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Heinkel He 162

Heinkel He162A-2 Volksjäger 120076/4 Luftwaffe

The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger, the name of a project of the Emergency Fighter Program design competition, was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood.

  • Role: Fighter
  • National origin: Germany
  • Manufacturer: Heinkel
  • First flight: 6 December 1944
  • Introduction: 1945
  • Status: 9 aircraft in museums
  • Retired: 1945
  • Number built: ca 320

Specifications (He 162A)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1, pilot with ejection seat
  • Length: 9.05 m (29 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 11.16 m² (156 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 1,660 kg (3,660 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 2,800 kg (6,180 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW 003E-1 or E-2 (meant for dorsal fuselage attachment) axial flow turbojet, 7.85 kN (1,760 lbf)
  • Fuel capacity of 695 litres (183 US gallons), allowing maximum 30 minute mission profile

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 790 km/h (491 mph) at normal thrust at sea level; 840 km/h (522 mph) at 6000 m (19,680 ft); using short burst extra thrust 890 km/h (553 mph) at sea level and 905 km/h (562 mph) at 6000 m (19,680 ft).
  • Range: 975 km (606 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,400 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 1,405 m/min (4,615 ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns: 2 × 20 mm MG 151/20 autocannons with 120 rpg (He 162 A-2) OR 2 × 30 mm MK 108 cannons with 50 rpg (He 162 A-0, A-1)

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SP 47 Soviet Air Force

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name: Fishbed) is a supersonic jet fighter aircraft, designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union.

  • Role: Fighter
  • National origin: Sovjet Union
  • Manufacturer: Mikoyan-Gurevich OKB
  • First flight: 14 February 1956 (Ye-2)
  • Introduction: 1959 (MiG-21F)
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1959 (MiG-21F) to 1985 (MiG-21bis)
  • Number built: 11,496, (10,645 produced in the USSR, 657 in India, 194 in Czechoslovakia)
  • Variants: Chengdu J-7

Operators

  • National Air Force of Angola
  • Azerbaijani Air Forces
  • Bulgarian Air Force
  • Croatian Air Force
  • Cuban Revolutionary Air and Air Defense Force
  • Egyptian Air Force
  • Ethiopian Air Force
  • Guinea Air Force
  • Indian Air Force
  • Lao People’s Liberation Army Air Force
  • Libyan Air Force
  • Mali Air Force
  • Mozambique Air Force
  • Korean People’s Air Force (North Korea)
  • Romanian Air Force
  • Serbian Air Force and Air Defence
  • Sudanese Air Force
  • Syrian Arab Air Force
  • Tanzanian Air Force
  • Ugandan Air Force
  • Vietnam People’s Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force
  • Zambian Air Force

Former operators

  • Afghan Air Force
  • Algerian Air Force
  • Bangladeshi Air Force
  • Belarusian Air Force
  • Burkina Faso Air Force
  • Royal Cambodian Air Force
  • Chadian Air Force
  • China
  • Congolese Air Force
  • Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Czech Air Force
  • Air Forces of the National People’s Army (East Germany)
  • Eritrean Air Force
  • Finnish Air Force
  • Luftwaffe
  • Georgian Air Force
  • Guinea-Bissau Air Force
  • Hungarian Air Force
  • Indonesian Air Force
  • Iranian Air Force
  • Iraqi Air Force
  • Krygyzstan Air and Air Defence Force
  • Mongolian Air Force
  • Madagascar Air Force
  • Namibian Air Force
  • Nigerian Air Force
  • Polish Air Force
  • Polish Naval Aviation
  • Russian Air Force
  • Slovak Air Force
  • Somali Air Force
  • Soviet Air Force
  • Soviet Air Defence Force
  • Soviet Naval Aviation
  • Turkmen Air Force
  • United States – Retired from United States Air Force after evaluation flights and aggressor squadron duty
  • Ukrainian Air Force
  • Yugoslav Air Force
  • Zaire

Civilian operators

According to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are currently 44 privately owned MiG-21s in the U.S

Specifications (MiG-21-93)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 14.5 (with pitot) m (47 ft 6.86 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.154 m (23 ft 5.66 in)
  • Height: 4.125 m (13 ft 6.41 in)
  • Wing area: 23.0 m2 (247.3 ft2)
  • Gross weight: 8,825 kg (19,425 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Tumansky R25-300, 40.21 kN (9,040 lbf) thrust dry, 69.62 kN (15,650 lbf) with afterburner each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 2,175 km/h (1351.48 mph)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.0
  • Range: (internal fuel) 1,210 km (751 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 17,800 m (58,400 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 225 m/s (44,280 ft/min)

Armament

  • 1x internal 23 mm GSh-23 cannon, plus
  • 2x R-27R1 or R-27T or 4x Vympel R-77

or 4x R-60M or R-73E AAM or

  • 2x 500 kg (1,102 lbs) bombs

Dassault Rafale

Dassault Rafale M 38 French Navy

The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta-wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, and nuclear strike missions.

  • Role: Multirole fighter aircraft
  • National origin: France
  • Manufacturer: Dassault Aviation
  • First flight: 4 July 1986
  • Introduction: 18 May 2001
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1986–present
  • Number built: 133 (as of October 2014)

Military operators

  • French Air Force 180 have been ordered
  • French Navy
  • Egyptian Air Force 24 on order

Variants

  • Rafale A – Technology demonstrator, first flying in 1986
  • Rafale B – Two-seater version for the French Air Force
  • Rafale C – Single-seat version for the French Air Force
  • Rafale M – Carrier-borne version for the French Naval Aviation

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1–2
  • Length: 15.27 m (50.1 ft)
  • Wingspan: 10.80 m (35.4 ft)
  • Height: 5.34 m (17.5 ft)
  • Wing area: 45.7 m² (492 ft²)
  • Empty weight:
    • C: 9,500 kilograms (20,900 lb)
    • B: 9,770 kilograms (21,540 lb)
    • M: 10,196 kilograms (22,480 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 14,016 kg (30,900 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 24,500 kg (C/D), 22,200 kg (M) (54,000 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Snecma M88-2 turbofans
    • Dry thrust: 50.04 kN (11,250 lbf) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 75.62 kN (17,000 lbf) each
  • Fuel capacity: 4,700 kg (10,360 lb) internal

Performance

  • Maximum speed:
    • High altitude: Mach 1.8 (1,912 km/h, 1,032 knots)
    • Low altitude: Mach 1.1 (1,390 km/h, 750 knots)
  • Range: 3,700+ km (2,000+ nmi)  with 3 drop tanks
  • Combat radius: 1,852+ km (1,000+ nmi) on penetration mission
  • Service ceiling: 15,235 m (50,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 304.8+ m/s (60,000+ ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 306 kg/m² (62.8 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.988 (100% fuel, 2 EM A2A missile, 2 IR A2A missile) version M
  • Maximum g-load: +9/–3.6 g

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 30 mm (1.18 in) GIAT 30/M791 autocannon with 125 rounds
  • Hardpoints: 14 for Air Force versions (Rafale B/C), 13 for Navy version (Rafale M) with a capacity of 9,500 kg (20,900 lb) external fuel and ordnance and provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Missiles:
      • MBDA MICA IR or EM or Magic II and
      • MBDA Meteor air-to-air missiles in the future
    • Air-to-ground:
      • MBDA Apache or
      • Storm Shadow-SCALP EG or
      • AASM-Hammer or
      • GBU-12 Paveway II or GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II
      • GBU-24 Paveway III
      • AS-30L
    • Air-to-surface:
      • AM 39-Exocet
      • CVS401-Perseus
    • Deterrence:
      • ASMP-A nuclear missile
    • Other:
      • Thales Damocles targeting pod
      • AREOS (Airborne Recce Observation System)reconnaissance pod
      • up to 5 drop tanks
      • Buddy-buddy refuelling pod

Avionics

  • Thales RBE2 radar
  • Thales SPECTRA electronic warfare system.
  • Thales/SAGEM-OSF Optronique Secteur Frontal infra-red search and track system.

Mikoyan MiG-29

Mikoyan MiG-29A 105, 23.BLT (1.elt) Polish Air Force

The Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-29; NATO reporting name: “Fulcrum”) is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union. Developed by the Mikoyan design bureau as an air superiority fighter during the 1970s.

 

  • Role: Air superiority fighter, multirole fighter
  • National origin: Sovjet Union
  • Manufacturer: Mikoyan
  • First flight: 6 October 1977
  • Introduction: July 1983
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1982–present
  • Number built: 1,600+
  • Variants: Mikoyan MiG-29M, Mikoyan MiG-29K, Mikoyan MiG-35

Military operators

  • Algerian Air Force – 26 MiG-29
  • Azerbaijani Air Forces – 13 MiG-29
  • Bangladeshi Air Force – 8 MiG-29SE (6 MiG-29B and 2 MiG-29UB)
  • Belarusian Air Force – 41 MiG-29
  • Bulgarian Air Force – 14 MiG-29 and four MiG-29UB
  • Chadian Air Force – 3 MiG-29
  • Cuban Revolutionary Air and Air Defense Force – 4 MiG-29
  • Egyptian Air Force – Negotiating for 24 MiG-29s
  • Eritrean Air Force – 4 MiG-29
  • Indian Air Force – 67 MiG-29
  • Indian Naval Air Arm – 20 MiG-29K
  • Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force – 25 MiG-29
  • Kazakh Air and Air Defence Forces – 40 MiG-29
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force – 12 MiG-29
  • Mongolian Air Force – Five MiG-29
  • Myanmar Air Force – 36 MiG-29
  • Peruvian Air Force – 19
  • Korean People’s Air Force – 10-15
  • Polish Air Force – 38
  • Russian Air Force – ~230–291 MiG-29
  • Serbian Air Force and Air Defence – three MiG-29s and one MiG-29UB
  • Slovak Air Force – 6
  • Sudanese Air Force – 12
  • Syrian Arab Air Force – 19 MiG-29
  • Turkmen Air Force – 24 MiG-29
  • Ukrainian Air Force – 80 MiG-29
  • United States – Used by private defense contractor Air USA for adversary training services
  • Uzbekistan Air and Air Defence Forces – 60 MiG-29
  • Yemeni Air Force – 18 MiG-29SMTs and one MiG-29UBT

Former military operators

  • Czechoslovakia – Received 18 MiG-29s and two MiG-29UB aircraft
  • Czech Republic – Inherited nine MiG-29 and one MiG-29UB
  • East Germany – 24 absorbed into the West German Air Force upon reunification
  • Germany – One crashed, one on display, 22 sold to Poland
  • Hungary – 28
  • Iraq – during Saddam Hussein’s era. These were destroyed or written off
  • Israel – leased from Poland in 1997
  • Moldova – not operational, six MiG-29S in storage
  • Romania – 17 MiG-29 and five MiG-29UB
  • Serbia and Montenegro – Inherited from Yugoslavia, six shot down in 1999
  • Yugoslavia – 14 MiG-29 and 2 MiG-29UB

Specifications (MiG-29)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 17.37 m (57 ft)
  • Wingspan: 11.4 m (37 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 4.73 m (15 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 38 m² (409 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 11,000 kg (24,250 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 15,300 kg (33,730 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 20,000 kg (44,100 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Klimov RD-33 afterburning turbofans, 8,300 kgf (81.4 kN, 18,300 lbf) each
  • Fuel capacity: 3,500 kg. (7,716 lbs.) internal

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.25 (2,400 km/h, 1,490 mph) At low altitude: Mach 1.25 (1,500 km/h, 930 mph)
  • Range: 1,430 km (772 nmi, 888 mi) with maximum internal fuel
  • Ferry range: 2,100 km (1,300 mi) with external drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 18,013 m (59,100 ft)
  • Rate of climb: initial 330 m/s average 109 m/s 0–6000 m (65,000 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 403 kg/m² (82 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.09
  • Maximum design g-load: +9 g

Armament

  • 1 x 30 mm GSh-30-1 cannon with 150 rounds
  • 9 Hard points: 6 x pylons under-wing, 3 x under fuselage
  • Up to 3,500 kg (7,720 lb) of weapons including six air-to-air missiles — a mix of semi-active radar homing (SARH)/infrared homing AA-8 “Aphid”, AA-10 “Alamo”, AA-11 “Archer”, active radar homing AA-12 “Adder”, FAB 500-M62, FAB-1000, TN-100, ECM Pods, S-24 rockets, Kh-25, Kh-29

Avionics

  • Phazotron N019 Rubin radar
  • N010 Zhuk radar

 

 

Dassault Mirage III

Dassault Mirage IIIDS HB-RDF/J-2012

The Dassault Mirage III is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fighter aircraft produced by Dassault Aviation for the French Air Force and widely exported.

  • Role: Interceptor aircraft
  • National origin: France
  • Manufacturer: Dassault Aviation
  • First flight: 17 November 1956
  • Introduction: 1961
  • Status: In service only by Pakistan Air Force
  • Produced: 1977–1983
  • Number built: 1,422
  • Variants: Dassault Mirage IIIV (BalzacV), Dassault Mirage 5, Atlas Cheetah

Dassault Mirage IIIS J-2313 Swiss Air Force

Military operators

  • Argentinian Air Force
  • Egyptian Air Force

Former military operators

  • Abu Dhabi Air Force
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Belgium Air Force
  • Brazilian Air Force
  • Chilean Air Force
  • Colombian Air Force
  • French Air Force
  • Gabonese Air Force
  • Israeli Air Force
  • Lebanese Air Force
  • Libyan Air Force
  • Peruvian Air Force
  • South-African Air Force
  • Spanish Air Force
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Venezuelan Air Force
  • Zairian Air Force

Dassault Mirage IIIDS HB-RDF/J-2012

Specifications (Mirage IIIE)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 15.03 m (49 ft 3½ in)
  • Wingspan: 8.22 m (26 ft 11⅝ in)
  • Height: 4.50 m (14 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 34.85 m² (375 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 7,050 kg (15,600 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 9,600 kg (21,164 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 13,700 kg (30,203 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × SNECMA Atar 09C turbojet
    • Dry thrust: 41.97 kN (9,436 lbf)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 60.80 kN (13,668 lbf)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2 (2,350 km/h, 1,268 knots, 1,460 mph) at 12,000 m (39,370 ft)
  • Combat radius: 1,200 km (647 nmi, 746 mi)
  • Ferry range: 3,335 km ()
  • Service ceiling: 17,000 m (55,775 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 46,600 ft/min ()

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 125 rounds per gun
  • Rockets: 2× Matra JL-100 drop tank/rocket pack, each with 19× SNEB 68 mm rockets and 66 US gallons (250 liters) of fuel
  • Missiles: 2× AIM-9 Sidewinders OR Matra R550 Magics plus 1× Matra R530,
  • Bombs: 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) of payload on five external hardpoints, including a variety of bombs, reconnaissance pods or Drop tanks; French Air Force IIIEs through 1991, equipped for AN-52 nuclear bomb.

Dassault-Brequet Super Étendard

Super Étendard 17 French Navy

The Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard is a French carrier-borne strike fighter aircraft designed by Dassault-Breguet for service with the French Navy. The aircraft is an advanced development of the Étendard IVM.

  • Role: Carrier-borne, strike aircraft
  • National origin: France
  • Manufacturer: Dassault-Brequet
  • First flight: 28 October 1974
  • Introduction: June 1978
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1977–1983
  • Number built: 85
  • Developed from: Dassault-Brequet Étendard IVM

Military Operators

  • Argentine Naval Aviation 14 aircraft
  • Aviation Navale 71 aircraft
  • Iraqi Air Force was lent five French aircraft between 1983 and 1985; four returned to France in 1985.

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 14.31 m (45 ft 11½ in)
  • Wingspan: 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.86 m (12 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 28.4 m² (306.7 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 6,500 kg (14,330 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × SNECMA Atar 8K-50 turbojet, 49.0 kN (11,025 lbf)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h (637 knots, 733 mph) at low level
  • Range: 1,820 km (983 nmi, 1,130 mi)
  • Combat radius: 850 km (460 nmi, 530 mi) with one AM39 Exocet missile one wing pylon and one drop tank on opposite pylon, hi-lo-hi profile
  • Service ceiling: 13,700 m (44,900 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 100 m/s (19,700 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 423 kg/m² (86.3 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.42

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 552 cannons with 125 rounds per gun
  • Hardpoints: 4× underwing and 2× under-fuselage with a capacity of 2,100 kg (4,600 lb) maximum
  • Rockets: 4× Matra rocket pods with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets each
  • Missiles:
    • 1× AM-39 Exocet Anti-shipping missile or
    • 1× Air-Sol Moyenne Portée nuclear armed missile or
    • 2× AS-30L or
    • 2× Matra Magic Air-to-air missile
  • Bombs: Conventional unguided or laser-guided bombs, provision for 1 × AN-52 free-fall nuclear bomb, provision for “buddy” air refuelling pod

 

 

Panavia Tornado

Panavia Tornado IDS 43+50 TLG33 Luftwaffe

 

  • Role: Multirole aircraft, strike aircraft
  • National origin: International (European)
  • Manufacturer: Panavia Aircraft GmbH
  • First flight: 14 August 1974
  • Introduction: 1979
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1979–1998
  • Number built: 992

Military Operators

  • Royal Air Force
  • Italian Air Force
  • German Air Force
  • Royal Saudi Air Force

Specifications (Tornado GR4)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 16.72 m (54 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 13.91 m at 25° wing sweep, 8.60 m at 67° wing sweep (45.6 ft / 28.2 ft)
  • Height: 5.95 m (19.5 ft)
  • Wing area: 26.6 m2 (286 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 13,890 kg (31,620 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 28,000 kg (61,700 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Turbo-Union RB199-34R Mk 103 afterburning turbofans
    • Dry thrust: 43.8 kN (9,850 lbf) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 76.8 kN (17,270 lbf) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.2 (2,400 km/h, 1,490 mph) at 9,000 m (30,000 ft) altitude; 800 knots, 1,482 km/h, 921 mph indicated airspeed near sea level
  • Range: 1,390 km (870 mi) typical combat
  • Ferry range: 3,890 km (2,417 mi) with four external drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 15,240 m (50,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 76.7 m/s (15,100 ft/min)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.55

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 27 mm (1.06 in) Mauser BK-27 revolver cannon internally mounted under each side of fuselage, each with 180 rounds
  • Hardpoints: 4× light duty + 3× heavy duty under-fuselage and 4× swivelling under-wing pylon stations with a capacity of 9,000 kg (19,800 lb) of payload, the two inner wing pylons have shoulder launch rails for 2× Short-Range AAM (SRAAM) each and provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Missiles:
      • AIM-9 Sidewinder or AIM-132 ASRAAM air-to-air missiles for self-defence
      • 6× AGM-65 Maverick; or
      • 12× Brimstone missile; or
      • 2× Storm Shadow
      • 9× ALARM anti-radiation missile
    • Bombs:
      • 5× 500 lb Paveway IV; or
      • 3× 1000 lb (UK Mk 20) Paveway II/Enhanced Paveway II; or
      • 2× 2000 lb Paveway III (GBU-24)/Enhanced Paveway III (EGBU-24); or
      • BL755 cluster bombs; or
      • Up to 2× JP233 or MW-1 munitions dispensers (for runway cratering operations)
      • Up to 4× B61 or WE.177 tactical nuclear weapons
    • Other: Up to 4× drop tanks for ferry flight/extended range/flight time

Avionics

  • RAPTOR aerial reconnaissance pod
  • Rafael LITENING targeting pod; or
  • TIALD laser designator pod
  • BAE Systems Sky Shadow electronic countermeasure pod

Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

Fairchid Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II 81-0991/DM 354th FS USAF

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. It is the only United States Air Force production aircraft designed solely for close air support, including attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with limited air defenses.

The A-10A single-seat variant was the only version built, though one A-10A was converted to an A-10B twin-seat version. In 2005, a program was begun to upgrade remaining A-10A aircraft to the A-10C configuration.

  • Role: Fixed-wing close air support, forward air control, and ground-attack aircraft
  • National origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Fairchild Republic
  • First flight: 10 May 1972
  • Introduction: March 1977
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1972–1984
  • Number built: 716
  • Nicknames: “Warthog” or “Hog

Fairchid Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II 81-0956/DM 354th FS USAF

Military operator

  • United States Air Force

Specifications (A-10A)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 53 ft 4 in (16.26 m)
  • Wingspan: 57 ft 6 in (17.53 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 8 in (4.47 m)
  • Wing area: 506 ft² (47.0 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 6716 root, NACA 6713 tip
  • Empty weight: 24,959 lb (11,321 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 30,384 lb (13,782 kg)
    CAS mission: 47,094 lb (21,361 kg)
    Anti-armor mission: 42,071 lb (19,083 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 50,000 lb (23,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric TF34-GE-100A turbofans, 9,065 lbf (40.32 kN) each
  • Internal fuel capacity: 11,000 lb (4,990 kg)

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 450 knots (518 mph, 833 km/h) at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) with 18 Mk 82 bombs
  • Maximum speed: 381 knots (439 mph, 706 km/h) at sea level, clean
  • Cruise speed: 300 knots (340 mph, 560 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 120 knots (138 mph, 220 km/h)
  • Combat radius:
    • CAS mission: 250 nmi (288 mi, 460 km) at 1.88 hour loiter at 5,000 ft (1,500 m), 10 min combat
    • Anti-armor mission: 252 nmi (290 mi, 467 km), 40 nmi (45 mi, 75 km)) sea-level penetration and exit, 30 min combat
  • Ferry range: 2,240 nmi (2,580 mi, 4,150 km) with 50 knot (55 mph, 90 km/h) headwinds, 20 minutes reserve
  • Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,700 m)
  • Rate of climb: 6,000 ft/min (30 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 99 lb/ft² (482 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.36

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 30 mm (1.18 in) GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling cannon with 1,174 rounds (Capacity 1,350)
  • Hardpoints: 11 (8× under-wing and 3× under-fuselage pylon stations) with a capacity of 16,000 lb (7,260 kg) and provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Rockets:
      • 4× LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19× / 7× Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively)
      • 4× LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets)
      • 6× LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× 127 mm (5.0 in) Zuni rockets)
    • Missiles:
      • 2× AIM-9 Sidewinders air-to-air missiles for self-defense
      • 6× AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles
    • Bombs:
      • Mark 80 series of unguided iron bombs or
      • Mk 77 incendiary bombs or
      • BLU-1, BLU-27/B Rockeye II, Mk20, BL-755 and CBU-52/58/71/87/89/97 cluster bombs or
      • Paveway series of Laser-guided bombs or
      • Joint Direct Attack Munition (A-10C) or
      • Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (A-10C)
    • Other:
      • SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys and chaff dispenser pod or
      • AN/ALQ-131 or AN/ALQ-184 ECM pods or
      • Lockheed Martin Sniper XR or LITENING targeting pods (A-10C) or
      • 2× 600 US gallon Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for increased range/loitering time.

Avionics

  • AN/AAS-35(V) Pave Penny laser tracker pod (mounted beneath right side of cockpit) for use with Paveway LGBs (Currently the Pave Penny is no longer in use)
  • Head-up display (HUD) for improved technical flying and air-to-ground support

 

 

Northrop F-5

Northrop F-5E Tiger II J-3082 J-3085 Swiss Air Force

The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a family of light supersonic fighter aircraft, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation.

  • Role: Light supersonic fighter aircraft
  • National origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Northrop
  • First flight: F-5A: 30 July 1959, F-5E: 11 August 1972
  • Produced: 1959–1987
  • Introduction: 1962
  • Status: In service
  • Number built: A/B/C: 847, E/F: 1,399
  • Developed from: Northrop T-38 Talon
  • Variants: Canadair CF-5
  • Developed into: Northrop F-20 Tigershark

Northrop NF-5A Freedom Fighter K-3020 Royal Netherlands Air Force

Military Operators

  • Austrian Air Force: On loan from Switzerland
  • Bahrain Air Force
  • Botswana Air Force
  • Brazilian Air Force
  • Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Chilean Air Force
  • Ethiopian Air Force
  • Hellenic Air Force (Greece)
  • Honduran Air Force
  • Indonesian Air Force
  • Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
  • Royal Jordanian Air Force
  • Kenya Air Force
  • Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Royal Libyan Air Force
  • Mexican Air Force
  • Royal Moroccan Air Force
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force
  • Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Philippine Air Force
  • Royal Saudi Air Force
  • Republic of Singapore Air Force
  • Spanish Air Force
  • Sudanese Air Force
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan)
  • Royal Thai Air Force
  • Sovjet Air Force
  • Tunisian Air Force
  • Turkish Air Force
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy
  • Venezuelan Air Force
  • Vietnam Air Force
  • Vietnam People’s Air Force
  • Yemen Air Force

Specifications (F-5E Tiger II)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 47 ft 4¾ in (14.45 m)
  • Wingspan: 26 ft 8 in (8.13 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 4½ in (4.08 m)
  • Wing area: 186 ft² (17.28 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 65A004.8 root, NACA 64A004.8 tip
  • Empty weight: 9,558 lb (4,349 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 15,745 lb (7,157 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 24,722 lb (11,214 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric J85-GE-21B turbojet
    • Dry thrust: 3,500 lbf (15.5 kN) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 5,000 lbf (22.2 kN) each
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0200
  • Drag area: 3.4 ft² (0.32 m²)
  • Aspect ratio: 3.86
  • Internal fuel: 677 U.S. gal (2,563 L)
  • External fuel: 275 U.S. gal (1,040 L) per tank in up to 3 tanks

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 917 kn (Mach 1.6, 1,060 mph, 1,700 km/h) ; at altitude
  • Range: 760 nmi (870 mi, 1,405 km)
  • Ferry range: 2,010 nmi (2,310 mi, 3,700 km)
  • Service ceiling: 51,800 ft (15,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 34,400 ft/min (175 m/s)
  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 10.0

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 20 mm (0.787 in) M39A2 Revolver cannons in the nose, 280 rounds/gun
  • Hardpoints: 7 total (only pylon stations 3, 4 and 5 are wet-plumbed): 2× wing-tip AAM launch rails, 4× under-wing & 1× under-fuselage pylon stations with a capacity of 7,000 pounds (3,200 kg) and provisions to carry combinations of:
    • Rockets: ***2× LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19× /7× Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively); or
      • 2× LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets); or
      • 2× LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× Zuni 127 mm rockets); or
      • 2× Matra rocket pods (each with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets)
    • Missiles: ***4× AIM-9 Sidewinders or 4× AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile
      • 2× AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles
      • AA-8 Aphid, AA-10 Alamo, AA-11 Archer and other Russian/Chinese AAMs (Iranian ver.)
    • Bombs: A variety of air-to-ground ordnance such as the Mark 80 series of unguided bombs (including 3 kg and 14 kg practice bombs), CBU-24/49/52/58 cluster bomb munitions, napalm bomb canisters and M129 Leaflet bomb, and laser-guided bombs of Paveway family.
    • Other: ***up to 3× 150/275 U.S. gallon Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time.
      • 2× GPU-5/A 30mm cannon pods (fitted only on Thai F-5s)

Avionics

  • Emerson Electric AN/APQ-153 radar on early batch of F-5E
  • Emerson Electric AN/APQ-159 radar on later production F-5E
  • AN/AVQ-27 Laser Target Designator Set (LTDS), for F-5B and F-5F only.

 

 

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-5014 Swiss Air Force

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (F/A designation for Fighter/Attack).

  • Role: Multirole fighter
  • National origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas/Boeing
  • First flight: 18 November 1978
  • Introduction: 7 January 1983
  • Status: In service
  • Number built: F/A-18A/B/C/D: 1,480
  • Developed from: Northrop YF-17
  • Variants: McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet
  • Developed into: Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Boeing X-53 Active Aeroelastic Wing

McDonnell Douglas CF-188A Hornet (CF-18A) 188734 Canadian Air Force

Military operators F/A-18 Hornet

  • United States Navy
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Spanish Air Force
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Finnish Air Force
  • Kuwait Air Force
  • Royal Malaysian Air Force

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet Swiss Air Force with flare

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: F/A-18C: 1, F/A-18D: 2 (pilot and weapons system officer)
  • Length: 56 ft (17.1 m)
  • Wingspan: 40 ft (12.3 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 4 in (4.7 m)
  • Wing area: 400 ft² (38 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 65A005 mod root, 65A003.5 mod tip
  • Empty weight: 23,000 lb (10,400 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 36,970 lb (16,770 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 51,900 lb (23,500 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric F404-GE-402 turbofans
    • Dry thrust: 11,000 lbf (48.9 kN) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 17,750 lbf (79.2 kN) each
  • Fuel capacity: 10,860 pounds (4,930 kg) internally

Performance

  • Maximum speed:
    • High altitude: Mach 1.8 (1,190 mph, 1,915 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,190 m)
    • Low altitude: Mach 1.2 (915 mph, 1,473 km/h)
  • Range: 1,089 nmi (1,250 miles, 2,000 km)  with only two AIM-9s
  • Combat radius: 400 nmi (460 mi (740 km))  on air-air mission
  • Ferry range: 1,800 nmi (2,070 mi (3,330 km))
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
  • Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (254 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 93 lb/ft² (454 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.96 (1.13 with loaded weight & 50% internal fuel)

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan nose mounted 6-barreled Gatling cannon, 578 rounds
  • Hardpoints: 9 total: 2× wingtips missile launch rail, 4× under-wing, and 3× under-fuselage with a capacity of 13,700 pounds (6,200 kg) external fuel and ordnance
  • Rockets: **2.75 inches (70 mm) Hydra 70 rockets
    • 5 in (127.0 mm) Zuni rockets
  • Missiles: **Air-to-air missiles:
      • 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder or 4× AIM-132 ASRAAM or 4× IRIS-T or 4× AIM-120 AMRAAM and
      • 2× AIM-7 Sparrow or 2× AIM-120 AMRAAM
    • Air-to-surface missiles:
      • AGM-65 Maverick
      • AGM-84H/K Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Range (SLAM-ER)
      • AGM-88 HARM Anti-radiation missile (ARM)
      • AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)
      • AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
      • Taurus missile Cruise missile
    • Anti-ship missile:
      • AGM-84 Harpoon
  • Bombs: **B61 nuclear bomb
    • JDAM precision-guided munition (PGMs)
    • Paveway series of laser-guided bombs
    • Mk 80 series of unguided iron bombs
    • CBU-78 Gator
    • CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition
    • CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon
    • Mk 20 Rockeye II
  • Others:
    • SUU-42A/A Flares/Infrared decoys dispenser pod and chaff pod or
    • Electronic countermeasures (ECM) pod or
    • AN/AAS-38 Nite Hawk Targeting pods (US Navy only), to be replaced by AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR or
    • LITENING targeting pod (USMC, Royal Australian Air Force, Spanish Air Force, and Finnish Air Force only) or
    • up to 3× 330 US gallons (1,200 l; 270 imp gal) Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time.

Avionics

  • Hughes APG-73 radar
  • ROVER (Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver) antenna for use by US Navy’s F/A-18C strike fighter squadrons

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet J-2011 Swiss Air Force NATO Tigermeet 2014

AIR 14 ceremonial fly F/A-18C and Morane-Saulnier M.S.406