CDI: The F-22: not what we were hoping for

by James Stevenson and Pierre Sprey The F-22 fighter aircraft’s focus on stealth brings big disadvantages in cost, weight and manoeuvrability, argue Pierre Sprey and James Stevenson For decades, the US Air Force has pushed the F-22 as its fighter for the 21st century. Advocates tout its technical features: fuel-efficient, high-speed ‘super-cruise’; advanced electronics; and…

CDI: F-22 – arguments for stopping the production

The F-22 Controversy, Part I: Arguments for Stopping Production. http://www.cdi.org/program/document.cfm?DocumentID=4527&from_page=../index.cfm The F-22 Controversy, Part I: Arguments for Stopping Production There is a burgeoning debate in the Senate over the 13-11 vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee to buy seven more F-22s for $1.75 billion (an apparently new and improved unit “flyaway” cost of $250…

NATO air forces proposal

Current state As of fall of 2013, NATO member states were Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. Air forces were as follows: Albania: no fixed-wing aircraft or attack helicopters Belgium:…

Air superiority fighter proposal 4

Design Airframe Canopy will be opened and closed completely manually, which will save 10 kg on actuators. Aerodynamics will be optimized for maneuverability; check the previous version of the article for details since there won’t be many changes. Engine Engine will be a single-engine modification of F414-EPE, providing 16.800 lb (74,7 kN, 7.620 kgf) dry…

Myths about nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, and some of the most expensive, weapons in existence. Consequently, there are many misconceptions about them. Conventional wisdom holds that atomic bombs dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the World War II. However, generals Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and Hap Arnold as well as Admiral William Leahy held the…

Dangers of complex weapons

Increasingly complex aircraft are rendering air forces across the globe increasingly impotent; same problem also haunts armies and navies. Complex weapons are both more expensive and more prone to the cost growth than simpler weapons, as demonstrated by F-22, F-35, DDG-1000, LCS, FCS, VH-71 etc. This is a problem, since it was growing US superiority…

Stealth in the air

Introduction While “stealth” is normally used as short for “radar stealth”, it actually means proper suppression of all following signatures: visual, radar, infrared, electromagnetic and sound. Stealth vs sensors Visual Visual stealth depends on several factors: airframe size and contrast, presence/absence of smoke and visibility conditions. Airframe stealth is achieved by small size and masking…

Comparing modern Western fighters

Introduction This article will compare Western fighters that have entered service in late 1970s or later, and are still in service. “Western” in this context means Canada, United States as well as European countries that were not part of Warshaw pact. Thus list of fighter aircraft to be compared is: United States: F-15, F-16, F-18,…