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


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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