Accession Number:

ADA159292

Title:

The F/A-18 Fighter/Attack Aircraft Program

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

The history of the FA-18 FighterAttack aircraft program is traced from its beginning as a result of the Naval Air Combat Fighter competition to 1984 when its future seems assured. Factors which affected the acquisition process are examined with a view to identifying those which might have significant influence on future tactical aircraft programs. Not surprisingly, the dominant factor is shown to be program cost and a number of strategies to minimize the effects of budgetary constraints are identified. The need for long- term planning and a rational comprehensive approach to controllable, programmatic factors is seen as essential in order to maintain adequate production levels in the face of less controllable economic factors. A coordinated approach to the operational requirements of the four United States tactical air forces is considered mandatory in order to promote commonality and develop multiple solutions. If this is not achieved, the FA-18 program indicates that Congress is likely to intervene and play a more active role in areas where professional military expertise has traditionally held sway.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE