Aircraft modernization in the defense and international arena
Given the current turbulent political and economic situation around the world, nations will tend to favor technology insertion over procurement of new aircraft platforms. This article urges those in the world aerospace marketplace to focus on the perceived local threat and propose solutions that are relatively inexpensive and easy to assimilate within a nation's armed forces. For program managers, this usually means addressing and implementing upgrades to existing platforms, considering the long-term viability of any proposed modernizations, and after the program is initiated, guiding it successfully through the design/development/test phase, the initial production/installation phrase, and the deployment and support phase. Those program managers who understand the political, economic, and technological factors will be in the best position to successfully handle aircraft modernization programs.