EADS Mako/HEAT

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Mako/HEAT
EADS Mako jet trainer mockup at Paris Air Show June 1999.jpg
EADS Mako mockup at Paris Air Show June 1999
Role Jet Trainer
Manufacturer EADS
Status Cancelled

The EADS Mako/High Energy Advanced Trainer (Mako/HEAT) was a high-performance jet training aircraft, intended for service with several European air forces. EADS proposed Mako for the Eurotrainer program. The program was the final result of the AT-2000 project.

Design and development[edit]

The Mako design featured a single aft-mounted jet engine, fed by 2 air intakes at the roots of the mid-fuselage-wing. The wing is trapezoidal with a sharp taper. The horizontal tail is an all-flying unit mounted close behind the wing and at nearly the same height. The retractable landing gear is a tricycle unit. The two occupants share a highly streamlined bubble canopy.

Subcontractors would have included Diehl Aerospace, Finmeccanica-Aermacchi, Saab, EAB[1] and Dassault Aviation. Potential customers would have likely been Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Finland, Greece, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates.

The intended engine was the General Electric F414M, which is a slightly derated version (at 75 kN) of the standard F414. The engine's final assembly might have been done by Volvo,[citation needed] as that company already assembles a version of the related GE F404/RM12 for Saab's Gripen fighter aircraft. EADS originally intended to use the Eurojet EJ200, but chose not to do so.[citation needed]

The Mako/HEAT was to be deployed at three shared bases around the continent of Europe, for use by all partner nations. There were nine candidate bases, in seven countries, but there was no final selection yet.

The Aermacchi M-346 trainer, also being proposed for Eurotrainer, made its maiden flight on July 15, 2004, and is being purchased by Italy, Singapore, Israel and Poland. As of 2010, EADS has yet to announce a date for the Mako's maiden flight. It is to all intents and purposes, defunct.

Specifications[edit]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

  • Guns: 1x 27 mm gun
  • Hardpoints: 7 with a capacity of 4.500 kg
  • Rockets: 4 pods
  • Missiles: 4x AIM-9, IRIS-T or ASRAAM, AMRAAM, FMRAAM or Mica, 5x AGM-65 Maverick, 2x anti-ship missile
  • Bombs: Up to 12x Mk.82, 8x Mk.83, 4x GBU 16, or 3x GBU 24

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tutt, Nigel (2006-01-19). "Finmeccanica, Greece's HAI sign MoU to develop trainer aircraft". Forbes (AFX News). Retrieved 2007-08-14. 

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