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Navy's Advanced Aircraft Armament System Program Concept Objectives
NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA
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The Advanced Aircraft Armament System AAAS was originally chartered to improve armament equipment performance, support, and interoperability. Because of funding constraints the AAAS Program has been increasingly directed to development of air armament interface standards and technology, while advanced concept development of suspension release and stores management equipment has been de-emphasized. Since the advanced concepts which were to be originally developed are a more appropriate subject for this paper, the context of the discussion is the program prior to the redirection. The Fleet needs and deficiencies which provided the requirements for the concept effort are briefly outlined, the objectives and goals are detailed, and the approach to achieve mission flexibility and performance improvements at reduced ownership costs is discussed. A key aspect of the approach is development of generic designs which capitalize on cost and growth advantages of standards while allowing incorporation of advancing technology.
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