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The Future Aircraft Technology Enhancements (FATE) Program was sponsored by Wright Laboratory (WL) FI in Dayton, Ohio, and originally led by Captain Mark Cherry, the program manager. Captain Cherry subsequently was replaced by a new program manager Mr. Tom Black, who also serves as chief engineer. Program tasks were authorized and performed under Contract No. F33615-97-C-3804 from June through October 1997.
A subset of the national Fixed Wing Vehicle (FWV) Program, FATE was performed to “develop revolutionary technologies that will become the foundation for next generation warfighters,” WL FY97 Air Vehicle TAPs. Overall program objectives are as follows:
FATE I, Phase I: Define a set of aircraft technologies that must be flight test validated in a new air vehicle to meet FWV Phase I program goals for a fighter attack class of aircraft, including both inhabited and uninhabited aircraft.
FATE I, Phase II: Develop preliminary vehicle design concepts, a demonstrator system, and demonstration plans.
FATE II: Develop, build and flight-test a demonstrator vehicle to achieve program goals.
This presentation addresses FATE I, Phase I which is being used as a jump start for the UCAV ATD that will replace the FATE activity.