The UK reveals F22 knock off

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Unread post30 Jul 2018, 17:26

Not really. For the F-16V, F-15E+, etc there has been a long line of upgrades that came in earlier batches. That, and they do not depend on a tightly controlled & fused core processor like the F-22 does. On top of all of that, the economies of scale are higher with 4th gen updates.
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Unread post30 Jul 2018, 21:55

For its 2025-2030 MLU reports say F-22 will get a thorough computer/sensor/network overhaul with probably bringing all 187 jets up to the same standard. I expect at least an upgrade to EODAS type functionality on the IR side even if ultimately there is no space for EOTS functionality.
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Unread post30 Jul 2018, 22:18

Space is not a problem as LM said years ago that the current sensors are capable of doing it. Throw in 25+ years of miniaturization (see gains in latest EODASv2 spec) and it's a no brainier.

While the MLU might get an avionics "overhaul", I don't think it will be a complete swap for new gear. I think they'll get new ICP cards, radar modules, HMD, etc... But I don't think it will be a rewire job (apart from getting older F-22s up to current std).
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