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    Posted earlier in the thread....

    One of the questions surrounding the design of EPAWSS has been the choice of technology that would be used to power the system’s jammer transmitters, whether a solid-state amplifier approach or more conventional traveling wave tube (TWT) technology. Walters answers that question saying BAE’s approach is a GaN-based solid-state amplifier design.
    https://www.scribd.com/doc/291713432...TQXB2zZ1ogDFNA

    @haavarla, the aim with F-15E modernization is two pronged i.e. to make it more survivable, and more lethal. The former comes with EPAWSS while the latter comes via a mix of processor, weapons, and sensor upgrades. I wouldn't be surprised if the F-15E is also the initial/threshold platform of choice for the Hypersonic Air Breathing Weapon (and its offshoots) that will begin flight testing in a year or two.
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    Some USAF Budget summaries. Also, overall aircraft procurement. 101 fighters to be procured in FY19 up 17 from FY18.
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    I noticed the first summary mentions the F-16E, I thought the USAF didn't procure any of those?

    "Air Superiority Family of Systems", I hate such phrasing. We can't we call a program for a new fighter what it is?

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    Lockheed-Martin could be doing some upgrade work for the UAEAF.

    https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com...n-fleet-04538/

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    "Air Superiority Family of Systems", I hate such phrasing. We can't we call a program for a new fighter what it is?
    Because that is likely not the only thing that is funded under this effort. The full USAF budget is not out (hopefully we will see those RDTE details by later today) but the current funding level under the line item is likely meant to be used for multiple efforts, which likely includes an aircraft, under the larger umbrella of air-superiority. There was plenty of this sort of stuff spread around in the FY18 budget request last year, from everything from conformal load bearing antennas, to inlets and exhaust research and prototyping for future fighter aircraft, to next generation infra-red search and track sensors and even next-generation weapons and High Energy Laser applications. AS2030 focused on other aspects of the mission and not strictly a platform, so it is logical that the investment also focus on multiple things under the broader effort.
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    Att. is the budget allocation for the Next Generation Air Dominance capabilities and technologies. Overall investment across the FYDP (FY19-FY23) stands at roughly $10 Billion (R&D) including a new A2A weapon development among other technologies. R&D funding spikes from $22 Million in FY17 to > $500 Million in FY19 and will be >$3 Billion in FY2022. Some of the FY18 and 19 funding is towards building "demonstrative prototypes".

    In addition, technical risk reduction activities will be performed
    to include experimentation, integration and building demonstrative prototypes.
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    Title: Air Launched Rapid response Weapon (ARRW)
    Description: Integrates Air Force and DARPA enabled system technologies into a prototype that will
    demonstrate the viability of this concept to be fielded as a long range prompt strike capability. ARRW will
    design, develop, manufacture, and test, a number of prototype vehicles to inform decisions concerning ARRW
    acquisition and production.

    ARRW Aquisition Strategy - The Air Force applied funding to an existing DARPA other transaction authority contract to Lockheed Martin in order to leverage the synergistic efforts ongoing in the Tactical Boost Glide technology demonstration. The cost type contract incentives schedule through milestone payments. The government agency responsible for managing this program is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Armament Directorate, Eglin AFB FL.

    HCSW - The Air Force is conducting a limited source competition for the rapid development of a hypersonic, conventional air-launched, stand-off weapon. An IDIQ contract will be awarded to a single offeror to develop/test all elements of the end-to-end system, integration with existing bomber/fighter Aircraft, all respective operations/mission planning and sustainment efforts, to include operational safety, suitability, and effectiveness. Contract award is anticipated in the second quarter of FY 2018. The government agency responsible for managing this program is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Armament Directorate, Eglin AFB FL.
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    Finally an A&D media/industry outlet spots the difference in the the FY18 to 19 transition. It was pretty well known that last year's budget used placeholders for the FYDP which has now been firmed up. Also of note, the AOA on the Joint Airborne Electronic Attack effort is also expected to conclude in 19 so expect quite a few new starts to appear in the FY20 budget.

    Air Force's five-year spending plan more than doubles funding for Next-Gen Air Dominance


    The Air Force's budget outlook for Next-Generation Air Dominance has nearly doubled in its fiscal year 2019 funding request, which proposes $9.8 billion over the next five years to support continued experimentation and risk reduction for a new air dominance family of systems.

    The budget request, released this week, proposes $503 million for the effort in FY-19 -- a slight drop from the $507 million projected in last year's request -- which would more than double in FY-20 to $1.3 billion. Funding would grow to $2 billion in FY-21, $3.1 billion in FY-22 and $2.8 billion in FY-23 under the Air Force's plan.

    The increase in projected funding comes after last year's budget request programmed about $4.5 billion for NGAD across the future years defense program -- a steep jump compared to previous projections and an indication the service is eyeing contracts for risk-reduction and experimentation work. The FY-17 budget request called for just $20 million for NGAD and projected it would require only $12.8 million in FY-18 and FY-19.

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters Feb. 13 the funding increase for NGAD -- as well as increases in spending for fourth-generation aircraft modernization and multidomain command and control -- better aligns the service with the newly released National Defense Strategy, which emphasizes increased lethality in order to counter growing threats from Russia and China. Air Force spokesman Ann Stefanek told Inside Defense that while the service was already projecting measured investments in those areas, the increases in this year's budget can be directly tied to the NDS.

    The Air Force has been exploring options for a new air dominance capability since at least 2011, when the Pentagon approved a requirement for a follow-on to the F-22. In 2016, as part of its renewed developmental planning effort, the service completed a study that considered the capabilities needed to maintain air dominance against future threats.

    That study identified a need for a penetrating counter air capability -- which aligned with ongoing NGAD investment -- and kicked off an analysis of alternatives, which should be completed in the third quarter of FY-18.

    The FY-19 budget divides NGAD funding into two lines of effort -- one focused on the air system and the other on a next-generation air-to-air weapon. Air Force Budget Deputy Carolyn Gleason and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget Maj. Gen. John Pletcher told reporters Feb. 12 that FY-19 funds would be used to complete the NGAD analysis of alternatives, which is informing both efforts. The AOA will lead to decisions on how to proceed with experimentation and early development work, she said.

    Pletcher noted that the service is still determining what an NGAD family of systems will look like and whether it will require a new platform for penetrating counter-air.

    "I think the analysis of alternatives is designed to tell us what we need, what that family of systems looks like," he said. "It could be a platform. It could be something else. That's the intent of the analysis of alternatives."
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    Both DARPA's Tactical Boost Glide (Air Launched Hypersonic BG weapon), and the Hypersonic Air Breathing Weapon (air launched cruise missile) to begin flight testing in the late 2018 - mid-late 2019 time frame...I would have to go back and check prior year submissions but it does appear that they have moved flight testing up by 6 months to a year.
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    JASSM-ER achieves FOC on F-15E Strike Eagle

    The USAF’s Seek Eagle Office – which leads the integration of the AGM-158 JASSM and AGM-158B JASSM-ER missiles on the F-15E Strike Eagle – declared FOC for JASSM-ER on the aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2017, although this was only publicly disclosed in early February 2018.
    A Lockheed Martin release noted, “With the completion of integration and fielding of JASSM-ER’s Suite 8 Operational Flight Programme [the software programme of an embedded computer system which enables that system to perform its interactive tasks as designed] the F-15E Strike Eagle becomes the first Universal Armament Interface [UAI-compliant platform to field JASSM-ER.”
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    Air Force announces official retirement date for iconic MQ-1 Predator


    The Air Force will officially retire its iconic, groundbreaking — and controversial ― MQ-1 Predator on March 9, officials at Creech Air Force Base said.

    In a Wednesday release, Creech said that the Air Force will shift to entirely using MQ-9 Reapers for combat missions after the Predator’s sunset. The Air Force also flies unarmed RQ-4 Global Hawks for reconnaissance missions.
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    Some F-22A, post Increment 3.2B plans are begining to shape up including some FY19 new starts. Talon SPITBALL is the effort that will be upgrading all block 30.35 F-22s with an HMD solution and will select a system in FY19. About $100 Million is being spent on unspecified Sensor enhancements (R&D) in FY19 among other efforts that are focused on the software side. The sensor enhancements effort will be at Milestone-B by FY20 so we'll probably get additional details in the next budget.

    Sensor Enhancements:Description: Improved sensor capabilities to maintain air dominance and preserve first shot, first kill capability.

    FY 2019 Plans:
    Commence proposal preparation activities for EMD and start PDR preparation contract to support 2020 MS B. Initiate integration
    studies to utilize results from related ATD efforts as part of assessing overall program technological readiness.
    Pilot Systems: Description: This major thrust was formally known as Helmet Mounted Display and Cueing System (HMDCS). The Pilot Systems
    product line will select, integrate, test, and field mature hardware to support the F-22 Raptor's pilot environment. In FY17, theprogram began efforts to develop the HMDCS to take full advantage of advanced weapons such as the AIM-9X and improved battlespace situational awareness during day/night within-visual-range engagements. The HMDCS will be integrated on all Block 30/35 Raptors. In FY19, the program will support studies and integration risk reduction activities for Talon SPITBALL
    FY 2018 Plans:
    Complete a study and analysis on canopy distortion to inform understanding of display solutions compatible with the F-22s unique
    canopy construction/coatings. Updating market research and releasing the Request for Proposal for Pre-EMD.
    FY 2019 Plans:
    Select F-22 helmet solution. Enter Pre-EMD contract for integration of helmet solution and achieving system-level PDR. Support
    studies and integration risk reduction activities for Talon SPITBALL
    Also, some more recent information on the ongoing Tactical Mandates effort. Based on the schedule released this month, the USAF plan on installing Tactical Mandates upgrades by late 2021 or 2022. All in F-22 Improvements and research and development gets about $500 Million in FY19.

    The F-22 TACLink 16 and F-22 Tactical Mandates programs are follow-on modernization efforts to Increment 3.2B and Update 6. The programs will provide Open
    Systems Architecture (OSA), Link 16 Transmit and Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transpond/Interrogate on the F-22 Block 30/35 combat coded F-22 fleet.
    In FY 2017 the budget began to reflect the TACLink 16 program. The F-22 recognized a valuable opportunity to field OSA and Link 16 Transmit earlier than originally
    planned under the F-22 Tactical Mandates. The Link 16 Transmit enables 5th generation F-22 fighter aircraft to transmit tactical information through datalink to the
    5th generation F-35 (a.k.a. 5th-to-5th), as well as to 4th generation aircraft (a.k.a. 5th-to-4th). Transmitting tactical data to other aircraft types via datalink is a top Air
    Force priority. With Link 16 Transmit, the F-22's superior 5th Generation sensor suite will critically support the situational awareness of all participants in the operational
    environment. The TACLink 16 program accelerates the installation of this key data link capability. Additionally, the TACLink 16 will enable future life cycle savings
    opportunities for the F-22 and provide risk reduction effort for the F-22 Tactical Mandates program.
    The F-22 Tactical Mandates program (product line) is conducted using AGILE system development environments. The AGILE environment allows the F-22 Raptor
    program to develop, test, and field software/hardware from multiple programs using a schedule cadence for capabilities as they mature.
    The F-22 Tactical Mandates program will field Mode 5 IFF on the TACLink 16 baseline. Mode 5 IFF is a Joint Requirements Oversight Council-mandated Blue Force
    identification capability that improves Raptor survivability and reduces fratricide risk DoD-wide. Mode 5 IFF brings significantly enhanced combat identification in both
    quality and security
    TacLink 16 which was carved out of TACMAN to move its schedule to the left will begin its flight testing (DT) in FY19 as well.
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    Last edited by bring_it_on; 20th February 2018 at 14:09.
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