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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:30 pm

    LMFS wrote:A present to Gunship: Yakovlev article chanting the virtues of STOVL. Worth reading! thumbsup


    VSTOL on the way of smart choice. I like that respekt respekt respekt Interesting thought I find about VSTOL fighter -Frlanker size... Well imagine u-57 "VSTL navalized" . Indeed notany could fit to CVN but depending on tasks could be sufficient.

    The disadvantage is that we couldn't talk about them in LMFS lol1 lol1 lol1

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    Post  LMFS Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:10 pm

    GunshipDemocracy wrote:The disadvantage is that we couldn't talk about them in LMFS  lol1  lol1  lol1
    No but you would manage to talk about it on the Su-57 one! lol1 lol1
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:32 pm

    LMFS wrote:
    GunshipDemocracy wrote:The disadvantage is that we couldn't talk about them in LMFS  lol1  lol1  lol1
    No but you would manage to talk about it on the Su-57 one! lol1 lol1

    Thx great idea respekt respekt respekt
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:30 am

    Since thsi is supposed to be VSTOL thread  and not OmphaOmpha natives support thread let me present you models, mockups form Yak design bureau.  This was a concept of last Yak's proposal for  VSTOL fighter.

    Differently designed then Yak-41 family. Looking similar to future Korean fighter KFX ;-)

    Characteristics on pair with MiG-29k but longer range. And of course VSTOL.  Mind that Yak-141 was supposed to be able to start  STOL in 70m MTOW (MiG-195m+skijump), wiki says about experimental 6m STOL. Taking into account Vertical landing this makes ship requirements really modest.





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    Post  Isos Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:40 am

    Even the maket can't land on a table properly lol1 lol1 russia respekt

    Not a surprise it was the last yak proposal pwnd lol1
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    Post  hoom Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:26 pm

    I posted in the high speed helicopter thread but arguably this Kamov concept could be considered a new VSTOL plane
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:55 pm

    hoom wrote:I posted in the high speed helicopter thread but arguably this Kamov concept could be considered a new VSTOL plane


    wow and can you consider helicopter plane?

    Russians call this a "perspective helicopter"
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    Post  hoom Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:10 am

    wow and can you consider helicopter plane?
    One with big wings, jet thrust (possibly limiting ability to hover) & claimed 700km/h top speed yes.
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:12 am

    hoom wrote:
    wow and can you consider helicopter plane?
    One with big wings, jet thrust (possibly limiting ability to hover) & claimed 700km/h top speed yes.

    700km/h ? never heard Kamov claimed anything thet. 500km/h was max. No jets inany Russian prospective helos either.

    Anyway helo is helo not VSTOL fighter.
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    Post  LMFS Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:05 am

    GunshipDemocracy wrote:Since thsi is supposed to be VSTOL thread  and not OmphaOmpha natives support thread let me present you models, mockups form Yak design bureau.  This was a concept of last Yak's proposal for  VSTOL fighter.
    Cool, thanks!

    What are supposed to be those circular holes on the top of the fuselage???

    Edit: it seems the Amis did indeed take a look a this concept:
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    Characteristics on pair with MiG-29k but longer range. And of course VSTOL.  Mind that Yak-141 was supposed to be able to start  STOL in 70m MTOW (MiG-195m+skijump), wiki says about experimental 6m STOL. Taking into account Vertical landing this makes ship requirements really modest.
    If you equal payloads (5 tons less in the Yak) then the MiG-29 takes-off comfortably from the 95 m runs. Well, it may need to be seen if it could not better the STOL performance of the Yak  lol1  lol1

    GarryB wrote:From a Backfire the Kinzhals range is likely to be about 1,500km so it would be able to launch both at the same target group... and firing 10 missiles would be a more effective attack than just firing 4 missiles.
    Range from Tu-22 is 3000 km, which means the range for launching from the MiG-31 includes the range of the carrier....

    hoom wrote:I posted in the high speed helicopter thread but arguably this Kamov concept could be considered a new VSTOL plane
    Hahaha, I argued something similar on the PSV thread. A helo with jet propulsion, canards and big lifting wing is dangerously close to being a plane with a VERY big lifting fan for STOVL operations pwnd

    The same way you can say it is not a plane but a helicopter you could come to the conclusion that F-35B is a helicopter too! lol1  lol1
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    Post  hoom Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:03 am

    700km/h ? never heard Kamov claimed anything thet. 500km/h was max. No jets inany Russian prospective helos either.
    700km/h is the number quoted with that concept.
    I personally haven't spotted that number on the slides though.

    No jets?
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    Looks like jets to me.
    Maybe its technically a geared ducted fan on the front of a more conventional chopper turbine but it appears to be a high-bypass turbofan.
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:23 pm

    Me wonders how Russians will approach VSTOL requirements?

    (1) 1 "forward" engine light fighter, with zmall size and emtpty weight ~10t?

    Advantage: you can fit many on CVN/LHDs and should be relatively cheap,
    Disadvantage: range (in Russian land or sea conditions range counts), payload can be as crap as MiG-29k


    (2) large potent 2"forward engines" fighter yet  VSTOL   (imagine VSTOL Su-57).  


    Advantage: range, payload, speed,
    Disadvantage:  size- naval version (but since anyway Kuz takes 24 fighters, 24-30 large VSTOLS could do same job even better) , price (relatively high)












    LMFS wrote:
    GunshipDemocracy wrote:Since thsi is supposed to be VSTOL thread  and not OmphaOmpha natives support thread let me present you models, mockups form Yak design bureau.  This was a concept of last Yak's proposal for  VSTOL fighter.
    Cool, thanks!

    (1) What are supposed to be those circular holes on the top of the fuselage???
    (2) Edit: it seems the Amis did indeed take a look a this concept:

    (1) Vertical lift engines
    (2) I'd say similar requirements similar shape. Look Brahmos II/ Waverider)


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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:25 pm

    hoom wrote:
    Maybe its technically a geared ducted fan on the front of a more conventional chopper turbine but it appears to be a high-bypass turbofan.

    if thets 10-15 years in future concept then indeed  many things can happen. and it's called VSTOL fighter?  or helicopter?

    BTW mind to send link to this presentation? thx
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    Post  George1 Mon May 27, 2019 4:08 am

    Construction of the Navy: fermentation in the minds. Part 5. SVUVP
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     Not so long ago (05/09/2019), Y. Borisov confirmed that plans to build a new aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy remain in force (link 2). A couple of days before this, information had passed that R & D on such a ship with a displacement of about 70 thousand tons with a nuclear power plant was included in the existing LG and would begin in 2023 (reference 3). Despite the fact that what has been said causes purely positive emotions, there are serious concerns about some harmful thoughts about the composition of the air group of the prospective AV.

    At the MAKS-2017, as a bolt from the blue, a statement was made by Deputy Defense Minister Yu. Borisov that "The plans of the Ministry of Defense (we are discussing this with our aircraft manufacturers) are to create a promising aircraft of shortened takeoff and landing, and possibly vertical takeoff and landing. ... "This is the development of the Yakovlev line, which was discontinued ... including, perhaps, these areas will be implemented for a promising aircraft for aircraft-carrying cruisers" (ref. 4). Again TAVKR, again SVUVP ...

    At the end of the same 2017, from the same Y. Borisov, it became known that the work on SVUVP was included in the draft of new HPV 2018-2027: “Of course,” said Borisov, answering the question whether the aircraft is taking off on a vertical takeoff for an aircraft carrier. It is logical to assume that during this time, the MiG-29 and Su-33 will become morally obsolete and in 10 years will require the creation of a new aircraft. The Deputy Minister said that we are talking about the creation of aircraft with a shortened takeoff and landing, and aircraft with vertical takeoff. He added that for the time being these are only plans, “because we are talking about the LG project, and [these] events are planned there” (Ref. 5). It was then that it became clear that things had gone too far.

    The suspicions were confirmed on "Army-2018", when Y. Borisov, now in the position of deputy prime minister (deputy chairman of the Government), told the press that on behalf of the President, the project was included in the LG. "Now we are working on a conceptual model, prototypes. Of course, this is the future. For all types of aircraft carriers, a new fleet of aircraft will be needed. For this purpose, various technologies are used that allow for short takeoff and landing, or just vertical takeoff. Conceptually such works are underway to the Ministry of Defense since last year "(reference 6).

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    Quotes

    1. “It became obvious to most specialists as early as the mid-1960s that no matter how advanced the VTOLPs would be, they would not be able to achieve the perfection of conventional aircraft [horizontal take-off and landing]” (V. Kuzin, V. Nikolsky ”1945 Soviet naval fleet -1991 ", 1996 p. 465).

    Note. In the course of the following abbreviations of aircraft of this type: VTOL - vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, SVETS / SVUVP - vertical / short (shortened) takeoff and landing aircraft.

    2. "As a result, in a directive signed by the General Staff signed in early 1980, D. Ustinov proposed to reduce the displacement [TAVKR av. 11435] by 10,000 tons, including by abandoning the catapults and reorienting the composition of the air group" mainly " on the VTOL ... Later, an instruction was given to ensure that the Yak-41 was launched using the WRC method [take off with a short run] (contemporaries attribute this to the opportunistic statement of the Yakovlev Design Bureau, who in 1980 hurried to inform the Minister of Defense about the creation of a new VTOL aircraft, allegedly superior to all existing and promising e foreign fighters. The reassessment of the role and effectiveness of VTOL aircraft in the naval air defense system and missile submarine patrolling area, as well as the ability of the Soviet aircraft industry to create naval supersonic fighter with high LTH, cost the country dearly and led to a delay in creating full-fledged aircraft carriers, allowed by Ustinov. ships "(S. Balakin, V. Zablotsky" Soviet aircraft carriers ", 2007, p. 154).

    3. "The Americans met the appearance of the Kiev-type ships arrogantly - that this is not a ship, but it is not known what. The" Phantoms "avoided meeting in the air with our Yak-38 aircraft. They were afraid of colliding with them, because they saw that it was practically" heavenly shelves "(as they called them), and Soviet pilots perform circus acts on them" (A. Morin, chief designer of TAVKR avenue 11435). "The Americans were not far from the truth. The plane left much to be desired. The range of the Yak-38 was very limited. Most of the fuel was spent on take-off and landing" ("Thunder over the deck. Fate of the aircraft carrier", channel "Russia", "Wings of Russia ", 2008, 23:40).

    4. "The concept of combat use of the Yak-38 air group of light attack aircraft in the system of the Kiev-type TAVKR strike weapons adopted in the Navy of the USSR during the 1970-1980s ensured the overwhelming superiority of our ship group over typical enemy ship groups, with the exception of American A mix of two or three ship groups with a Kiev-type TAVKR could pose a serious threat to the American AUG [a very dubious statement, but even if taken for granted, to ensure parity with the US Navy, e had in 1980 13 attack aircraft carriers, we had to have an incredible amount of 1,143 (26-39 units) - A.Sh.] "(V. Abidin" From Harrier "to" Forger ". Part 2", "Wings Motherland ", №7 / 2009, p. 41).


    Yak-141

    Originally, the Yak-141 was called the Yak-41M (product "48M") and was intended for basing on TAVKR (TAKR) av. 11433, 11434, 11435 (the notorious directive of the General Staff of 1980, initiated by D. Ustinov, on the reorientation of the "five" air group on SVUVP), as well as pr. 1143 "Kiev" and "Minsk" after their modernization, and was a multi-purpose aircraft designed to intercept air targets, conduct a maneuverable air combat and attack sea and land targets.

    If we compare the Yak-141 and Su-33 (airplanes of the same generation), first of all it should be noted that they belong to different weight categories: the first is a light fighter, the second is heavy. Creating a heavy SVUVP is hardly possible in principle. In addition, an important advantage of the Su-33 is an integrated aerodynamic scheme (a single bearing body), as well as static instability at subsonic speeds, significantly improving maneuverability. The payload (full fuel in the internal tanks and two tons of armament) in the WRC mode (run 120 m) at the Yak-141 is 6400 kg - half the load of the Su-33 (12700 kg - the full fuel in the internal tanks [9500 kg] and full-load air-to-air missiles - 8xR-27ET and 4xR-73 [3200 kg] during takeoff from the 3rd launch position, 195 m run - link Cool. The combat radius of the Su-33 with 1150 km, Yak-141 - 690 km (60%). The large range of run-up, in the presence of catapults on an aircraft carrier of dimension 11437, which the fleet selected (reference 9), does not play a special role. Finally, the share of the payload in the take-off mass (weight return on the payload) for the Su-33 is 39%, for the Yak-141 it is 33%.

    The Yak-141M LTH is slightly better. The plane is very similar to the F-35 - they say that the Yakovlev Design Bureau transferred to the Americans technical documentation for it. It never went up in the air, but, apparently, it should serve as a prototype of the new SVOUP, despite the statement that the latter is being developed from scratch (ref. 11) - this is practically not the case with technology. The combat radius of the Yak-141M was increased to 900 km with a payload of 8,000 kg (6,000 kg of fuel in internal tanks and two tons of combat load), and the payoff weight of the payload was increased to 37%.

    Note. The origin of data on the Yak-141 and Yak141M: V. Kolnogorov "The Last Aircraft of the Soviet Union", Aviamaster, No. 7/2003, p. 11.

    The maximum that the new Russian SVUVP can give us is parity with the F-35, however, taking into account the fact that in the carrier-based version of Lightning II (F-35C) the traditional scheme was used (taking off with the help of a catapult, landing on aerofinishers), and In the best case, the Russian Navy will have six aircraft carriers (half as many as the US Navy), we will get deck aircraft equipped with a SSOLPA, much weaker than the American one. At the same time, having put the ship version of the Su-57 (let's call it Su-57K) on the decks of the aircraft carriers of the new project, we will gain superiority over the seemingly stronger opponent.


    Su-57

    Let us try to compare the Su-57 with the Yak-141M, since it is not necessary to count on the combat capabilities of the new SVUVP to be significantly higher than its intended prototype (most likely, their LTH will be close to each other). Due to the acute shortage of official technical information on the Su-57, the main sources were the article from the Russian-language Wikipedia (link 12), materials from the military.tomsk.ru resource (link 13), paralay.world (link 14) and the aviation Internet encyclopedia Sky Corner (airwar.ru - link 15).

    The data on the number of suspension points and its composition are very contradictory, so we can only assume that, most likely, guided missiles and adjustable bombs can be suspended at 14 points - 8 internal (4 in two main cargo compartments inside the fuselage between engines for large-sized ammunition, and 4 in two lateral conformal compartments, repeating the contours of the root parts of the wing, for small-size air-to-air missiles of short range and 6 outer (2 under the engine air intakes and 4 under the wing).

    According to the author of the blog, the composition of weapons for air combat may be as follows - 4 x RVV-BD (510 kg for each - reference 16), 6 x RVV-SD (for 190 kg each - reference 17) and 4 x RVV-MD (106 each kg - link 18), total 3600 kg. The variant of the composition of weapons against ground targets - 4 x KAB-500Kr (520 kg for each - reference 20), 4 x X-38M (for 520 kg each - reference 22), 2 x X-58USHK for (650 kg - reference 23) and 4 x RVV-MD, total about 5900 kg.

    An approximate calculation shows that in the first case, the total mass of the equipped aircraft (18,800 kg) and payload (14,600 kg), consisting of a full supply of fuel in the internal tanks (11,000 kg) and combat load (total 334,400 kg), fits into the maximum take-off weight Su-57 (35,500 kg), and in the second (about 35,700 kg with the same fuel supply) exceeds it by only 5% (which can be explained by an error that is quite acceptable with such significant uncertainty of the initial data). At the same time, the combat radius of the "fifty-seventh" at a subsonic cruising speed should be about 2150 km, at a supersonic cruising speed (2.0 M) - 1000 km.

    It is necessary to add that the Su-57 thrust-armed with the second stage engine (“type 30”) with a maximum take-off weight should reach 1.01 (instead of 0.72 for the Yak-141M), which is one of the reasons for the high maneuverability of the Sukhoi. In conjunction with what was said in the two previous paragraphs, this fact demonstrates the overwhelming superiority of the Su-57 over the prototype of the SSOLVP, which is not yet available.

    Findings

    We are not so rich and, I hope, not so foolish as to re-embark on an adventure with a "vertical line" - an airplane of an architecturally-constructive type that compromised itself in the Soviet Navy and continued today in the US Navy and the International Maritime Directorate, reducing their combat potential there is only a power plant with a single main engine, sharply reducing the combat stability of the F-35 and not meeting the requirements of flight safety over the sea). Instead of a SVUVP, we need to focus on the deck ("sealed") version of the Su-57. Moreover, this outstanding aircraft has the ability to perform short take-off and landing (link 24), and it may very well be that this will greatly facilitate the performance of take-off and landing operations on a prospective aircraft carrier. I would like to believe in the correctness of A. Egorov, the author of the program “Military Acceptance” of the TRC Zvezda (From T-50 to Su-57. Part 2, release November 18, 2018 - reference 25, 37:33), who suggested that "the new machine [Sukhoi"] is ahead of not only the military-space, but also the naval future. "

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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Wed May 29, 2019 5:38 pm

    George1 wrote:Construction of the Navy: fermentation in the minds. Part 5. SVUVP

    Pretty one sided text. This guy is referring to Yak-141 (almost 50 years old design) and comparing to Su-57 with II stage engine? The new deck fighter (either 57 derivative of a new, light one) will be something like 5+, 6G . What if this will be a light fight yer optionally manned? Why is should be like F-35B without same requirements? dunno dunno dunno

    BTW The new CVN will have 70kton - not necessarily. This was said only by "source", but nothing o officially though. We need to wait till any of solutions is chosen then offcialized. Good to know there will be one. Unfortunately is large and expensive then looks like 1 ;/




    And here Rakhmanov about drones:
    https://tvzvezda.ru/news/opk/content/20195171215-apQtR.html

    USC Head: UAVs may become the main striking force of the Russian aircraft carrier of the future


    UAVs will be based on the ship, but not all of them will return to base.
    The Russian aircraft carrier of the future can become a base for unmanned aerial vehicles. About this in an interview with radio "Star" said the head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov.

    “It may not be an aircraft carrier at all, maybe it will be called differently, because not every UAV will return to the base, you can continue to fantasize. But instead of fantasizing, it is better to wait for a conceptual solution, and then apply intellectual and technical knowledge to put all this into the most acceptable solution for the Ministry of Defense, ”said Rakhmanov.

    Rakhmanov also said that the last ship repair enterprise of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in Crimea will be part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation.
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    Post  flamming_python Wed May 29, 2019 11:22 pm

    GunshipDemocracy wrote:
    And here Rakhmanov about drones:
    https://tvzvezda.ru/news/opk/content/20195171215-apQtR.html

    USC Head: UAVs may become the main striking force of the Russian aircraft carrier of the future






    UAVs will be based on the ship, but not all of them will return to base.
    The Russian aircraft carrier of the future can become a base for unmanned aerial vehicles. About this in an interview with radio "Star" said the head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov.

    “It may not be an aircraft carrier at all, maybe it will be called differently, because not every UAV will return to the base, you can continue to fantasize. But instead of fantasizing, it is better to wait for a conceptual solution, and then apply intellectual and technical knowledge to put all this into the most acceptable solution for the Ministry of Defense, ”said Rakhmanov.

    Rakhmanov also said that the last ship repair enterprise of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in Crimea will be part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

    They're going to keep fantasizing about these new ideas every year, and never actually get anything done.

    "oh oh I know, how about a VSTOL aircraft like the F-35!"
    "no, look the Americans are obviously going to put UCAVs on their carriers soon, we need to get one up on them and design our whole carrier around UCAVs!"

    If they want a carrier, then they have to create it with today's technology in mind, but of course with scope for modernization in the future.
    The Su-57 is a thing, and the naval version has been talked about for years. It's a perfectly sound concept with the capabilities that Russia currently has. Later on the Su-57 will be developed into an unmanned version and with it the naval Su-57 can be turned into an unmanned model too.
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    Post  AlfaT8 Thu May 30, 2019 12:05 am

    Let's be honest here, the only reason anyone is talking about VTOL/STOVL is being discussed is because there's very little chance the Russian Navy will get any proper carriers anytime soon.
    So the VTOL concept is looked at again for the upcoming smaller Carriers.

    As for UCAVs, it's more a pipe-dream, against some insurgency sure no prob, but against a Peer-Opponent their usefulness almost go's out the window.
    I just don't see them doing well in a hostile electronic environment.
    Unless maybe as a strike aircraft, but they'd just use Cruise missiles for that.

    Although, they might be useful as a defensive force with EW support withing Russia itself.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion Thu May 30, 2019 12:13 am

    Let's be honest here, the only reason anyone is talking about VTOL/STOVL is being discussed is because there's very little chance the Russian Navy will get any proper carriers anytime soon.
    So the VTOL concept is looked at again for the upcoming smaller Carriers.
    Including the planned UDKs. they'll be more useful than pure CV/Ns/TAKRs for which there r not enough escorts & will cost le$$.
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    Post  GarryB Thu May 30, 2019 12:17 am

    Pretty one sided text. This guy is referring to Yak-141 (almost 50 years old design) and comparing to Su-57 with II stage engine? The new deck fighter (either 57 derivative of a new, light one) will be something like 5+, 6G . What if this will be a light fight yer optionally manned? Why is should be like F-35B without same requirements?

    Unless there is some technology breakthrough what else are you expecting him to compare it with?

    He did describe a Yak-141M that never actually flew which the F-35 is based upon, are you expecting something better than the F-35?

    The Yak-141 was not the aircraft it was described as... it was never fully developed so all its performance figure were estimates and optimistic ones at that...

    The cost of spending money developing a new light 5th gen fighter make sense because an alternative to the land based Su-57 would be useful, though I think non stealthy aircraft will be much much cheaper than any light stealthy design and therefore vastly more affordable, but to demand it has vertical landing capacity just makes it too expensive and fragile and complicated... you can ruin a potentially good design and a clever idea by trying to do too much... example for the jury is the F-35... if they just tried to replace the land based CTOL aircraft they would have been fine but they added the Harrier and a vertical landing component that screwed the entire design and made it even more eye wateringly expensive...

    If they are talking about 70K ton carriers, or even that multi hull 45K ton design they don't need vertical landing... so why waste the time and effort and money trying to fix something that isn't broken.

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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Fri May 31, 2019 1:11 pm

    flamming_python wrote:They're going to keep fantasizing about these new ideas every year, and never actually get anything done.
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    AlfaT8 wrote:Let's be honest here, the only reason anyone is talking about VTOL/STOVL is being discussed is because there's very little chance the Russian Navy will get any proper carriers anytime soon. So the VTOL concept is looked at again for the upcoming smaller Carriers.


    they're keeping temp high so to speak  lol1  lol1  lol1


    FP wrote: If they want a carrier, then they have to create it with today's technology in mind, but of course with scope for modernization in the future.
    The Su-57 is a thing, and the naval version has been talked about for years. It's a perfectly sound concept with the capabilities that Russia currently has. Later on the Su-57 will be developed into an unmanned version and with it the naval Su-57 can be turned into an unmanned model too.

    With 1 in mind this makes sense, but then why talk about new fighter programme and 10 years time? to add an arresting hook? and SW update? Two different fighters for 1 CVN? guess we need to wait until anything materializes Smile


    well so far speculation only big size small size, we need to wait Im afraid




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    As for UCAVs, it's more a pipe-dream, against some insurgency sure no prob, but against a Peer-Opponent their usefulness almost go's out the window.
    I just don't see them doing well in a hostile electronic environment.
    Unless maybe as a strike aircraft, but they'd just use Cruise missiles for that.


    like S-70 ?




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    Post  GunshipDemocracy Fri May 31, 2019 1:30 pm

    GarryB wrote: Unless there is some technology breakthrough what else are you expecting him to compare it with?

    He did describe a Yak-141M that never actually flew which the F-35 is based upon, are you expecting something better than the F-35?

    then why don't you compare F-16 with MiG-35?

    You cannot require from a fighter to be maneuverable, super stealthy, light, with one engine with enormous payload. Officially F-35 can carry a bit less then Su-57. Check wiki.



    GB wrote:
    The cost of spending money developing a new light 5th gen fighter make sense because an alternative to the land based Su-57 would be useful, though I think non stealthy aircraft will be much much cheaper than any light stealthy design and therefore vastly more affordable, but to demand it has vertical landing capacity just makes it too expensive and fragile and complicated...

    this was discussed at nausea here so lets wait till anything materializes. The only what was said is new fighter programme was started. If it was Su-57k then 10 years for adding arrester hooks a bit strange.


    Since new fighter programme was started then most sense would be to build something light and advanced. Not only for navy.




    GB wrote: If they are talking about 70K ton carriers, or even that multi hull 45K ton design they don't need vertical landing... so why waste the time and effort and money trying to fix something that isn't broken.

    Nothing is broken yet. Assuming that this unofficial news is true, then there will be one CVN entering service when Kuz is about to be scraped. So no qualitative change really comparing to current status.




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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:51 pm

    Turkey will not be receiving f35, and they planned to equip a few F35B (the STOVL version) in their new LHD (based on the spanish amphibious assault ship/ light aircraft carrier Juan Carlos).

    I was thinking, maybe they could be interested in participating together with Russia to the development of a new STOVL aircraft.

    I did not read anything recently, but on the summer last year Russia announced that work for the design and development of such aircrafts has really been included in the state rearmament program.

    It is not something that could be ready in a couple of years, and having a preproduction aircraft at the end of the 2020s (e.g. 2028 or 2029) would already be challenging.

    However I am sure that the Yakovlev design bureau would appreciate additional investment from another country.

    I still don't believe it should be a priority for the russian armed forces, however if the work is paid by turkey....
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    Post  miketheterrible Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:03 pm

    Rodion_Romanovic wrote:Turkey will not be receiving f35, and they planned to equip a few F35B (the STOVL version) in their new LHD (based on the spanish amphibious assault ship/ light aircraft carrier Juan Carlos).

    I was thinking, maybe they could be interested in participating together with Russia to the development of a new STOVL aircraft.

    I did not read anything recently, but on the summer last year Russia announced that work for the design and development of such aircrafts has really been included in the state rearmament program.

    It is not something that could be ready in a couple of years, and having a preproduction aircraft at the end of the 2020s (e.g. 2028 or 2029) would already be challenging.

    However I am sure that the Yakovlev design bureau would appreciate additional investment from another country.

    I still don't believe it should be a priority for the russian armed forces, however if the work is paid by turkey....

    VOTL you mean? Yes, Putin apparently demanded to make it a priority project and that it was supported in defense budget for 2027. Question is who is designing and making it? Very little info on it probably because project is rather sensitive at the moment. I presume it is Yakovlev due to their experience with Yak-38 and 141 plus their participation in F-35 program.
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    Post  GarryB Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:59 am

    Or they could save themselves a small fortune and just buy Ka-52Ks and put them on their carriers...
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    Post  magnumcromagnon Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:54 pm

    GarryB wrote:Or they could save themselves a small fortune and just buy Ka-52Ks and put them on their carriers...

    It depends on the application. VTOL jets are literally death traps for human pilots, no need to risk human pilots life and limb for that capability...however a smaller (in the 5-10 ton range) but capable VTOL UAV/UCAV aircraft seems feasible and reasonable.

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