Accession Number:

ADA327531

Title:

The Next Generation Attack Fighter: Affordability and Mission Needs,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

1997-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

87.0

Abstract:

The Air Force has embarked on a course to replace the most numerous fighter aircraft in its inventory, the F-16. The Joint Strike Fighter JSF may evolve from the tri-service Joint Advanced Strike Technology JAST program to replace the F-16 and perhaps other Air Force ground-attack aircraft as well as other air-to-ground fighters used by the Navy and Marine Corps. As the JAST program proceeds to a hardware demonstration phase, the Air Force is drafting statements of mission needs and operational requirements for the new aircraft. The Air Force asked RANDs Project AIR FORCE to analyze inventory levels, affordability, and mission needs for the new fighter, to augment Air Force and contractor studies. The study, documented in this report, found that the constraints of future budgets will severely circumscribe Air Force options for the JSF. Without a sharp reversal in defense budget trends or the allocation of a higher share of the Air Force budget to fighter modernization, the JSF will need to be a relatively low-cost, moderate-performance aircraft to fit within Air Force budget constraints. The good news is that an aircraft with a combat radius of 650 nm, moderate stealth, and a turn rate comparable to that of todays multirole aircraft can probably meet most of the services needs in future regional conflicts.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE