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F-111F Aardvark  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1967
Total Production: 563
Unitary Cost: USD$75 million
Also Known As: EF-111A Raven, F-111A, F-111B, F-111C, F-111D, F-111E, F-111G, FB-111 and RF-111C
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: F-111 Aardvark
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1967
Total Production: 563
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Description: F-111 is a twin-engine, swing-wing strike fighter-bomber developed to meet the requirements of both the US Air Force (USAF) and the US Navy. F-111A entered service in the USAF in 1967. F-111B model which was being developed for the Navy was cancelled in 1968. FB-111 was a nuclear capable variant operated by USAF till 1990 when the cold war was over. Thereafter FB-111 assumed the conventional strike role under F-111G designation. F-111C was a variant combining F-111A and FB-111 features sold to Australia. Australia also developed the RF-111C reconnaissance aircraft based on this aircraft.

F-111 features a two-man crew seated side-by-side inside a cabin/capsule that is ejected from the aircraft in a catastrophic event. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney TF-30 turbofan engines each rated at between 18,500- and 25,000-lb. It flies supersonic and at low altitude avoiding detection by enemy radars and other surveillance sensors thus increasing this way its survivability and the probability of mission success. F-111s were deployed by the USAF for the last time during operation Desert Storm in 1991 delivering smart munitions. The F-111 was also deployed to Vietnam where it was involved in the utilization of smart munitions still under development such as the laser-guided bomb.

F-111D, F-111E and F-111F were improved models featuring digital avionics, improved engines, new air inlets and other advancements. All these aircraft were assigned to the tactical strike role. EF-111A Raven was an electronic warfare (EW) aircraft derived from the F-111A. It retained F-111A's supersonic speed. USAF F-111 strike fighter-bomber and EF-111 EW aircraft were withdrawn from active duty in the 1990s. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officially retired the last F-111 aircrafts on December 3, 2010. Australia selected the F/A-18F aircraft as the replacement for the obsolete F-111.

F-111F Aardvark Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 5.10 meter (16.7 foot)
Length: 22 meter (72 foot)
Wingspan: 19 meter (62 foot)
Ceiling: 18,000 meter (59,055 foot)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 731 mps (2,632 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 50,000 pound (22,680 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 45,000 kilogram (99,206 pound)
Payload: 11,000 kilogram (24,250 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F-111F Aardvark News

There are 5 news between
14 Mar 2005 and 2 Dec 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010Royal Australian Air Force to Retire F-111 Fleet
Wednesday, November 4, 2009Royal Australian Air Force Takes Delivery of Final Deeper Maintenance Program F-111
Tuesday, March 6, 2007RAAF to Acquire 24 Block II Super Hornets
Thursday, March 2, 2006JASSM Wins Royal Australian Air Force AIR 5418 Program
Monday, March 14, 2005Nemesis Countermeasures for Australian Multi Role Tanker Transport Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft to be retired from the RAAF on December 3, 2010

Grand Total 332
Defensive Weapons
AGM-62 Walleye II
AIM-9M Sidewinder
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
Offensive Weapons
AGM-84D Harpoon
AGM-142 IRx2
AGM-142 TVx2
Protection Systems
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