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Originally posted by rodling
ppl what u think off Su 30MK Flanker???
Type: Two Seat long-range multi-role interceptor
Max Speed: 1,320 mph/2,125 km/h
Max Range 1,864 miles/3,000 km
Dimensions: Span 48ft 3in/14.7m
Height 19ft 6in/5.9m
Weight: Maximum take-off 83,775 lb/38,000 kg
Powerplant: Thrust vectoring AL-31FP turbofans
Armament: Su-30 maximum load is 17,636lb/8,000kg. Typical armament comprises 10 AAMs, including a mix of up to 6 extended-range AA-10 Alamo and up to 6 R-73 close-air combat AAMs, with options of AA-12 Adder
i know it's already out but still..
Originally posted by intelgurl
F-35 & AIM-9's
One interesting point that came up in that discussion was why does the F-22 have it's AIM-9 in an internal bay and the F-35 only have it available for external mounting. (internal mounting is more stealthy).
My answer was at the time an educated guess and has since been confirmed by someone I know who is affiliated with the AIM-9X program.
The answer is that the AIM-9 requires a forward looking bay from which to "sniff out" targets. (In-fuselage bays in the belly of the plane will not work for the AIM-9).
The F-22 has 2 side bays specifically for 2 AIM-9 missiles in each bay. The F-35 does not have these side bays due to the need to stay within the required cost parameters.
It also bears mentioning that the F-35 can still internally mount other air-to-air munitions such as the AIM-120, so it is not unprotected in that regard.
Originally posted by plutonian
F-35 has a brilliant design for a stealth striker.
CJ, I believe you are correct, because the F-35 will definitely carry the AIM-132 ASRAAM internally, while the AIM-9X is set to be external at this point. As was mentioned previously, the Raptor will carry the AIM-9M/X in the side bays.
Originally posted by Cjwinnit
Something needs clearing up. the AIM-9 may be too big for the JSF bays but I believe the specialist equipment needed to launch heatseekers from an internal bay (like the F-22) will at least be optional in the JSF.
I say that because the RAF and the australian air force have plenty of AIM-132 ASRAAM missiles which air also heatseeking AA missiles. It's either an upgrade problem with the AIM-9L/M/X missiles or it simply doesn't fit.
Originally posted by roniii259
Does the F-35 and/or the F-22 have an internal laser designator?
Originally posted by jra
Hey, now that I think about it. Wasn't the F-35 supposed to get an Official name already? Was that delayed too or did I miss it or what? I thought I remember reading that it was supposed to get one by mid June.