- Apr 4, 2010
Actually TEDBF is designed to replaced Mig-29K. So it is expected to match or exceed its aerodynamic and payload carrying capacity.1.6 mach is low?
Foxbat was able to fly at 2.5 Mach. But for that it has to achieve its maximum altitude of 68000 feet. There too if it sustains the high Mach, it has to undergo massive overhauling of its engine and fuselage. So practically it has to cruise at lower speed.
Look at the maximum speed of F-35. It too was designed for Mach 1.6. Now keeping a low Mach number is more practical now a days. Anyway its rare that anyone would touch those numbers.
DSIs could be designed for any mach number.
Another thing is not clear whether whether Mach 1.6 will be acheived with GE-414 engine or the proposed 110 KN engine.