Air Force To End The Need For Pilots In 6th Generation Fighters

domingo, 7 de noviembre de 2010

The United States Air Force is now looking for a F-22 Raptor replacement. It must be in service by 2030 and, for the first time ever, they want to be able to deploy these combat fighters unmanned and remotely controlled.

Optionally manned air vehiches era begins


Requeriments for F-22 Replacement: Next Generation Tactical Aircraft Materiel and Technology Concepts Search

Added: Nov 03, 2010 4:07 pm
SYNOPSIS: The Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) Capability Development and Planning Division (XRX) is conducting market research analyses to examine applicable materiel concepts and related technology for a Next Generation Tactical Aircraft (Next Gen TACAIR) capability with an initial operational capability (IOC) of approximately 2030. The envisioned system may possess enhanced capabilities in areas such as reach, persistence, survivability, net-centricity, situational awareness, human-system integration, and weapons effects. It must be able to operate in the anti-access/area-denial environment that will exist in the 2030-2050 timeframe.

This capability request for information (CRFI) is open to all companies. No contract is intended to be awarded as a result of this CRFI, however any follow on announcements/contracts related to a Next Gen TACAIR system will be restricted to US companies or those meeting the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) requirements for foreign owned companies with Defense Security Service (DSS) approved mitigation for performing classified work. Responses to this CRFI are due no later than 17 Dec 2010. Those interested are encouraged to submit cost data if available. Industry is encouraged to respond with information not constrained by proprietary data rights; however, if any information is considered proprietary, then the cover page and pages containing such information must be marked accordingly. Multiple responses, each addressing a concept or family of concepts are encouraged (but not required) from each party.
TITLE: Next Generation Tactical Aircraft (Next Gen TACAIR) Materiel and Technology Concepts Search

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PICTURE: Australian safety board missing Qantas A380 engine disk evidence

In particular the ATSB wants to retrieve the missing half of the number two engine's geared disk. Approximately one half of the disk has already been found, ATSB photos indicate.

"The recovery of that disk could be crucial to a full understanding of the nature of the engine failure, and may have implications for the prevention of future similar occurrences," the ATSB says.

"The ATSB has requested any residents of Batam Island... to forward those items to the local police for retention," it adds.

Qantas A380 likely lost engine disk