It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

USAF warms to the idea of an upgraded F-22 line.

page: 1
5
<<   2  3  4 >>

log in

join
share:

posted on May, 27 2016 @ 11:05 PM
link   
www.flightglobal.com...

There is a logic to it.

One line that really surprised was the 'possible' involvement of foreign investment in the project!

The other manufacturers, Boeing and the rest, would prefer a new and open competition for a sixth Gen fighter. Of course, more cash input for LockMart in an newly upgraded F-22 is in their interests.

Turning the superb F-22 into a F-35-like distribution to allies would ensure western dominance for extra decades at a lower cost than A straight new line as proposed by Congress.

An interesting development.




posted on May, 27 2016 @ 11:51 PM
link   
a reply to: nwtrucker


At the least, the Russians and Chinese can't be happy campers at the thought. Their programs would be obsolete before they even arrive....



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 12:03 AM
link   
a reply to: nwtrucker

If only the F-22 could land on a carrier. Would be interesting to see how much heavier she'd get with the reinforcements.


I think the hardest part about getting the line back open will be the uncertainty the suppliers would have. They were promised 800 then 400 then 200. They made a lot less money then they were supposed to.

Then the question comes of building the exact same aircraft or more of an "E" version that has some of the avionics of the F-35 implemented. More of a strike-capable aircraft. The whole thing is a quagmire. It might be faster to just start the 6th gen development now on an accelerated schedule. If this election goes "right" then there could be a possibility of something like that happening. They should really look at getting big numbers of F-35s out quicker. Ramp it up so that they are popping out like Honda civics in the late 90s. That solves the shortage and gives America the advantage for longer at probably a better price.



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 12:07 AM
link   
a reply to: nwtrucker

Ok silly question not in USA but I read this country is spending $12 billion for 60 F-35 (let's say don't quote me) but they will enter service in 2020

Are all of these in combat (as in are they used on regular basis) or is this more about how much you have in stock. Or put it easier if you were in charge would you increase or cut back on spending (assuming you are USA)

Because out of the ones I mentioned I only ever heard on news 2 jets were send into a combat plus I read this article



IT WAS supposed to be next generation fighter, a weapon capable of destroying and outrunning any enemy. Six years on from a $1 trillion investment, it appears incapable of both. Plagued by glitches and behind schedule by half a decade, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might have just received the final nail in its very expensive coffin.



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 12:43 AM
link   
a reply to: nwtrucker

Great news. The R&D cost + production cost of the F-22 is insane. Might as well build more since R&D is (mostly) over.

It is a hell of a jet from what I hear! Haven't heard from Putin yet tho..



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 12:58 AM
link   
Great news if it happens: an upgraded F-22 - call it an F-22B/C or F-22 Plus - would act as a great bridge to the true new generation 6th generation fighter, depending on timelines. Restarting the line won't be cheap, but it would certainly mean the US and perhaps some select allies would have a lot more flexibility in air dominance, rather than relying on the F-35, which is a lot better than many realize, but really an upgraded F-22 would be in a different league. Some of the advantages I see are...

1) Allowing the plane to act as a test bed for some 6th generation technologies (i.e. new aircraft skins, next generation radars and avionics, engines) in a pure air dominance platform.
2) Testing new manufacturing technologies.
3) Developing the operational capabilities of a true 5th gen ++ platform and seeing how much of an advantage it is compared to gen 5, and what is truly possible with acceptable risk in gunning for Gen 6.

Hope they get it up and running: and I can imagine some of the guys who were involved in its development may be coaxed out of existing jobs or retirement. Interesting to see how they handle that part.



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 01:30 AM
link   
a reply to: Borys


I could see them implementing improvements from the F-35 program but not trying to implement un-vetted tech. Implementing "6th" gen tech and unproven manufacturing techniques could lead to a big jump in price. The whole point of the F-22 coming back would be to be a day 1 airframe that can start supplementing squadrons in the USAF immediately. They wouldn't do it if it would take years just to reach IOC. Might as well spend that time on the next one.



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 01:34 AM
link   
a reply to: Identities


The F-35 is a bureaucratically-laced program so it has plenty of negative press out there because it has so much Washington all over it. Most of it is ill-informed and misguided. The F-35 is excellent. It's just under 400x as much magnification as any other program in history. People wonder why the DoD likes to do so much in absolute secrecy.



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 07:57 AM
link   
a reply to: nwtrucker

I'm just a fan. Most of these questions have already been addressed by Zaphod 58 and others....who are very opposed to the concept.

At a guess there's always a balance point between going with vetted technology and untested- in combat- technology.

If nothing new is used, no progress. Too much- possibly the F-35- and problems mount. Heck, this may be nothing more than a PR move than anything else. Perhaps this out-going general is heading to L.M. for his next employment and just garnered his first raise...

The first thing that comes to mind is allies bailing from the F-35 program for F-22s....?



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 09:52 AM
link   
a reply to: nwtrucker

The F22 fills the role better than the F35 for many of those nations. Canada and Australia in particular. So how does the foreign sale work though with the current embargo. IIRC congress made it illegal to export the 22



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 10:04 AM
link   
a reply to: Bfirez

Without Congress repealing the law it doesn't. If they repeal it then either they go through the FMS office and get massive discounts subsidized by us, or straight to Lockheed and buy a small number that they can afford at whatever price they negotiate.
edit on 5/28/2016 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 10:12 AM
link   
a reply to: nwtrucker

I don't know about the politics or even about the practicalities but...

I absolutely love the f-22, I think it is the best plane ever!




posted on May, 28 2016 @ 10:56 AM
link   
a reply to: nwtrucker

I am going to make myself really, really popular here, but...

This is a bad idea.

A really bad idea.

The time and planning needed for a new F-22 model will take ten years with the restart, testing and acceptance.

This would have been a good idea circa 2005 when they declared IOC. Finish the run of the A model even when they did, except to dribble out the minimum to keep the line open until whatever changes were needed for the C. Then we'd be starting the F-22C production now.

By the time we get the Raptor back up and in production, we'd be 2/3s of the way through getting a 6th gen through the development and to IOC. Its a difference of 5 years, a huge amount of capability and would delay the 6th gen by at least 10 years.

I hate that the USAF has frakked up with the 22 - its a beaut - but this would be just be making a bad situation worse.



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 04:15 PM
link   
May be the 6th gen will be just an enhanced F-22 Raptor , we are at a time of the Platform come to the maximum flight enveloppe and the plane will not evolve realy more than that. If the F-22 work well its time to continue with it. A futur super Raptor , will be surely enough to dominate the sky for a half century. Look at the ennemy they have nothing to match the Raptor in a near futur so a super Raptor will be the answer. And I prefer a super Raptor built instead of a futur very distant may be 6TH gen.
edit on 28-5-2016 by darksidius because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 04:18 PM
link   
a reply to: darksidius

An enhanced F-22 is still fifth gen. Even if they put F-35 systems on it it's still fifth gen.



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 04:23 PM
link   
a reply to: anzha


This subject is heavily debated on the F-16 Net site.

I haven't seen anything approaching a 10 year time frame. Some 2-3 years as all the plans are still intact. The problem being the suppliers of various parts.... and they were legion.

I will rebut with this point, if your 10 years is accurate then how long for a 6th gen.? Allowing the basic F-22 is sound, a ground up 6th Gen will be much longer to develop as nothings proven tech-wise...or even looked at(?). The cost would be a lot higher than a 5.5 gen F-22.

Sorry, but I remain unconvinced.....



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 04:25 PM
link   
a reply to: nwtrucker

They have to find a location, build a production line, train people to build the aircraft, get the parts and pieces, and they're going to do all this is 2-3 years?

Uh huh.



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 04:47 PM
link   
a reply to: Zaphod58
B-21 bomber and arsenal plane, Enhanced F-22 for air dominance, F-35 stealth attacker, mysterious green lady, X-37 B and XS-1 for space capacity, WHOAAA what a dream team do you realy need an hypothetic never built 6 th gen ?



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 04:50 PM
link   
a reply to: darksidius

You either keep advancing or others do. If you don't build something better than what we have now, in 20 years we're exactly where we are now, with other countries catching up, and our forces so old they are starting to fall out of the sky.
edit on 5/28/2016 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)



posted on May, 28 2016 @ 05:03 PM
link   

originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: darksidius

You either keep advancing or others do. If you don't build something better than what we have now, in 20 years we're exactly where we are now, with other countries catching up, and our forces so old they are starting to fall out of the sky.


So true zap. I have a idea. lets just finally bring a armed Black dorito out and really scare the rest of the worlds militaries.



new topics

top topics



 
5
<<   2  3  4 >>

log in

join