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Conformal Fuel Tanks : the latest innovation tested on Rafale

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by Manmohan Yadav, May 24, 2013.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    During combat operations , it clearly appeared that fighters were required to
    hit distant targets, and tankers were invery high demand. Air forces soon realised
    that they had become dependent on extremely vulnerable assets, and that
    long-range strike fighters were necessary to overcome this worrying trend.
    Thankfully, the Dassault Rafale was conceived from the start to carry an
    extremely large fuel load, as the internal tanks of a single-seater contain
    5,750 litres (1,519 US gallons). Additionally, the fighter is equipped with no fewer than
    five wet points, and two types of external tanks are available:1,250 litre (330 US gallon)
    supersonic tanks may be carried on any of the five wet pylons, and 2,000 litre (528
    US gallon) drop tanks can be mounted on the centreline and inner wing stations.

    A pressure refuelling system is fitted as standard for both internal and external fuel tanks,
    and internal tanks can be refilled in four minutes only. Finally, the Rafale
    is equipped with an in-flight refuelling probe located to the right of the nose, ahead of the
    windscreen. For air forces in need of an even larger capacity, Dassault
    Aviation has designed two 1,150 litre (303 US gallon) detachable Conformal Fuel
    Tanks (CFTs) which can be mounted on the upper surface of wing/fuselage blend, causing
    less drag than traditional tanks, and freeing underwing stations for armament. CFTs
    bring the Rafale’s maximal external fuel load toan astonishing 10,800 litres
    (2,853 US gallons), and they can be mounted or removed in less than two hours.
    All Rafales have a built-in CFT capability: CFTs can be adapted to any variant of the fighter,
    including naval and two-seat versions. The CFTs are being tested at the
    Dassault Test Centre in Istres, and the first flight of a Rafale fitted with CFTs took place on
    April 18, 2001, with pilot Eric Gérard at the controls .
    Supersonic speeds have been evaluated, and various configuration shave already
    been successfully tested: long-range strike with three 2,000 litre drop tanks, four
    Mica and two Scalp stand-off missiles, and air-to-air configurations with Mica missiles.
    It has been determined that the CFTs had negligible impact on aircraft handling.
    With CFTs and drop tanks, the Rafale boasts an unrivalled range for such a compact
    aircraft, offering Commanders greater flexibility, and giving aircrews unprecedented deep
    strike capabilities.
     
  2. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Rafale Pics with CFTs :

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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Rafale Pics without CFTs :

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    S K Mittal Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    [MENTION=6916]Manmohan Yadav[/MENTION] nice pics
     
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    zambino 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    @ Manmohan yadav.. Sir ye kitna deti hai???? ;-)
     
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    zambino 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    @ manmohan yadav.. Sir f16 blk60 comes with cft.. Am i correct??
     
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    F-16 aircraft, currently procured for Israel, Greece and the UAE, have structural, plumbing, and wiring provisions for the Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFT). These external, pod-like fuel reservoirs are attached on the upper surface of the F-16’s fuselage, with the tank’s lower surface conforming to the aircraft shape. The upper surface arrangement allows the CFTs to be relatively light weight because nothing is suspended from them. With an empty weight of 900 pounds, tank set holds 450 gallons (ca. 3,050 pounds, or 2,271 litres) of additional JP-5/8 fuel.

    Conformal fuel tank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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  8. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    yes it does

    here is f-16 without its CFTs

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    And here is F-16 with its CFTs

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    you will clearly notice its shadow half way
    through on the both sides of the cockpit
     
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    MAFIAN GOD Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Block 52+ and onwards come with CFTs.
     
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    As we all know, CFTs nullifies the need for carrying external fuel tanks for long distance operations, thereby allowing the pylons to carry more payload. The only problem is that it induces more drag and reduces maneuverability and agility to a certain extent. Also, CFTs may add to the RCS of a fighter. Therefore IMO, CFTs will be limited to omni role and multi-role aircrafts but we may not see them on air superiority fighters, as they need to be more maneuverable. This is one of the why latest versions of f-16s and MiG 29 upgrades have received CFTs while they are still absent from F-15s, Su-27s, Su-35s. But then again, the aforementioned jets have an excellent combat radius so they may not CFTs anyways.
     
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    thnkss.. :mrgreen:
     
  12. Manmohan Yadav

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    MiG-29 SMT

    Without CFTs :

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    With CFTs :

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    This one is a Eurofighter Typhoon.
     
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    Luck you, you got a EFT :laugh:
     
  15. S K Mittal

    S K Mittal Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Great pics.
     
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