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MESSERSCHMITT-BOELKOW-BLOHM G M B H MUNICH (GERMANY F R)
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Supermaneuverability is defined as the capability of a fighter aircraft to execute tactical maneuvers with controlled side slipping and at angles of attack beyond maximum lift. This paper deals particularly with post stall maneuverability at zero side slipping since this element of supermaneuverability is relatively unknown. The analysis is based on optimum control calculation of simplified maneuver elements and on extensive manned and computerized close air combat simulation. This analysis explains the tactical advantage observed during combat simulations and leads to the definition of a typical maneuver duty cycle which is consistant with conventional air combat maneuvers with all aspect weapons. References is made to earlier studies about maneuvers with thrust vectoring and thrust reversal. Finally, requirements are given for the necessary level of thrust-to-weight ratios and control power including indications of technical solutions. Author
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