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Fragment of the article: Military aviation in the Beginning of the XXI-st Century.
(Vladimyr Ilyn)

The full-scale governmental budgeting of the JSF program had started in the USA in 1995, and the next year the concept of this airborne complex finally took

/Northrop Grumman/
shape. The main tasks for the JSF aircraft are the following:US Air Force - land forces air support (now delivered by F-16 and A-10), and augmenting F-22 in their air superiority fighter role; US Navy - striking well-protected targets and enemy air defense suppression (D-day Scenario), and also augmenting strike fighters F/A-18E/F in their close air support,air superiority fighter and carrier force AD roles; US Marines Corps - close air support of the expeditionary forces (now delivered by

AV-8B and F/A-18C/D). Aircraft belonging to the Air Force are to base at conventional airfields and to have take-off and landing characteristics of Generation 4 fighters. Carrier-borne aircraft should base on board Nimitz-class carriers, equipped with high-energy steam-powered catapults and arrester wires. Royal Navy and Royal Marines aircraft are to have a short take-off distance and land vertically (STOVL concept) which enables them to use forward beach head airfields, flight decks of multi-role assault ships and those of the RN light multi-role aircraft carriers equipped with take-off jumping ramps. Thus, the JSF designers face the task of developing the basic platform for the complete aircraft family ought to meet rather controversial requirements of different services.

According to the US dod requirements JSF family fighters are to have a moderate supersonic speed of M=1.5 which is considerably lower than that of F-16,F/A-18
S-37 can become the prototype of highly maneuverable multipropose fighter of "5+" generation
and F-22 (M=1.8 - 2.0).Unlike F-22 the supersonic cruise speed is not requested. Agility characteristics should correspond or surpass those of F-16, though "super-agility" has not been mentioned when speaking about JSF program. Empty weight should be within 10 -11 tons depending on version. Royal Navy and Royal Marines fighters are to have less internal weapon bay capacity than other versions which is stipulated by the necessity to install additional power plant elements for STOVL. According to the customers' requests the horisontal take-off fighters' internal weapon bays are to hold two 900-kg JDAM smart bombs and those of JSF-STOVL aircraft two JDAMs of 450-kg caliber.

For air combat all versions are supposed to be armed with two medium range AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles in the internal bay and short-range AIM-9X air-to-air missiles apparently are to be carried externally. Operating over the suppressed enemy air defense JSF fighters may carry additional strike armament on external pods, such as, for instance, JSOW smart gliding bombs and/or JASSM tactical cruise missiles. Only the USAF aircraft is required to have a permanently installed cannon as the USN and USMC fighters can carry those in external containers.

You can read the article completely in printed magazine's issue #4' 2000

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  • Dancing in the Clouds. . An article about the first Aviart exhibition in Ukraine. ASAviaYuliya Balabaeva
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  • Military aviation in the Beginning of the XXI-st Century.. The final part of the article started in A&T #3`2000 about the development of combat aviation in the world in the next 20 years. 17 photos — Vladimyr Ilyn
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