The Tornado ADV is the equal of the F-15C and is as capable in every single respect. It is inconceivable that the RAF could have gone so long without an aircraft equal to either the F-15 of F-16.
The only plane it needed to fight was this. It doesn't need to be particularly capable. It certainly didn't need variable geometry wings.
The US has always been a generation ahead in terms of aircraft design since the late 1950s, at least a decade ahead.
The F-4 remained competitive with the MiG-23 and Tornado, the F-15 with the Gripen, the F-15 with the Flanker and Typhoon, the F-18 with the Rafale, etc.
It's quite interesting that the standard fighter-bomber version of the Tornado was a better machine for dogfighting than the ADV version.
The ADV was really that fast interceptor with powerful radar.
Uh, the ADV was replaced five years ago.
The HAL Tejas is the equal of the PAC JF-17 "Thunder" and is as capable in every single respect. It is inconceivable that the IAF could have gone so long without an aircraft equal to either the JF-17 or J-7.
India stays ahead of the competition with its first 5th-generation light fighter. Truly the "overgrown MiG-21" JF-17 (more like Junior Fighter amiright?) is humbled by mighty Bharat and her advanced aerospace industries
The F-15 was not an alternative because America only sold and shipped them without the full avionics and the exported aircraft woult get the real software in war/when America thinks it's time.
Concept picture of an early concept for a fighter version of the Tornado.
But people realized very fast that a swept-wing design doesn't make a great fighter.
The Luftwaffe was quite interesting to get some F-18 aircraft as replacement for the F-4.
In fact within Germany the F-18 was the more preferable option than the Eurofighter until some politics happened.
So in an alternative world Germany would have replaced their F-4 with F-18 and would maybe now think about getting some F-35.
They'd be a regional superpower if it wasn't for China counterbalancing their influence in the region
I stumbled upon it while reading cold war history, their 1971 war with Pakistan is a good thing to read about
I think it was started by them because the Pakis were genociding Hindus in East Pakistan
Well, for Europe it sucked that the Cold War ended 10 years too early.
So many great things were in developement for the 90s, which got delayed or canceled because there was no money left.
>Tornado is getting replaced
No more 2 seaters :(
It's quite interesting how small the Tornado and Eurofighter are compared to the Russian stuff.
Why are Russian equivalents are western stuff always so big?
Does it give an advantage?
1. Su 11's are extremely rare
2. they don't have the wing fence the MiG 21 and the picture has
3. the fuselage behind the intake tapers on a MiG 21 and in the picture, while it doesn't for a Su 11
It's called future proofing.
If you design an aircraft with extra space in it, it means if you get a decent upgrade, it will be easier to fit in the larger aircraft without having to compromise the original body or structure.
Look at the Eurofighter and all the odds and ends it has sticking out of it now. It used to look sleek but it's got stupid bumps and curves caused by post production upgrades.
God forbid what the CAS upgrade will look like.
>It used to look sleek but it's got stupid bumps and curves caused by post production upgrades.
Like what? Typhoon was always supposed to have PIRATE and Praetorean/DASS
The only reason they didn't have them on the initial airframes was cost.
The only new bump on the Tranche 3 airframes are these mounts for fitting CFTs in future
Eurofighter with the AMK modifications