View Single Post

Old 07-03-2008, 11:49 AM
Marine4Life's Avatar
Marine4Life Marine4Life is offline
First Lieutenant
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Country
Posts: 796

Originally Posted by jrj1000 View Post
Do you think the British goverment should have found a way to adapt Eurofighter for carrier use?
or do you think......the Joint Strike Fighter is the way to go....even though they will not be ready for the carriers?

Eurofighter specs.....

Crew: 1 (Typhoon F2) or 2 (Typhoon T1)
Length: 15.96 m (52 ft 5 in)
Wingspan: 10.95 m (35 ft 11 in)
Height: 5.28 m (17 ft 4 in)
Wing area: 50 m (540 ft)
Empty weight: 11,000 kg[115] (24,250 lb)
Loaded weight: 15,550 kg (34,280 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 23,000 kg[115] (51,809 lb)
Powerplant: 2 Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan
Dry thrust: 60 kN (13,500 lbf) each
Thrust with afterburner: 90 kN (20,250 lbf) each

Maximum speed:

At altitude: Mach 2[116][117] (2,120 km/h, 1,320 mph)
At sea level: Mach 1-1.2 (1,460 km/h, 910 mph)[citation needed]
Supercruise: Mach 1.5 (1,593 km/h, 990 mph) [118]
Range: 1,390 km (864 mi)
Ferry range: 3,790 km (2,300 mi)
Service ceiling 19,812 m (65,000 ft[119])
Rate of climb: >315 m/s[120][121][122][verification needed] (62,007 ft/min)
Wing loading: 311 kg/m (63.7 lb/ft)
Thrust/weight: 1.18

Gun: 1x 27 mm Mauser BK-27 cannon
Air-to-Air missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-132 ASRAAM, AIM-120 AMRAAM, IRIS-T and in the future MBDA Meteor
Air-to-Ground missiles: AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-88 HARM, ALARM, Storm Shadow (AKA "Scalp EG"), Brimstone, Taurus KEPD 350, Penguin and in the future AGM Armiger
Bombs: Paveway 2, Paveway 3, Enhanced Paveway, JDAM, HOPE/HOSBO
Laser designator, e.g. LITENING pod

Joint Strike Fighter specs

-35A (CTOL) Conventional take-off and landing for US Air Force
F-35B (STOVL) Short take-off and landing for US Marine Corps, and the UK Navy and Air Force
F-35C (CV) Carrier variant for US Navy
CTOL and STOVL Length 15.4m
CTOL and STOVL Height 4.6m
CTOL and STOVL Wingspan 10.6m
CV Length 15.5m
CV Height 4.6m
CV Wingspan 13.1m
Turbofan Engines P&W F135
Thrust 164.6kN
Maximum Take-Off Weight 27,216kg
Maximum Speed Mach 1.8
Air-to-Air Missiles 2 x AIM-120 AMRAAM
Bombs 2 x JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) 1,000lb precision air-to-surface munition
Gun 1 x 27mm (not on STOVL)
I think they should have found a way to adapt the Eurofighter. Not because of the specs you listed, but because of availability of it as well as the ability of the carrier to hold multiple types of fighter planes. Limiting carriers to one type is ok, but I'm all for versatility. You put more than one type of fighter plane in the air and you have the upper hand. Besides, some planes are better in certain areas and situations. Why not have both handy just in case?

Last edited by Marine4Life; 07-03-2008 at 06:30 PM..
Reply With Quote