The beauty of the system, again according to Endres, is that although installation costs are comparable to afterburning
systems, maintenance costs are virtually zero.
General Electric F404 turbofan, first flew in 2002.
So far unique among production carrier-capable aircraft, the Su-33 exploits its high thrust/weight ratio and excellent low-speed controllability to combine a ski-jump take-off (having run up to full afterburning
thrust with main wheels restrained by chocks that retract into the deck) and a conventional arrested recovery.
The F404 began life with an afterburning thrust of just over 70 kN, making it a suitable basis for single-engined lightweights such as the Gripen (now equipped with the 80 kN RM12 version developed by Volvo Aero) and twin-engined medium combat aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet.
The first production afterburning engine to have thrust-vectoring, the F119 has a two-dimensional nozzle for short field performance and enhanced manoeuvrability.
The JAS39 and Gripen are both equipped with a single Volvo-built RM12 low-bypass turbofan derived from the General Electric F404, producing approximately 8200 kg static afterburning thrust, and an Ericsson PS-05/A multi-mode pulse-Doppler radar.
The Snecma M88-2 was accordingly designed for a static afterburning thrust of approximately 7650 kg.
Basic mass empty is approximately 11,000 kg, and the aircraft is powered by two EJ200 engines, each producing a static afterburning thrust of around 9175 kg.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 is a single-seat, multi-role strike fighter, powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F135 (formerly JSF119) afterburning turbofan, derived from the F119 used in the same airframe manufacturer's twin-engined F-22.
The prototypes will be powered by a single General Electric GE404-F2J3 afterburning
turbofan, but series manufactured aircraft are due to be fitted with the Indian-designed and built CT 35VS engine.
The Mistral can acquire an afterburning
target at over 6 km and a light helicopter at more than 4 km.