posted on Sep, 11 2007 @ 01:33 PM
Knowing several employee's of major defense contractors (i.e. BAE, Raytheon, etc) it is in my understanding that they (the defense contractors) are
given small "jobs" which will contribute to the whole (completed aircraft). With this, as they develop a certain technological item (avionic,
airframe, weapon, etc) they also develop along with it, a counter-advancement, and a counter to that advancement to stay at least 3 steps at all times
ahead of the game.
One item in production now artifically moves the heat signature of the aircraft to some position away from the aircraft in flight (like a decoy to a
heat seeking missle).
It's items like this that keep aircraft like the F-16 still running decades after it's original manufature.