posted on Jan, 11 2006 @ 05:22 AM
I don't know if you already know this emile but the top picture on your post was the Dassault ACX and was the first design revealed by France after
they broke away from the other Eurofighter partners. This was very close to the Rafale that was eventually built and was renamed Rafale after a little
subtle re-design, such as the wing which lost its leading edge crank and was made smaller.
Here is a design which, from 1979, pre-dates Frances involvement with the early EFA studies, it was called ACT92 which stood for Avion de Combat
Tactique (in English; Tactical Combat Aircraft) for 1992. My French is rubbish so my spelling may be wrong there. Even then it was said that power
would come from two SNECMA M.88's, which,at the time, was just a proposed engine.
Although these are a little off topic you may be also interested in theses two.
The First one is the first publically released impression of what became the SAAB Gripen and it dates from 1980 when the project was in the very early
stages. A quick glance at the wing suggests a return to something like the Draken shape was being considered at his stage.
This final picture is a bit of an enigma, it dates from 1980 and was actually publically displayed on the BAe stand at the 1980 Farnborough Air Show.
Despite this no designation has ever been revealed (to my knowledge) and it may actually be classified because a recent book covering British fighter
projects since 1950, which includes design projects right up to FOAS, such as stealthy UAV's, makes no mention of it whatsoever.
It is a fighter that clearly owes something to the then current P.110 and it uses something called 'variable cycle propulsion' which, in the scant
information that accompanied it, states that it had two 'RB.199 class' engines for combat and a central fan for cruising to allow extended CAP time,
which can be just about made out by looking at the back end. I wonder what became of it?
[edit on 11-1-2006 by waynos]