The wing configuration of an aircraft in which the horizontal stabilizer (or tailplane) is built to the front of the main wing rather than to the rear. The advantages of a canard configuration can be increased lift and reduction of lift-induced drag while some of the disadvantages can be reduced wing root efficiency and reduced lift efficiency of the main wing. In high-performance military fighters and particularly variable fighters, the aerodynamic instability of the canard is a desirable effect that allows for the design of highly maneuverable aircraft.

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