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Originally posted by Char2c35t
yes the US will need one soon when the chinese finish thier AC and what are you going to befend the fleet from land based russian and chinese fighters looking to sink the us grand carrier fleets?
Originally posted by JIMC5499
There is a very simple solution for this problem. Get the Navy to call Grumman and place an order for four hundred Super Tomcat 21s. This would cost the same or be cheaper than making a sea going Eagle.
As far as the definition of "Fleet Defence Fighter" goes the Tomcat was designed as a pure interceptor. That was the whole purpose for the AIM-54 missiles. The idea was that the Hawkeyes would detect an incoming strike and vector the airborn Tomcats to intercept. Tomcat 21[/url]
Originally posted by waynos
Was the Phoenix also going to be the weapon for the F-12? I think I saw somewhere that it was but I may have got that wrong.
Originally posted by ShatteredSkies
AIM-54 Pheonix Missiles were first developed for the F-108 Rapier, the Escort Fighters for the XB-70 Valkyrie. However, when the XB-70 was cancelled, so was the F-108, but the missile lived on, it was then incorporated for use on the F-14 Fleet Air Defense Fighter.
Development of the Phoenix began in late 1960, after the U.S. Navy's projected F6D Missileer and the associated AAM-N-10 Eagle long-range interception missile had been cancelled. Hughes then started to develop a new long-range missile, designated AAM-N-11 by the Navy, together with the AN/AWG-9 FCS (Fire Control System). The new missile and FCS used technology previously tested by the AIM-47 Falcon and AN/ASG-18, respectively, in the USAF's YF-12A program. The Phoenix/AWG-9 combination was originally intended as the main armament for the F-111B, then planned to become the Navy's new air superiority fighter and long-range interceptor. In June 1963, the AAM-N-11 was redesignated as AIM-54A. Flight tests of XAIM-54A prototypes began in 1965, and the first guided interception succeeded in September 1966. While the Phoenix test program continued, the F-111B was cancelled, and the AIM-54 and AN/AWG-9 were incorporated into the new F-14 Tomcat, which was to take over the role of the F-111B. The first production AIM-54A missiles were delivered in 1973, ready for deployment with the first F-14A squadron in 1974.
Originally posted by Jezza
Fanstatic article nipples.
NOTHING can replace the mighty F-14 at present and maybe near future
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
Excellent Browno, interesting stuff about the surviving F111B, hmmmm, I wonder what will become of that.
Originally posted by waynos
I've seen it mentioned before about the F-14 being derived from the F-111B and it just isn't true, I don't know where this comes from?