2001 Assessment of the Office of Naval Research's Aircraft by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Naval Studies Board, Committee for the Review of ONR's Aircraft Technology Program

The place of work of Naval learn (ONR) reduced in size with the Naval experiences Board (NSB) of the nationwide examine Council (NRC) to set up a committee to study ONR's airplane know-how software (ATP). The committee convened on might 15 and sixteen, 2001, and reviewed a few 28 technology and know-how (S&T) efforts that have been provided as constituting the ATP. The committee met individually on might 17, 2001, to formulate its findings and suggestions. This document represents the consensus opinion of the committee and relies at the info awarded on the evaluate. The ONR ATP is living in the Strike know-how department (Code 351) of the Naval Expeditionary battle technological know-how and expertise division (Code 35). In 2001 the ATP is funded at $55.0 million, that's nearly 60 percentage of the Strike expertise department finances. The ATP S&T 2001 funds is extra divided into the subsequent different types: (1) 6.1 easy examine at $4.3 million, (2) 6.2 exploratory improvement at $18.1 million, and (3) 6.3 complicated improvement, together with know-how demonstrations, at $32.5 million. notwithstanding, the ATP should be in significant transition starting in FY02.

Starting in FY02, all the 6.3 investment and one-half of the 6.2 investment on the ONR could be devoted to 12 significant application components known as destiny Naval services (FNCs). the aim of the FNCs is to concentration complex expertise improvement at ONR on naval strength features which have been pointed out as excessive precedence for the longer term through a cross-functional staff of naval operators, naval improvement and help organisations, and ONR software managers. Plans were made to combine a number of of the Code 351 courses reviewed into FNCs. The ATP used to be offered to the committee in six thrust parts: built-in avionics, propulsion and gear, air motor vehicle expertise, unmanned aerial vehicles/unmanned strive against air automobiles (UAVs/UCAVs), survivability, and targeted aviation initiatives. numerous tasks have been awarded inside of every one thrust sector. The committee geared up this file in accordance with those thrust components, and in numerous of those components it additionally indicates new S&T themes for attention for the long run ATP. The findings and proposals of the committee are summarized during this report.

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ONR has requested another $300,000 to perform post-ATD flight demonstrations in FY02. Assuming success of the flight tests, the challenge remaining is to transition the CRW concept into future Navy UAV/UCAV designs or perhaps to position it as a candidate future upgrade for the Navy’s helicopter-like vertical takeoff and landing tactical uninhabited aerial vehicle (VTUAV) (planned as the Pioneer replacement), currently under contract for engineering and manufacturing development. Few such near-term opportunities are evident.

2 program indicated that most efforts were linked to follow-on work. The committee did not review any LO technology development that is under way in other Services or agencies. It may be that these other efforts are very well coordinated from a technology discovery perspective. However, it was apparent to the committee that there was minimal awareness and knowledge of reduced signatures technologies in ONR. Keeping LO tightly classified when it no longer needs to be will have an impact on the effectiveness of FNC technology thrusts and put the Navy a step behind the Air Force in technology advances that improve susceptibility.

At a minimum, the Navy needs to recognize some continuing problems—one of which is the lack of robust buffet loads prediction—as well as the potential for future configurations to benefit from technologies that involve tightly coupled, nonlinear aero-structure-controls interactions. The Navy must be a smart buyer in these key areas, and that would require more work in all of them. It is recommended that current aviation platforms and operational programs of interest to the Navy (V-22, F-18E/F, JSF) be reviewed to identify specific historic problems that would require basic S&T research for their solution and then to propose such research for future S&T funding.

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