posted on Mar, 30 2013 @ 04:09 PM
reply to post by Zaphod58
It seems moot to me. The only reason HMCS wasn't in the first batch of F-22's was that the AF prefers to camel-nose procurement. It's a solution to
a problem that doesn't exist for us. It's a clever fix if you need
to have the seeker-head exposed. We don't. Missiles hanging about with
the doors closed still produce extra drag and an RCS increase. The door closing probably helps, but how much? Having the doors closed might make
launching easier/safer as the boundary layer is bound to be less disturbed.
I also wonder what having the door open and close twice as often does for the cycle times. Once they figure out how to datalink inertial information
for LOAL efficiently, will they still want those doors?