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2013 BRIDEX Static Aircraft Display: Fighter Aircraft

Posted: 31 December 2015 by SchwarzeMitternacht in PlaneTok

This is the first, last, and only post of 2015, from an article series I started in 2014, about something that happened in 2013. Tardy, I know.

It all started with this pic:

Fighters

From left of the image to the right, it is Royal Malaysian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-30 MKM Flanker, Royal Thai Air Force’s SAAB JAS 39 C Gripen, and Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Boeing F-15SG Eagle. There was also an RTAF JAS 39 Gripen D on display which we will get to later. Let’s start with the Malaysian ‘Flanker’ shall we?

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Before we go further, I want to say that this is one large fighter aircraft. All of my exposure to the Flanker series (and other fighter aircraft for that matter) are from magazines and video games like Ace Combat. I sort of expected the Flanker to be the size of an Eagle, its American equivalent. Turns out it is significantly bigger, at least to my eyes.

Flanker1

The SU-30 MKM is The Royal Malaysian Air Force’s variant of the Su-30 Flanker series. It is a supermanoeuvrable heavy fighter manufactured by Russia’s Sukhoi. MKM stands for “Modernizirovannyi Kommercheskiy Malaysia“, Modernised Export Malaysia. It is based upon the Su-30 MKI, the version used by the Indian Air Force.

Flanker2

Here we can see TUDM markings on the vertical stabilisers. TUDM stands for “Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia”, which is Malay for Royal Malaysian Air Force. The Su-30 fulfills the role of air-superiority fighter and also multirole (which is to say it can be used to engage both air and ground targets) aircraft for the RMAF. If you find it weird that the engine nozzle seems to be pointing downward, it is because the aircraft features 3D thrust vectoring. Simply put, the engines nozzles point in whichever direction the aircraft needs to maximise manouvrability, giving it its famed (some would say notorious) super manoeuvrability.

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A closer look at the nozzles.

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As I said earlier, one huge fighter aircraft.

FlankerSpecs

Lucky for me, I took a picture of the aircraft’s specification. No need for me to type out everything.

Up next are the ‘Gripens’ of the Royal Thai Air Force.

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Yes Gripens, as in plural, because other than the single-seat JAS 39 C…

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We also have the 2-seat JAS 39 D

GripenC2

The SAAB JAS 39 Gripen is a light, single-engined multirole fighter aircraft. It is designed and manufactured by Swedish aerospace company SAAB as a replacement for the SAAB 35 Draken and SAAB 37 Viggen.

GripenC3

Of the 3 fighter aircraft types on display, the Gripen is the one which is the most different. It has what is called the “Euro Double Delta” design, which is shared with its SAAB fighter aircraft predecessors, as well as its contemporaries the Eurofighter and the Dassault Rafale.

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It is also single-engined. and by far the smallest and lightest fighter aircraft on display. If you look at the lead picture, by putting the Gripen between The Flanker and The Eagle, the Gripen actually looks almost dainty. This of course is not to say that it is not a capable fighter, just an observation on the size difference between the 3 jets.

GripenCSpecs

Here are the specs of the Gripen C.

GripenDSpecs

And here are the specs for the 2-seater Gripen D.

Last but not least, is the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s ‘Eagle’.

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The Boeing F-15SG is the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s variant of the very successful and proven F-15E. It is a multirole strike fighter, manufactured by America’s Boeing.

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Some of you who are familiar with the Eagle might be wondering “wait, isn’t the Eagle made by McDonnell Douglas?”. Simply put, Boeing bought McDonnell Douglas, are and now developing/manufacturing the Eagle and F-18 Hornet platforms.

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Those large engines mean business. The original version of the F-15 Eagle held the record for the fastest climb and acceleration by a fighter aircraft, only to be beaten by the Su-27, the original Flanker. And being essentially American and Russian analogues of each other, there will always be arguments of which is better. And now neighbours Singapore and Malaysia have two of the latest variants of these awesome aircraft. The fanboys be arguing, and I don’t wish to take part in it.

EagleSpecs

Here are the specs of the F-15SG.

Before I go, I would like to say that BRIDEX is held once every 2 years since 2007. For some reason though there was no BRIDEX 2015. Hopefully it will be held again soon. Well, that’s all from me in 2015.

– SCM

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