OLS-35 IRST

EDIT 27.3.2015.: http://www.npk-spp.ru/deyatelnost/avionika/166-ols-35.html IR wavelength range: midwave IR Tracking area: +-90* horizontal, +60*/-15* vertical Detection range v/s Su-30: 90 km from rear aspect, 35 km from the frontal aspect Laser rangefinding: up tp 30 km EDIT 28.3.2015.: http://www.knaapo.ru/media/rus/about/production/military/su-35/su-35_buklet_rus.pdf Detection range vs aerial target: 50/90 km Range finding vs ground target: 30 km Range finding vs aerial…

Close Air Support fighter proposal 3

Introduction As EJ-230 turned out to be too expensive for estimated cost of aircraft, I have decided to replace it with commercial engine. Gun will also be replaced with 30 mm version of GAU-12 (henceforth GAU-32). 20% increase in size will result in gun being 2,53 m long, 0,31 m wide and 0,35 m tall.…

On Rafale vs F-22 BFM

First, I will note this comment: http://www.arabianaerospace.aero/article.php?article=raptor-rules-the-desert-roost&section=defence “During an official press conference the commanding officer of the French Rafale detachment at Al Dhafra, Colonel Fabrice Glandclaudron, claimed that in six within-visual-range ‘dogfight’ engagements with the F-22A, only one resulted in the virtual destruction of a Rafale. He said the other four engagements were ‘inconclusive’, or…

Fighter aircraft generations issue

Introduction Jet fighters are grouped into generations based on their design characteristics. But there are problems with that approach. One would logically assume that higher the generation number, better is the aircraft when it comes to air-to-air combat. But examination of history shows that this is not true. First generation fighters are Me-262, F-86, MiG-15…

Close Air Support fighter proposal revised

Introduction   Due to the thrust shortfall of the AX, and the range shortfall of the ALX, I have decided (after consultation with vstol jockey) to design a new, single-engined CAS fighter designed around the EJ-230. Another problem with previous AX design was its lack of close-coupled canards, caused by position of its turbofan engines.…