Open sources state that the aircraft may be more expensive than the rival M-346 or Hawk ML128/T2 AJT/LIFTs (see above), and its afterburning
turbofan likely puts an additional strain on maintenance requirements.
Coffee roasting system manufacturers have responded to the high cost of afterburning
by equipping their roasters with an air recycling system.
Additionally, an afterburning
version of the F124, designated the F125IN, is currently being considered for the Indian Air Force Jaguar re-engine program.
Dialing the clock ahead 53 years, FA-18s carry two General Electric F404-GE-402 afterburning
engines, capable of 18,000 pounds of thrust each and producing up to 150dB of noise
Throw in a couple of enemy fighters and you are away with the fairies, evasive manoeuvring, flare deploying and afterburning
like you've been around F-15s and Migs all your life.
The author states that the operational life of the engines was degraded because of "excessive afterburning
that overheated the engine oil and fused and jammed the bearings.
Formation of hardbound (sintered) ash deposits took place at the exit region of the FB reactor mainly due to the excess air inlet and afterburning
of particles at a temperature rising up to 1000 [degrees]C at BB conditions.
The two-man jets are drawn from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland and Marham, Norfolk, and are capable of 1,452mph - around twice the speed of sound - powered by two Rolls-Royce afterburning
Still later, I transitioned to the F-15, adding much more powerful afterburning
engines and cable arresting into the equation.
GE over the course of the next three years will repair and change components of, and deliver "program support" for, 17 of its F414 afterburning
turbofan engines, used to power Navy F/A-18E and -F fighter jets, and EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft.
The aircraft intelligently integrates a host of tracking, targeting, avionics and weapons packages and features the latest in digital computer processors, fly-by-wire control and afterburning