EUROPEAN FIGHTER DEVELOPMENTS
USAF Drops Thrust Reversers for ATF, Citing Cost and Weight Penalties
ORLANDO, FLA. The Air Force has dropped a requirement for thrust reversers on the advanced tactical fighter (ATF) after determining it would be too costly and add too much weight to the aircraft. The decision was made after weighing trade-offs in ATF requirements in order to stay within the service’s goal of developing a 50,000-lb. aircraft at $35 million each. Gen. Robert D. Russ, head of the Tactical Air Command, said he was convinced those goals could be met and that the service was conducting periodic performance reviews of the program to do just that.