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Quick solution to USAF downwards spiral

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US aircraft procurement is on obvious downwards spiral - huge increases in spending have resulted in equally huge decreases in procurement. Most numerous tactical aircraft in US service is still F-16, and is likely to remain so for next few decades. Here is solution.

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Quick solution to USAF downwards spiral

  1. 1. Quick solution to USAF downwards spiral Saving USAF from itself
  2. 2. USAF - current● 183 F-22A: 46 665 000 000 $ (95 s/d)● 254 F-15C/D: 29 210 000 000 $ (290 s/d)● 1245 F-16C/D: 87 150 000 000 $ (1494 s/d)● 221 F-15E: 27 846 000 000 $ (221 s/d)● 345 A-10: 6 900 000 000 $ (1150 s/d)● TOTAL:● 2 248 tactical aircraft for 197 221 000 000 $● 3 250 sorties per day
  3. 3. USAF - current plan● 183 F-22A: 46 665 000 000 $ (95 s/d)● 2 443 F-35A: 489 650 490 000 $ (1585 s/d)● 221 F-15E: 9 781 460 000 $ (221 s/d)● TOTAL:● 2 847 tactical aircraft for 546 096 950 000 $● 1 901 sorties per day
  4. 4. How to solve this?● possibilities: – buy already existing aircraft abroad – design new aircraft● designing process must be under heavy Government oversight, and with clear goals, while leaving designers with maximum freedom of work - fly before you buy – unlikely in current political climate – takes time – best long-term solution
  5. 5. Quick fix● Restart production of old aircraft – F-15 too large – F-16A good with upgrades; F-16C overweight – A-10 and F-15E still capable● Buy and produce foreign aircraft – Gripen an optimal choice ● single engine ● low cost and maintenance requirements ● road and dirt-strip capable – politically unacceptable
  6. 6. My proposal● F-16A with PIRATE IRST and DRFM jammer (“F-16G”) for AtA – use SAABs help to reduce maintenance – 32 000 000 $ per aircraft; est. 1,8 - 2,18 SDA (sorties per day per aircraft) - round to 2● A-10 for CAS – 20 000 000 $ per aircraft; 3,3333 SDA● F-15K for ground attack / SEAD – 100 000 000 $ per aircraft; 1 SDA
  7. 7. My proposal● fighter force for 100 billion USD – 3 125 F-16G; 6 250 sorties/day● CAS force for 50 billion USD – 2 500 A-10; 8 333 sorties/day● ground attack force for 50 billion USD – 500 F-15E; 500 sorties/day
  8. 8. Aircraft procured Current Current plan My proposalAir superiority Ground attack CAS
  9. 9. Sorties per day Current Current plan My proposalAir superiority Ground attack CAS
  10. 10. Comparision - total Current Current plan My proposalTactical aircraft Cost Sorties per day
  11. 11. ● Picard578● 16 February 2013● http://defenseissues.wordpress.com/

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