posted on Sep, 30 2008 @ 07:30 AM
Oh, and a few points of note re the design.
1. It must be 3D TVC, and it will need to be integrated into the FCS on an even more fundamental level than the F-22. At high alpha, the lateral
control will have to come from the engines.
2. It is doubtful the VLO properties of the F-15 SuperDooperKoreanVersion (or SDKV for short) are any way better than a EF-T or Rafale. Without
extensive (read: expensive) sub-structure redesigns, it will be little more than some RAM applied over the more sensitive areas.
3. I'd like to see how Boeing are gonna hide the variable ramp inlets and the compressor face from the radar. For these reasons, it is doubtful the
F-15 SDKV will even be as good as the euro-canards for radar returns.
4. I suppose shrinking the empennage will improve the roll rate somewhat, but I would imagine the F-15 SDKV will still lag the competition (F-22,
F-35, eurocanards) somewhat. I also don't see how the relatively poor high-alpha performance is addressed. TVC is a control mechanism for high-alpha
flight, not a raw performance improver as such.