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USAF News and Discussion

Discussion in 'Air Force & Aviation' started by RobWilliams, Aug 29, 2013.

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  1. ngatimozart

    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    The USAF Assistant Secretary for Acquisition is suggesting a change to how the USAF acquires its next fighter. He is suggesting that the USAF go back to the days of its Century Series fighters when six separate fighters were fielded in a short time span by five different manufacturers. Whilst all of the aircraft weren't roaring successes, they were all operational. His point is that in IT rapid innovation happens, especially in software coding, and although large IT projects can be problematic, they don't require expensive and large infrastructure to design test, build the product etc., whereas aircraft manufacturing does. However if leadership in govt and industry were to back innovators, even when they fail, by being willing to accept the risks the long term payoff would be well worth the risk. He argues that the govt, Pentagon in particular, has to learn to trust people before process. By following this system he argues you could be fielding a new design every four or five years, instead of one every 18 to 20 years, not only saving money and reducing long term risk, but able to field new modern designs quickly and create problems for rivals like China and Russia.

    A New Century Series? Will Roper Takes Air Force Back To The Future
     
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    Where are they going to find five different manufacturers? Competition has slimmed them down to two more or less viable options as copanies failing to hit the jackpot were swallowed by those who succeeded. I'm a bit dubious to say the least

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    Me too. Sure, software doesn’t require big infrastructure but it does require large development teams of very talented people that have to integrate all sorts of stuff plus new stuff. Then there is new airframe technologies (design and material), then engines, then EW, comm links, etc. etc. Multiple companies in the US developing several platforms at the same...hell the entire worldwide military aerospace industry has only produced 4 5th Gen jets in the last 20 years, two of them in the US. How truly 5th Gen the Su-57 and J-20 are is debatable. Don’t know enough about the J-31, perhaps it could a candidate as well.