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F-14-Tomcat

Type: Fighter

Manufacturer: Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation

Designed by: Bob Kress engineering manager[1]

Maiden flight: 1970-12-21

Introduced: September 1974

Retired: 2006, USN

Status: active service, Iran

Primary users: United States Navy

Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force

Number built: 675

Unit cost: US$38 million in 1998

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

Crew: 2 (Pilot and Radar Intercept Officer)
Length: 18.6 m (61 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 64 ft unswept, 38 ft swept (19 m / 11.4 m)
Height: 16 ft (4.8 m)
Wing area: 565 ft (54.5 m)
Airfoil: NACA 64A209.65 mod root, 64A208.91 mod tip
Empty weight: 19,000 kg (42,000 lb)
Loaded weight: 28,000 kg (61,000 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 32,805 kg (72,900 lb)
; Powerplant: 2 General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans, 13,810 lbf dry, 27,800 lbf with afterburner (72 kN / 126 kN) each

PERFORMANCE

Maximum speed: Mach 2.34, 1,544 mph at high altitude (2,485 km/h)
Range: 576 mi combat (927 km)
Service ceiling: 50,000+ ft (16,000+ m)
Rate of climb: 45,000+ ft/min (230+ m/s)
Wing loading: 113.4 lb/ft (553.9 kg/m)
Thrust/weight: 0.88

ARMAMENT

13,000 lb (5,900 kg) of ordnance including:
Guns: 1 M61 Vulcan 20 mm Gatling Gun
Missiles: AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air
Loading configurations:
2 AIM-9 + 6 AIM-54
2 AIM-9 + 2 AIM-54 + 3 AIM-7
2 AIM-9 + 4 AIM-54 + 2 AIM-7
2 AIM-9 + 6 AIM-7
4 AIM-9 + 4 AIM-54
4 AIM-9 + 4 AIM-7
Bombs: GBU-10, GBU-12, GBU-16, GBU-24, GBU-24E Paveway I/II/III LGB, GBU-31, GBU-38 JDAM, Mk-20 Rockeye II, Mk-82, Mk-83 and Mk-84 series iron bombs
Avionics:Hughes AN/APG-71 radar,AN/ASN-130 INS, IRST,TCS
Unit Cost: US$38 million

VARIANTS

YF-14A : Prototypes and pre-production aircraft. 12 built.

F-14A : The original production two-seat all-weather interceptor fighter version for the US Navy. Modifications late in its service life added precision strike munitions to its armament

F-14A + Plus or F-14B : Upgraded version of the F-14A with GE F110-400 engines. Much of the avionics as well as the AWG-9 radar were retained. Later redesignated F-14B.

F-14D Super Tomcat : The final incarnation of the F-14. The troublesome TF-30 engines were replaced with GE F110-400 engines, giving the F-14 the thrust the airframe was originally designed for (F-14Bs also received the GE F110). Also "Digitized" and fitted with a "Glass" cockpit as well as the new AGP-71 radar

F-14-TOMCAT
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