The DASA-Rockwell X-31 is a downscaled version of a fighter
design tailored to the needs of of the demonstrator goals and objectives.
Its design considers both supersonic performance as required for beyond-
visual- range (BVR) engagement as well as enhanced-
fighter- maneuverability (EFM) features for close in combat
in the same configuration.
The aircraft demonstrated technical feasibility and tactical
capability of poststall maneuverability, agility improvement by thrust
vectoring, fuselage aiming improvement by thrust vectoring and improved
deceleration. The aircraft shows a canard configuration with a single
GE-F404 engine and single-seat electronic cockpit. To reduce costs,
many off-the-shelf components were used. Examples are: Canopy, ejection
seat, engine: F-18. Tires, ruder pedals, fuel pumps: F-16. Wheels, brakes:
Cessna Citation III, ...
Dimensions: Span: 7.3m, Length: 13.2m, Height: 4.6m.
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