posted on Aug, 9 2018 @ 03:43 PM
After looking at the source of cost overruns in the B-2, F-22 and F-35 programs, the Aircraft and Weapons division chief in the cost analysis agency
came out with a report stating what the USAF needs to do to significantly reduce the costs of a sixth gen fighter. A lot of this is NO FSCKING
KIDDING. Others are a bit...retrograde. Even controversial. It ought to be said, the B-21 program is guiding a lot of thought on procurements,
fwiw. The RCO is in the driver's seat.
Here are the summarized suggestions. I hope I don't miss any:
1. Focus on one major change and then add more capability over time through incremental upgrades.
2. The prototype ought to reflect what will be in production, like the F-16.
3. Don't move the goal posts: pick the requirements and don't add to them during development.
4. No concurrency.
Getting more controversial...
5. reduce the requirement for stealthiness.
6. use less software, rather use more hardware to do a job rather than software.