- Dec 27, 2005
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A joint US-German VSTOL fighter project. Here we have a 3 view of an early configuration and an isometric cutaway of a later version with modified air intakes.
Matej said:Equipped with Rolls-Royce/Allison XJ-99 lift engines and TVC nozzle, parts of which were later used in RB.199.
Dr Schroder, West German Defence Minister, on his visit to the MoD in Whitehall on Monday this week, was expected to sound out British reactions to dropping the BAC (Preston) VG project and joining in the NKF. The specification outlined by the West German Defence Ministry calls for STOL—in little more than 1,000ft at full gross weight—and a high subsonic speed on the deck. Speed at altitude is to be over Mach 1.5. Various roles which the aircraft is to perform include air defence, close air support and interdiction. The last role would be performed by a two seat aircraft which would also serve as a conversion trainer.
The two main German industry groups, VFW in the north and EWR in the south, are making studies independently. Proposals are expected in March. While it is expected that a joint proposal will be submitted, individual proposals may also be received by the Defence Ministry. VFW's work on the requirement centres upon possible developments of the at present experimental VAK 191B V/STOL aircraft, a joint project with Fiat in Italy. EWR's study is essentially a scaled down AVS, with one seat and a single engine. While retaining the swing-wings of the AVS, pop-out lift engines of the bigger US-German project are deleted. Main-engine thrust vectoring by means of a swivelling jet-pipe nozzle is, however, believed to be an AVS feature retained.