Even if this programme does not go ahead UK aviation and high tech industries will benefit considerably. The weapons carriage is also among the draggiest configuration. Participation at the event also included Tempest partners Thales and Spirit AeroSystems, both who have major bases in Northern Ireland. Too much national pride. USAF is likely to receive a batch of these new generation Eagles, showing both its faith in the type and demonstrating the current belief that stealth-only air forces are too exquisite and lacking in ‘air mass’ (or ‘wings in the air’ – the aerial equivalent of ‘boots on the ground’). The idea should be given a lot of thought and funding for research in my view. 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? OK, so we said ‘top 10’, but the F-16 deserves a mention. You can flag a comment by clicking its flag icon. Recently, engineers revealed some of the latest concepts under development for the Royal Air Force’s next generation combat aircraft. It could be a false tail for adversaries to follow? It sort of is a modern day TSR2, at least in respect of pushing the technological envelope… Looks absolutely stunning and I ‘really’ hope it happens. Until there is a quantum leap in technology, all stealth aircraft will share a common basic design. Twitter. 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. We’re not talking about a full flying wing here, but a blended wing/flying wing design. I would suggest less energy manoeuvrability, as the configuration is likely to have somewhat higher transonic drag. In this category the F-22 has failings, which include a low combat readiness and a small fleet. In many ways this is true, but the J-20 is particularly interesting because of its rather different configuration. They are spending money on something though aren’t they? The fastest modern fighter in the world, with a top speed of Mach 2.83+, the MiG-31 offers some unique capabilities. Britain deploys new fighter jet for first time in a mission against ISIS ... (0753 HKT) June 26, 2019 . The main benefit to be gained from this arrangement is the carriage of significantly more fuel, coupled with the scope for use of a longer weapons bay. September 3, 2013 Military Aviation. 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. However, the Prandtl wing which someone like Al Bowers is working on, gets rid of this due to the wing ‘twist’. Looks fantastic, lets hope it makes it into the air, I’m beginning to believe it will. You have to have a big, fast, aircraft because you can’t avoid the possibility of having to cover a fair distance at high speed to meet the threat. 4 September 2019 (Last Updated September 4th, 2019 11:32) The British Royal Air Force (RAF) has completed a four-month Operation Azotize deployment to support the Nato Baltic Air Policing mission in Estonia. So we may end up with about 100 in-service at any one one time but buying the full 138 to maintian that number as old airframes… Read more ». 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. The project also has the LANCA remote carrier and MOSQUITO swarming drones linked unmanned systems. Murlis Green took command of 151 squadron, a dedicated nocturnal unit, who operated Comic Camels over Europe to great effect. 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? Its ability to share information with other aircraft is not first class: the F-22 does not have the ability to transmit on the standard Link-16 network—though it can receive data. In addition, signature (other than head-on) looks likely to be a bit greater. It appears that with a ‘fifth generation’ aircraft you get a mission capable rate of around 50% compared to 70% for a thirty year-old fourth generation aircraft (it is likely that the Eurocanards offer even better rates if assessed in the same way). Su-35S were deployed in Syria in 2016 to provide air cover for Russian forces engaged in anti-rebel/ISIL attacks. I just can’t think of a better way of putting it..? One wonders why pictures of it are shown to all and sundry. The type is cursed by a giant radar cross section, a massive infra-red signature and an inferior high altitude performance to a newer generation of fighters. We need better financial accountability and tough legislation to deal with cronyism. 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. It’s not about looks. 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. However, the type is let down by mediocre ‘high and fast’ performance, and fewer missiles and a smaller detection range than some of its larger rivals. The RAF Typhoon detachment was deployed to Estonia to fulfil the UK’s commitment to Nato enhanced air policing. I wonder what else will come to light… and if there are any resignations. Issues with parts and software obsolescence have also dogged the aircraft, with recent efforts being made to provide more easily upgradable computer systems. That still really p****s me off. When asked what he thought of the F111 he said bound to fail, it defeats the purpose of swing wings. 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. Also some observers, notably in the US Navy, rate the latest Chinese air-to-air missiles as superior to their Russian counterparts. The Meteor probably outranges every Western weapon, and thanks to its ramjet propulsion (an innovation for air-to-air missiles) it has a great deal of energy, even at the outer extremes of its flight profile, allowing it to chase manoeuvring targets at extreme ranges. Though it should be noted that Meteor has not been tested in combat. 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. I think we should be developing a 6th gen jet for the RN too. Project Tempest: Musings on Britain’s new superfighter project. Joking apart it is possibly useful in somewhere like the Med where the water is relatively shallow and relatively still and you don’t have too many inversion layers and deep currents to mislead. Today the only UK designed military aircraft in ADF inventory is the Hawk 127 trainers, and currently the RAAF has a project running to replace the Hawk, the front runner appears to be the Boeing T-7A. Six. British Typhoon fighter jets arrive in Malaysia. By. ... conceived as an unarmed bomber but rapidly morphing into a multi-role … The above image of the prospective Tempest aircraft, is I think really quite poor aerodynamically. ... ‘comical’ appearance compared to the standard version hence the ‘Comic’ nickname and it became the standard British night fighter during 1918. 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). Until the advent of Meteor-armed Gripens and Typhoons, no operational aircraft had a longer air-to-air weapon than the type’s huge R-33, which can engage targets well over 100 miles away (it may well out-range the AIM-120D). Great post CR, can’t argue with any of that. Doesn’t look groundbreaking in design. Affordability will… Read more ». The brand new sensor will provide a wide range of abilities beyond traditional radar, with all-digital technology providing the operator with an exceptionally clear view of the battlespace and of potential targets. Well it does have some resemblances to it, I’m wondering what its flexible payload would comprise of ! Though Saudi F-15SAs are extremely advanced they are not considered mature and rumours hint at problems with the aircraft. In effect buying access to technology… Read more ». Its dramatic jump to the number two position in 2016’s list here was due to one reason: the entry into operational service of the MBDA Meteor missile. The exact ordering of this list is open to question, but all the types mentioned are extraordinarily potent killers. I know a lot of people *(myself included) who voted for BoJo, not because we thought he was a stand up guy but because every other party in the UK was trying to twist the will of the people over Brexit. Tom Dunlop-October 1, 2019. I think the UK is taking the same approach as they did with the Meteor AAM. Website admin will know that you reported it. 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. With maybe around 100 35b’s FAA and RAF split, the B’s might all then be transferred to FAA for CSG as Tempest comes online. Most of the problems of apparent non performance were had were caused by Dom trying to control freak everything. I was speaking from the project perspective, mate. Having a big stick, however, is great, because you can defeat threats while keeping out of their missile range. They look cool, are incredibly fast, extremely expensive and flown by the best and most courageous pilots in the world. The Gripen was the first fighter in the world to carry the long-delayed Meteor. It is being developed by a consortium known as "Team Tempest", consisting of the UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo S.p.A. and MBDA, and is intended to enter service from 2035 replacing the Eurofighter … RAF Tranche 1 Typhoons are not Meteor compatible but will instead be fitted with AIM-120D in a deal that was signed in July 2018. I was in defence procurement and listened to some of the guys invovled in FRES. The RAF have announced that Typhoon fighters have arrived in Malaysia to begin preparations for Exercise Bersama Lima, the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangement exercise. It also lacks the agility and high altitude performance of the F-22, Rafale or Typhoon. This has now been rectified (it is believed that Qatari Rafale are operating with HMD). WhatsApp. Tally-ho, chocks away, and jolly good show: The UK’s new Tempest fighter jet will be a decidedly British affair. ... bringing the procurement total to 623 aircraft as of 2019. rocurement 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 image, show below, accompanied the news that ‘Team Tempest’ have strengthened relationships across UK industry. They are smaller than other remote carrier designs. The wing form seems to be the relative shape of the moment particularly in the stealth arena and has been for sometime in large drones coming to fruition. “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. ).… Read more ». All governments will or have made mistakes but stuff like not shutting the borders etc is bound to be scrutinised. Typhoon is still the best armed fighter in the world for beyond visual range combat, bar none. This list, which for the sake of brevity (largely) treats aircraft as isolated weapon systems, does not favour the Super Hornet: in reality, with support from E-2Ds and advanced other assets, US Navy Super Hornets would be extremely capable in the BVR arena against most adversaries. Israeli F-16s also deserve an honourable mention for their advanced jamming and avionics systems, but are largely tasked with ground attack. The Flying Wing design dates back to the 1930’s late 20’s, that’s before the jet engine, it’s not really new. The Typhoon is one only two aircraft on this list (the other is Gripen) with a mechanically scanned radar, a 20th century technology which leaves the sensor “… on the verge of complete obsolescence, with an inherently greater vulnerability to jamming and an inability to fully exploit the performance and capabilities of new weapons” according to some in the RAF Typhoon community. That is quite a juicy carrot. France seems to be OK on smaller less visible projects such as the guided weapons, which no one really takes any notice of, but not a fighter project. 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). The Su-35 is considerably more capable than earlier ‘Flanker’s and would pose a significant challenge to any ‘eurocanard’. The F-22’s, and, often ignored, have sufficient availability and numbers to deliver a campaign rather than just an engagement. The flying wing concept is indeed old, but it hasn’t been used for a fighter. Wonderful if this project is realised….but I have seen so many projects wrapped up by incoming governments (from Dennis Healey to smarty-pants, Oxbridge know-all, Cameron) that I have little faith in any form of consistency of approach. The F-35 is perhaps the hardest aircraft to place on this list as its stealth and situational awareness should give it a very high ranking but reports continue to circulate regarding problems with the aircraft’s AMRAAM integration. ), A2A armament: 6 x R-77 or R-27T, 4 x R-73 (1 x 30-mm cannon). Or am I being a bit stupid. We should be making a flying wing without vertical fins. 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