Eyeballing he different angels of the wing and fuselage weaponry I can tell you this plane is a drag.
Why the Americans didn't take Burt Rutan's Aeres into mass production still is a big question to me. This design is superior to any turboprop on the market and what's more important, it's flying character is more or less "Idiot Proof".
You can't stall this plane.
Maybe the Aeres was too advanced and delivers too much performance for little money. Maybe it's the way it looks, many pilots have conservative views on aircraft design and too many dislike the canard concept although many successful fighters Like the Euro fighter come with the small wing.
Maybe it's because the Military Industrial Complex doesnt't want to look cheap by people who think out of the box.
Another reason why this plane isn't produced could be the fact that the US NAVY ordered the design development although Rutan developed the final prototype with internal funding from Scaled Composite.
The US NAVY and the US Air Force are two different entities. Infighting and competition define their relationship. What do a bunch of sailors know about aircraft?
But it could also be that Embraer, the producer of the Super Tucan has better lobbyists and more money to spend to satisfy the parasites in Government and the selection committee.
And don't come up with the argument they need a two seater for training purposes.
Rutan already had the two seater trainer version on on paper and relative cheap trainers and a cheap simulator concept in the pipeline.
What I think is highly annoying is the fact that private initiatives and privately financed projects obviously don't get a chance.
No room for true pioneers.http://stargazer2006.online.fr/aircraft/ares.htmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG9LlHcX8lghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaled_Composites_ARES