Convair F/A-201A Kestrel
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In 1974, the US Navy issued a request for proposals for a lightweight multi-role aircraft that could serve as both a fighter and as an attack aircraft. The aim was to replace both the F-4 Phantom II an the A-7 Corsair II with an aircraft that had a lower cost than either the F-14 or the F-111.
The Convair F/ A-201 was the proposal put forward by Convair. It was based on an earlier proposal for an "Advanced F-106". It was designed with a single Pratt & Whitney JTF22A-30A/F100-PW-220 engine and its most striking feature was the inclusion of canard fins. There were to be both land-based and carrier-based aircraft. Also they proposed to make a VSTOL version with two lift engines and a vectored nozzle for the main one. In another first, this aircraft was designed with a fly-by-wire system to help control it.
In 1975 the U.S. Navy decided to select a derivative of the YF-17, the loser of the U.S: Air Force Lightweight Fighter (LWF) Aircraft competition which resulted in the F-16. The YF-17 was converted into the F/A-18 Hornet and the Convair proposal never went beyond the model stage.
We at RAZBAM decided to bring to life this interesting aircraft that never flew as the first in our "What-If" line. Aircraft that never made from the model stage but that were radical designs and held great promise in their design.
Requires either Acceleration or Service Pack 2
The F/A-201 is a Multi-Role aircraft, capable of both Air-to-Air action and Air-to-Ground Close Support. Like both the F-16 and F-18, it can carry a mix of both AA and AG weapons. It has a first generation LED based Multi Function Display. Multi Mode Radarand is capable of self-steering when a flight plan is loaded in the Tactical Computer.
Length: 68 ft 4 in (20.83 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 1 in (11.61 m)
Height: 21 ft 2 in (6.45 m)
Wing area: 95 ft² (64.57m²)
Empty weight: 19,350 lb (8,777 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 31,500 lb (14,300 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 afterburning turbojet
Maximum speed: Mach 2.1 (825 mph, 1,304 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,190 m)
Range: 1,350 mi (1,170 nmo, 2,175 km)
Service ceiling: 53,400 ft (16,300 m)
Rate of climb: 13,000 ft/min (66 m/s)
1 x M61 Vulcan 20 mm Cannon with 500 rounds.
1. Unguided Weapons:
+ 18 x Mk-82 500lbs General Purpose Bombs
+ 3 x Mk-83 1000lbs General Purpose Bombs
+ 3 x Mk-84 2000lbs General Purpose Bombs
+ 18 x Mk-20 Rockeye Cluster Bombs
+ 6 x LAU-10 Containers with 4 Zuni rockets each.
2. Guided Weapons:
+ 2 x AGM-65 Maverick Anti-Tank Missile
+ 2 x AGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Shipping Missile
+ 2 x AGM-45 Srhikes Anti-Radar Missile
+ 2 x AGM-88 Harm Anti-radar Missile
+ 4 × AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles or
+ 4 × AIM-7 Sparrow
1st Generation LED MFD