NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7887 posts, RR: 13 Posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 914 times:
I'm really not into military aviation so please excuse me if my question is just good to make you laugh:
I came across some names of new fighters such as Rafale, Gripen (btw: with one p), Typhoon etc. but most of them - especially the Typhoon - seem to set the focus on air-to-air combats. Aren't there new aircrafts for reconnaissance or air-to-ground attacks?
CannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 720 times:
These days, everyone's looking for a good multirole airplane. Even the F-14, a pure fighter, was recently adapted for bombs. As for reconnaissance, there are a lot of satelites in orbit now, that people are pretty sure can capture most things. However, almost every 1st world country has the capability. For instance, you asked about the new fighters-all of them are dedicated mostly air-air, but all will be able to do air-ground stuff. In addition, I bet there's probably recon. camera pods that will be fitted to them. The F/A-18Ds that the US Marines fly have little cameras fitted underneath the nose, and so even though they are capable of everything other F/A-18Ds can do, they can also do recon without special pods and therefore drag and G limitations. I don't know if they're doing that with any other planes, I suspect probably not. Anyone, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 720 times:
recon pods are cheap, cheaper than dedicated recon versions.
Especially with the downsizing of airforces all over the west, the ability to quickly adapt an airframe for multiple missions is becoming ever more crucial. Most countries think they no longer have a need for dedicated aircraft (or even units when using only one type) for different missions.