2038. A USAF Assessment of STOVL Fighter Options


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D Hammond, R Fredette, G Tamplin, R Ashby: 2038. A USAF Assessment of STOVL Fighter Options. 1991.



The US Air Force is in the early stages of defining the next generation multi-role fighter. It is anticipated that this aircraft will begin to replace the F-16 in the 2000-2010 time period. Wright Laboratory (WL) is identifying potential technologies that could have a significant impact on this aircraft. Some of these technologies are aimed at improving the operational flexibility of such an aircraft. The addition of short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) capability to fighter aircraft is one of these technology options. WL has invested a substantial in-house effort and contracted studies to define the possible attributes of a STOVL fighter and the required technology base. This is being done to give the US Air Force the option of fielding such an aircraft in the 2000-2010 time frame. The in-house study emphasized the air-to-air role of this multi-role fighter by designing to high levels of maneuverability, dry power supersonic cruise, and low observables. Some findings from the Advanced Fighter Technology Integration STOVL (AFTI STOVL) contracted studies are also summarized.


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