While the US military's current first-line aircraft remain formidable weapons, their basic designs are decades old, and the services would like to obtain more modern aircraft to fit their future needs. The US Air Force, the US Navy (USN), the US Marine Corps (USMC), and the British Royal Navy (RN) have now committed to a new, advanced attack aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35 "Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)". This document outlines the history of the JSF effort.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The F-22 Raptor in it's production form first flew on the 7 September 1997 and has now at the tail end of 2005 officially begun operational service in the U.S.A.F. as the F-22A.
The F-22 will herald the next generation of fighter aircraft, combining stealth capability in an airframe capable of high performance.
Power is provided by two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofans each rated at 35,000lbs thrust. These engines are capable of pitch axis thrust vectoring for increased manoeuvrability in this axis.
The Eagle's air superiority is achieved through a mixture of unprecedented maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. It can penetrate enemy defense and outperform and outfight any current enemy aircraft. The F-15 has electronic systems and weaponry to detect, acquire, track and attack enemy aircraft while operating in friendly or enemy-controlled airspace. The weapons and flight control systems are designed so one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat.
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Russian: Микоян и Гуревич МиГ-23; NATO reporting name: "Flogger") is a variable-geometry fighter aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau in the Soviet Union. It is considered to belong to the Soviet third generation jet fighter category, along with similar-aged Russian-produced fighters such as the MiG-25 "Foxbat". It was the first attempt by the Soviet Union to design look-down/shoot-down radar and one of the first to be armed with beyond visual range missiles, and the first MiG production fighter plane to have intakes at the sides of the fuselage. Production started in 1970 and reached large numbers with over 5,000 aircraft built. Today the MiG-23 remains in limited service with various export customers.
First demonstrated to the public during the Domodedovo airshow in 1967, the MiG-23 was a major advance in fighter design over the preceding MiG-21.
The aircraft uses variable-sweep wings which can be set at 16, 45, or 72 degrees of sweep, and variable inlets are used for improved engine efficiency.
About 3,000 MiG-23s were built before production ended in the late 1980s, and the type is said to be easy to fly, popular with pilots, and very reliable.