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The IHPTET program will perform a ground demonstration of a conformal fluidic nozzle. However, the nozzle and the engine will not be representative of flight hardware and are not representative of the engine/nozzle combination required for the FATE vehicle. A ground demonstration with an F404 engine must be performed to prepare the conformal fluidic nozzle for the FATE Program. This project is currently unfunded.
If the conformal fluidic nozzle technology is not ready in time for FATE, a fixed nozzle without thrust vectoring can be installed in the FATE aircraft. Thrust vectoring is not required for the FATE vehicle to fly throughout the majority of its flight envelope; it is only required in high AOA conditions. If it is desired to fly the FATE vehicle at a high AOA, an axisymmetric vectoring nozzle could be used instead.