|Assume a ship 480m. (1575ft.) long, much like the biggest containerships built today only streched another 20%. It will be built with a center-line runway ending in a ski-jump. Also assume you'd want to land a fighter aircreft on that ship without assistance from arrester wires. Vectored-thrust (VL) aircraft designs are ruled out too, since it compromises aircraft performance too much.
Now, what would be the best way to achieve the shortest possible conventional landing-run with a fighter-type aircraft, having a centerline runway 480m. long. I assume the actual landng-run from first wheel contact to complete stand-still could be approx. 80% of total runway lenght = 384m. (1260ft.) I also assume 20 knots wind-over-deck could be guaranteed, but dramatically higher speed for such a huge ship is unlikely.
I have a few ideas, but no clue as to which could make the biggest difference:
- Variable geometry (swing wings as on F-14) to increase low speed lift, thereby lowering approach speed.
- Air bleed, as used on C-17, also to increase low speed lift. I have no idea if this is feasible on a fighter type aircraft?
- Aerobraking to shorten stopping distance.
- Powerfull mechanical brakes on wheels. Same effect as above?
- Brake Parachute (another variant of aerobraking). Probably not practical, but who knows?
- Reversing enginethrust at touchdown. Possible at all? Maybe compromising aircraft performance and mechanically complicated?
- Forward firing rockets integral with airframe, provides short but poverful one-shot thrust to stop aircraft.
Which of the above would be practical and do most to shorten the landing-run? Any other ideas?