Air Force to assess cost of reconstituting F-22A production line, buying 194 additional aircraft

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    Air Force to assess cost of reconstituting F-22A production line, buying 194 additional aircraft

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    April 19, 2016 | Jason Sherman
    A House panel is directing the Air Force to consider restarting the F-22A production line, a potential first step in reconstituting the Lockheed Martin manufacturing program more than four years after the company disassembled the enterprise.


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    From: http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS25/20160420/104831/BILLS-114HR4909ih.pdf

    F-22 production restart assessment

    The committee notes that production of the F-22 fifth-generation tactical aircraft concluded in 2009, and notes 187 aircraft were produced, far short of the initial program objective of 749 aircraft, as well as the Air Combat Command’s stated requirement of 381 aircraft. The committee also understands there has been interest within the Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense, and Congress in potentially restarting production of the F-22 aircraft. In light of growing threats to U.S. air superiority as a result of adversaries closing the technology gap and increasing demand from allies and partners for high-performance, multi-role aircraft to meet evolving and worsening global security threats, the committee believes that such proposals are worthy of further exploration.

    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.
     
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    :eek: That came out of nowhere.

    Can the Navy get in on the action this time, please|Angelic|?

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    So lets see the Air Force is looking for CAS bird and now this? A real slap in the face for F-35. Its still a fine jet but leadership isn't convinced on the argument that it can fill all of the roles it claims it can fill.
     
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    So basically speaking, the USAF wants to restart the production of F-22s.

    Anyways, I am not an expert but would this also lead to an "F-22C" given the nature of advancement China has, particularly their anti-access/area-denial strategy?
     
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    Woah:0o:. Never thought I see the day when the Air Force was actually contemplating building new F-22s and not just waffling about it.

    As is or would they feature design changes to bring them more up to date? A B version maybe? While still better then anything else flying, I can't image their electronics couldn't use an update or two, and maybe a few corrections to the airframe if any are needed.

    Maybe an F-35 DAS-type IRST this time around, eh Air Force?

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    The F-22 is sorely lacking in this department.
     
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