By J. L. Birkler
Responds to Senate's comcerns that extra consolidation within the military-aircraft undefined, which has dropped from eleven leading contractors in 1960 to the present 3, dwill pose hazards to innovation and value via constrained or no festival in contracting for army plane and comparable weapon structures for the dept of Denfense.
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2. We include consideration of wide-body transport aircraft adapted to military missions, but exclude rotary-wing and hybrid (V-22) types. 3. All information was drawn from unclassified sources. 4 4. Our analysis includes the full range of design, development, and production activities, from applied research and concept studies, to development of major aircraft systems, through full-rate production and major-modification programs. We have not examined post-production and operational support in any detail.
As a result, the fighter and bomber market structures supported few credible prime contractors/integrators, little competition, and minimal innovation. The industry’s perception of a dramatic increase in market potential was key to bringing about the change from the technologically stagnant 1920s to the revolutionary innovation of the 1930s (monoplane era). That perception resulted from three factors: the emergence of a potentially robust foreign military market, the stirrings of an increasingly viable civil-aircraft market in the United States, and the high technological overlap between commercial transports and combat aircraft, especially bombers.
In addition, our findings do not depend on precise adherence to the exact dates presented here. Those dates are meant to be a guide for the reader. S. Fixed-Wing Military Aircraft Industry 2. Each era resulted in the emergence of dominant industry leaders among prime contractors/integrators in key specialty areas in combat aircraft, and other levels of second-rank4 or niche players. 3. The key breakthroughs that led to the next era in technological development most often arose from one or more of the following types of firms: — Second-rank or niche prime contractors — Leader firms expanding outside their existing area of special ization — New entrants to the industry.
Competition and innovation: in the U.S. fixed-wing military aircraft industry, Issue 1656 by J. L. Birkler