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ngatimozart

Super Moderator
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Verified Defense Pro
Hi NG
Can you expand on this please what was the issue that got Boeing upset and when with the RAAF being the launch customer for wedgetail
The RAAF are continuously upgrading the software on the Wedgetail and it's being lead by the operators on the Sqn, not procurement specialists in Canberra. Initially Boeing thought that they were being cut out because the normal procurement process wasn't being followed. However when it was explained to them what was happening and they saw for themselves, they soon saw the logic of the idea and now are quite enthusiastic about it. There's a series of articles on Second Line of Defence about the RAAF practice of using the Wedgetail 5th Generation Domain in general. It's way ahead of its peers.
 

t68

Well-Known Member
The RAAF are continuously upgrading the software on the Wedgetail and it's being lead by the operators on the Sqn, not procurement specialists in Canberra. Initially Boeing thought that they were being cut out because the normal procurement process wasn't being followed. However when it was explained to them what was happening and they saw for themselves, they soon saw the logic of the idea and now are quite enthusiastic about it. There's a series of articles on Second Line of Defence about the RAAF practice of using the Wedgetail 5th Generation Domain in general. It's way ahead of its peers.
Ah gotcha, my misunderstanding thought it had something to do along the lines of the source code drama with the F18 Hornets as the US refused to give the information to the RAAF on the the threat library. I remember there was a kerfuffle that if I remember correctly Kim Beasley said we had to break in to get the information
 

John Fedup

The Bunker Group
Well this positive assessment of the B-21’s progress by Smith is encouraging. Maybe NG might be the NGAD fighter prototype builder. Successful progress on all military programs is essential, any significant cluster f-ups will be an opportunity for Congressional defence cutbacks.
 

ngatimozart

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Staff member
Verified Defense Pro
A USAF Sqn has worked out how to load five AGM-158 JASSM onto a F-15-E Strike Eagle increasing the payload from two missiles. It has to do with the manner of loading the missiles onto the aircraft. An Eagle with five JASSM is an angry bird indeed.

 

hauritz

Well-Known Member
The USAF has announced its intention to start replacing the F-22 from around 2030. By that time the USAF will be structured around the F-35, F-15EX, late-model F-16s, and the Next Generation Air Dominance fighter.

Not surprising when you think about it. They were intended to be air dominance fighters and don't really have a back up role. Once they are in the position where they can no longer dominate the air-space then they just become hugely expensive to operate and maintain liabilities. Somewhat ironic that the aircraft it was intended to replace will continue to soldier on with a new variant.

More interesting is that they are also looking at a clean sheet design to replace the F-16. I would have thought that the F-35 would be the obvious replacement but I am thinking the USAF want something cheaper to acquire and operate.

 

Terran

Active Member
The article doesn’t actually firmly state a clean sheet F16 replacement. It states that General Brown suggested one which it true. As to F22 that will depend on how the next fighter works out.
 
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