Red tomcat!What is the story behind the advanced F-14 fighter jet that almost landed in China?
Said F14 “tomcat” fighter, fighter friends may not strange, as the landmark of heavy carrier-based fighter planes in the air and it is generally regarded as the most handsome appearance in the third generation fighter and a model of the performance is also very strong, because in China in the 80 s to intercept the enemy there is a pressing need of high altitude penetration,Coincides with the easing of sino-US relations at this time, China also had the idea of introducing tomcat fighter jets, but eventually missed it, so we will use two articles to talk about if the red tomcat settled in China, what kind of influence will there be?When it comes to China’s plan to purchase F14 in this matter, will have to mention in the last century 60 s of the Soviet union because of a variety of bullying behavior and the relationship continued to deteriorate, industrial foundation weak lost Soviet aid we can even use struggling to describe, in difficult to explore their own development path at the same time also wary Soviet north strong military pressure,One of our main objectives well into the 1980s was to defend against the Soviet threat, not only on land against the advanced steel flood, but also in the skies against the formidable Soviet air force.However, China’s equipment at that time could not withstand the threat of the huge military strength of the Soviet Union. On the ground, we had to fight against t-64,T-72 and even the more advanced T-80 with outdated tanks, and su-27 fighter jets in the air, not to mention supersonic bombers with strong penetration capability such as Tu-22M backfire and Tu-160 White Swan.So you can imagine how much pressure we were under at that time.But with the change of international situation, let we can see a glimmer of hope, at this stage of our country and the United States and other western countries had great progress, because there are common interests and even ushered sino-us honeymoon, extremely good relations in our country and west this brief period, a lot of technology also obtained the development of our country,For example, the modernized and upgraded Type 59 Jaguar developed in cooperation with the United States, and the advanced tank technology only introduced after nearly purchasing Leopard 2, all of which brought us coveted knowledge and weaponry, including the Air Force.At that time our country’s most advanced fighter also is only annihilates – 8, so at this time our country urgently needs an advanced fighter jets to counter the high hypersonic target, so then we started to look at the old air power of the United States, and also hope to purchase from us and get the advanced fighter jets and technology,One is to urgently strengthen our weak air force, and the other is to develop our own advanced fighter aircraft through these technologies.But at the beginning, it had nothing to do with THE F14. When we mentioned this to the Americans, in fact, the Americans only agreed to sell us the F-16/79 fighter, which was advanced, but not very good in actual performance. In accordance with the U.S. arms export policy at that time,Except for a few of the most important Allies of the United States, it will not sell the same performance and self-use weapons to other countries, which is generally known as emasculated version. But after all, the business of selling weapons still needs to be done. If the main f-16 cannot be sold, it is easy to make a reduced version.So the F16/79 came out of nowhere, but our country was not satisfied with the F16, which was the weakest fighter. We looked at it a few times and stopped paying attention to it, which left us with no other aircraft to choose from, but at this point things came to a turning point, and The American Grumman company privately approached our investigators.The arrival of Grumman corporation is like pie in the sky. Why is that?This is because when Grumman approached our inspectors, he mentioned the F-14 directly and explained that he wanted to sell us this fighter jet and technology, which surprised us, because this fighter is not the same as the F-16/79 shrinkable jet offered by the US.It was the most advanced third-generation heavy fighter in the world developed and manufactured by Grumman company at that time. Not only that, Grumman even said later that it would provide China with an improved version with f110-GE-400 engine and further enhanced overall performance on the original basis. The fighter plane plus a full set of technology,Grumman was kind of a big money spender, a good guy who went all the way.The F14 Tomcat was one of the most advanced supersonic fighters in the world at the time. As a heavy carrier fighter, it also adopted a unique variable swept-wing design.It had a maximum speed of 1,443 km/h. It also had the most powerful missile carrying capability at the time, including air-to-air missiles that could carry up to six AIM-7s, four AIM-9s and six advanced AIM-54s.In particular, the AIM-54 “Immortal Bird” long-range missile is the most coveted air-to-air missile in China. In addition, the aircraft has advanced pulse Doppler radar and fire control system, making it the earliest fighter with multi-target tracking and attack capability.Facing the delivery of the gift, our staff also showed a very strong interest and cooperation will, in Japan’s air self-defense force fighter project failure suffer setbacks before competition of the company, also hope that this cooperation and we retrieve their own face, so both sides hit it off, the cooperation between the two sides will not only for our country to open the doors of the new world,It may also make our air force a first-class capability, but what happens next is really a bit unexpected.Facing the delivery of the gift, our staff also showed a very strong interest and cooperation will, in Japan’s air self-defense force fighter project failure suffer setbacks before competition of the company, also hope that this cooperation and we retrieve their own face, so both sides hit it off, the cooperation between the two sides will not only for our country to open the doors of the new world,At the same time, it may make our air force reach the first-class level all of a sudden, but the following development is really a little unexpected, and even affects the development and direction of our future fighter jets.