USAF radical plans to field new fighter within 5 years

Better crack on with it before UK does something funky with the Japanese and Italians. Best tie UK in with a few promises and get them to drop the idea of fielding a competitor .
 

triggerigger

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And when it is nearly finished the chinks will steal the tech.
Again.
And why bother with pilots it's like re branding woolworths to compete with Amazon and eBay (hypersonic missiles and PA radar controlled by quantum computers)
 
And when it is nearly finished the chinks will steal the tech.
Again.
And why bother with pilots it's like re branding woolworths to compete with Amazon and eBay (hypersonic missiles and PA radar controlled by quantum computers)
Ah but this ignores the firmly entrenched "fast flier" lobby both in and out of uniform who can always be counted upon to want the latest greatest flying machine regardless of cost for them to cut holes in the sky with.
 
It'll really be fielded some time around 2040 after a first flight in 2032.
 
It sounds like the ideas behind this proposal mirror the changes in much of the modern software development industry.

In the latter, the emphasis has switched from delivering big changes at infrequent intervals to delivering whatever features happen to be ready on a fixed schedule. The advantages of this are that new features roll out on a predicable schedule, and most importantly, if something just isn't ready and needs to be held back to work the bugs out, then it's not a big deal because the next release window isn't impossibly far away.

It sounds like something that may work for making regular incremental improvements to an existing platform, but not for delivering a fundamentally new and different platform.

Overall the general concept sounds interesting, in terms of getting new technology into service before it becomes obsolete. This is especially the case as more and more functionality is bound up in the electronics and software rather than the gross mechanical systems.

However, when the software industry did this they found that the precondition for making this work in practice with a large project was a complete overhaul of their management, development, test, and release systems to cut bureaucracy and automate most of the routine administration work. Putting it into practice was much more difficult than just preparing some Powerpoint presentations and issuing a policy statement.

i suspect that this is where applying these ideas to the military aviation field will run into problems.
 
...why bother with pilots it's like re branding woolworths to compete with Amazon and eBay (hypersonic missiles and PA radar controlled by quantum computers)
Because, irrespective of technology and what the geeks claim, pilots are expected to remain essential for a great many airborne tasks in the foreseeable future.

I would however expect many 6th Gen assets to be optionally manned.

Regards,
MM
 
Fitted for but not with, you mean?
Sometimes; at others, they’ll be a carbon-based life form in the seat. Potentially, the manned platform could also take several unmanned ‘wingmen’ with him/her.

Regards,
MM
 
Sometimes; at others, they’ll be a carbon-based life form in the seat. Potentially, the manned platform could also take several unmanned ‘wingmen’ with him/her/them.

Regards,
MM
Fixed that for you. One must remember to be inclusive or it's extra SDO's for you m'lad. ;)
 

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