in 2004 that it would still prefer replacing the BazMash with F-15Is - but additional F-15I purchases ceased around that same time, leaving the IAF with more BazMash planes than F-15Is to this day. In the mid-2010s, the IAF announced plans to upgrade the BazMash yet again, with the hope of keeping it in service until the year 2040 - for a total service period of 64 years. Even with the introduction of the F-35I Adir into IAF service in 2017, the BazMash in its current form remains Israel's primary air superiority fighter.

Media

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See also

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Jet Fighters  F2H-2 · F3H-2
  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II · F-4J Phantom II · F-4S Phantom II
  F-15A · F-15C MSIP II
Strike Aircraft  AV-8B Plus
Helicopters  AH-6M
Export/Licensed 
Aircraft  ◄F-4F Early · ◄F-4F · ◄F-4F KWS LV · Phantom FG.1 · Phantom FGR.2 · F-4J(UK) Phantom II · F-4EJ Phantom II · F-4EJ ADTW · Kurnass · Kurnass 2000
  F-15J · F-15J(M) · Baz · Baz Meshupar
  ▄AV-8B Plus
Helicopters  Lahatut
  The McDonnell Aircraft Corporation merged with Douglas Aircraft Company in 1967 to form McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Later it was merged with The Boeing Company in 1997.
See Also  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Israel jet aircraft
  Kfir Canard · Kfir C.2 · Kfir C.7 · Nesher
Britain 
Meteor  Meteor NF.13 · Meteor F.8
France 
Vautour  Vautour IIA · Vautour IIN
Super Mystere  Sambad · Sa'ar
Mirage III  Shahak
Other  M.D.450B Ouragan · Mystere IVA
USA 
F-84  F-84F
A-4  A-4H · A-4E Early (M) · A-4E · Ayit
F-4  Kurnass · Kurnass 2000
F-15  Baz · Baz Meshupar
F-16  Netz · Barak II