It took 7 years from the establishment of the DoD Trainer Aircraft Masterplan and JPATS program in 1988 to aircraft coming off the assembly line in 1995 for a relatively simple mission (AETC, 2010).
The TFX F-111, JVX V-22, and JPATS T-6 programs experienced similar instances of acquisition strategy challenges in relation to the pillars of acquisition.
Even with COTS technology, the military services eventually manipulate the technology to meet military specifications much like what happened to the 1990s JPATS T-6.
Although the JSF program is in the 21st century, lessons on the pillars of acquisition were first relearned in the 20 th century with the TFX, JVS, and JPATS programs and reconfirmed by analysis on the JSF program.
L-3 Vertex currently provides COMBS support for JPATS and the T-6A aircraft at six base locations, including Randolph Air Force Base (AFB), Texas; Moody AFB, Ga.
L-3 Vertex has served as incumbent contractor for T-6A COMBS since the JPATS program introduction in 1996.
The business develops and produces state-of-the-art avionics products and systems principally for the general aviation sector and markets them through a well-known and well-established dealer network and for military platforms, such as JPATS
(Joint Primary Air Training System).
Air Force approval for the JPATS T-6A full-rate production is expected to bring Smiths Aerospace business valued at more than $350 million over the lifetime of the aircraft.
The JPATS consists of the T-6A Texan II aircraft, simulators, instructional courseware and other support to train entry-level Air Force and Navy student pilots in primary flying skills.
Raytheon Aircraft is the JPATS
prime contractor, based in Wichita, Kansas.
This is the first lot option exercise for production aircraft under the JPATS program.
It is expected that the Air Force and Navy could order up to 711 production aircraft under the JPATS program.