F/A-259 Striker: Light Attack Solution Inherited From ALCA L-159
The need for light air attack has spurred development of all types of low-altitude weᴀponѕ delivery platforms. The F/A-259 “Striker” is one such entry, announced at Farnborough 2018.
Air power has always played an important role in conflicts. This was especially common during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and later Syria against Daesh. Today, cheaper 30-$40 million aircraft with much lower operational costs yet still armed with high technology such as laser guided rockets is what many in the military are aspiring to operate. The need for light air attack has spurred development of all types of low-altitude weᴀponѕ delivery platforms. The F/A-259 “Striker” is one such entry, announced at Farnborough 2018.
The F/A-259 Striker was developed by Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries. The fighter will be used to cover a variety of roles including Counter-Insurgency, border patrol, and general attack sorties. The aircraft is based on the L-159 Alca light subsonic attack jet and advanced trainer. It will feature a low-mounted wing configuration and its wet wing design will provide superior manoeuvrability and range. The aircraft will integrate a conventional tail configuration with a single vertical stabiliser.
In its proposed design layout, the F/A-259 is seen with six hardpoints, three under each wing mainplane member, with a seventh positioned under fuselage centerline. This will provide the attacker with access to a bevy of modern options including air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, rocket pods, gun pods, and jettisonable fuel tanks.
The design allows for take-off from unpaved airstrips and rough runways, enabling the aircraft to perform missions in adverse conditions. The aircraft can be installed with air-to-air refuelling systems to attain greater range and endurance for long-range missions. The attack aircraft will have a length of 12.8m, wingspan of 9.75m and maximum ramp weight of 7,982 kg.
A Helmet-Mounted Display will be an optional accessory in the cockpit for improved situational awareness. A modular approach to the cockpit will allow for some customization by the customer. A pair of oversized Mulfi-Function Displays will dominate the digital-centric instrument panel. Fly-by-Wire will assist in controlling.
The F/A-259 Striker fighter jet will be equipped with a Honeywell F124 turbofan engine. Its engine will have a low bypass ratio and will meet challenging requirements of modern light combat aircraft. It will enable the aircraft to deliver superior performance, improved manoeuvrability, and long endurance. The power plant will enable the aircraft to attain a maximum speed of 0.82 Mach. The maximum operational altitude of the aircraft will be 43,000ft, while its maximum rate-of-climb will be 10,400 ft/min.