US Navy Aircraft Acquisition Programs
1907 - Present (incomplete)
- Naval Type Specification 146.
- Replacement for Lockheed P2V Neptune and Martin P5M Marlin.
- Lockheed Model 185 YP3V Orion.
- Martin (Model 238?).
LAMPS Mk I
- Navy Attack Bomber, Light.
- Douglas A4D Skyhawk replacement.
- Single-seat, subsonic close support.
- 15,000 lb conventional weapons load.
- Increased combat radius.
- Based on existing aircraft.
- 1962: enlarged Douglas A4D Skyhawk proposed with TF30 turbofan.
- June 1963: RFP issued.
- Douglas A4D-6.
- Grumman G-128G-12 (single-seat A-6 Intruder derivative).
- North American AF-1E Fury derivative with TF30 turbofan.
- LTV V-463 (F8U Crusader derivative).
- 11 February 1964: LTV V-463 selected for production as A-7 Corsair II.
- UPDATED 3 December 2005
LAMPS Mk II
- Light Airborne MultiPurpose System Mk I.
- Tactical manned ASW shipborne helicopter.
- Kaman SH-2 SeaSprite.
LAMPS Mk III
- Light Airborne MultiPurpose System Mk II.
- Cancelled in favor of LAMPS Mk III.
- Light Airborne MultiPurpose System Mk III.
- Boeing Vertol Model 237 YUH-61A.
- Sikorsky S-70 SH-60 SeaHawk (winner).
- Block I Upgrade, 1993.
- Block II Upgrade.
- US Navy Specification TS169.
- STOVL technology demonstrator.
- Performance requirements:
- Hover for up to four minutes while using only 5 percent of fuel load.
- Accelerate from Mach 0.8 to Mach 1.6 at 35,000 ft in 80 seconds.
- Sustained turn rate of 5.5g at 10,000 ft.
- Utilize existing hardware.
- General Dynamics E7.
- Advanced Tactical Aircraft.
- 1983 - 1991.
- February 1984.
- Planned long range, very low observable, high payload medium-attack Grumman A-6E Intruder replacement.
- November 1984: Concept Definition Studies contracts awarded to Northrop / Grumman / Vought and General Dynamics /
- April 1986: considered as possible General Dynamics F-111 replacement (USAF).
- June 1986: Dem/val contracts awarded to Northrop / Grumman / Vought and General Dynamics / McDonnell Douglas.
- 23 December 1987 - 13 January 1988: Full-scale development contract awarded to General Dynamics / McDonnell Douglas.
- General Dynamics / McDonnell Douglas A-12 Avenger II.
- Cancelled 7 January 1991 due to severe cost and schedule overruns and technical problems.
- Advanced Short Take-Off Vertical Landing.
- Joint USMC, UK RN, DARPA program for supersonic replacement for AV-8B Harrier II and Sea Harrier.
- 1983 - 1994.
- 1987: ASTOVL Phase II - cover for covert DARPA/Lockheed Skunk Works/NASA development.
- Re-vamped into SSF.
- STOVL Strike Fighter.
- 1987 - 1994.
- Continuation of ASTOVL Phase II.
- Classified development of stealthy, supersonic STOVL fighter.
- Memorandum of Understanding between USAF/USN.
- De-classified as CALF.
- Long Range Air ASW Capable Aircraft.
- Lockheed P-3 Orion successor.
- January 1987: RFP issued.
- October 1988: Lockheed design selected.
- 20 July 1990: cancelled for contract default by Lockheed.
- Boeing LRAACA.
- Lockheed P-7.
- McDonnell Douglas P-9 LRAACA.
- See MMA.
- Naval Advanced Tactical Fighter.
- 1990 - 1991.
- Proposed navalized ATF as replacement for Grumman F-14 Tomcat.
- Lockheed NATF proposal.
- Cancelled in favor of F-14 upgrades.
- Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter.
- Also known as JAF - Joint Attack Fighter.
- 1993 - 1994.
- Joint USMC, UK RN, DARPA program to replace Harrier and F/A-18 Hornet.
- Initially Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas; Boeing later also.
- 1993 merged into JAST program.
McDonnell Douglas LRAACA
- Advanced Attack.
- January 1991: successor to cancelled ATA and NATF programs.
- Replacement for F-14, A-6 (USN) and F-111, F-117, F-15E (USAF).
- Requirements included:
- Advanced, “high-end,” carrier-based multi-mission aircraft.
- Day/night/all-weather capability.
- Low observable.
- Long range.
- Two engines.
- Two crewmembers.
- Advanced, integrated avionics and countermeasures.
- 30 December 1991: contracts awarded
- Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics (revised F-22).
- McDonnell Douglas/LTV.
- General Dynamics/McDonnell Douglas/Northrop (revised A-12).
- Revised as A/F-X program
- Replacement for cancelled A-12 Avenger II ATA program.
- Superceded AF program, with additional air-air requirements due to NATF cancellation.
- 1991 - 1992.
- Cancelled 1 September 1993 in favor of JAST program.
- Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft.
- Lockheed P-3 Orion successor.
- Boeing 737-800ERX.
- Lockheed Martin Orion 21.
- Boeing 737 MMA selected as winner, 14 June 2004.
- P-8 designation unofficially assigned to program, December 2004.
- 30 March 2005: officially designated P-8.
- Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle - Naval.
- Boeing X-46.
- Northrop Grumman X-47 Pegasus.
- Undergraduate Military Flight Officer Multi-Place Aircraft Training System.
- Rockwell T-39 Sabreliner successor.
- T-48 designation reserved for program (as T-48TS; assumed T-48 Training System).
- 29 April 2003:
"The Department of the Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Support/Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program
Office is planning the acquisition of the T-48TS, an Undergraduate Military Flight Officer (UMFO) Multi-Place
Aircraft Training System (MPATS). The T-48 is the T-39 replacement, and will consist of the aircraft with radar, the
ground based training system and curriculum, and life cycle support for two years. Contract award is planned for the
Second Quarter of fiscal year 2004. NAVAIR is in the process of conducting market research to identify commercial
products that are capable of meeting the UMFO MPATS training objectives. A draft solicitation, as well as information
on training objectives, mission profiles, and existing course curriculum, has been posted under N00019-T48TS at
http://www.navair.navy.mil/doing_businss/open_solicitations. All comments from industry should be submitted by
2 June 2003. Additionally, NAVAIR is interested in observing radar demonstrations, the details of which can be found
at the website. Potential offerors are encouraged to check this site regularly, as additional information may be
provided when it becomes available. A notice will be posted to this site upon release of the official solicitation
(tentatively planned for mid-August 2003 timeframe)."
- 22 January 2004:
"The Department of the Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Undergraduate Flight Training System
Program Office identified in announcement 19DEC03- N00019-04-R-0084 plans for the acquisition of the Military Flight
Officer Multi-Place Aircraft Training System (UMFO MPATS) (T48TS). Release of the draft Request For Proposal (RFP),
initially scheduled on or about 23 January 2004, has been delayed. Further information on the solicitation will be
available on or about 27 February."
- Raytheon Hawker 800XP.
- Presidential VIP helicopter transport.
- 23 required.
- Sikorsky VH-92 Superhawk.
- Team US101 US101.
- 29 January 2005, US101 announced as program winner.
- March 2005: VH-71 Kestrel designation associated with program.
- July 2005: VH-71A designation officially confirmed.
© 1998-2005, Robert Beechy
Originally posted 18 November 2005