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BAe P110

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posted on Aug, 19 2004 @ 11:16 AM
The P.110 was the project with which Britain manged to convince the rest of Europe that it was serious about building a new fighter aircraft.

It was a twin finned delta canard design powered by two RB.199's and was the aircraft that BAe announced it would build as a private venture should an international effort fail to emerge from the then current discussions, this design eventually morphed into the EAP which BAe did build and fly in 1986, becoming the first such all British supersonic fighter prototype to fly since the Lighning.

Although designed to AST 403, and thus being more A2G oriented it was nevertheless very manoeverable and it was the shift in emphasis towards a more dedicated fighter that resulted in the layout of the EAP which is shared by todays Typhoon.

posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 12:56 AM
Intersting project. Did they drop it in favor of the Eurofighter to share production risk? While sharing with other countries spreads out risk, there are certain advantages to going it alone as well.

posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 06:02 AM
I hope this answer isn't too long winded for you but here goes. Shortly after this mock up was built the side intakes were replaced by a chin intake (the Typhoon intake of today is almost the same but with the curvature of the P.120 intake - see end of post). This became known as the ACA (agile Combat Aircraft).

At this time the ACA was the proposed international version but BAe were insistent that the earlier P.110 could be made more quickly and cheaply as a go it alone project which would sell well internationally as its projected in service date of 1988 (that was maybe a little on the optimistic side but it definitely would have been a decade ahead of Typhoon anyway) would give it a head start on the new generation of US fighters. However the political will at the time was for collaborative projects despite the obvious fact that this wouls entail delay and additional expense. Rather ironic when you hear HMG bleating about the expense of the Typhoon nowadays

Agreement was however reached with Germany and Italy on a collaborative fighter with which to follow up the Tornado and this meant that the P.110 had to be shelved and so BAe began to re-engineer the ACA into a low cost demonstrator that would employ the FBW systems and composite wing and canard of the ACA but would use Tornado parts such as the rear fuselage, undercarriage and modified fin in order to keep the costs of this demonstrator down. It was launched as a UK only research aircraft in the hope that Germany would fund a second example, however it was not to be.

The demonstrator was called the EAP, which stands for the rather uninspiring 'Experimental Aircraft Programme' and when it flew the test pilot was reported to have commented (in his enthusiasm for the aircrafts handling and performance) "Forget the Eurofighter, I wish we could put this in service right now, its amazing".

Throughout Typhoons development the ghost of the AFVG haunted Bae who had been left high and dry when the French unilaterally cancelled that project and so a purely British version of the aircraft tailored exactly to the RAF's needs was always kept in reserve should the unthinkable happen, this was called the P.120 and ironically the final Typhoon design that we know today looks exactly like it in almost every detail.

[edit on 20-8-2004 by waynos]

posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 05:55 PM
Its funny because had the gone forward with the EAP, they could have infused quite a bit of work into the UK economy as well as lowered costs by exporting it. Bummer...

Now if they don't buy enough Tranche 2 Eurofighters, they may have to pay a penalty to other countries for what was in essence thier design.

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