Raytheon Unveils New Air-to-Air Missile [Peregrine]

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Unread post06 Oct 2019, 16:17

Perigrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth, according to at least some sources.

It doesn't sound like it'll be the fastest missile though, as it was described as "supersonic" by a Raytheon official. But he then stated it would be faster than what we currently had, which I found odd. Missile speeds in the west actually regressed after the Phoenix, which could travel at Mach 5 (and allegedly tracked at almost mach 6, after being fired from an Iranian Tomcat traveling at mach 2.3, eventually downing a Foxbat).

In any case, something that's half the size/weight of AMRAAM, covers the entire 9x/AIM-120 range envelope and has agility like a 9x.... is sorely needed.

This is obviously a game changer not just for the F-35, but every US aircraft carrying it... even our legacy birds. I wonder if USAF has any plans to put it on the B-21. Would make a lot of sense IMO, as even PCA isn't going to have the legs to escort B-21's into the heart of Western China..
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Unread post07 Oct 2019, 00:47

[quote="mixelflick"]

This is obviously a game changer not just for the F-35, but every US aircraft carrying it... even our legacy birds. I wonder if USAF has any plans to put it on the B-21. Would make a lot of sense IMO, as even PCA isn't going to have the legs to escort B-21's into the heart of Western China..[/quote]

U.S. Air Force’s new B-21 bomber will likely have air-to-air defense capabilities.

The U.S. Air Force’s new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, will likely have air-to-air defense capabilities, just like modern fighter jets.

In an op-ed for the Air Force Magazine, Pacific Air Forces Director of Air and Cyber Operations Maj. Gen Scott L. Pleus confirmed that next-generation bomber will have new capabilities for self-defense during flight.

Maj. Gen Scott L. Pleus exposed details of new equipment and new concepts in order to sustain Air Force’s air superiority in the decades to come, adding that “a B-21 that also has air-to-air capabilities”.


Previously, the Air Force’s leaders also said that new B-21 Raider is a long-range and highly-survivable aircraft capable of penetrating air defenses and conducting a range of critical missions.

Sources familiar with the development of next-generation bomber said the B-21 Raider would be fitted with advanced radar that will be provided air-to-air capabilities. For air-to-air defense, the new bomber also would be added capability to carry air-to-air missiles.

The B-21 Raider program has a mature and stable design and is now transitioning to manufacturing development of the first test aircraft. Northrop Grumman is utilizing its Melbourne facility for the design and development of the B-21 Raider.

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Unread post11 Oct 2019, 15:07

I have question about AIM-120 but I expect it would be similar for any AAM, how F-35 launch second AIM-120 from weapon bay, one which isn't on doors? Is there any video of that? When I google I only find videos where it lauch missile on door not from belly.
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Unread post11 Oct 2019, 15:39

milosh wrote:I have question about AIM-120 but I expect it would be similar for any AAM, how F-35 launch second AIM-120 from weapon bay, one which isn't on doors? Is there any video of that? When I google I only find videos where it lauch missile on door not from belly.


The F-35 pneumatically ejects all AIM-120 missiles. The missiles fired off the [i]door-mounted[i] station are physically pushed off the mounting station using pneumatic ejectors. Now that you mention it, I do not recall any test video of AIM-120's having been launched from inside the weapons bay. However, the launch will use the same mechanism: physically pushing the AIM-120's off the station using pneumatic (high pressure air) ejectors.

I do recall an interview or quote from an airman who was very happy with the pneumatics -- makes for a very clean weapons bay.
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Unread post11 Oct 2019, 17:39

steve2267 wrote:The F-35 pneumatically ejects all AIM-120 missiles. The missiles fired off the [i]door-mounted[i] station are physically pushed off the mounting station using pneumatic ejectors. Now that you mention it, I do not recall any test video of AIM-120's having been launched from inside the weapons bay. However, the launch will use the same mechanism: physically pushing the AIM-120's off the station using pneumatic (high pressure air) ejectors.

I do recall an interview or quote from an airman who was very happy with the pneumatics -- makes for a very clean weapons bay.


I expect it eject missiles but I was surprise when tried to find video of second AIM-120 launch test.
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Unread post11 Oct 2019, 18:51

I didn't find a video of belly launch, but I found a photo.
If guess from the shape, is it Low in Bay (LIB) Adapter?
https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Di ... t-testing/
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http://www.codeonemagazine.com/gallery_ ... ry_style=1
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http://marvineng.com/product/f35-intern ... r/lib1tn2/
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