CommanderDef wrote:Demonicjapsel wrote:Because in aviation, weight rating exist for a reason. anything above that and integrity and proper functioning cannot be guaranteed as such, seperation issues, cracks in wings can all occur. Hence nobody in their right mind would load ordinance that exceeds the weight onto a pylon unless they are desperate.
It's a soviet plane, it would be able to carry twice the load on that pylon if really necessary. Soviets always worked like that, making something solid with lot of reserve. Maybe it was made because of lack of computers, maybe lack of confidence in actual quality of the material, but this is one of the characteristics of soviet high-tech industry. Apart of planes, it can also be seen for example on projects of nuclear powerplants. On the other hand, US planes that are designed 'exactly' - performance is well known, but the reserves are smaller.
I wont be that sure, an overweight of 12.5kg becomes 62.5kg overweight in a 5G situation. And this is under the assumption that the force is constant, but due to turbulence and maneuvers the force changes rapidly and due to the location of the pylon, way higher accelerations and forces can occur onto the pylon and therefore the wing. So even if it was build with reserve, forces under rapidly changing accelerations can change immensely. Also it alters the resonance frequency of the wing and this could cause troubles. Further it might be possible to carry it once in a while but attack planes are planned to last long and not only for one suicide attack. Therefore no regular air force will ever overload their assets.