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- Apr 2, 2006
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MDC designs concepts sized for air-to-surface missions. 1977 ATS (Air-To-Surface) studies prior to ATF program.
Although it was a very high performance vehicle, the Model 252-2BF-3, a typical SX configuration fixed-wing attack aircraft, proved to suffer in the ratings due to lack of firm design and payoff information, Figure 2. Also, the then relatively undefined high-speed performance indicated a wing temperature condition that would require a thermal/structural analysis and materials other than the well characterized epoxy matrix composites
The McDonnell-Douglas ATAMS weapon system concept shown in Figure 7 resulted from a comprehensive air-to-surface technology and integration study. Study results included a mission definition and a vehicle concept that is affordable, able to penetrate enemy defenses, survive, and destroy important targets in large numbers in both fair and adverse weather conditions. The design mission of the ATAMS is a low altitude interdiction mission for a NATO/Warsaw Pact conflict in central and northern Europe. The ATAMS is powered by two augmented turbofan engines.
The Advanced Tactical Attack Manned System is a tactical fighter having both air-to-air and air-to-ground roles. Mission is the air-to-ground strike mission (Figure 15) in which the aircraft cruises
subsonically to the forward edge of the battle area (FEBA) and dashes at Mach 1.7 to the weapons release point. Since STOL is not a requirement for the ATAMS. the aircraft is somewhat imaller than those being considered for ATF/STOL missions.
PaulMM (Overscan) said:A 1971 USAF project, probably strike oriented, via Mark Nankivil.