BAC TSR-2

 

The British Aircraft Corporation TSR-2 (for “tactical strike and reconnaissance 2”) was a cancelled Cold War strike and reconnaissance aircraft developed by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
BAC TSR-2
The TSR-2 was designed to penetrate a well-defended forward battle area at low altitudes and very high speeds, and then attack high-value targets in the rear with nuclear or conventional weapons.
BAC TSR-2
Another intended combat role was to provide high-altitude, high-speed stand-off, side-looking radar and photographic imagery and signals intelligence, aerial reconnaissance.
TSR-2
Only one airframe flew and test flights and weight-rise during design indicated that the aircraft would be unable to meet its original stringent design specifications.
BAC TSR-2
The design specifications were reduced as the result of flight testing.
The TSR-2 was the victim of ever-rising costs and inter-service squabbling over Britain’s future defence needs, which together led to the controversial decision in 1965 to scrap the programme.
BAC TSR-2
It was decided to order an adapted version of the General Dynamics F-111 instead, but that decision was later rescinded as costs and development times increased.
BAC TSR-2
The replacements included the Blackburn Buccaneer and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, both of which had previously been considered and rejected early in the TSR-2 procurement process.
BAC TSR-2
Eventually, the smaller swing-wing Panavia Tornado was developed and adopted by a European consortium to fulfill broadly similar requirements to the TSR-2.
BAC TSR-2
Specifications-
Crew: 2
Length: 89 ft (27 m)
Wingspan: 37 ft 1.68 in (11.3203 m)
Height: 23 ft 9.24 in (7.2451 m)
Wing area: 702.9 sq ft (65.30 m2)
Empty weight: 54,750 lb (24,834 kg)
Gross weight: 79,573 lb (36,094 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 103,500 lb (46,947 kg)
Power plant: 2 × Bristol Siddeley B.Ol.22R Olympus Mk.320 afterburning turbojet engines, 22,000 lbf (98 kN) thrust each dry, 30,610 lbf (136.2 kN) with afterburner
Performance-
at 40,000 ft (12,192 m)
M1.1 at sea level
Maximum speed: Mach 2.35
Range: 2,500 nmi (2,900 mi, 4,600 km)
Combat range: 750 nmi (860 mi, 1,390 km)
Service ceiling: 40,000 ft (12,000 m)
Rate of climb: 15,000 ft/min (76 m/s)
Thrust/weight: 0.59
Armament-
Total weapons load of 10,000 lb (4,500 kg); 6,000 lb (2,700 kg) internal and 4,000 lb (1,800 kg) external
Internal weapons bay, 20 ft (6 m) long, with (initially) 1 Red Beard 15 kt nuclear weapon or as intended 2 × OR.1177 300 kt nuclear weapons or 6 × 1,000 lb (450 kg) HE bombs.
Final designed normal load in nuclear role of up to 4 × WE.177 nuclear weapons, two side-by-side or in tandem in weapons bay, two on external underwing stores pylons, Or 4 × 37-inch (0.94 m) rocket pods or nuclear weapons on inner pylons only.
Credits-
TSR-2, Britains lost bomber-Damian Burke
TSR-2, Britaiins lost cold war strike aircraft-Tim McLelland
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