DoD’s 30-Year Aviation Plan

Here you have it, the Pentagon’s annual 30-year aviation plan.

Click through the jump to read all about how the Defense Department plans on buying two new VC-25 presidential transports (Air Force One) by the end of this decade, kicking off an effort to replace the ancient T-38 Talon around 2018, new bombers and a fleet of more than 600 UAVs by 2022. Most interestingly, the plan lists an effort to develop a 6th-generation fighter, dubbed F-X, to replace the Air Force’s F-22 Raptors and another 6th-gen jet called F/A-XX that’s slated to replace the Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. (H/t to Marcus for pointing this out.)

All in all the document shows that the Pentagon’s aviation fleet will grow slightly from 14,340 aircraft today to 14,415 by 2022, with aviation spending totaling about $770 billion during that time.

DoD Aviation Plan

Via Bloomberg.

  • Matt

    OoooO…More tax payer money given wasted…..

  • Rohan

    Awesome pic…..design is sooo cool. Can anyone please help me in getting knowing who is the engineer of this plane design !!!

    Please Please Please !!!

    • LKitty

      Probably some 3D artist. I doubt its an actual design. =)

  • Sgt_Buffy

    So, they are working on developing a 6th gen aircraft. Isn’t that kind of like selling us 2013 model cars in 2012?

  • Mastro

    Well they’d better start work on a cheaper F35 replacement- now that it looks like that will cost $200 million each plus insane maintenance costs.

  • D’Orville

    Wait a second, F/A-XX? Wasn’t that the F-35 supposed to supplant the F/A-18s?

  • Lance

    Looks like Boeing stole the fake plane from the movie STEALTH LOL. Over all just a design studies can be done there is NO money to replace the F-22s and F-15s with another new plane which may or may not be a step ahead. The USAF is getting ahead of itself thinking somehow that budgets cuts will be overturn and the Sequestration will be prevented. I dont see either happening and so I think General Schwartz will have a rude awaking this coming January. Over good ideas yes. But the fiscal situation makes this impossible.

  • Mark

    Ok finished reading it and so I have this comment, “your photo was the most exciting part.”

  • asdf

    why are the intake nozzles on every other aircraft (including stealthy) on the bottom or sides, but on top here?
    i know that isn’t an optimal place for it on a fighter, but why?

  • Roland

    If we have this tech and money already why not roll it in for mass production.

  • Brian Black

    What is 6th gen? What attributes seperate a 6th generation fighter from a 5th?

  • Torstein Tobiassen

    F-X is intended to replace the F-15s that were not replaced by F-22s, these F-15s will now be upgraded to serve to about 2025.

  • Rob

    Manned flight is endangered species. Unmanned planes are cheaper because pilots (including training, healthcare, etc) adds to cost plane. I’m all for manned flight, its sounds like its major struggle in halls of Congress. Anyways, costs developing them seems to kill the design before it actually gets produced. I’ll be amazed that Air Force still thinks a F-35 like fighter can replace the A-10 after all those years of the Thunderbolt II proving itself over the years.

    • Maxtrue

      Manned fighter bombers can do more than what unmanned ones can for some time to come. Speed will increase in unmanned craft, but the tactics needed in a hostile environment requires manned air craft.

      Yes, the F-35 cannot do what the A-10 can do.

      • Tom

        And the A-10 can’t do what the F-35 can do … so we’ve proven they’re different aircraft.

        • Maxtrue

          Yes, but I’m not suggesting the A-19 do what is wasn’t built to do. The DOD is suggesting the F-35 do what it can’t.

          • Chaostician

            Correct. Far from being a replacement for the A-10, F-35 will result in a downgrade in close air support capability. Not a good thing for joint warfighting, not a good thing for the country.

    • Roland

      That maybe but on the other hand good choices should be manned and unmanned capable per unit. What if the enemy have universal remote?

    • Torstein Tobiassen

      An aircraft needs to be flown whether it’s manned or unmanned, you can’t store a plane like you store a main battle tank, it wouldn’t remain airworthy if you did. So the costs involved wouldn’t be much less. Of course you might need fewer flight hours with an unmanned aircraft, but then you could also reduce flight hours with manned planes by increasing use of flight simulators, Norway intends to reduce flight hours this way to 175 per year per F-35.

  • Chuck

    I wouldn’t say “6th-generation fighter, dubbed F-X, to replace the Air Force’s F-22 Raptors”, I would say “”6th-generation fighter, dubbed F-X, to replace the Air Force’s, Navy and Marines F-35”

  • PolicyWonk

    From reading this, it is clear that The Fighter Mafia is still in control - the projected balances of airframes to tasks do not seem to reflect ‘practicality’. Maybe its time for the USAF to be re-integrated with the Army. The C-27’s should be given to the Army (’cause the Army likes them and the AF does not), and the transport fleet should probably not be reduced given the Pacific leaning strategy put forward (meaning - more capacity is better than less). And of course they’re still trying to kill the A-10, despite its overwhelming success and the fear it imposes on the enemy.

  • Tribulationtime

    I glance quickly but Navy will be operating F/A-18 and AV-8B to 2030!!! 60 years main design of aircraft!!!. Sorry I dont belive that decepcion tactics sure.

  • Ben

    Seriously. The B-2’s big, but it’s no 747. You think it can power a laser capable of downing an ICBM? And Imagine that huge swivel mount focusing lens sticking out the top! You’d utterly destroy the stealth of a billion dollar bomber. Brilliance.

    • Maxtrue

      Sticking out of the bottom; the turret isn’t that big and I think a decade is a rather long time to shrink some of the components don’t you think?

      But then its better we not talk about such things…

  • Morty

    Isn’t 6th gen. scram jets

  • Cellarman

    Silly money making millions for arms manufacturers, as ever, the only real winners in warfare.