Military Capabilities

AFA 2018: Top US Air Force acquisition official hopes for new ejection seat in FY 2020 budget

19 September 2018

Key Points

  • A top USAF acquisition official hopes to have money in the FY 2020 budget for the Next-Generation Ejection Seat programme
  • It will formally get the programme moving towards procurement

A top US Air Force (USAF) acquisition official hopes the service will allocate money in the fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget request to move forward with the Next-Generation Ejection Seat (NGES) programme.

William Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF acquisition, technology, and logistics, told reporters on 18 September at the annual Air Force Association (AFA) conference that he did not have an acquisition strategy for the programme. One major advancement in ejection seats, he said, was that much of the mechanical work performed in legacy ejection seats can now be performed securely with electrical systems.

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