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Probably not if you want to land a Jaguar sized strike fighter on a ‘small’ carrier without the use of arrester gear whilst bringing home 10,000lb of expensive weaponry…
Originally posted by waynos
my gut impression is that, with FSW and canards the lift jet is superfluous, but withouth it you could carry more fuel for the EJ-200.
Originally posted by planeman
Thanks for the responses
I thought (correct me if I’m wrong) that FSW suits STOL as it has better slow speed control (aileron stall) and higher angles of attack (allowing slower landing speeds???).
Research results showed that the configuration of forward-swept wings, coupled with movable canards, gave pilots excellent control response at angles of attack of up to 45 degrees. …. on the forward-swept wing, the ailerons remained unstalled at high angles of attack. This provided better airflow over the ailerons and prevented stalling (loss of lift) at high angles of attack.
The swept-forward wing, compared to a swept-back wing of the same area, provides a number of advantages: higher lift to drag ratio; … improved stall resistance and anti-spin characteristics; improved stability at high angles of attack; a lower minimum flight speed; and a shorter take-off and landing distance. …. … A substantial part of the lift generated by the forward-swept wing occurs at the inner portion of the wingspan. The lift is not restricted by wingtip stall. The ailerons - the wing's control surfaces - remain effective at the highest angles of attack, and controllability of the aircraft is retained even in the event of airflow separating from the remainder of the wings' surface.
The all-moving and small-area trapezoidal canards are connected to the leading-edge root extensions.
It is well known that a forward swept wing provides significantly increased manoeuvrability at low airspeeds and high angles of attack, less aerodynamic drag compared with a swept back wing, which in turn leads to an increase in range and improvements in take-off and landing characteristics. …..An aerodynamic layout which embodies an FSW guarantees a better blending of wing and fuselage and also optimises the pressure distribution over the entire wing and foreplanes. According to the estimates of US specialists, the use of an FSW on an aircraft like the F-16 should lead to an increase in turning ability by 14% and radius of action by 34% while take-off and landing distances would be reduced by 35%.