Fighter aircraft: market analysis by Jon Lake

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    PLEASE NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS FROM COMBAT AIRCRAFT MONTHLY DEC 2012 MAGAZINE BY JON LAKE .IF ANYONE IS HAVING DIFFICULTY VIEWING THE PICS 1ST PLZ SAVE IT IN YOUR PC & THEN ZOOM IT FOR BETTER VIEW





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    Re: Fighter aircraft :market analysis by jon lake

    Welll some interesting analysis summary

    1) dwindling market

    reduction in aircraft orders especially in case of typhoon,new procurements axed

    2) restricted roles

    multi role fightes have been popular for decades ,but the old orthodoxy of having air to air fighters that could deliver some air to ground effect is gradually giving way to a new expectation of dedicated all weather tactical fighter bombers that also have a robust air to air capabilty

    3) the light weight contenders

    f16 block 60 & j39 gripen NG forms the 2 main contender

    4)the middleweights

    f18 super hornet , dassault rafale & eurofighte typhoon forms the main contender
    rafale is the closest rival to f18 superhornet with formidable air to ground capabilties & formidable high alpha manuveur capabilties

    though both typhoon & rafale participate in libya rafale showed greater maturity & real multi role versatibilty
    :D

    4)fool's gold or quantum leap

    lockheed martin is marketing heavily it's 5th gen f35 aircraft over 4th gen fightes but price esclation ,inabilty to supercruise & limited air to air weapons load is an obstacle to it's export potential

    5) competition

    more emphasis is given on UCAVS now days.USA relying more on it's allies to buy it's aircrafts & is facing stiff competition from
    European aircraft manufacturer

    6) looking east

    russia has been resurgent & is building & exporting more capable su 27 & mig 29 derivatives meanwhile it has also started it's own
    5th gen fighter programme T-50

    china is making great strides too with it's 2 stealth prototypes J20 & J31
    this is making life difficult for american 4th gen fighters & european canards fighters but only if their capabilities live up to the hype created by their appearance s

    it is important to have same level of stealth & electronics ,datalink & avionics as AMERICAN 5th gen fighers

    meanwhile SU35 has been inferior to F18 & much more inferior to typhoon & RAFALE in combat capabilty but it is more affordable
    as compare to them

    chinese have targetted down markets offering reduced capabilty at very low prices like J-7 &
    planes like chengdu Jf17 are far cry from the latest version of the F15 , f16 & f18 in terms of avioinics sensors & systems
     

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