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Swiss F.

Mk 6:
adaptions included new radio equipment, and the adaption of outboard pylons for
the carriage of 400 kilogram (880 pound) bombs
In 1963, Hunters were operated as interceptors with a secondary ground-attack r
ole, the outboard pylons having been modified to carry two AIM-9 Sidewinder airto-air missiles
Swiss Hunters featured several armament changes, such as the integration of SURA
and SNORA 80mm rockets, as many as 32 rockets could be fitted on underwing rail
s
Swiss Hunters were often armed with napalm bombs in addition to conventional loa
douts.
Swiss Mk58
Inboard pylons:
2x 150 gal fuel tanks
or 2x 450kg bombs (HE or AP)
or 2x 400kg bombs (HE)
Outbord Pylons
2x 450kg bombs (HE or AP)
or 2x400kg Bombs (HE)
or 2x 400kg Napalm
or 2x300kg TABO (Tiefabwurfbomben)
or 2 x 210kg Maverick
or 2x 100gal FLUNT (Treibstoff-Zusatzbehalter)
or 2 SIWA-Werfer miy je einer FLZ Lwf LL SIWA
or 2x Uebungsbombenrecke 79 for den Abwurf von je 2x25kg UBb, 2x7kg Ubb Gips mit
oder ohne Rauchkorper, 2x7kg Betons, 2x4kg UBb m/o Mark Pat
2x Bundel-Raketenwerfer mit adapter fur den Abschuss von je 4x8cm Raketen
Far Outboard Rockets Stations
An den Tragflachen innen sind Bundel-Raketenwerfer fur den Abschuss von je 4x8cm
Raketen vorhander
Zudem finden auf den neben den Pylons aussen vorhandenen FFA_Raketenwerfern je 2
x8cm Raketen Platz
T Mk7
A single Aden 30mm gun semi buried beneath fuselage on teh front starboard side
provision for 4 x 25lb or 28lb practice bombs, 16 RP, 2 x 24 tube air to air roc
ket batteries or 2 SNEB Matra Rocket pods
F1 to F5 Fighters only - inner wing pylons for additional fuel tanks
F-1: 337 Imp Gallons (404 USG) Internal = 337 Imp Gallons (404 USG) Total
(Trials were carried out with the early Mark 1 Hunters (which only carried 337 g
allons of fuel internally) to increase the endurance by fitting under wing drop
tanks)
F-2: 337 Imp Gallons (404 USG) Internal / 2 x 100 Imp Gallon (120 USG) Drop Tank
s (Outboard) = 537 Imp Gallons (644 USG) Total
F-4 The first tanks were of 100-gallon capacity and the Mark 4 was equipped with
two pylons under each wing for the fitting of 100-gallon tanks although for pra
ctice combat, only the two inboard tanks were fitted.
Export versions were the Mk.50, 51 and 52.
F-6: 414 Imp Gallons (497 USG) Internal / 4 x 100 Imp Gallon (120 USG) Drop Tank
s (Outboard / Inboard) = 814 Imp Gallons (977 USG) Total
Hunter 6 squadrons were being deployed to Cyprus which involved refuelling stops
on the way at Orange in France, Luqa in Malta and El Adem in Libya. At first it
was thought that four 100-gallon tanks would suffice but it was still not enoug
h. Finally Hawkers were persuaded to manufacture enormous 230-gallon tanks, pure
ly as they thought, for ferry purposes. These did the trick and with two 230 tan

ks inboard and two 100s outboard it was possible to reach Cyprus with only one s
top in Malta.
Export versions were the Mk.56, Mk.58 and Mk.60.
FGA.9 / Mk.58: 392 Imp Gallons (470 USG) Internal / 2 x 100 Imp (120USG) Outboar
d / 2 x 230 Imp Gallon Inboard (276 USG) Drop Tanks = 1052 Imp Gallons (1262 USG
) Total
Export versions were FGA.59; FGA70; FGA71; FGA73.
F6 2 pylons on each wing:
4 x fuel tanks
or 2 x fuel tanks and 2 x SNEB Matra
FGA 9
2x 230 gal tanks on inboard pylons +
or
2x 230 gal tanks on inboard pylons +
or
2x 230 gal tanks on inboard pylons +
or
2x 230 gal tanks on inboard pylons +
or
2x 230 gal tanks on inboard pylons +

Rocket Pods
2x 100 gal tanls on outboad pylons
2 x 1000 lb bombs
2x 500lb bombs
2x SNEB Matra Rocket Pods
24 x 3in RP outboard

SADC F Mk.74. Singapore Air Defence Command(SADC) = Hawker Hunter FGA.9


Loadout was for an air intercept mission, hence the lack of SNEB rocket pods, on
ly 2 fuel tanks and guns.
prototype conversion of an F.Mk.6 to the new ground attack version, the FGA.Mk.9
,
four 30 mm nose-mounted cannon
including 1,000 lb or 500 lb bombs on the inner drop tank pylons if needed, or a
pair of 230-gallon tanks on the inner wing pylons.
standard fit in the Middle East was for three Mk.12 rocket rails to be fitted un
der each wing, each capable of accommodating three 3 rockets
At first the ferry fit was 2 x 230s inboard and 2 x 100s outboard, giving an ex
ternal 660 gallons and the 230s were removed on arrival. But soon the squadron p
ilots were asking for the 230s to be permanently fitted which would require work
by the manufacturers to strengthen the attachment points and further stabilise
the big tank for high g-forces in the ground attack and day fighter combat role.
In July 63 all of the aircraft and tanks had been modified and the 230 gallon
tank became the standard fit. Although the 230s could still be jettisoned with t
he stabilising struts fitted it would normally be done only as a last resort in
an emergency.
The 230-gallon tank was jettisonable. The strengthening strut was attached to th
e tank by a ball and socket joint with a pin on a tensioner thread and lock-nutt
ed in place then lock-wired to the strut and to the tank attachment point. A sle
eve attached to the lower portion of the strut to cover the attachment point and
was screwed in place with screws (6, I think). The top portion of the strut had
a similar arrangement of the sleeve covering the attachment point, however, the
upper attachment was again a ball on a tensioner thread but fitted into a socke
t that was taper-sided in the underside of the wing leading edge, just behind th
e leading edge fairing. As the tank was jettisoned the strut fell away from the
wing at the upper attachment point and the strut remained attached to the tank a
s it fell, leaving the aircraft cleanly.
The 230-gallon drop tank designed for the Hunter was developed in three phases.
1 -With no strengthening struts and comprising a single chamber, for use on ferr
y flights only.
2 - A strutted version where the tank remained single chamber, allegedly specifi
ed for the full flight envelope.

3 - Following several accidents in which the tanks came off under high -g loadin
gs, the struts were retained and the tank divided into two chambers; in effect
a bulkhead separating the tailcone section, from which fuel was used first. Thes
e were identified by a horizontal blue stripe across the joint of the nosecone s
ection and the centre barrel.
FR.10: F.6s converted for tactical reconnaissance work.
T Mk7
Trainer version
Danmark T.53
Peru T 62
India T.66
2x 1000lb (454kg) bombs or 2x100gal (455liter) Napalm Tanks
2 additional underwing pylons capable of carrying 100gallon
r 52mm honeycomb rocket projectiles of 12x3in (78mm) rocket
(76mm) 60lb (27.2kg) head rocket projectiles or combination
Oerlikon, Bofors and Hispano Rocket projectiles of various

(455 liter) Napalm o


projectioles of 3in
of 5in (130mm) HVAR,
sizes.

Single seat Mk11 nad T8


Adapted to carry 2 AGM-12B Bullpup AAM
Sidewinders AAM, ALQ171 Jammer pods and 2 100lb 9454kg) free-fall bombs on fusel
age center line
Indian Mk56
2x 1000 lb bomb or
24x RP-3 rocket or
8x HVAR rocket
The Republic of Singapore ordered 12 FGA Mk.74 fighter-bombers and 4 FR Mk.74A r
econnaissance fighters. All were refurbished ex RAF FGA Mk.9s.
Rhodesian hunters
they normally carried either golf bombs/frantam or sneb rocket pods with the ext
ernal fuel tank. Large one when carrying snebs and smaller outer ones when carry
ing the golf bombs/frantam.
Some of the small external tanks were modified to carry a camera in their nose s
ection for recce photos.
Engineers at 1 Sqn modified the front end of a 100-gallon fuel tank into a camer
a pod by installing three F95 cameras. One camera faced forward and the other tw
o were obliques, giving an overlapping view to port and starboard, as well as ve
rtically under the aircraft. The camera controls were fairly basic, enabling the
pilot to operate the forward camera separately as the aircraft approached the t
arget, followed by the verticals as the aircraft passed over the target. Althoug
h this modification was fairly rudimentary, it worked well and the drop tank cam
era pod proved capable of providing clear overlapping photographs from low passe
s at 200ft and 400+ kts. For reconnaissance sorties the 100-gal drop tank camera
pod was always carried on the port outer pylon, with a normal 100-gal tank on t
he starboard pylon and 200-gal tanks on both the inner pylons. Hunter reconnaiss
ance sorties were usually flown from RhAF New Sarum, near Salisbury as that stat
ion had a better equipped
photographic section than Thornhill. The drop tank camera pod was used successfu
lly on many sorties throughout the Bush War and the Hunters gave sterling service
to the RhAF.
Hawker in 1962 had designed a scheme for mounting a pair of AIM-9 Sidewinder ai

r-to-air infrared homing missiles on the Hunter gun pack in place of two of the
four 30 mm Aden guns, the other two being retained, with an extra 20 rounds. Thi
s installation was lighter than the standard 4 Aden pack.
A mock-up was made at Dunsfold and the idea was received favourably by the RAF
but the MoD maintained that the Hunter would be phased out of RAF service in fou
r years.
However, in 1976 Hawker worked on new armament installations for the Singapore M
inistry of Defence Hunters, including Sidewinders, but this time underwing. Sing
apore air force operated single-seat FGAMk74 Hunters in the fighter/ground attac
k role and FRMk74A/Bs in the fighter reconnaissance role. For training there wer
e TMk75/A two-seaters.
Lockheed Aircraft Services Singapore (LASS) got a contract to enhance the weapon
capability of the Hunter. This included the fitting a US 'triple ejector rack'
(TER) under the Hunter fuselage for bombs up to 1000 lb, an additional pair of u
nderwing pylons inboard of the drop tanks for Sidewinders, a Ferranti Isis gun-s
ight, a Decca TANS navigation system and three alternative reconnaissance packs,
in lieu of the gun pack, containing different camera and IR linescan arrays. AI
M-9 Sidewinders on LAU-7 launchers, LAU-10 Zuni rocket launchers, 1000 lb bombs,
BL755 cluster weapons and US Mk82 500 lb streamlined bombs were to be carried i
n various combinations, with and without drop tanks. TERs would also be fitted t
o the outboard pylons for twin carriage of rocket launchers, 500 lb bombs and BL
755s. The heaviest combination to be cleared was 6 BL755s plus 2 AIM-9s with 230
gal drop tanks, giving a take-off weight of 27,400 lb. he programme was success
ful and the Singaporeans operated their Hunters until the early 1990s.
TERs would also be fitted to the outboard pylons for twin carriage of rocket lau
nchers, 500 lb bombs and BL755s. The heaviest combination to be cleared was 6 BL
755s plus 2 AIM-9s with 230 gal drop tanks, giving a take-off weight of 27,400 l
b. David wrote the flight test programmes to clear these equipments and configur
ations, conducted all the test flights and wrote all the reports and the Pilots'
Notes.
Omani Hunter
RAFO Hunters were fitted with a facility for Sidewinder AIM9P carried on LAU7/A
launchers fitted to teh underside oif each wing root, slightly outboard of the w
ing joint. All the launchers were reconditioned USNavy units and were electrica
lly cooled.
RAFO installed Tracor AN/ALE40 flare and chaff countermeasures system on the rea
r fuselage of its Hunters. These units were identical to those fitted on the Jag
uar aircraft of teh RAFO. The standrad configuration of these units was for a lo
ad of 15x 2" Flares on the starboard unit and 30x1" Chaff on the Port unit.