Shown is a mock-up of the U.S. Navy's new supersonic, carrier-based fighter. The F-14A is?
Shown is a mock-up of the U.S. Navy's new supersonic, carrier-based fighter. The F-14A is an aircraft designed with an optimized combination of speed, acceleration, maneuverability and radius of action, including a fire control system with multiple weapon options.
The variable-wing jet, being developed and will be built by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, Bethpage, New York, will have a tandem seating arrangement, and will offer an appreciable increase in performance over the Navy's present first-line fighter, the F-4 "Phanton II".
The new aircraft will have an all-weather capability for delivery of the Phoenix, Sparrow, and Sidewinder missiles. The aircraft will also have an air-to-ground attack capability and modern air-to-air high performance gun.
A $40,000,00 contract has been awarded Grumman Aircraft for the engineering development phase of its F-14A program. Funding under the development contract will total $388,000,000 over a period of approximately four years. The contract also give the Navy the option to procure up to 463 production models of the F-14 following the development phase of the program.
Present planning calls for first flight for the F-14A in early 1971 and operational with the Fleet in 1973.