Exercise Report : ASTRAL KNIGHT 2021 – Aviano AB, Italy
555th Fighter Squadron F-16CM Block 40E 89-2024 during Astral Knight 2021 with at station 5 the self protection jammer pod AN/ALQ-188, two fuel tanks at stations 4/6 and a Lockheed-Martin Sniper advanced targeting pod. Of course the typical configuration of an air defense exercise also carried : two dummy AIM-120C at stations 1/9 and one AIM-9X at station 8. At station 2 an air combat maneuvering instrumentation pod for real time debrief of the mission.
Photo copyright Renzo Del Bianco