Air superiority fighter proposal 3

Historical lessons “History is a vast early warning system.” Norman Cousins When designing a fighter aircraft – or any weapon – there is a basic question: should one go for simplest solution, or accept a level of complexity in hopes of achieving better performance? How much simple or complex weapon can become before excess simplicity,…

Light close air support fighter proposal

Design     Length: 7,49 m Wing span: 6,57 m Height: 2,32 m Wing area: 7,53 m2   Empty weight: 1.500 kg Fuel capacity: 1.226 l (986 kg) Fuel fraction: 0,4   Weight: (30 mm GIAT-30 round: 530 g) With 100% fuel + 600×30 mm rounds: 2.804 kg With 50% fuel + 600×30 mm rounds:…

Air superiority fighter proposal (revised)

Introduction This is a revision of previous article, meant to adress several problems that I have either noticed myself or were brought to my attention after posting it. First problem is that while a good design, original FLX still had problems. It simply did not have enough space in the air frame to achieve required…

Forward air controller aircraft proposal

Historical lessons   Since UAVs are very bad at actual observation (except maybe as an inexpensive help for individual infantry platoons, controlled by those same platoons), this aircraft will also be manned. Aside from this concern, UAVs are also not adaptable.   First airborne FACs appeared during World War I. In that war, aircraft were…

Close Air Support fighter proposal

Historical lessons While Gullio Douhet’s theory that bombardment of the enemy heartland can win the war has dominated USAF (USAAF during WWII) procurement ever since its formation has been thoroughly discredited (more about that in another article), Western air forces still procure far too many strategic bombers and deep strike fighters, while procuring insufficient number…