Just one thought.......... In a CATOBAR setup, planes are generally hold up by the catapult prior to launch and its engine goes into after burner to give it pre-launch thrust. Then the catapult merely throws the aircraft off the carrier in immense speed and due to its engagement of after burner before the launch, it gets enough momentum to fly away. Now can't the same concept be applied in a STOBAR launch? I mean there should be a mechanism to hold the fighter while it engages its after burner. Then it should be released and let it get launched from the ramp. We will need a longer ramp for this so that the aircraft gets enough space to build up on momentum. Just a thought, but could it be so?