Auto-GCAS dates from the mid-1980s when the USAF was working on the Advanced Fighter Technology Integration F-16 prototype. But while the system worked, data storage was not sufficiently developed for auto-GCAS to be implemented on operational aircraft. Nonetheless, the experience provided valuable data.
The current USAF effort has its origins in the
For the F-35, at an assumed
Given the potential savings, the USAF began flight demonstrations of the auto-GCAS technology in 2010 in an F-16. But the
The first operational DoD full auto-GCAS will be installed on the USAF's F-16 fleet starting early next year. From there, it will migrate to other platforms including the Boeing F/A-18 and F-35.
While cost savings are what ultimately sold auto-GCAS technology, its most important benefit is that it can save lives. Indeed, Lockheed engineers see no reason similar technology could not be installed in civilian airliners. Given the potential to enhance safety, serious consideration needs to be given to adopt auto-GCAS for wider applications.
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