http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUSN155086220090915US Air Force chief wary of F-22 export project
* General Schwartz says diverts talent from other projects
* Will talk to lawmakers to gauge their intent
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland, Sept 15 (Reuters) - A top U.S. Air Force official expressed doubts on Tuesday about diverting service personnel toward developing an export version of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-22 fighter.
An export version could keep the production line going even as the Obama administration seeks to end purchases of the advanced combat jet during fiscal 2010, that begins Oct. 1.
But Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz said personnel were needed to focus on what he described as higher-priority programs, including a new aerial refueling tanker and a new long-range strike capability.
He termed the proposed F-22 for export as more of a commercial issue than a government issue.
"I personally don't see it as being the best use of our acquisition talent," Schwartz told reporters after a speech to the annual meeting of the Air Force Association.
Schwartz, the service's top uniformed officer, said he would talk to members of Congress and their staff to make sure the Air Force understood their intent.
Japan, Israel and Australia have shown interest in buying the supersonic, radar-evading F-22 Raptor, manufactured by Lockheed as its top dogfighter.
Foreign F-22 sales have been banned by a 1998 law aimed at protecting the "stealth" technology and other high-tech features said to make the fighter too good for money to buy.
In its version of a defense spending bill for fiscal 2010, the Senate Appropriations Committee included a provision that, if enacted, would clear the way for an export version "that protects classified and sensitive information, technologies and U.S. warfighting capabilities."
President Barack Obama's 2010 budget request, now moving through Congress, asked to end F-22 production.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week for a $636.3 billion defense spending bill that would cap the U.S. F-22 fleet at 187, down from a Cold War-era plan to buy as many as 750.
For years, Japan has sought to buy two squadrons of the F-22, possibly 40 planes, a request that has become more compelling due to tensions with neighboring North Korea. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa and Jim Wolf; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)
Serait-ce une manière élégante d'exprimer que le F35 est une "daube"?Paul a écrit:Beaucoup de gens à Washington aimerait voir la reprise de la production du F-22.
audac a écrit:Serait-ce une manière élégante d'exprimer que le F35 est une "daube".Paul a écrit:Beaucoup de gens à Washington aimerait voir la reprise de la production du F-22.
Therefore, the committee directs the Secretary of the Air Force to conduct a comprehensive assessment and study of the costs associated with resuming production of F-22 aircraft and provide a report to the congressional defense committees, not later than January 1, 2017, on the findings of this assessment. The committee expects the report to be unclassified, but may contain a classified annex. Further, the committee directs that the assessment and report consider and address the following:
(1) Anticipated future air superiority capacity and capability requirements, based on anticipated near-term and mid-term threat projections, both air and ground; evolving F-22 missions and roles in anti-access/area-denial environments; 27 F-15C retirement plans and service-life extension programs; estimated next-generation aircraft initial operating capability dates; and estimated end-of-service timelines for existing F-22As;
(2) Estimated costs to restart F-22 production, including the estimated cost of reconstituting the F-22 production line, and the time required to achieve low-rate production; the estimated cost of procuring another 194 F-22 aircraft to meet the requirement for 381 aircraft; and the estimated cost of procuring sufficient F-22 aircraft to meet other requirements or inventory levels that the Secretary may deem necessary to support the National Security Strategy and address emerging threats;
(3) Factors impacting F-22 restart costs, including the availability and suitability of existing F-22A production tooling; the estimated impact on unit and total costs of altering the total buy size and procuring larger and smaller quantities of aircraft; and opportunities for foreign export and partner nation involvement if section 8118 of the Defense Appropriations Act, 1998 (Public Law 105-56) prohibiting export of the F-22 were repealed;
(4) Historical lessons from past aircraft production restarts; and
(5) Any others matters that the Secretary deems relevant.
C'est le contraire, à mon avis ! Ce qui compte pour Lockheed, c'est le volume effectif de ventes du F 35, sa vraie poule aux œufs d'or. Tout ce qui risque de freiner ces ventes met en danger le seul programme important pour l'entreprise.Beochien a écrit:Ça c'est un bon signe pour LM !
Le problème central est la concurrence budgétaire. La vraie limite étant le budget de l'USAF, le nombre de F35 sera tôt ou tard revu à la baisse, quels que soient les plans des militaires. Lockheed et P&W se battent donc quotidiennement pour maintenir le volume du programme, contre tous ceux qui veulent le réduire pour éviter que le F35 ne phagocyte tout le budget.Poncho (Admin) a écrit:Pourquoi est ce que ça ne conterait pas pour le F-22 ?