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Thrust Vectoring/Reversing Tactics in Air-to-Air Combat

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C. W. Boppe, R. P. Martorella

Grumman Corporation, Bethpage, NY 11714

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 116(1), 124-132 (Jan 01, 1994) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906781 History: Received March 13, 1992; Online April 24, 2008

Abstract

Considerable effort is now under way to develop technologies for enhancing fighter maneuvering limits. This has in part been motivated by the capabilities of advanced air-to-air missiles. One approach to enhanced combat effectiveness involves flight envelope expansion and improved controllability via engine thrust-vectoring and thrust-reversing. The complexity of fighter combat, however, makes it difficult to perform engineering analyses for assessing potential technological enhancements and risks. This paper describes a digital simulation that has been used to identify benefits associated with improved maneuverability. The Navy/Grumman F-14 aircraft provides the flight characteristics database. Combat tactics are developed as part of the solution process and are based solely on characteristics of the combatants and weapons employed. Head-on and codirectional neutral start combat engagements are used to illustrate study results.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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