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ANNEX F Common Solution/Concept List (U)
Air Force Mission Area Plan (MAP)

Full Systems

 

FS302 -- Light Bomber(Manned)

DESCRIPTION: This concept calls for a medium blends the advantages of a tactical fighter with a strategic bomber with a to develop a medium/long range, high payload capability (inter-theater) affordable bomber. The aircraft will utilize TBD levels of L.O. technology to obtain an effective yet affordable aircraft which can provide for multiple/heavy weapons carriage and launch for missions requiring real time decision making/replanning or autonomous operations. Cost will be controlled by utilizing off-the-shelf systems and affordable L.O. technologies (JSF technology). Logistic support will be enhanced by maximizing commonality of support equipment with existing systems.

 

 

 

FS303 -- F-22 Derivative

DESCRIPTION: This aircraft is a derivative of the F-22A, to be used in the strategic attack/interdiction role, with the fallout capability to perform lethal SEAD and ELINT. Details of this concept are classified.

 

 

 

 

 

FS304 -- Joint Strike Fighter

DESCRIPTION: An affordable multirole (primarily Air-to-Ground) follow on replacement aircraft for the A-10 and F-15 platforms. The aircraft design and requirement will be derived from the Joint Advanced Strike Technologies (JAST) demonstrations and mission analysis. The primary objective is to produce an aircraft that is affordable, both to procure and to maintain throughout its projected lifetime.

 

 

FS305 -- Strike UAV

DESCRIPTION: This vehicle is notionally an F-117 replacement. It is designed to fly a preprogrammed route and drop guided weapons like JDAM on predetermined GPS coordinates. There would be limited man-in-the-loop: the vehicle could be recalled, but otherwise operates autonomously including differential GPS auto takeoff and landing. Vehicle would possess B-2 class low observables and would cost around $20M. Performance attribute include 5000# payload, 600-1000 nm radius and fly at medium high altitude. Vehicle would have minimal on-board offensive avionics.

 

 

 

FS306 -- UTA - Modification Of Existing A/C

DESCRIPTION: UTA is an unmanned, multirole, system that includes: (1) remote operators with off-board information fusion and decision support systems, (2) vehicles with integrated, onboard intelligent avionics, sensors, and flight controls, (3) standoff weapon or recce payloads, and (4) jam-resistant C4I systems and data links to tie the system together. UTA’s fly aggressive, tactical fighter missions and attack profiles, They differ from manned fighters in that they stay in storage during peacetime (except for functional flight checks and periodic exercises.) UTA’s are flown using high level, mission planning type commands and are not piloted in the traditional sense. Operators maintain proficiency on simulators, which drastically reduces actual flight hour requirements.

 

 

FS307 -- UTA - New Vehicle

 

 

DESCRIPTION: Advanced UTA is an all-new, unmanned, multirole, air-to-ground tactical system that includes: (1) remote operators with off-board information fusion and decision support systems; (2) vehicles with integrated, on-board intelligent avionics, sensors, and flight controls; (3) standoff weapon or recce payloads; and (4) jam-resistant C4I systems and data links to tie the system together. UTAs fly aggressive, tactical fighter profiles. Unlike manned fighters, they stay in storage during peacetime (except for

exercises). They can be flown using high-level, mission planning type commands or can be virtually piloted with near-real-time operator situation awareness. During less demanding mission segments one

pilot may be able to control multiple aircraft. Operators stay proficient on simulators, which drastically reduces actual flight hour requirements. These UTAs are designed for no maintenance (a) while in

peacetime storage, and (b) when deployed for combat (except for refueling and rearming). They are unconstrained by human physiology and can be VVLO and very, very maneuverable

 

 

 

FS 308 - Covert/Recce Strike UAV

DESCRIPTION: This concept is based on the Covert Strike and Reconnaissance (CSR) UAV proposal, modified to be able to locate and attack mobile surface to air systems. The CSR is an extremely low observable (ELO) aircaft with signatures significantly lower than current stealth aircraft. It would have the ability to loiter undetected over an area of interest to search for threat systems, then conduct an attack using gravity or powered munitions. Target location would be determined by cooperative passive radio frequency (RF) methods, or active sensors cued by offboard sources. A nominal payload of 2000 lb. is desired, which could be used to carry weapons and/or sensors. This is representative of a conceptual vehicle to fulfill the lethal SEAD role for UCAVs.

JUSTIFICATION: Current shortfalls in lethal SEAD capability are outlined in Mission Need Statement CAF 329-92, Lethal Suppressiuon of Enemy Air Defenses, 9 Jul 93. The primary advantages of a lethal SEAD UAV over alternative solutions center around its ability to redress these shortfalls in a cost-effective manner. Although SEAD is a relatively high-risk mission, the reduction of risk to aircrew through employment of SEAD UAVs is of secondary importance compared to cost effectiveness. The lethal SEAD UAV could either augment or replace existing SEAD systems and give flexibility to the Joint Force Component Commanders and Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs) in meeting their requirements for lethal SEAD.

The lethal SEAD UAV makes up part of the end state for UAVs as outlined in the Air Force Long Range Plan.

PROGRAM ELEMENT: TBD

ISSUES: Studies have not yet been completed to determine the feasibility of fielding UAVs to perform lethal combat roles. Until such utility is proven, it would be unwise to move from manned platforms.

Fiscal. Even with the planned slip of IOC beyond FY09, this program costs over $5 billion. This investment can only be justified if the benefits of performing this mission from a UAV outweigh the significant lethal SEAD capabilities of programmed investments in the F-22 and JSF. If full funding is provided for the lethal SEAD UAV, other programs would have to be used as offsets. Even if all other funding planned for all other lethal SEAD programs was diverted into the lethal SEAD UAV, the shortfall would still be over $4 billion.

REFERENCES:

MNS Number & Title: CAF 329-92, Lethal Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses

ORD Number & Title: N/A Development Plan Date & Title:

1067 Number & Title: N/A Current CINC IPL: YES

ACC PEM Name: Capt Wes Kremer, DRAS, 4-6217 PEM Backup Name: Maj Jim Avrit

 

FS309 -- Hypersonic Global Range Recce/Strike Cruise Aircraft

DESCRIPTION: This is a high speed, manned (crew of two) vehicle which can provide timely global reconnaissance or rapid strike capability against critical high value targets from CONUS bases. Payloads of approximately 10000 lbs. and range of 12000 NM are anticipated. The propulsion system would employ turbojet, ramjet and scramjet propulsion and cruise at altitudes in excess of 100000 ft and at speeds between Mach 8 and Mach 12. Fuels could include endothermic hydrocarbons or hydrogen depending on the system design, performance requirements and active cooling needs for engine or vehicle thermal protection requirements. This design would rely heavily on propulsion, structural, materials and other technologies developed for NASP and NASA Reusable Launch vehicles.

 

 

 

FS310 -- Global Quick Reaction Recce/Strike

DESCRIPTION: This manned or unmanned system is a suborbital/orbital rocket powered vehicle which would takeoff/launch from the ground under its own power. Vehicle would possess global range and would be capable of reconnaissance or strike missions. Time from takeoff to anywhere on earth would be around an hour. Flights would be at speeds in excess of Mach 15 at near orbital to orbital altitudes.

 

 

 

FS319 -- Comm/Data Link Relay UAV

DESCRIPTION: This Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) would provide communications and data relay to supplement or in lieu of satellite comm systems. System would fly at very high altitude to maximize line of sight and would have extremely high endurance.

 

 

 

FS320 - Unmanned Integrated Surveillance Platform

DESCRIPTION: This concept would integrate the surveillance functions of both the AWACS (airspace) and JSTARS (ground), and RJ platforms. Further, all the imagery (degree of onboard processing of data is TBD) would be data linked (similar to satellite data) to ground stations for further analysis by imagery experts and dissemination. By offloading the crew, including the pilots, and the related consoles and displays from the radar platform, the size and cost of the vehicle could be reduced. Also the endurance of the platform wouldn’t be limited by aircrew considerations.

 

 



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