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Faro
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Combat Autoflight

Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:24 pm

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

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RE: Combat Autoflight

Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:38 pm

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

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RE: Combat Autoflight

Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:39 pm

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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RE: Combat Autoflight

Tue Sep 11, 2007 1:09 am

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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RE: Combat Autoflight

Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:51 am

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.
 
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RE: Combat Autoflight

Tue Sep 11, 2007 5:46 am

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.
 
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RE: Combat Autoflight

Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:48 am

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

Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:07 am

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.

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