posted on Sep, 13 2013 @ 02:38 PM
Ultimately cost savings are what pushed this into being. They actually started developing the technology with the AFTI program in the 1980s. But
when they did a study in 2004, they figured out how bad CFIT would really hurt. It was estimated that CFIT would cost 7 F-22s over the life of the
fleet (two might have already been saved if the Pentagon hadn't cut the system out of the aircraft to save money). More for the F-16 and F-35. It
showed that the F-35 fleet would lose $1.14B if 10 aircraft were lost to CFIT (at a cost of $114M/unit). The F-22, with the four that were lost so
far, has already lost $600M using the most generous airframe costs. That doesn't even touch on the lives that it will save, and could have saved,
such as the two F-22 pilots lost.