flyhigh@tom
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What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Fri Oct 12, 2001 10:13 pm

Ok i have heard of people saying don't compare this plane with that as they have completely different roles. I get confused as to what are the different roles within fighters.

Like for eg, The MiG31 is an "interceptor", The Jaguar is a "deep penetration strike aircraft". Some other fighter is called a "air supermacy fighter"....

I am already getting confused now.  Confused

What are the different (general) categories of fighters? Can you please also give examples and the explanation of the role.

Thanks in advance. Big thumbs up

Cheers
Thomas.

PS: we also have something called fighter-bombers. why is this? are not all fighters capable of bombing also?

 
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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Sat Oct 13, 2001 1:12 am

For air-to-air operations, there are light and heavy fighters, interceptors, and fighter-bombers.

Light fighters (examples being the F-16 and MiG-29) are primarily used for close to home, visual, close in dogfights. They are usually the most manuverable of all fighters.

Heavy fighters (examples being the F-15 and Su-27) are primarily used for longer distance, beyond visual range dogfights. They are usually much more advanced and complex aircraft than light fighters, with much more firepower. They are also the aircraft more often used for combat air patrols due to greater stores and loitering capability.

Interceptors (examples being the F-14 and MiG-31) are primarily used to defend the homeland, naval fleet, etc. They are often have long range, high speed, and very impressive weapons/radar systems. Most are usually not very manuverable and are not dogfighting aircraft.

Fighter-bombers/multirole (such as the F-15E and F-111) are aircraft that can dogfight and deliver bombs. They are usually quite good bombers as well as capable fighters, although they may not be able to perform dogfighting and bombing missions at the same time.

Air superiority fighters are those designed to be able to go into hostile airspace and out dogfight any opposition until control of the airspace has been gained. These can be any of the above types usually, yet usually are in the mid-heavy fighter range.

Some aircraft fit into more than one catagory, for example, the F-14 is an interceptor, yet it can also be a quite capable heavy fighter. The F-16 is a light fighter but is quite often used as a multirole aircraft due to the fact that bombs need to be delivered and its full dogfighting capabilities are often not necessary for the mission at hand.



Hoped that cleared some things up instead of making you more confused...its a quite complex classification, without very clearly defined groups as there are no two aircraft that perform the exact same job.
 
flyhigh@tom
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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Sat Oct 13, 2001 3:33 pm

Flyf15, thanks a lot for your detailled reply...well as you said it does clear up things as well as confuses also  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Well i guess no fighter can be given a hardcoded role and it will vary with the mission on hand.

Or just take all the advantages of each type of aircraft and use it for specific missions..well atleast i am clearer with what each role means now  Big thumbs up

Cheers,
Thomas

PS: by the way i always thought that the F15 was a better dog fighter than the F16, but then maybe i should not compare both as they are 2 very different aircraft!

 
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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Sun Oct 14, 2001 4:36 am

The F-15 is definately a much more capable dogfighter than the F-16, and (from what I've heard) is just as manuverable. Yet, in close in visual dogfights, the F-15 has the advantage of being smaller...much harder to see and shoot that than the quite large F-15.
 
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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Sun Oct 14, 2001 7:31 pm

Well
in the past the craft were usually designed for one or two roles but now everybody[exept usa,they have much $$$$$$$$$$$$$]want multiroles crafts.
Su-30 is a good example of multirole a/c ,dogfighting,intercepting,strike.
Well there is this categories widely used:
Ground strike :A-10 thunderbolt Su-25/su-39 .They are designed to destroy ground targets such tanks ,bunkers ,artilery,man power.
They could also do other roles but not good enaphe.
imagine su-25 vs su-27 [ok maybe near ground su-25 has some chance ]
strike Su-34 ,f-117, su-24 etc
air superiority
light weightsuch mig-29 ,f-16,
heavy weightsu-27,f-15,f-14
fighters bombersstrike eagle,su-30/35/37
interceptormig-25 ,mig-31 and maybe f-14[weapons are not bad but low speed}]
Vladimir
 
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Superflanker

Mon Oct 15, 2001 12:45 am

"everybody[exept usa,they have much $$$$$$$$$$$$$]want multiroles crafts"

Actually its the other way around. The USSR traditionally built single role a/c vs. multi-role American a/c. Like the MiG-21 vs. the F-4 etc.

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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Mon Oct 15, 2001 8:39 pm

SuperFlanker, what is the Su39? any photos?

Cheers,
Thomas.

I guess Flyf15 meant the F16 has the advantage of being a smaller aircraft... Smile
 
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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Mon Oct 15, 2001 11:42 pm

LY744
Actually youngster i was speaking aboutnowdays[but your statement about the past it's partly true ].
What about f-22 what kind of multiroles could it do
name one other country who could/want to pay 130 millions for only one role air superiority?
And typhoon is also not a multifunctinal ,too much dedicated to air combat no good strike capabilities.
So if you want MF a/c check su-30 [air combat,strike , interceptor] not to mention su-37 .
Tomas
well actually su-39 is modification of su-25
http://airwar.ru/photo/su25.html
 
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Superflanker

Tue Oct 16, 2001 5:02 am

The F-22's ground-attack capability is limited to JDAM bombs (not all that bad). Considering its air-domination abilities, the lack of AG capability is quite acceptable.
The Typhoon is at least as multi-role as the Su-30MK and the Su-37.

If my statement is partly true, what part of it is false?

BTW, I'd appreciate it if you didn't call me "youngster" etc.

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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Wed Oct 17, 2001 8:28 pm

Hm you're more than 20 years younger than me i was in aviation [not pilot but in the airpots] and sow those crafts almost every day fulcrums ,flankers foxbats etc etc ect, and only your knowledge comes from internet and books ,but ok if you mind i won't .
Every fighter could be used in many roles but how good would it be in that.Also su-25 could be use for a air combat but against which a/c .So only reason to cut this discussions is to confront those a/c [remember Simponov statement 'any where any place' but no challengers] and there is no chance for it.
If you remember fireblades' thread latest mig-29 vs latest f-16 you would see that all numbers were on fulcrums side[exept about 29's shorter range ]
[my english is realy bad]
Vladimir

Hm after fireblade left the forum there is a lack of ok threads we need a new topic master [don't even think about me my english is so bad that sometimes even i don't understand it]I'll leave for while
 
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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Sun Oct 21, 2001 8:00 pm

ground strike,air superiority,strike,interception,naval
 
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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Tue Oct 23, 2001 9:47 pm

There's no such thing as deep penetration fighter or a air supremacy at least not in the widely used roles.
Thre is : air superiority,interceptor,ground strike,strike .
But allmost all fighters could be used in many roles for example mig-29 is a primaru fo air superiority than for strike and it could be even used as a interceptor.
 
flyhigh@tom
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RE: What Are Fighter Roles (classifications)?

Tue Oct 23, 2001 10:03 pm

Ahhh...OK regarding Deep penetration strike aircraft, thats how i saw it in the magazine when reading about the Jaguars in the Indian Airforce...hence i assumed that to be a role...

Maybe it is nothing but Air Superiority role only  Smile. The jaguar was extensively used in the Gulf War right? What was it's purpose?

Cheers,
Thomas

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