F 22 A Raptor
As some of you know, the U.S. Air Force sent out a reuqest for a replacment for its then brand new F 15 Eagle, thus, after years of compition, the U.S. Air Force chose two companies for the job, Lockheed Martin, and Northrope Grumman, who then in turn sumbitted 2 proto types, the YF 23 From Northope Grumman, and the YF 22 From Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin won, along with Boeing, they went forth to prefect the program. The Raptor program, being one of the USAF's top prorities, soon gave out a order of over 700 fighters orgionlly. But soon they cut the order back multiple times to a now under 200 fighters. 183 I do belive.
Sporting advanced data sharing technologies, as well as revalutionary avionics, the FA/22 Raptor is more stasticly more than a match for any fighter in the world today.But with the reduction of orders for aircraft, the individual aircraft price keeps rising. The program itself , was close to being dropped by USAF project and program managers al through out the 90s. Cashing in around $381,000,000 per fighter, the already shrinking 3% military budget, has endangered the new 5th generation fighter many times. Crew1Entered service in2000Dimensions and weightLength18.9 mWing span13.5 mHeight 5.9 mWeight28 tEnginesEngines2 x Pratt-Whitney turbines F119-PW-100Traction15855 kgsAltitude19.8 kmMaximum speed2655 km/hFlying range3704 kmArmamentAviation gun20-mm 6 barrel rotary gun M61A2Missiles4 x AIM-9 "Sidewinder", AIM-7 "Sparrow", 4 x AIM-120
But we all know, there must be a flipside, there is. Su 47 Berkut, S/37 Golden Eagle
Known and rumored to have many names and model numbers, this new aircraft by Sukhoi is unlike the uture fighters of other nations, J 10, Ef 2000, the Su 47 also kown as the S/37, is built for the fufillment of one purpose.Mulitpurpose elimination capabilities of enemy forces. Like the Raptor,the Su 47/S37 is a very revalutionary desgin. Compared even to the Raptor's diamond wing design, the Berkut, or "Golden Eagle". Also built as the Suhkoi Aircraft Company's ambition to have total control over the Russian aircraft market. This may be Mikoyan's undoing.
However, the desgin, has had many problems, for its a forward swept wing design. The design has had problems mainly realized soon after the aircraft was first tested on its maiden flight on September 25 1998. The foward swept wing configoration was chosen to greatly increase airframe manurvarbility. The orginal proto type, however lacked in avionics.
In fact,Defence Ministry Acquisition Chief Col Gen Anatoly Sitnov stated:What is the use of developing the Sukhoi fifth-generation fighter, if the aircraft's cockpit dates back to a second- or third-generation design?"
This prospect has delayed the program futhur, along with economic hardships in the Russian economy.
The fighter may be in peril, but still has made many advancments in Aviation history, unlike the X 29A before it, it may be the first combat operational forward swept wing design aircraft to entere frontline service anywhere in the world.But , with fourth generation avionics and flight control systems, it may fall behind before that goal is accomplished. Dimesions (mm):--wingspan:16.7-lenght overall:22.6-heigth overall:6,4 Maximum speed (km/h):--at height:2500-at S/L:1400Weight (kg):empty: 24'000Engine:D30F6/AL-31FUThrust:2 x 15'500 kgService ceiling:18000 mRange (km):3300Number of hardpoints:14: 2 wingtip; 6-8 underwing; 6-4 conformal underfus. + GSh-301Air-to-air missiles:KS-172 (AA, range=400km), RVV-AE, R-77; R-77PD; R-73; K-74Air-to-Surface:X-29T; X-29L; X-59M; X-31P/A; KAB-500/1500 Sources:
Specs from enemy forces.com
Su 47 / S 37 info from Sukhoi .com
as well as enemy forces .com,
and Jane's Reconition guide to military aircraft.
F 22/A info from, Lockheed Martin .com
and The Lockheed Martin FA/22 Raptor, by Jay Miller.
What do you guys think? Witch program has better promise to you?