Swedish SAAB started work on definition phase of radically modified JAS-39 Gripen. The new versions G/H are expected to enter service beyond 2020. The
plane has no vertical tail, modified wing with double sawtooth trailing edge and the same shape was applied on cannards. Air intakes are now rhombus
and are positioned closer to the fuselage. Engine nozzle is equipped with thrust vectoring. Avionics is based on JAS-39E/F version with AESA radar. I
photoshopped the picture, how it should looks like. More at my web:
Brilliant find, and excellent art work! That aircraft looks nice.
One thing - can you ensure your website displays properly in all browsers, not just IE please? I get text, background and nothing else on my browser
(none of the aircraft images), and I cant use IE because the version available for my computer is 5 years old and woefully inadequet.
God, this plane just looks like a razor blade. Future will show if it's gonna be as sharp as one
Anyhow, I can't see the advantages of NoVertTail configuration, can anyone explain this?? It doesn't improves stealth, it doesnt improves
manouvrability, it doesnt shortens the maintenance time, etc...
Its smaller, lighter which means less fuel used and more power in reserve. It has a smaller radar signiture, so its stealthier. The only negative is
that there hasnt yet been an aircraft that has gone supersonic in controllled flight that hasnt had a vertical fin, so there could be control issues
All possible stealth improvements are negated by external stores. I absolutely don't understand the "no tail solution" combined with external
weapons. it could have slightly lower drag, but otherwise it's totally dumb solution. I don't hthink it will be ever produced, certainly not in
Engine nozzle is equipped with thrust vectoring they are looking at the TVC version of the EJ200 engine for the grippen, the same engine with trust
vertored controll as being developed for the eurofighter. It'll ROCK!
Fighter with no tail configuration is lighter, less complicated and has smaller radar signature and drag. It is also less expensive. To avoid any
mistake - argument about expensivity was unacceptable in 90s era. In that time modifications in software and engines with TVC were much more expensive
than tail surfaces. But today with current technologies it is possible.
Longbow: It is problem with artists impressions. I used as a basis JAS-39E drawing which has standard weapon stores. Proposed JAS-39G/H version has
stealthy stores for low RCS weapons like JASSM or Storm Shadow (can be visible on wind tunnel model on my web). I think it will be the same solution
like on FB-22 with external wing weapon bays or stealthy stores and Lockheed Minion UCAV on it.
Emile: Sorry. I am primarily journalist so I am not so skilled in creating html code. You should do it on some another computer. If it does not work,
send me your e-mail and I will post you the pics.
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