BOX 3.1

Naval Aviation of the Future

  • Moving toward a more vertical force—STOVL, VTOL, and STOL

  • Subsonic aerial trucks as new, utilitarian naval air platforms

  • Very long-endurance, long-range UAVs a principal naval forces asset

    • High-quality surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting information in real time

    • Capability for offload of support aircraft from carriers

  • More flexible carrier deck loading

    • CVs as all-fighter or attack warfighters, or as

    • Littoral warfare support ships with few or no VF or VA

  • Broad range of viable aircraft carrier sizes and configurations

    • Large CV to small CV with same aircraft types embarked

    • Hybrid, multimission aviation ship (CV-LHD) as littoral warfare platform

  • More cost-efficient force as a result of the following:

    • Lower aircraft acquisition and life-cycle costs

    • Greater aircraft deck loads per ship ton than today

    • Increased CV sortie generation rates

    • Efficiency of all-strike “arsenal” aircraft carrier

    • Reduced manning due to more reliable systems, introduction of UAVs

    • Lower training costs because of unmanning, less CV landing training for “vertical” air wing

  • New air platform decisions necessary only as enabling technologies are proven

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