What is it about?
This paper analyzes the peculiarities of naval operations, and studies different types of ships as well as their most significant modifications to achieve the recovery operation of an adapted, land-based fighter, on a carrier deck. This methodology is applied to design two specific cases of particular concern: the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Saab Gripen.
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Why is it important?
The Harrier fleet has been in active service in several Navies from different countries as a carrier-based aircraft. However, this aircraft may be withdrawn and replaced by the F-35B, a vertical capability version of the controversial Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme, which great complexity and constant development delays raise numerous uncertainties from a temporal and economical point of view. In fact, this program encompasses the design of three different fighter aircraft which, at the same time, share many similarities. All these aspects led us to undertake the analysis of other lower-risk alternatives.
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This page is a summary of: Preliminary suitability analysis of carrier approach guidance and recovery of land-based aircraft, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G Journal of Aerospace Engineering, September 2015, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0954410015602278.
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