posted on Nov, 28 2004 @ 06:28 PM
Originally posted by RAB
Just wondering how long it takes to build a modern combat aircarft e.g. the Typhoon or The F16?
There's really no way to answer your question. There is development times, low rate production, and serial production. For example, the F-22 is in
low rate production, and LM will deliver 24 AC this year. That number will increase to 36-48/year in serial production. It's a matter of getting all
the components in the pipeline and having a production line that will output the AC on the planned schedule.
To develop a new AC from concept to production can take 10-15 years, depending on how serious you are in getting it into service. Actual assembly time
per aircraft can be measured in days, and then you have to do finishing touches, coatings, testing, etc. before you can deliver it into service.