Supercruise on this flight took place at about 23,000 feet. Our jet, carrying 2 IRIS-T wingtip mounted air to air missiles accelerated through the sonic barrier. Fredrik rapidly got here off the heater and air pace stabilised well above Mach 1. Fredrik tells me he can maintain this till fuel runs out at this altitude and may journey faster with out burner if we’re at the next altitude. Denying that super-cruise can’t be achieved with a warload, Fredrik says they do it on a regular basis with 4 air to air missiles, a pretty normal fit for air superiority operations. He additionally points out the NG prototype is obese, and as soon as it loses a number of hundred kilos, the supercruise efficiency of the fighter will appreciably improve.
Individuals typically said that earlier than the plan to exchange the RM12 for F414G or EJ200 however the identical folks also … Read morecontinue reading