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Novi Avion

Multirole 4th Generation Aircraft Proposal [ 1992 ]

The Novi Avion was a planned multi-role platform set to form the backbone of indigenous military aircraft design in Yugoslavia.

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The Novi Avion ("New Aircraft") was a Yugoslavian effort to produce a home-grown supersonic multi-role aircraft on par with the global 4th Generation fighters of the time. It shared many similarities with the French-based Dassault Rafale and may have proven itself a capable performer. The Novi Avion was intended to replace the aging fleet of Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 "Fishbed" and SOKO J-21 "Jastreb" aircraft. Unfortunately for the project, the aircraft was cancelled in whole in 1991 when Yugoslavia ceased to be a nation, about one year before the Avion was scheduled to make its maiden flight.

The Avion began life in the 1980s as Yugoslavia was looking to become more independent in terms of its military equipment procurement. Strides were made along other fronts for both the army and the navy and the one major component that the nation lacked was in the availability of an indigenous fighter design. Work on such a project took place at Vazduhoplovno Tehnicki Institut (VTI) in Belgrade.

Avionics centered around a digital flight control system, fire-control radar and a navigation-attack system tied to multi-function displays in the "all-glass" cockpit. Externally, the Avion mimicked the Dassault Rafale to an extent. The cockpit was held forward in the fuselage, aft of a sharply-pointed nose cone containing the radar. The large-area delta wings took on high sweep and a bulk of the underwing stores. Canards were set forward just above the intake openings. Intakes to feed the single engine were split along either side of the lower fuselage, the openings placed just aft of the cockpit. The tail was adorned with a single vertical tail fin. The fuselage was capped by a single exhaust nozzle. The cockpit provided the pilot with good all-around visibility. Construction of the airframe was mostly of composites. In all, the Novi Avion was a sleek design worthy of a 4th Generation jet fighter.

From its single French-based SNECMA M88 turbofan, it was projected that the Avion could reach speeds of up to Mach 1.88 and 1,243 miles per hour. Range would have been 2,339 miles with a service ceiling of 55,775 feet at a 16,500 meters per minute rate-of-climb. The selection of the M88 is of particular note for it is the same powerplant used in the Dassault Rafale.

Armament was to have centered around the Avion's 11 hardpoints (including two wingtip positions) and would run the bevy of standard air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, laser-guided bombs, conventional bombs and rocket pods - these most likely of French origin. Standard armament was a single 30mm internal cannon.

Sortie-wise, it was envisioned that the Avion would have tackled a myriad of combat roles in its multi-role category including anti-ship and ground attack. Its primary service would have been in the interception and air superiority roles.

Everything for the Avion - and Yugoslavia - changed in 1991 however. Internal warfare and political upheaval all contributed to the demise of the nation and the project in tow. War ensued and ended up in the division of Yugoslavia into the countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia (Kosovo now partially independent) and Slovenia. Needless to say, the legacy of the Novi Avion died with Yugoslavia leaving the possibilities of this home-grown fighter system to the imagination.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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Development Ended.


Vazduhoplovno Tehnicki Institut (VTI) - Yugoslavia
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National flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (cancelled)
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Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.
Ability to intercept inbound aerial threats by way of high-performance, typically speed and rate-of-climb.
Special-Mission: Anti-Ship
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy surface elements through visual acquisition, radar support, and onboard weaponry.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.

45.1 ft
(13.75 m)
26.2 ft
(8.00 m)
16.0 ft
(4.87 m)
Empty Wgt
13,772 lb
(6,247 kg)
29,542 lb
(13,400 kg)
Wgt Diff
+15,770 lb
(+7,153 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Novi Avion production variant)
Installed: 1 x SNECMA M88 afterburning turbofan engine developing up to 17,000 lb.
Max Speed
1,243 mph
(2,000 kph | 1,080 kts)
55,774 ft
(17,000 m | 11 mi)
2,339 mi
(3,765 km | 6,973 nm)
54,133 ft/min
(16,500 m/min)

♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030

(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Novi Avion production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
1 x 30mm internal automatic cannon.

Air-to-Surface Missiles.
Anti-Ship Missiles.
Rocket Pods.
Laser-Guided Bombs.
Conventional Drop Bombs.
Reconnaissance Pods.
Jammer Pods.

Supported Types

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Graphical image of an aircraft rocket pod
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition
Graphical image of an aircraft guided bomb munition
Graphical image of an aircraft anti-ship missile

(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 11 (including wingtips)

Novi Avion - Developmental Series Designation (not official military designation); fitting French-made SNECMA M88 series turbofan with afterburner; 1 x 30mm cannon; production of prototype halted in 1991 with project cancellation.

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High-angled right side view of the Novi Avion; color
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Cut-away view of the Novi Avion; note single under-fuselage intake

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