Aidc f-ck-1a mlu

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Hey guys today I’ll be suggesting the F-CK-1A MLU

History

The Air Indigenous Defense Company (AIDC) F-CK-1A MLU is the successor and implementation of the F-CK-1C/D “Hsiang Sheng” plan with some minor changes. The 2 prototypes (F-CK-1C&D 10005 and 10006) of the Hsiang Sheng plan continued testing until 2009 when AIDC was awarded the equivalent of $500 million dollars (US) to upgrade 71 of the existing F-CK-1A fighters. Not all of the upgrades of the Hsiang Sheng plan were accepted by the government however and a new plan “Hsiang Chan” was put into effect. The main difference between the Hsiang Shen plan and the new Hsiang Chan plan was that the conformal fuel tanks and subsequently slightly altered fuselage were not installed on the fighters. Everything else including upgraded avionics, enhanced electronic countermeasures, increased TC-2 missile capacity, and integration of the TC-2A anti radiation missile and Wan Chien cruise missiles were kept and installed.
Between 2014 and 2017 a further 56 F-CK fighters were upgraded to the new MLU standard in the “Hsiang Chan 2” plan, bringing the total amount of upgraded fighters to 127. The upgraded fighters are equipped to the 3rd Tactical Fighting Wing (Formerly 427th) in Taichung and the 1st Tactical Fighting Wing (formerly 443rd) in Tainan. These fighters main purpose, if war was to ever break out between China and Taiwan, are to be one of the first to engage PLA fighters at range with their TC-2 missiles, engage enemy warships with the Hsiung Feng missiles and destroy/suppress airbases in China with the Wan Chien cruise missiles. Since as defense fighters they have limited performance and mainly take on intermediate to long range roles. For now they mainly serve in practice, patrol, and interception/ shadowing roles whenever PLA aircraft enter Taiwanese airspace.
The upgraded fighters initially became known as the F-CK 1 A/B MLU (Mid-Life Upgrade) because they were improved from the original F-CK-1A but didn’t have all of the improvements of the F-CK-1C program. In recent years however it seems the AIDC no longer discerns between MLU and C/D and both are used interchangeably to describe the upgraded F-CK fighters.

Main improvements to avionics:

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Cockpit interface:

  • A new Integrated color display system (ICDS) was introduced with the follow main components:
  • A scanning/VECTOR HEAD-UP DISPLAY (Raster/Storke HUD)
  • 3 large color LCD multi-function displays (CMFD)
  • Color cockpit photography system (CCTVS)
  • New integrated face-up control/input panel (UFCP)
  • The 6 sets of engine monitoring instruments originally below the right panel have been updated to the electronic engine display system (EEDS).
  • Backup Electronic Flight Instrument (STBY EFIS)

Improved computer:

  • The BAE Systems 32-bit flight control computer replaced the old 16-bit 1750 standard flight control system from Astronics. The new computer has a new fly by wire control mode and more processing power.

Core Avionics system update:

  • New color display processors, updated operational flight program and expanded the bus structure to 3 sets of 1553B military bus with reserve surpluses for upgrading to 4 sets of 1553B military bus.

Communication/Navigation/Emmy Identification System Update (CNI):

  • New set of inertial navigation system(GPS/INS), two sets of AN/ARC-210UHF/VHF radios, and Improved APX-113(V) AIFF advanced enemy identification system

GD53 fire control radar update:

  • The 5-piece LRU of GD-53 has been changed to a 3-piece LRU architecture (AN/APG-67(V4) Republic of China version).
  • The old radar target processor, radar data computer, control/power supply, etc., have been replaced by a new radar data processor (RDP).

New operation mode of Xiangsheng’s GD-53 radio control radar:

  • Combined radar mode (CRM)
  • Track the target blind spot indicator (NOTCH Zone Indicator)
  • Scan and Track Mode (TWS) Automatic Scan Adjustment
  • Search target absolute height and speed vector display, Add flight trajectory recorder and fault diagnosis system

Electronic countermeasure function (ECCM) enhancement of GD-53 fire control radar (made by Han Xiang):

  • Interference Source Detection (DOJ)
  • Interference Source Tracking (TOJ)

There are four typical passive rangings:

  • Angular velocity ranging
  • Triangular ranging
  • Signal strength ranging
  • Third-party data
  • Silence mode (Sniff)

Other ECCM functions:

  • Rapid Relock
  • Single receive beam (LORD)
  • Pulse edge distance (LET)
  • Single receive conical scanning (COSRO)

Flight control performance and range improvements:

Flight control software

With the new flight control computer, AIDC has rewritten the flight control software in C language to improve the low-altitude automatic flying ability of fighters.

  • Take-off and landing performance improvement
  • Nose wheel lifting speed improved
  • Improved the crosswind capacity of the fighter to 56km/h
  • Improved the angle of attack and shortened the runway distance
  • The entry speed of the aircraft is reduced by 18.5km/h
  • The landing distance is reduced by 10%
  • Replaced the digital brake system

Specifications:

Length: 14.48 m

Wingspan: 8.53 m

Height: 4.7 m

Wing area: 24.26 square meters

Empty weight: 6,492 kg

Load weight (max): 4,000 kg

Normal take off weight: 9,072 kg

Maximum take off weight: 12,530 kg

Engine: TFE-1042-70A (Honeywell F125-GA-100) turbofan engine x 2

Thrust: 54 kN, 12,200 lbs of thrust (total)

Maximum Afterburner thrust: 84 kN, 18,900 lbs of thrust (total)

Maximum fuel consumption: 2,111kg

Performance:

Maximum speed: (Mach 1.8) 2,205 km/h (1,123 nautical miles, 1,372 mph)

Service Ceiling: 16,760 meters (54,986 feet)

Range: 1100 km (680 mi, 590 nmi)

Thrust to weight ratio: 1.01

Maximum overload: +9G to -3G

Armaments:

1 x M61A2 Vulcan (400 rounds)

Air to Air missiles:

2-4 x AIM-9P4

2-4 x TC-1

2-4 x TC-2

2-4 x TC-2C

Upcoming: TC-3

F-CK-1A MLU with 4 x TC-2C and 2 x AIM-9P4

TC-1 specifications:

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Weight: 90 kg

Length: 2.87 m

Width: 67.5 cm

Diameter: 12.7 cm

Warhead: High-explosive fragment warhead
(Active laser proximity fuse) or continuous rod warhead

Warhead: 10.34 kg (2,300 high-explosive pre-shard design, each piece can penetrate 3/8-inch steel plate)

Rocket propeller: low-smoke solid-state propulsion rocket with a maximum thrust of 14,000 pounds.

Max speed: Mach 3.5

G limit: 32G

Effective range: 8 km

Detection range: 18.5 km

Guidance system: Dual spectral IR guidance, forewing control (Liquid nitrogen cooling indium antimonide infrared marker). Image Infrared seeker has been in development and will more than likely be upgraded with it soon.

Aspect: all-aspect

Gimbal limit: 40 degrees

Target detector: laser proximity, proximity fuze, collision fuze.

Tail wing group: with rolling aileron

Flight performance: The engagement time can last up to 1 minute

TC-2 and TC-2C specifications:

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Weight: 184 kg

Length: 3.593 meters

Wingspan: 448/621 mm

Diameter: 19 cm

Warhead: 22kg (some sources say 30kg) high-explosion pre-made fragmentation warhead

Engine: Solid rocket propeller

Range (TC-2): 60 km

Range (TC-2C): 100 km

Speed (TC-2): Mach 4

Speed (TC-2C): Mach 6

Guidance system:
Mid-stage: Inertial navigation system
End-stage: Active radar homing

Air to ground:

2 x TC-2A

2 x Wan Chien cruise missile

LAU-60

LAU-69

MK 82

MK 82 SE

BDU-50

MK 20 Rockeye

MK 84

BLU-1

Anti-Ship:

2 x Hsiung Feng-2 anti ship missile

Possible but not really used anymore:

AGM-65B

GBU-12

MK 117 750 lb bomb

Experimental:

Taiwanese JDAM

Range: ~24km if dropped at 8,000m

750lb thermobaric bomb

TC-2A specifications:

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Weight: 183 kg

Length: 3.593 meters

Wingspan: 448/621 mm

Diameter: 19 cm

Warhead: HE fragmentation

Engine: Solid-state propulsion

Range: 60 km (some sources say 100km)

Speed: Mach 6

Guiding system: Passive anti-radiation attribution

Passive radar detection distance: about 92 km

F-CK-1A MLU with TC-2A

Wan Chien 2 specifications:

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Length: 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)

Wingspan: 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in)

Tail width: 1.0 m (3 ft 3 in)

Diameter: 630 mm (24.8 in)

Height: 320 mm (12.6 in)

Weight: 650 kg (1,433 lb)

Range: 129.6 nm (240 km), 400 km (improved version)

Warhead: 350 kg (771 lb) HE , 350 kg (771 lb) HE SAP, 100 shards/fragments

Guidance mode: Inertial guidance and GPS

Propulsion: turbojet engine

F-CK-1A MLU with the Wan Chien cruise missile

F-CK-1A MLU with Wan Chien cruse missiles, TC-2’s, and TC-1’s

Others:

SUU-20

TAS/ACMI Exerciser Pod

Smoker

AGTS

275 GL & 150 GL auxiliary fuel tank

Radar:

The F-CK-1A MLU’s radar is the GD-53 which is an improved AN/APG-67(V) and apparently according to the US classification it’s known as AN/APG-67(V)ERR

Specifications (from Wikipedia):

1× GD-53 X-band pulse doppler

Effective scanning range:

Look up: 57 kilometres (35 mi)

Look down: 39 km (24 mi)

AN/APG-67(V) specifications (from another Site)

Weight: 73 kg (160.94 lb), less than 0.054 m3 in volume

Frequency: 8 GHz to 12.5 GHz

Scope:

40 nm (75 km; 47 miles), looking up at the fighter size target

80 nm (148 km 92 miles), looking up at the high, deep and wide target

35 nm (65 km; 40 miles), overlooking the high-depth and wide target

43 nm (75 km;47 miles), air-to-air mode small ship target

Azimuth angle: 120°

30° fan scan

60° fan scan

120° fan scan

Elevation angle: -60° to 60°

Target lock: 2

Trace detection: 10

Power: 2,100 W, maximum

396 W, 90-second start-up and comprehensive operation average

Type of antenna: Plane array, slotted mechanical scanning

Countermeasures:

Rear RWR (on the top of the tail)

Forward RWR (near LERX on wings)

2 x AN/ALE-47 with 30 flares each

Maybe 2 x more flare dispensers of unknown type near the AN/ALE-47’s

In Game:

In game the F-CK-1A MLU would be a fairly powerful late fourth gen fighter for the Chinese tech tree. With the ability to carry 4 TC-2C hypersonic (allegedly) 100km range missiles meant to destroy PLA fighters, the F-CK 1A MLU could be a fairly dangerous aircraft to face off against in air battles. It also has the ability to carry a plethora of air to ground weaponry making it a very viable aircraft for close air support (CAS) in ground battles and ground pound in air battles. Its main downside is its slow speed compared to its counterparts however it has a fairly good thrust/weight ratio to make up for it. It may also struggle in dogfights against other late fourth gen and fifth gen fighters so the best future strategy may be to use it’s short takeoff time to take off as quickly as possible, fire off all of its TC-2’s once it detects targets, fly back to base, rearm and try again (that’s how I think it may be but I may be completed wrong). Overall it may be a fun future aircraft for the Chinese tech tree.

25th anniversary camouflage:

In media:

F-CK’s firing Hsiung Feng 2 missile at an alien from the anime Nobunagun.

Sources:

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AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo - Wikipedia

https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-CK-1經國號戰鬥機#漢翔各年度F-CK-1A/B/C/D戰機交機數量

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Hope to see the whole F-CK-1 family of jets brought to China! +1

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This is one of the light fighters I want.

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I want this immediately. +1

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I’d love this vehicle big fat +1 for me!

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+1

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want it! hope it will come to Chian air techtree with J10 together

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+1

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This plane does not struggles that much in dogfights against other late fourth gen and fifth gen fighters due to the lightweight airframe and smaller size. The only problem is it has less power to weight ratio than most late fourth gen and fifth gen jet like the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-35. So, F-CK-1A MLU is basically an vastly improved F-5.

No, PLAAF need more planes as of right now maybe this would work next next patch

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F-CK1A version(Not the current MLU version) can come for the next patch while the real superstar J-10A can be reserved for the next next patch during Christmas day so everyone will be happy to get both planes for this year^^

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+1 for more Taiwanese aircraft.

Good name)))

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Suggestion passed to the developers for consideration.

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