WARFIGHTER TECHNOLOGY OUTLINE

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 4) Technology , 5) Strategic Studies and 6) Tactical scenarios.

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Fighter Mission Studies
  • Threat Scenarios
  • Broader Mission Coverage
  • Defending Otherwise Vulnerable Air Bases
  • Strategic Value of Attack Fighter Strike Forces
  • Confounding Surveillance by Potential Threats
  • High-Tech Shell Games

Affordability and Cost of Ownership

  • Total Vehicle Maintenance
  • Overall Longevity Goals

Fighter Production Goals

  • Fewer Major (High Cost) Components
  • Affordable (Smaller) Composite Components
  • Rapid Assembly
  • Rapid Repair & Turn Around
  • Structural Simplicity
  • Segregated Avionics
  • Minimum Signature Architecture

Theater Operations Assessment

  • Close Air Support
  • Small Island Complex Defense
  • Shoreline & Sea Approach Control
  • Autonomous All Weather Capability
  • Resilience to First Strike Assault

Operational  Objectives

  • Strategic Considerations
  • Tactical Considerations
  • Geopolitical Considerations
  • Fighter Crew Considerations

Modes of Deployment

  • Traditional Fighter Bases
  • Remote Air Fields
  • Auxiliary Airstrips
  • Improvised Staging Areas
  • Conventional Sea Carriers
  • Small Aircraft Carriers

Deliverable Weapons Considerations

  • Conventional Bombs and Missiles
  • ASW and Sonar Weapons & Devices
  • Long-range Anti-shipping
  • Ballistic Missile Interception Schemes


Portable Vehicle System Weaponry
  • Gas Powered Laser Package
  • Anti-tank & Armor Package
  • Towable Decoys
  • Traditional Flares & Chaff

Fighter Performance Goals

  • STOL & Carrier Suitability
  • Very Low Airspeed Lift-off
  • Low Speed Maneuvering for ASW Mission
  • Large Radius of Action w/o Refueling
  • Short Field Landing
  • Operating from Reinforced Concrete Highways
  • Supersonic Egress w/o Stores

Propulsion System Objectives

  • Conventional Power & Thrust Requirements
  • Multi-axis Thrust Vectoring
  • Boundary Layer Control Bleed
  • Integrated Power Systems
  • Remote Site Maintenance Free Operation

Fighter Control & Maneuvering

  • Control Elements & Effectors
  • Hydraulic and Electric Actuation
  • Crew Stations
  • Integrated Air Data
  • Flight Control Computers
  • Flight Control Sensors
  • Navigation/Avionics Integration
  • Flight Controls/Weapons Integration
  • Integration of Flight/Propulsion Systems
  • In-flight Management of Vehicle Mass Properties
  • System-wide Integrity Management   
    [ SWIM ]

Scope of Advanced Avionics

  • Crew Station Displays
  • Coordinated Communications
  • Navigation & Guidance
  • Vehicle Guidance
  • Weapons Management
  • Active & Passive Fire Control
  • Countermeasures & Defensive Subsystems
  • Flight Control System Interface
  • Maintenance and Built in Test

Configuration Concepts

  • Unmanned Fighters
  • Single Crew Versions
  • Multiple Crew Versions

Operational Weight Considerations
  • Main Landing Gear Placement
  • Fewer (Larger & Simpler) Internal Fuel Tanks
  • Minimizing Aerodynamic Control Effectors
  • Innovative Avionic Subsystems

Fuel Capacity Considerations

  • Ground & Air Refueling
  • Maximizing Internal Fuel Storage
  • Buddy Tanker Capability

Avionics carriage Issues

  • Operational Costs
  • Cost of Ownership
  • Avionics Systems Longevity
  • Mission Modularity
  • Vehicle System Longevity

Structures Considerations

  • Fuel Containment
  • Weight Control
  • Weapons Carriage
  • Loads & Stress
  • Undercarriage
  • Aeroelasticity (Static Divergence)
  • Structural Dynamics (Flutter)
  • Battle Damage Survivability
  • Manufacture & Maintenance

Test, Evaluation, Verification and Validation

  • Development Phase
  • V&V Phase
  • Flight Test Phase
  • Shore Based & Sea Trials Phases
  • Field & Shipboard Support Phases

Logistical Considerations

  • In-flight Ferrying
  • Dispersal by Truck and Rail Vehicles
  • Dispersal and Deployment by Cargo Transport Ship
  • Deployment on WW-II Class Carriers
  • Supporting Remote Operation from Caves and Tunnels
  • Evading Satellite Surveillance





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Joseph Campbell   (1904-1987)