Lol. No. It just shows how butt hurt you frogs really are that Swiss made public their evaluation and came to the conclusion that your plane is inferior (that's no surprised) and $2 billion more expensive to operate... well at least that is the assumption that everyone has for some reason; it could be that your french plane actually came in third. F-35 beat the second place fighter by 95+ points... It wasn't even close. Finland will come to the same conclusion and your delusional frog mind will make up some excuse in your head why your plane lost again to the F-35.
Strange choice, it's the last thing that needs upgrading. If I was Germany, I'd be more interested in radar and EW. Extra thrust won't win wars.Eurofighter will upgrade the engines and systems on its Typhoon combat aircraft as part of a bid to replace Germany's fleet of Panavia Tornados and support efforts to sell additional aircraft to other European countries.www.flightglobal.com
The engine upgrade is for Germany's new Typhoons.
There's an 11t thrust version of the EJ if it was needed. As I said better sfc due to higher BPR. Fact is when France was a member of EF, the M88 was de-selected in favour of the EJ200.If we wanted to increase the thrust, it is clear that we would take as a priority the version of the M88 which has 8.3 t of thrust without any modification of the aircraft: neither its length nor the air inlets. Besides, maybe we have already done it for the Qatari and Indian Rafales: the Indians have declared that they have the fastest Rafales in the world....
The second priority would be the 9t thrust version of the M88 which requires a slight modification of the air intakes but no other modification of the aircraft. This version would provide a 20% improvement in T/W ratio compared to 16% for the EJ200 due to the increase in weight it brings.
For the M88-9 the airflow mass is 72 Kg/s instead of 65 Kg/s for the basic version and 76 Kg/s for the EJ200.
Ej200: Specific fuel consumption: 21–23 g/(kN⋅s) (0.74–0.81 lb/(lbf⋅h)) and 47–49 g/(kN⋅s) (1.66–1.73 lb/(lbf⋅h)) (with afterburner)
M 88 : Specific fuel consumption: 22.14 g/(kN⋅s) (0.782 lb/(lbf⋅h)) and 47.11 g/(kN⋅s) (1.663 lb/(lbf⋅h)) (with afterburner)
Is the "reforge" concept the beginning of all F-35A squadrons downsizing ?
Air Force Wants Hundreds More Advanced Jet Trainers Despite Already Buying The T-7 Red Hawk
In the Thedrive article, it is stated that the "reforge" concept is to complement each of the F-35A squadrons with T7-A or T-50 to assume low-end missions.
The idea behind the tactical surrogate is to have a lower-cost training platform equipped with a cockpit that’s representative of an advanced frontline fighter jet, such as the F-35. It’s driven by the fact that the current T-7A program of record, covering 351 aircraft, is judged insufficient to meet all future jet training needs as envisaged under Reforge.
The Advanced Tactical Trainer would likely emerge with a very different set of capabilities compared to the T-7A's. The Air Force is eyeing external hardpoints for the carriage of training weapons, electronic warfare pods, air combat maneuvering instrumentation pods, and fuel tanks. A compact radar might be another option for the jet, and the RFI also specifically mentions that consideration is being given to installing an infrared search and track (IRST) sensor.
Holmes’ Reforge plan would radically overhaul this fairly complex process, with future fighter pilots heading straight to their future operational fighter squadron after completing the first two phases of UPT. Once at their frontline unit they would continue to fly the T-7A (or the new Advanced Tactical Trainer type) before transitioning to their assigned combat aircraft at the same location.
The hope is that the revised system will speed up the process of getting newly trained pilots into frontline cockpits, with fewer moves between different bases. Simplified training systems should also help make the fighter pilot career more attractive, at a time when the Air Force is experiencing a significant aircrew shortfall. At the same time, the training demands currently placed on frontline fighters would be reduced.
"What’s more, having a new Advanced Tactical Trainer available could help increase the number of actual flight hours that fledgling aviators receive. In recent months, there have been concerns that a reduction in flying hours coupled with an increasing reliance on simulators has led to a surge in mishaps. "
"While the T-7A, initially at least, is being procured as a direct replacement for the T-38 and is tailored for the LIFT portion of the syllabus, the Advanced Tactical Trainer would feature more ‘operational’ capabilities, making it a more appropriate stepping-stone to a frontline type. Potentially it would also be suitable for continuation training, too, reducing the demand on costly fifth-generation types, which are extremely expensive to fly and maintain. Having advanced trainers embedded with these units would help reduce costs and save airframe hours with everything from basic tactics training to pilot proficiency."
The bill adds $540 million for advanced engine development, comprising $460 million for the Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP) and $80 million for “vendor enhancements.” However, the bill cuts $172 million for F-35A modernization.
However, the bill also cuts $174 million for F-35B/C modernization,
New engine will kick some *censored* !
However, Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes said in a call with analysts Tuesday morning paying for the new adaptive engine will be a “tough putt” for the Air Force.
Because the adaptive engine could not be used in the F-35B, the Marine Corps’ vertical takeoff and landing variant or the Navy’s carrier-based F-35C, Hayes said the Air Force would bear its entire development cost.
This is not the french airforce that cuts the fighter aircraft number and justifies it by calling Rafale "Omnirole". If they can afford a trillion-dollar fighter then they sure can afford an alternative engine if they wanted.