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    Question wingtip AMRAAM on F/A-18 and JAS-39 ??

    Regarding the F-16's capability to carry the AIM-120 on it's wingtip-stations I want to ask if this is possible for the F/A-18 and the JAS-39 too ??

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    Apparently you can't put AMRAAMs on the wingtip stations on an F/A-18. This is because with AMRAAMs on the wingtip stations, you can't fold the wings, the mechanism isn't powerful enough!

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    Originally posted by GZYL
    Apparently you can't put AMRAAMs on the wingtip stations on an F/A-18. This is because with AMRAAMs on the wingtip stations, you can't fold the wings, the mechanism isn't powerful enough!
    So it is compatible then, but there is a weight issue? For land-based users of the Hornet there shouldn't be a problem then.

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    Not sure about the land based hornets... I asked the same question about wingtip AMRAAM's a while back, and got that answer on here!

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    The E/F models of the Hornet are "supposed" to be able to carry AIM-120s on their tips, but to my knowledge has never been tried yet.
    Gripens have been seen with a 'thicker' missile on their tips; i am unsure as to whether or not that it was AIM-120.

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