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User currently offlineFaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1551 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

Do combat military aircraft have flight directors/autopilots/auto-throttles or are they 100% hand-flown?

Faro


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User currently offlineBengan From Sweden, joined Jul 2007, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

I know the Saab Viggen has an auto-throttle and an auto-pilot that is capable of aiming and firing the onboard gun at the radar target. This capability is also available in Gripen.

http://www.canit.se/~griffon/aviation/text/37viggen.htm

/Bengt


User currently offlineJetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2556 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

Of course, why not have an autopilot? It would be very hard on the single seater pilot to have to hand fly for hours on end. During combat I presume the aircraft is normally hand flown, but some strike aircraft use autopilot for certain specialised weapon delivery profiles. Bomber aircraft even more so. Autopilot was also used for radar controlled or ground controlled interception back in the day.


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User currently offlineBAe146QT From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 2):
It would be very hard on the single seater pilot to have to hand fly for hours on end

Imagine a trans-Atlantic ferry flight!



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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3613 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1255 times:

Quoting Faro (Thread starter):
Do combat military aircraft have flight directors/autopilots/auto-throttles or are they 100% hand-flown?

The Tornado has a terrain-following radar, which makes it possible that the plane flies with more than 1000 km/h only 60 metres above the ground, fully automatic.

The Eurofighter has a lot of automatic systems, but I do not know all details.


User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1208 times:

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 4):
The Tornado has a terrain-following radar, which makes it possible that the plane flies with more than 1000 km/h only 60 metres above the ground, fully automatic

AFAIK the F-15E has this capability too, and most other strike aircraft for that matter.


User currently offlineBhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 982 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

I understand that most photo-recon planes use autopilot during the "picture taking" phase of the mission...


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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1071 times:

F-15A/B/C/D has it. Not a sophisticated CAT III system like on an airliner, but enough to relieve the stress on a nice long t/o ferry hop.

DeltaGuy


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