Started by Nick, December 07, 2002, 10:34:32 AM
Quote from: PolluxDeltaSeven on November 16, 2007, 08:10:43 AMWell, for the single-seat variant, a totally new front fuselage could be done, ala Hawk 200!!Actually, we could probably imagine much more design variations than the Hawk, as it could be modernized for three differents countries (Germany, France and probably USA, if we imagine it in the US Navy)Contrary to the Hawk, I know that a two-seat design was proposed WITH a radar, that's why I didn't saw the need to delete the front cockpit in the begining.Later, I admit that a Hawk 200 like front fuselage will be better, maybe it will allowed the Alpha Jet to carry both a radar and a FLIR (ala Harrier II +), and it will be better for visibility.Maybe deleting the front cockpit could free some space for an internal 20mm or 30mm gun?What about a US Marine Corp combat variant of the Alpha Jet?Say a dedicated anti-helicopter variant that would have escorted to their helicopter assaults and fly CAP over the area of beach landings?One question I always asked myself: if the Alpha Jet won the US Navy competition, how the things will change for the USN??I mean, if they use a twin-engine, with better carrying capabilities, is it impossible to imagine a combat variant of the plane, able to operate the whole air-to-ground arsenal of the Navy (and part of the air-air missiles?)Maybe not for real combat missions (even if for CAS it could be cool), but at least as an advanced trainer?Or maybe, if the USN didn't want a combat variant, it could be a good base for some export variants, to Brazil for example. And if the USA paid for the cariier variant developpement, maybe a French variant could appeared in order to replace the Zephir (instead of training our pilots in the USA)?
QuoteThe last proposed variants of the Gadget had an Agave radar for ground attack and anti-ship purpose (with Exocet ability), or a FLIR/laser ranger similar to the Jaguar one in the nose.It was actually a "mini Mirage", one of tDassault's two proposals (with the Super Etendard line re-operture) to offer low-cost attack planes alongside the Mirage 2000C interceptor variant, waiting for a dedicate strike Mirage 2000.As far as I know, the last thought about the Alpha Jet were about some advanced designs, a single seat variant based on the two seat design (with aditionnal fuel instaed of the back seat), probably with more powerfull engine in option (but the exact type was probably not chosen at this time), heavier payload, a new avionic (HUD, new navigation and attack system based on the Mirage 2000 one etc...) and a radar or an optronic nose.Maybe a new wing, based on the supercritical one that was tested (in Germany?) on the Alpha Jet, was taken into consideration for better performances and bigger internal tanks...Later, the Alpha Je could have received much more goodies, like a multimode radar (RC-400 or APG-66/67), much more powerfull engines, wingtip missiles including MICA and AMRAAM in option, glass cockpit etc etc...For the payload, bigger external tanks (something around 1000litre) will be good, and they probably could carry everything that fit under the wings (i.e. quite all the NATOs weapons!).
Quote from: Weaver on June 05, 2010, 02:10:30 AMThe Airfix re-release has the QuinetiQ (stupid bloody name ) markings, doesn't it?
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