|Quoting Oroka (Reply 80):|
But considering that the 787 has 20-30 years of active production ahead of it, a 20% increase in efficiency, and simplified maintenance
Something else to consider, the B-767 and A-330 are larger than the current KC
-135 a/c, guess the size of the B-787?
The B-787 production program is using composits scaled up to a level never seen before in a/c production, the program is so masively out-sourced that Boeing really does not control the pace of production, with the current backlog and penalties involved, how long would it take to get to testing and designing, when one also considers the B-787-9/10/3 etc?
The F-22 is demaned by the US Air Force sometime's you get the imperssion that you can have all the other a/c in the inventory in exchange for the F-22. The OEM knows that and the price of this a/c ain't coming down, sounds funny to say that the only way the military can afford US Technology is by selling it to other countries with the possibility of compromising it.
The C-17 is on more dangerous grounds, congress has kept it going for a few years, those A400M customers may be pressured to wait for the program to die to ensure that their commitment continues, the A400M will be built its just how much more the current customers will have to put up. Look for a push to do the tanker and cargo in one by cancelling the C-17 and speeding up the tanker replacement.
The US Air Force needs to save money elsewhere for its F-22, so how about chopping other programs the way they did the F-117? How many B-52 and presently in the inventory, and where exactly do they intend to use them, how about putting more in the desert and relying more on the B1 and B2
, how about grounding more F-16's and the C-130J's which they never wanted but the congress gave them anyway?
The congress is presently in a spending mood, just not military spending, better the military think tanks start putting forward their own cost savings before the politicians do it for them.