KFZ-9

From Atlas
KFZ-9 Schwarzervogel
KRL KFZ-9
Role Multirole strike fighter
National origin Vazandia
Manufacturer Nordfluss AG
First flight 12 July 1990; 33 years ago (1990-07-12)
Introduction 19 March 2003
Status In service
Primary user Kaiserlich Republikanischen Luftwaffe
Produced 1990–present
Number built 240 with more ordered
Unit cost KFZ-9a: VZ$165 million (flyaway cost, 2005)
KFZ-9b: VZ$175 million (2015)

The Nordfluss KFZ-9 Schwarzervogel is a Vazandian single-seat, twin-engine Stealth aircraft fighter aircraft designed for the Kaiserliche Republikanische Luftwaffe. The design was a finalist in the KRL's 1980s stealth fighter competition, battling the two other competitors for a production contract.

In the 1980s, the KRL began looking for a replacement for its fighter aircraft, especially to counter Stasnov's advanced Lu-27 and VeK-29. Several companies submitted design proposals; the KRL selected proposals from Nordfluss AG and Trapp Militärtechnik AG. Nordfluss teamed with Pommernschloss AG and Junkers-Mann to develop the KFZ-9, while Trapp and Regenshoff AG developed the YF-22.

The YF-23 was stealthier and faster, but less agile than its competitor. After a four-year development and evaluation process, the KFZ-9 was announced the winner in 1991 and entered production a few years later. The Imperial Republican Navy considered using the production version of the KFZ-9 as the basis for a new naval multirole, but those plans did not come to fruition until 2015

Development[edit]

Origins[edit]

Comparison[edit]

Comparison with other Atlasian fifth-generation fighters
Vazandia KFZ-9 Schwarzervogel Granzery V-12 Tempest Stasnov VeK-44 Gorbatov ViS-18 Bierkut
Role Multirole fighter Multirole fighter Multirole fighter Multirole fighter
Empty weight 13,154 kg 19,700 kg 18,000 kg 18,500 kg
Powerplant 2 x Oberfeld Energie AG OE-850 afterburning turbofans 2 × Sava TBA pitch thrust-vectoring afterburning turbofans 2 × Krasna AL-50M 3D thrust-vectoring afterburning turbofans 2 × Sobchak AL-50M2 3D thrust-vectoring afterburning turbofans
Maximum speed Mach 2.3 Mach 2.5 Mach 2.5 Mach 2.5
Combat radius 1,287 km 1,450 km 2,000 km 2,000 km
Service ceiling 20,000 m 20,000 m 20,000 m 20,000 m
Rate of climb 360 m/s 350 m/s 315 m/s 360 m/s
Guns 1 x 20 mm K-20 6-barrel rotary cannon 1 x 20 mm 081M 6-barrel rotary cannon 1 × 30 mm GSh-30-1 autocannon 1 × 30 mm SHK-18 autocannon
Hardpoints 8 internal and 4 external hardpoints 6 internal and 4 external hardpoints 12 internal and 8 external hardpoints 10 internal and 8 external hardpoints
Radar Kaiserliche Waffenkammer XBPr-99 LPIR AESA Radar Vertega Advanced Weapons Lab VAW/LoR-03 AESA Radar Krasna Nelka AESA Radar Ignatik Vichor AESA Radar

Operational history[edit]

Operators[edit]

Potential operators[edit]

  •  Ziridava: The Ziridavan Ministry of Defense has expressed interest in procuring a more advanced fighter in the future, to replace a portion of the air force's Mirage 2000s. The KFZ-9B has been considered as a potential candidate.

Variants[edit]

KFZ-9a: Original variant adopted by the Luftwaffe.

KFZ-9b: Upgraded aircraft introduced in 2015- key features being upgraded engines, avionics, and datalinks.

KFZ-9bM: Naval variant of 9b.

Specifications (KFZ-9a)[edit]

A rear view of a KFZ-9a prototype, showing its tile-lined exhaust channels

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 70 ft 6 in (21.49 m)
  • Wingspan: 44 ft 6 in (13.56 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m)
  • Wing area: 920 sq ft (85 m2)
  • Empty weight: 33,069 lb (15,000 kg)
  • Gross weight: 56,107 lb (25,450 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 62,000 lb (28,123 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Oberfeld Energie AG OE-850 (KFZ-9a) or OE-865 (KFZ-9b) afterburning turbofan engines, 35,000 lbf (160 kN) with afterburner

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.3 1,533 knots (1,764 mph; 2,839 km/h) at altitude
    • Mach 1.4, 933 knots (1,074 mph; 1,728 km/h) at sea level
    • Mach 1.9 1,266 knots (1,457 mph; 2,345 km/h) supercruise at altitude
  • Range: 2,400 nmi (2,800 mi, 4,400 km) or more with 2 external fuel tanks
  • Combat range: 650 nmi (750 mi, 1,200 km) clean with 150 nmi (172 mi, 277 km) in supercruise
    • 750 nmi (863 mi, 1,389 km) clean subsonic
  • Ferry range: 1,800 nmi (2,100 mi, 3,300 km)
  • Service ceiling: 65,000 ft (20,000 m)
  • Wing loading: 57 lb/sq ft (280 kg/m2)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.25

Armament