- Aug 27, 2018
You can decide what class of fighter it'll be in if its 13 tons dry.Using Russian technology it might weigh that much but we are well past that. It will be scaled up with the rest of the dimensions to weigh 1250kg each. The empty weight will come in around 13T. MTOW will be around 33T. That leaves 20T for fuel and payloads. That is plenty of carriage and leaves room for extra power when needed. MTOW is not about weighing the aircraft down so it can hardly fly. It is about loading it so that it can still complete the mission.
F3- 18t ( based on X2 which itself is 10t)
F35- 13 tons( engine weighs only 1600 kg)
While you're thinking of fitting almost 2.5-3 tons of engine in same weight.