Natt wrote:Right, I see it on the Typhoon. Surely it is an intake of some sort but I would guess that most computers on the aircraft will be near the nose and the cockpit and not so much near the tail and the typhoon cutaway kinda supports that theory.
There is no rule that cooling ducts or electronics have to be in a particular place. Cooling air intakes can be used for electronics as well as for cooling other hot items - such as liquid coolants/oil.
Also it surely wasnt an original design feature on the first 2 manufactured Tejas and was added later, so should I presume that overheating of ?avionics and computers was an identified problem?
You can presume whatever you feel you need to presume, but the earlier aircraft not have the all the planned equipment in place, because they were initially testing only the flying characteristics. More and more equipment was added with later builds.