The ARES first flew on February 19, 1990. Only one prototype built.
|A three-view drawing (752 x 1092)|
| ENGINE||1 x Pratt and Whitney Canada JT15D-5 turbofan, 1340kg|
| Take-off weight||2767 kg||6100 lb|
| Empty weight||1308 kg||2884 lb|
| Wingspan||10.67 m||35 ft 0 in|
| Length||8.97 m||29 ft 5 in|
| Height||3.0 m||10 ft 10 in|
| Wing area||17.49 m2||188.26 sq ft|
| Max. speed||763 km/h||474 mph|
| ARMAMENT||1 x 25mm cannon, bombs or missiles|
The general problem is that composites shatter when damaged, similar to a piece of wood that has been compressed until snaps. The loss of structural integrity is immediate and widespread, all the more so on the ARES because it is only a very thin hard coat over a foam core interior. Redo this airframe in conventional framing and aluminum skin (where a patch job is not replacement of large areas of skin) and the weight goes so high that it cannot be made practical as a warfighter. The secondary reality is that of persistence. A Rotax 914 turbo-recip engined MQ-1 Predator has a potential endurance of nearly 40 hours. A turboprop MQ-9 Reaper is closer to 15. A JTD15 engined ARES is going to be an hour endurance machine which effectively takes it out of the running for persistence air support (comparitively, the LAS AT-6 and EMB-314 are both in the 4.5-5 hour regime).
The ARES was not intended as an anti-helicopter fighter but I am sure could have been made to fit that roll. It was designed as a ground pounder like the A-10. The official designation was Low Cost Battlefield Attack Aircraft for close support missions with Army ground troops. Like the A-10 it was designed around it's gun, hence the single air inlet opposite the gun. This was to meet low airspeed requirements while strafing so the engine wouldn't "choke" on the gun smoke.
This is not a kit.
It is a prototype anti-helicopter fighter. It would also be good for light ground attack...
|stephen russell, 15.06.2008|
Saw this in 1993 movie Iron Eagle 3.
Nice kit jet.
Very viable for Tac Ops & ideal Trainer model.
Add mini F22 style egnines, Id be a real Hot jet.
Great for Spec Ops & Air Combat for 3rd world nations.
Add rockets, guns, missiles & EW.
Longer nose fwd.
Extend fuel tanks, add drop tanks & mid air refuelling.
Very stable airframe, very viable.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?