The following picture taken at Decimomannu airbase on Nov. 17, 2010, unveils an interesting detail: the Israeli F-16B Nezt just taken off from runway 35 for a Vega 2010 sortie carries what seems to be a chaff and a flare dispenser among the ventral fins, something that was never noticed before.
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.
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Could also be a towed decoy.
It looks like they are actually chaff and flare dispensers.
As a IAF technician I can tell you these are chaff flare, some planes also have them on the upper part of the body around the back tail area.
Thank you Dan,
can you also confirm that the dome on the F-15D is a SATCOM antenna for UAV remote control?