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JF-17 Thunder fighter jet arrives in Pakistan

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posted on Mar, 25 2007 @ 06:09 AM
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Originally posted by Retseh

It looks to be a better bet than the Indian HAL Tejas - it will be VERY interesting to see these 2 in combat against each other - interesting and likely.


In what areas?
Payload?
Range?
Price?
Higher/further stage of development?(closer to production)

Well the payload bit is not much of a difference anyways..I think both a/c can carry ~4tons.
Combat Radius is ~1300km, and most importantly no air refueling capability..

The price is very competitive, but that doesn't count in the air;i.e.
combat

The aircraft maybe at a more progressed state of development than the LCA but engine ambiguities are a very big concern..

Finally the T/W ratio of this a/c is lower than 1.




posted on Mar, 25 2007 @ 09:09 AM
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Ok..
Waynos et all..
a quick course in al EW 'protrusions' on this a/c!

The RWR on the tail as well as the rear tip of the fuselage?


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Su-30MKI commemorating 75 years of the IAF in the background


The 'raised' fuselage backbone EW has a weird protrusion at the front base of the vertical tail.


Actually another off-topic aerodynamics question:
The absence of the horizontal tail fins on the Tejas compromise manueverability?
And thus gains in what department?


This from wikipedia:

The tailless, compound-delta planform helps keep the Tejas small and lightweight — in fact, it is reputed to be the smallest and lightest 4th-generation combat jet in the world.[33] The use of this planform also minimises the control surfaces needed (no tailplanes or foreplanes, just a single vertical tailfin), permits carriage of a wider range of external stores, and confers better close-combat, high-speed, and high-alpha performance characteristics than comparable cruciform-wing designs.
Extensive wind tunnel testing on scale models and complex computational fluid dynamics analyses have optimised the aerodynamic configuration of the LCA, giving it minimum supersonic drag, a low wing-loading, and high rates of roll and pitch.


how does the lack of hort tail fins confer better alpha and close combat performance?




[edit on 25-3-2007 by Daedalus3]



posted on Mar, 28 2007 @ 06:00 AM
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PAF seeks more JF-17 fighters
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aims to acquire 200-250 JF-17 Thunder (FC-1) fighter aircraft in place of the 150 originally envisaged, the country's air force...
23-Mar-2007


jdw.janes.com...


Better than expected capabilities led to this decision, probably going to make up for the Mirage III that will soon retire



posted on Apr, 9 2008 @ 05:40 AM
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A very clear image of the DSI intake. The little dimples are designed to give a controlled flow of air into the intakes, this is what I am led to believe




posted on Apr, 9 2008 @ 12:31 PM
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So no Rafales?

And I cannot see any dimples..



posted on Apr, 9 2008 @ 04:07 PM
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You have to click on the picture because the pictures to big



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