This is all contingent on the threat to the USAF is recognized. Remember England before WW-2, how long did it take them to seriously the threat that was facing them? Would the USA be any different??
Have no fear my friends...the F-22A production line will stay open.
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Its not ramming down the throats of the USAF, the USAF wants it. It wants more of them than they are going to get. The secdef wants that money to go to other planes and services. Gates seems convinced that there will be no major wars against a first world foe in the next 20 years for some reason not realizing that the ability to crush the enemy is what keeps the US from being seriously challenged.
I can only imagine the sh**storm if the USAF picked an Airbus for its next heavy bomber.
The traditional fighther, such as the F22 will soon be tomorrow's buggy whip. The move taking place is toward the UAV, with the ultimate progression toward a fully autonomous fighter where the pilot is always on the deck.
Some food for thought...
Last edited by Gallowglass; 08 Apr 09, at 05:56.
Gallow I agree to a point but I think we are talking about vastly different time frames. I am looking at traditional manned fighters being phased out in about 60 years. Currently 3 important things are needed before you can have a successful fleet of unmanned fighters. First and most important is an onboard computer capable of making acceptable kill - no kill decisions without human input. This is the hardest thing to get at the moment, as computer tech is not anywhere close to being trusted at this point with this. Next serious issue is having a fully situationally aware onboard computer, This is what kills the possibility of having a manned mother-ship and UAV fledglings along with part 3. Right now IR sensors don't have the range to protect and sense other planes at long distance, and stealth/jamming can do ugly things to radar and IFF. part 3 of the Issue is call-back/abort/inflight redirection. This causes issues currently especially against a semi-capable opponent. In the current environs that the US is fighting in its not a gaint issue since upload isn't jammed or anything close to it.
For a succesfull unmanned fighter aircraft, you are looking at quite a bit of tech leap before they are ready to go.
I don't think this was the smartest think to do.
After designing the ultimate unbeatable fighter, they halted it.
Now other countries will catch up and USAF will lose that decisive edge.
Now all hopes(if any) of us just maybe getting the Raptors too are gone... :(
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I wonder if the existence of classified systems contributed to the F22 decision. Aviationleak was writing about classified high speed UCAVs this month.
If there is not, then I think this is a foolish decision.... and all this to buy more government social services boondoggles.
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I still dont see the fuss... A squadron or two of F22s is able to pretty much clean aside any air force currently flying short of maybe the Chinese and the Russians. And only then because of the limited amount of Amraams they can get aloft with. I just cant see an enemy that will require more than 187 F22s appear in the next 50 years.
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