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Archive for February 11th, 2016

Military aircraft configurations overview

Posted by picard578 on February 11, 2016

Design goal Characteristics required Ideal planform
Dogfight fast transients (roll onset, pitch onset)

subsonic-transonic turn rates (instantaneous, sustained)

energy management (acceleration, climb)

cruise speed and endurance

close-coupled moderate-sweep canard delta
BVR combat energy management (acceleration, climb)

supersonic turn rates (sustained, instantaneous)

cruise speed and endurance

top speed

long arm moderate-sweep canard delta
BVR interception top speed

cruise speed and endurance

energy management (acceleration, climb)

tailless moderate-sweep delta

tailless high-sweep delta

Low-altitude strike low-altitude performance (speed, acceleration, range)

payload

tailed low-sweep wing
Long-range strike

Strategic bombardment

range

payload

optional: cruise speed, service ceiling

tailless moderate-sweep delta

tailed low-sweep wing

long-arm canard-delta

flying wing

Close air support fast transients (roll onset, pitch onset)

subsonic turn rates (instantaneous, sustained)

energy management (acceleration, climb)

cruise speed and endurance

combat endurance

damage tolerance

tailed no-sweep wing

close-coupled low/no-sweep canard wing

Reconnaissance high altitude performance (service ceilling, cruise speed, endurance)

range

payload

moderate-sweep delta wing
Patrol range

endurance

payload

tailed no-sweep wing
Transport range

payload

takeoff and landing

tailed low-sweep wing

tailed no-sweep wing

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