Integrating Basing, Support, and Air Vehicle Requirements

An Approach for Increasing the Effectiveness of Future Fighter Weapon Systems

by Morton B. Berman, John Halliday, C. L. Batten, Richard J. Kaplan, Ed Phillips, W. E. Mooz, T. F. Kirkwood


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This report describes and demonstrates a new methodology for increasing the effectiveness of future fighters that must face growing enemy threats in Europe and the Third World. Unlike traditional methods, this new methodology integrates changes in the design of air vehicles with changes in the basing and support systems they will use. The methodology calls not only for such conventional measures as the speed, acceleration, altitude, payload, and maneuverability of the air vehicle, but also for such new measures as the flexibility, mobility, sortie generation capability, aircraft ground survivability, and cost of the air vehicle, as well as its basing methods and support structure.

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