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Grumman F-14 Tomcat

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Function Carrier-based multi-role strike fighter
Contractor Grumman Aerospace Corporation
Unit Cost $38 million
Thrust F-14A: 20,900 pounds (9,405 kg) static thrust per engine;
F-14B and F-14D: 27,000 pounds (12,150 kg) per engine
Length 18.6 meters
Height 4.8 meters
Maximum Takeoff Weight 32,805 kg
Wingspan 19 meters unswept, 11.4 meters swept
Ceiling Above 53,000 feet
Speed Max Mach Number = 1.88
Cruise Mach Number = 0.72
Mission Radius 500 nm Hi-Med-Hi strike profile
380 nm Hi-Lo-Lo-Hi strike profile
Crew Two: pilot and radar intercept officer
First flight December 1970

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

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Primary Function Tactical fighter.
Contractor McDonnell Douglas Corp.
Power Plant Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners.
Thrust (C/D models) 11,250 kilograms
Length 19.43 meters
Height 5.69 meters
Wingspan 13.06 meters
Speed 1,875 mph (Mach 2.5-plus at sea level).
Ceiling 19,697 meters
Maximum Takeoff Weight (C/D models) 30,600 kilograms
Range 3,450 miles (3,000 nautical miles) ferry range with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks.
Crew F-15A/C: one. F-15B/D: two.
Unit cost $FY98
[Total Program]
$43 million.
Date Deployed July 1972

General Dynamics F-16 Falcon

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Primary Function Multirole fighter
Builder Lockheed Martin Corp.
Power Plant F-16C/D:
one Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229 or
one General Electric F110-GE-100/129
Thrust F-16C/D, 12,150 kilograms
Length 14.8 meters
Height 4.8 meters
Wingspan 9.8 meters
Speed Mach 2 at altitude
Ceiling 15 kilometers
Maximum Takeoff Weight 16,875 kilograms
Range More than 2,000 miles ferry range (1,740 nautical miles)
Unit cost $FY98
[Total Program]
F-16C/D, $26.9 million [final order]
Crew F-16C: one; F-16D: one or two
Date Deployed January 1979

F/A-18 Hornet

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Contractor Boeing [McDonnell Douglas Aerospace] and
Northrop Grumman (Airframe),
General Electric (Engines), and
Hughes (Radar)
Super Hornet
Power Plant Two F404-GE-402 afterburning engines, each in the 18,000 pound thrust class, which results in a combat thrust-to-weight ratio greater than 1-to-1. Depending on the mission and loading, combat radius is greater than 500 nautical miles. Twin F414-GE-400 engines, each in the 22,000 pound thrust class. On an interdiction mission, the E/F will fly up to 40 % further than the C/D.
  • F/A-18C maximum speed at level flight in altitudes of 36,089 ft.
    Mach 1.7
  • F/A-18E maximum speed at level flight in altitudes of 36,089 ft.
    Mach 1.6
Unit cost $FY98
[Total Program]
$39.5 million. $60 million


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Country of Origin UK
Powerplant Two afterburning Turbo Union RB199-103 turbofans of 15,800lb st.
  • 45ft 7.25in (13.90m) - wings fully spread;
  • 28ft 2.5in (8.59m) - 68° sweep
Length 16.70m
Max Speed 1,452mph (2,336km/h) at 36,000ft (11,000m)
Accommodation Pilot and navigator in tandem seating
  • Two IWKA-Mauser 27mm cannon and
    up to 18,000lb of ordnance or
  • One 27mm cannon plus four Sky Flash medium range and
    four AIM-9L Sidewinder short-range AAMs


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Countries of Origin France
  • One
  • Mirage 2000N--two
Role Interceptor
Length 15.3 m
Span 9 m
Empty Weight 14,360 kg
Maximum Weight 17,000 kg
Payload 6,300 kg
Maximum Speed Mach 1,2 [low altitude]
Mach 2,2 [high altitude]
Ceiling 16,500 m
Range [low altitude] 925 km
Cruise range 840 nm
Range [high altitude] 1850 km
Internal Fuel 3036 kg


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Country of Origin France
Crew One
  • strike
  • fighter
Span 31 ft, 6 in / 9.60 meters
Length 47 ft / 14.31 meters
Height 3.85 meters
Range 750-1080 nautical miles
Endurance 1h45 to 2h15 with réservoir supplémentaire
  • Mach 1,3 (@ 11 000 m)
  • Mach 0,97 (@ low altitude)
Ceiling 45,000 feet / 13700 meters
Weight 11.90 tonnes (6.25 à vide).
In-Flight Refueling Yes
Internal Fuel 2612 kg
Payload 2100 kg w/full int fuel
Engine 1 SNECMA 8K50 @ 5 tonnes thrust

AV-8B Harrier

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Contractor: McDonnell Douglas Aircraft (Airframe Prime), Rolls Royce (Engine Prime)
Power Plant:
  • TAV-8B/AV-8B Day Attack (DA): One Rolls Royce Pegasus F402-RR-406 turbofan engine with approximately 20,280 pounds of thrust
  • AV-8B Night Attack (NA)/AV-8B Radar: One Rolls Royce Pegasus F402-RR-408A turbofan engine with approximately 22,200 pounds of thrust
  • AV-8B DA/NA/Radar Aircraft: Pilot only
  • TAV-8B Trainer: Two seats
  • Maximum airspeed: 550 KCAS
  • Range greater than 142 nautical miles high speed/low altitude combat radius
  • Maximum range: 900 nautical miles
  • One fuselage-mounted 25 mm gun system
  • Standard Air-to-Ground (A/G) load: Six Mk 82, 500 pound bombs
  • Standard Air-to-Air (A/A) load: Four AIM-9L/M Sidewinder missiles
  • Provisions for carrying up to 9,000 pounds of ordnance on seven stations


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