Accession Number : ADA314256

Title :   Next-Generation Attack Fighter: Design Tradeoffs and National System Concepts.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Raymer, Daniel P.

PDF Url : ADA314256

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : Current Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps fighter/attack aviation aircraft are 1970s-vintage designs that will reach the end of their service lives in the early part of the next century. Although the Air Force is developing the highly advanced F-22, it cannot be used to replace all current assets, especially F-16s, simply because of cost. A 'low-end' complementary design is required, much as the F-16 was the 'low' of a 'high-low rhix' with F-15s. The Navy and Marine Corps have no all-new fighter/attack design in development. The F-18 E/F will have improved characteristics compared to earlier versions, but it does not fully use newer technologies and specifically it will not have the desired and aftainable levels of stealth and range-payload performance, nor will it offer next-generation short takeoff, vertical landing (STOVL) capability for the Marine Corps. This report presents the results of research into the tradeoffs in requirements specification for a next-generation attack fighter, answering in depth such critical questions as: Is STOVL a viable approach for tri-service capability? What is the effect of providing space for a second seat? How much range must we give up to carrv two more stores? This research was conducted by developing and analyzing a representative notional design concept for a next-generation attack fighter (NGAF), then conducting numerous trade studies of range, performance, payload, and technologies. This was followed by study of alternative approaches to attaining tri-service capability.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, *ECONOMICS, *TRADE OFF ANALYSIS, *SHORT TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT, *VERTICAL LANDINGS, PAYLOAD, LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), SPECIFICATIONS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), VIABILITY, EXTERNAL STORES, RANGE(EXTREMES), STEALTH TECHNOLOGY.

Subject Categories : V/STOL
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE