afaik, gripen aoa limit is set to 26 degree, while having been tested up to 115 and can be parked indefinitely at 60-70,
this is less than rafale and i think its down to thrust, a fighter loses momentum while flying around with this drag,
while occasionally useful, its detrimental to overall combat performance to ever slow down that bad.
if the fighter was shaped like a football, or had infinite thrust, then it would not be any reason to set a software limit,
but as things stand, rafale is by far leaner while flying with the pointy end first.
eurofighter canard layout has zero relevance to rafale aoa
Last edited by obligatory; 18th March 2017 at 17:06.
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