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:
Vectored thrust with Plenum Chamber Burning (bypass air augmentation)
Lift engines and a lift/cruise reheated turbofan
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.