tarasv, 31.03.2004 14:28:38 :
>Смех смехом, но амы на бомбером работают. В ЗВО иногда новости печатает. Не один год уже.
FSA это на уровне концепции проработки, англичане тем-же балуются - свой FOAS пятый год рисуют.
FB-22 Strike Raptor/
Combat operations in Afghanistan have illustrted the Air Force's need for a fast, long range medium bomber to replace and exceed the F-111. Althugh the F-15E has assumed the same role as the F-111, it is inferior in the realm of low-altitude penetration, and it is not stealthy. Lockheed Martin has quietly been stdying a radical modification of the F-22 Raptor: the FB-22.
Lockheed Martin, with the support of Air Force secretary James Roche, has quietly been designing a long range strike variant of the F/A-22, known as FB-22. The wings and horizontal stablizers of the F/A-22 would yield to a delta wing, similar in appearance to the original wing on the F/A-22. The aircraft would carry 24 small diameter bombs and supercruise at altitudes approaching 60,000 feet. The F135 or F136 engines, powerplants in the 40,000 lb. thrust-class, might propel the aircraft. Assuming that the FB-22 would cruise at fuel-efficient (subsonic) speeds, its combat radius could be extended from 600 naut. miles to 1600 naut. miles.
A similar program is the X-44 Manta, a delta-winged F-22 which uses vectored thrust as its sole means of control. The MANTA will do much to validate the planform for the FB-22, although it will also prove a number of more advanced concepts in our understanding of flight physics.
MANTA is an acronym for Multi-Axis No Tail Aircraft. The plan is to convert an F-22 so that it uses its thrust vectoring nozzles for its flight control. It has no rudders, stabilitors, or ailerons. Needless to say, this is a revolutionary new aircraft.
The MANTA and FB-22 projects are intertwined. The wing for the FB-22 can be tested on the X-44. Likewise, the vertical control surfaces could be eliminated from the FB-22 if thrust vectoring is effective on the X-44.
The lack of an aircraft like the FB-22 became painfully obvious on April 7, 2003, as Saddam Hussein was spotted in a restaurant compound in the Mansoor district of Baghdad. It took approximately an hour from the time that the info was received until the B-1B "Seek and Destroy" put its bombs on the target. Reports state that Saddam left the compound no more than fifteen minutes before the bombs hit. An aircraft like the FB-22, with a top speed exceeding Mach 2 versus Mach 1 for the B-1B, might have made the difference.
The FB-22 is on hold for now. The Air Force is having a difficult time funding the baseline F/A-22 Raptor, and probably will not reach their stated goal of 296 aircraft. The name change (F-22 to F/A-22) was made in Septmeber 2002. It reflects the multi-mission capability of the aircraft, and also blunts calls for the Air Force to procure a dedicated FB-22 Strike Raptor.
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(для трижды уважаемой администрации: всё вышесказанное--сугубо моё личное скромное субьективное ХО, ни в коей мере не претендуещее на правду в последней инстанции, и основанное исключительно на моем индивидуальном восприятии.)