This pocket compendium app contains over 200 aircraft and lets you explore at a glance:
– the evolution of fighter aircraft, from fast missile platforms (Mirage 2000, F/A-18 Hornet and MiG-31) to stealthy designs (F-22 Raptor or J-31) and supermaneuverable fighters with thrust vectoring (Su-35 Flanker-E or MiG-35 Fulcrum-F),
– the various directions in attack aircraft design, from stealth concepts (F-117 Nighthawk) to smaller and nimbler airframes (including the Alpha Jet, AMX or Scorpion),
– the future replacement of expensive and complex close air support aircraft (Su-25 Grach and AC-130 Spectre) with cost-effective alternatives (like the AT-6 Wolverine or AT-802L Longsword),
– the advancements in V/STOL technology (as seen in the AV-8B Harrier II and the F-35 Lightning II series), culminating with the arrival of tiltrotors (V-22 Osprey or V-280 Valor),
– the extensive use of dedicated attack helicopters (T129 ATAK, Ka-52 Alligator and AH-1Z Viper), modern multipurpose utility helicopters (AW159 Wildcat, NH90 and the improved UH-1Y Venom) and heavy lift rotorcraft (the CH-53 family),
– the various designs for tactical airlifters (from the classical form of the C-27J Spartan, to the unusual An-72/74 and the unique An-225 Mriya) and aerial refuelling tankers (KC-10 Extender, KC-135 Stratotanker or Il-78),
– the increased number of purpose-built reconnaissance aircraft for AEW&C missions (like the A-50 or the Ka-31) and maritime patrol (P-1),
– the reduction in deployments of large strategic bombers (such as the B-2 Spirit or Tu-22M) in favor of surgical strikes conducted by fighter-bombers (Su-34) and multirole aircraft (F-15E Strike Eagle),
– the continued development of UAVs, from reconnaissance variants (like the Heron or the RQ-170 Sentinel) to combat aircraft (from Predator to Reaper and Avenger),
– the numerous multinational collaborations created to reduce development costs and share technical know-how (as seen with the Typhoon, Tiger, C-160, Tornado and A400M Atlas projects),
– the improvements made in trainer aircraft, now capable of supersonic flight and light attack duties (T-50 Golden Eagle or L-15 Falcon).
Each aircraft entry contains at least one image, a short text that summarises the aircraft’s development and service history and a detailed specifications table offering place of origin and production information, crew, weight and dimensions data, armament details, powerplant and performance figures.
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