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Fairchild NF-25 Keepers 1

Two NF-25s

The Fairchild NF-25 Keeper is a fifth generation fighter jet, primarily used as an air superiority fighter by the Allied States of America. The YF-23 program, by Northrop, was abandoned in 1991, when the United States announced the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor would be their advanced tactical fighter. The Allied States readopted the program in 2009. The NF-25 Keeper is expected to entered military service in November 2011 in the Allied States, where it is currently exclusively used and available for foreign purchase.

Overview

The NF-25 Keeper is identical to the prototype YF-23 in terms of appearance. However, major differences are that the NF-25 Keeper has stealth-capabilities and will only be available in a lighter shade of grey.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 (pilot)
  • Crew space: 2 (pilot + passenger)
  • Length: 20.60 m
  • Wingspan: 13.30 m
  • Height: 4.30 m
  • Wing area: 88 m²
  • Empty weight: 14,970 kg
  • Loaded weight: 24,000 kg
  • Max takeoff weight: 30,000 kg
  • Powerplant: 2 x Fairchild NFE300
  • Feul capacity: 8,500 kg (internal) + 12,000 kg (external)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.9
  • Cruise speed: Mach 1.9
  • Range: 7000 km
  • Combat radius: 1500 km
  • Service ceiling: 19,800 m

Armament

  • 1 x 20 mm (.79 in) M61 Vulcan cannon.
  • 6 x AIM-120 AMRAAM or AIM-7 Sparrow medium-range AA missiles
  • 2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range AA missiles

Misc

  • Stealth capability
  • Radar: 250-300 km
  • Chemring MJU-39/40 flares for protection against IR missiles

See Also

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