1980-09-01

A Comparison of Propulsion Systems for V/STOL Supersonic Combat Aircraft 801141

Three lift/propulsion concepts for a V/STOL supersonic combat aircraft have been compared. The intention was to show the effect of the propulsion system on aircraft weight and size, performance, and life cycle costs for:
  1. 1
    Vectored thrust with Plenum Chamber Burning (bypass air augmentation)
  2. 2
    Lift engines and a lift/cruise reheated turbofan
  3. 3
    A reheated lift/cruise turbofan with a remote augmented lift system (RALS)
For a postulated deck-launched intercept mission, the vectored thrust propulsion system with Plenum Chamber Burning gives the smallest and cheapest aircraft having the required performance. In addition, for a given take-off ground run the vectored thrust powered aircraft has the longest fighter escort mission radius.

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