The SM-47S/T Super Machete is a highly maneuverable, Air Defense Fighter (ADF), Strike Fighter (SF) and Advanced Pilot Trainer (APT). Powered by a single GEAE F414 EE afterburning turbofan, the SM-47S/T has digital Power-By-Wire flight controls, AESA radar and eight external stores hardpoints to carry up to 12,000 lbs of ordnance and stores. With 9-G maneuverability with full internal fuel and six air-to-air missiles, the Forward Swept Wing (FSW) SM-47S/T will offer a maximum level speed at altitude in excess of Mach 2.2 and a tactical radius on internal fuel of over 700 nm. The SM-47S/T is armed with a 20mm M61A2 Vulcan cannon.
The SM-47 will be produced in piloted and unpiloted configurations. The piloted SM-47 will be produced in three variants: The single seat SM-47S and two seat tandem SM-47T and SM-47 T-X. The SM-47S will satisfy, intercept, Air Defense Fighter, Multi-Role Fighter and DACT and Aggressor Missions while the SM-47T will serve as a two seat strike fighter or as a mission capable, high performance supersonic trainer. The SM-47 T-X is a dedicated Stavatti solution to the USAF Advanced Pilot Training (APT) Family of Systems (FoS) requirement. The unpiloted SM-47 will be produced in remotely piloted as well as future autonomous configurations.
The most significant evolution of the Machete series, the Super Machete marries an SM-28 Machete derivative fuselage to a FSW augmented by custom canard foreplanes and a distinctive empennage. Driven by over 26,000 lbs of thrust, the SM-47 will have direct commonality with the F/A-18E/F and draw from many of the same spares stores. Powerplant airflow is supplied by laterally mounted normal shock pitot inlets. An axisymmetric, lower observability variable geometry thrust vectoring exhaust nozzle may be fitted for improved aircraft maneuverability. Incorporating an advanced avionics suite with comprehensive EW and ECM, the SM-47 is a bridge between fourth and fifth generation fighters focused upon performance, maneuverability, maintainability and affordability rather than low observability.