Vought ALVRJ Ramjet Demonstrator

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These photos date from 2003 - a quarter of a century after the ALVRJ ceased to be an active program.
Does anyone notice a visual similarity to the current Orbital Systems Coyote ramjet powered target?
 

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Greetings All -

Nothing like resurrecting an ancient thread :D

Here's a photo of the ALVRJ under the wing of another Vought product. Photo credit to Vought Retirees Club.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1972/1972%20-%202203.html

Also:
 

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overscan said:
Makes me think "Kh-31"...

Yes I agree!
If I didn't know better I would have said Soviet/Russian

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Greetings All -

One more image from the Vought Archives....

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Mark Nankivil said:
Greetings All -

One more image from the Vought Archives....

Enjoy the Day! Mark

Notice the difference in fuselage length ahead of the wire harness fairing between this picture and 028 in my June 19th post. There appears to have been two different models. ???
 

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sferrin said:
Notice the difference in fuselage length ahead of the wire harness fairing between this picture and 028 in my June 19th post. There appears to have been two different models. ???
The shorter one is the ALVRJ demonstrator (~1974), while the longer one is a tactical derivative for a Navy requirement (~1979).
 

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Back in early 1973 when my college AIAA group toured Vought's missile division, this is one of the projects we were shown. We were told that Vought won the study contract in competition with a Hughes proposal that would've used a AIM-54 airframe adapted to a LVRJ. It's interesting to think of that leading to an advanced, extended range Phoenix without a significant weight or envelope increase. Still, I've always loved the lines of Vought's ALVRJ concepts and I think it's a shame no production derivaive ever eventuated.
 

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The ALVRJ has a striking aerodynamic similarity to the Hsiung Feng III Ramjet Antiship Missile of Taiwanese Navy.
 

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Just a case of form following function. Give an engineer a brief to design a ramjet powered missile and more than likely the design will be similar because of the various needs which must be satisfied.
 

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Looks like this topic needs a few more images!


Here are some VAHF images.
 

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Good Day All -

A good shot showing the aft end of the missile, courtesy of the Vought Archives.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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