ARMAMENT OPTIONS

To enable the aircraft to operate in the air-to-air , air-to-ground and reconnaissance roles, provision was made for carrying a selected combination of the following  weapons and / or a reconnaissance pack:

AIR-TO-AIR AIR-TO-AIR AND AIR-TO-GROUND AIR-TO-GROUND

Fire streak guided missiles

30 mm Aden canons

SNEB 68 mm rockets

Red Top guided missiles

2-inch rockets

1000 lb bombs

Alternative packs were provided for the carriage of Fire streak, Red Top and 2-inch rockets. These packs, each particular to the weapon it carried, were contoured to the shape of the aircraft fuselage and fitted into the armament bay under the engine intake duct forward of No1 engine. Guns are carried in a pack that replaces the forward section of the ventral fuel pack. Two under wing pylons served to carry either the SNEB rockets in their launchers, or bombs. The aircraft is adapted for the reconnaissance role by fitting the reconnaissance pack into the armament bay in lieu of a missile or rocket pack. Guided missile and under wing stores are  carried at the same time.

 

Above: Ventral Tank and weapons pack configurations

 

Above: F53 Pylon configuration

 

FIRE STREAK

 

RED TOP