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Can the big, fat, sophisticated air-superiority radar in a modern fighter aircraft's nose serve as a weather radar for navigation in stormy conditions?
Alternatively would a datalink from somebody else (perhaps a tanker assigned to the deployment flight) be used to provide weather radar imagery into the cockpit?
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asked Sep 20, 2016 at 2:09
Modern airborne fire-control radars have a weather mode. Examples include: GRIFO-346, VixEn 1000E, and ELM-2032 (brochure PDF links).
This site on Modern Radar Technology mentions the weather observation capability in modern combat planes:
Digital capabilities allow a radar to change its functionality at will, resulting in the modern "multimode radars" carried by combat aircraft. A multimode radar might provide modes for: [...]
- Weather observation. [...]
answered Sep 20, 2016 at 2:43
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