The F-15 remains the fastest Western fighter to have ever entered service, and is currently the fastest non-Russian frontline aircraft of any kind in the world (though an F-15 pilot we spoke to here said he’d never got a clean eagle over Mach 2.3). With that conceivable background, one wonders just how far you can push a new fighter, what with AI design and control and more powerful engines, while your about it.… Read more ». “More than 70 key industry and Government representatives from across Northern Ireland have engaged with Team Tempest and the Royal Air Force on opportunities to help develop the UK’s next generation of combat air technologies. The Tempest looks well proportioned. Though far from fleet wide, USAF has a number of F-15Cs fitted with both theAPG-63(V)3 radar and the AIM-120D, these Golden Eagles boast a superior radar to any non-US types. It’ll be interesting to see what she actually turns out like, ideally I’d like to see the project 100% British but it’ll more than likely be a collaboration with close NATO allies and/or partners. In 2016 China downed a target drone with a massive air-to-air missile. Good question about the nukes. I don’t know. Typhoon has the excellent ASRAAM and IRIS-T short range IR missiles which can equal or surpass their Russian counterparts, but at long range the AMRAAM is showing its age and against Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) jamming technology which the Su-35S employs, its Pk drops significantly to the point that multiple missiles would likely be required to kill each target. October 25, 2019 Top 10 night fighters. Recently, engineers revealed some of the latest concepts under development for the Royal Air Force’s next generation combat aircraft. Official IOC confirmation has yet to be announced but it is likely to be very soon. The flying wing concept is indeed old, but it hasn’t been used for a fighter. Since 2017, the F-22 has carried the AIM-9X , which has a marginal BVR performance useful against stealthy opponents. Affordability will… Read more ». 3. This requires the ability to carry enough weapons have good combat persistence and, often ignored, have sufficient availability and numbers to deliver a campaign rather than just an engagement. We need to select these partners very carefully in my opinion. Rafale of the 4e Escadre de Chasse at Saint-Dizier. Its superbly stealthy design means it is likely to remain undetected to enemy fighters, calmly despatching its hapless opponents. The last combat aircraft Australia procured from the UK was the Canberra bomber, 65+ years ago, we then looked at TSR-2 as a possible replacement, and we know what happened there. I just wonder if the pilot should lay flat and trust cams. Website admin will know that you reported it. But give them an emergency, and they are handing out tens of millions of tax payers money to dodgy cronies for PPE. The origin of the Tempest airframe (not systems) is the BAe Replica design study from the 1990s. Smaller BVR missiles now being studied may address the shortcoming in combat persistence which prevents the type from taking full advantage of its stealth and SA advantage. By September 2019, three fighters types were equipped with the new generation MBDA Meteor missile. In many ways this is true, but the J-20 is particularly interesting because of its rather different configuration. I think we should be developing a 6th gen jet for the RN too. I don’t mean a flying wing in the design of the B2, more something like the Vickers Swallow, but in a fighter design. Sweden is to be the first partner nation in the British Tempest programme to build a next-generation fighter jet. In all but the latter category the Su-35 is hopelessly outclassed by the F-22 (as are all other operational fighter aircraft). Taranis is great for what it’s meant to do but that’s very different to a fighter as things stand so no one is going to commit to that philosophy for a project like Tempest yet. The likes of Leonardo, SAAB & other companies they connect to eg Volvo etc can bring a lot more than money. Depends on as I said before what’s in the design studios presently to solve the complex issues involved. The BAE Systems Tempest is a proposed fighter aircraft concept that is under development in the United Kingdom for the British Royal Air Force and the Italian Air Force. However, the radar is a decent size, with good detection range and is fully mature. Also, using BAE Magma tech, we can blow engine thrust out of the tips to help with yaw authority. A word of caution about the high ranking we have given the F-35: procurement moves by the US (both F-22s and 6th Gen’ plans), Japan (with the F-3) and Turkey (prior to the 2019 F-35 boycott) with the TF-X show that those who can afford an alternative don’t consider the F-35 a viable air superiority platform. The next advanced variant of the Viper, the F-16V/Block 70, has been ordered by Slovakia and Bahrain. The IFDL has a low-probability of intercept and low-probability of detection capability that offers a high resistance to jamming and eavesdropping. The project was developed for FOAS (future offensive air system) along with the Taranis UCAV, intended to replace Tornado, but was abandoned in favour of a Tier 1 partnership on F-35. Tongue in cheek? This could be a very long range air to air missile (VLRAAM) with ranges exceeding 300 km. The additional fuel could confer either additional range, or long combat persistence, and this suggests that, if armed with a long-range AAM a role as an anti-AWACS or anti-tanker system. It is only the type’s immaturity that keeps it from a higher placing, and it is likely to move up this list next year. MiG-31. The announcement of Sweden’s collaboration on the project is expected to be made later this month at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). The large weapons bay might also provide sufficient volume for a wide range of weapons. I should have said design. They are working from systems up rather than airframe down. And please don't worry, your report will be anonymous. Hardware is generally less important than training and tactics — removing these human factors from the mix allows us to judge the most deadly long-range fighting machines currently in service. Typhoon still enjoys a thrust-to-weight advantage (giving its Meteors potentially greater range and energy) and two (rather than one-) way data-link with its the new weapon, but these may be mitigated by the Rafale’s more sophisticated radar and defensive aids. Hay maybe the aero dynamic and thrust vectoring potential is more advanced in concept work than we presently… Read more ». Does it be a platform for nuclear weapons? He implements the technique of how birds fly without a vertical surface. Japan’s MHI, Australia’s DSTO & France’s Thales come to mind. The type’s excellent, but ageing, AESA radar is world class, and its ‘low-probability of interception’ operation enables to see without being seen. The weapons carriage is also among the draggiest configuration. That might well change by the time final design is decided upon as we only really see what is in the design concept aerodynamic studios from some 10 to 15 years ago before physical examples start to come to light, but certainly is why so many of these proposals look similar. Let us hope they do not buy off the shelf components from China. MBDA UK has also embedded one of its Human Factors engineers within this wearable cockpit team, ensuring early introduction of weapons concepts that exploit these future technologies. I just can’t think of a better way of putting it..? The British are in the early phases of developing a possible future fighter platform, having revealed Project Tempest at the Farnborough air show last year. A2A armament: 6 x AIM-120C-7 or AIM-120D 2 x AIM-9X. Just goes to show what can be achieved with £2b seed money. Additionally, unlike Typhoon, the canard is not closely coupled to the wing. France? If we think that surface vessels may encounter increasing difficulties, notwith standing their ability to move considerable distances, how much more will traditional static land bases find survival? Still think it would be the best long term solution for them. Six. Also some observers, notably in the US Navy, rate the latest Chinese air-to-air missiles as superior to their Russian counterparts. These concepts are part of a wider research effort to develop technologies that could be used to create a next generation combat air system for the UK. Though in an actual BVR engagement pilot training levels and the aircraft’s place in a larger system are decisive, we are looking at the aircraft as a weapon system in a like-for-like way — so many of the US Navy’s Super Hornet’s advantages are removed. They even claimed to have invented the bell shape lift profile, but it was all Prandtls work really. You can argue that there shouldn’t have been a referendum on it but there was and parliament voted to ratify it then quickly went about trying to find clever ways not to follow… Read more ». Just thinking the same thing, this country doesn’t have a great rack record in following through with large orders without some cut backs with the knock on effect of a higher ticket price. We need better financial accountability and tough legislation to deal with cronyism. I agree Tempest looks as formidable asset, let’s hope it evolves beyond being a technology demonstrator into a viable combat aircraft. This close partnership approach between MBDA UK and BAE Systems will allow the companies to help to collaborate at an early stage of the programme, shaping how weapons systems information and operation is optimised for the pilot. Meanwhile in China, Flankers and J-10Cs are now flying with the PL-15, but it is believed they are not at a level of maturity that will upset the applecart, for this year anyway. 6. George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval defence technology and cyber security matters. Lol, I’m guessing you didn’t intend to type that !!!!!! I was speaking from the project perspective, mate. The type is marred by a mountainous radar cross section and abysmal agility at lower speeds. The project also has the LANCA remote carrier and MOSQUITO swarming drones linked unmanned systems. In many ways this is true, but the J-20 is particularly interesting because of its rather different configuration. For such a nation, the key aim is deterrence, ensuring that any country wishing to invade or dominate you cannot easily do so. This flies in the face of public announcements by Lockheed Martin, USAF and F-35 pilots regarding the aircraft’s effectiveness in the role, but it is hard to read the facts in any other way. Other than real stealth, the only disadvantage suffered by the type, which has a good performance, an excellent defensive aids suite and a high level of sensor fusion, was the absence of a helmet-mounted display. Kind of like the Taranis but more swept. Yes indeed it has, and the latest news, that French Rafales are now carrying the Meteor long-range missile has had a radical effect on our ranking. Flying wing doesn’t always mean B2 bomber type of shape. Many of the teething problems encountered in Syria have now rectified. Pity the Japanese didn’t choose to join the project. This is great news. Your email address will not be published. Though excellent for its day, the cockpit is a generation behind the large screen F-35 and nascent Gripen E. Interview with a Typhoon pilot here and here, A2A armament: Up to six Meteor/AMRAAM AIM-120C5 + 2 or 4 AIM-132 ASRAAM/IRIS-T. What would your design look like mate ? Not an expert but as i understand it so much of the cost (and technical advantage) these days is in technology and system development and software integration etc. Tom Dunlop-October 1, 2019. Or am I being a bit stupid. Issues with parts and software obsolescence have also dogged the aircraft, with recent efforts being made to provide more easily upgradable computer systems. You may be less concerned about signature and platform manoeuvrability because your ideal approach will be to stand back and hit bombers rather than engage fighters.”. Lost patience with China, as defined by it’s one-dimensional Politburo at least*. Johnson’s team is largely sub-standard and simply not up to the job. Now if these will just be produced in significant numbers…. This compares unfavourably with the 71.24% for the geriatric F-15C fleet in FY2017 (a figure that has stayed largely unchanging for five years). I’m looking forward to the post Covid wash up to see how things pan out with regard to both the shady shenanigans and also the competency angle. They are certainly a key rival to China and populus enough to be a Super Power at some point in the future. It is not clear from open source literature if this is the case, but it is likely the PLA are looking into it. how far behind are russians in visual range and bvr missile tech? I was under the impression that the Generation label is more about Capability and Systems rather than just the looks. In the end there is always one best engineering solution to a given set of problems, it’s the reason all F1 cars look the same, As can be seen at any international airport where practically all twin-engined airliners have the same basic layout. ... conceived as an unarmed bomber but rapidly morphing into a multi-role … US F-15Cs were among the first fighters in the world to receive the AIM-120D AMRAAM, the best Western air-to-air missile after the Meteor.With an estimated 100mile range, new hardware and software systems for improved navigation, an improved HOBS (High-Angle Off-Boresight) capability, the D model offers a significant advantage. Let’s not forget that the UK hasn’t gone it alone for quite a considerable time now. I read that the US have a new radar system that can detect subs from the surface wake – which must be tiny. The Su-35 is even more powerful than the Su-30M series and boasts improved avionics and man-machine interface. Although, to be fair Supportive Bloke makes a good point about having a Def Sec who appears to know is business and a Chancellor who opened the purse strings when we really needed it (can you imagine the economic results of a pandemic + austerity? Closing On The Best Fighter Jets In The World. If the US Navy receives the new generation BVR missile it wants, it is likely that the Super Hornet will be the first to receive. Leaks! that’s funny. Surprisingly so in these times. The concept sees the physical controls seen in current aircraft cockpits replaced with Augmented and Virtual Reality displays projected directly inside the visor of a helmet, which can be instantly configured to suit any mission. I’ve been thinking of the extent to which future satellite omni-presence and imagery may leave assets with limited hiding places over the same timespan. That still really p****s me off. It is likely that the J-20 is less stealthy than the F-22 and F-35, and at least one member of the F-35 community has stated that he does not believe the J-20 is a low observable in meaningful sense. Would that not be Pushing it a bit ? Qatari Rafales may already be training with helmet mounted displays. I’m aware of the The BAE-HAL Joint ‘Advanced Hawk’ cooperation project. The additional fuel could confer either additional range, or long combat persistence, and this suggests that, if armed with a long-range AAM a role as an anti-AWACS or anti-tanker system. With a top speed of Mach 1.6, this single pilot jet fighter promises to bring high maneuverability matched with stunning versatility in mission parameters. The F-35, if it is to stay in a stealthy configuration, has fewer missiles than its rivals. We should be making a flying wing without vertical fins. Situational awareness, weapons capability and combat persistence are probably more important than manoeuvre capability (g), although transonic and supersonic acceleration are helpful in creating opportunities to survive & win multiple engagements. (system overload ) and controls that will need millions of lines of code to operate ( delayed development and system fragility). It is outfitted with one Tumansky R25-300 turbojet which gives the MiG-21 a maximum speed of 1,350 mph. The J-20 has a canard-delta rather than the (essentially) tailed-delta of both the Raptor and the Su-57 (which has yet to enter service). Required fields are marked *. Very nice lines + it leaks one mean mother…. With a hypothetical really long-range anti-air weapon, this relatively stealthy platform could force essential support assets such as tankers and AEW platforms to stand back, reducing situational awareness and combat persistence for opposition aircraft. 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