FARN10: Boeing does strike fighters

The title of the briefing was “The Strike Fighter Evolution”, and the briefer was Boeing vice president and general manager for global strike systems Shelley Lavender. In my experience, a briefing with such a title is unpromising: Lots of generic information and references to “generations”, but little in the way of news.

But this briefing was different, as shown by this tantalizing slide:

Don’t get too excited about the line on F-22. No, Boeing is not the prime contractor for the F-22, but it’s responsible for building one-third of the fuselage and integrating the avionics. In the latter role, Boeing expects a thriving business for F-22 modernization programs in the years ahead.

But pay close attention to the last line on slide. It’s the one labeled “propietary” and indicates that it’s in production today. We don’t know what “it” is, and, of course, Lavender declined to elaborate or clarify.

And that may not have been the most interesting slide in Boeing’s brief. Take a look at the one below, and note the bullet point for “enclosed weapons pod” and image.


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10 Responses to FARN10: Boeing does strike fighters

  1. Charley 20 July, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I wonder if the USN could refit it’s existing F/A-18E/F’s with the conformal tanks? Or any of these options? Could they be developed in time to be included on the Navy’s MYP III Supers?

  2. fightingirish 20 July, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    A “Silent Hornet”!

    Dear flightglobal,
    thanks for the superb coverage of FARN10 so far! :-)


  3. Jimmy 20 July, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    Is that enclosed pod like a conformal weapon bay?

  4. Moose 21 July, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    Same purpose, Jimmy, but mounted on a pylon instead of flush to the airframe.

  5. R Jonsson 21 July, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    It is sad that Aviation Week has suspended Bill Sweetman as an expert commentator on the Joint Strike Fighter.
    If the development will go right to the contrary aircraft development must also accept the aviation industry criticism given and that the time to correct any deficiencies. Otherwise we get a Joint Strike Fighter, which “only” serves as the aviation industry in mind and not on how it can be effectively utilized in any fighting role.
    Bill Sweetman could point at the right side.

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  7. jef 21 July, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    laser warning ? uhh ..an advanced aircraft , no doubts

  8. FighterFan 22 July, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Stephen – any chance you could get hold of the whole presentation and post it here?

    Boeing should adapt the enclosed weapons pod concept to the F-15SE as well… just 4 slammers in the conformal weapons bay is not nearly enough

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