posted on Nov, 14 2013 @ 11:46 PM
reply to post by chrismg
You have no idea what's involved on that. You don't "just enlarge" an aircraft. It's built for a specific mission, which mass everything is
geared towards that mission. You don't just say you're going to add missiles one day, make a couple minor changes, and *poof* you have missiles.
It would need a new wing, which means more weight, new landing gear for pylon clearance, more weight, wiring for the pylons, weight, laser designator,
weight, new engine, weight.
All that means less fuel, so you get less loiter time, less altitude because of the weight, so higher fuel burn, so less range...