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I think it would be fair to guess that FJAG wasn't suggesting that we drop our FIRST CF-18 squadron to be replaced in favour of UCAVs. Why would you do that and have them sit waiting for a platform to be brought online? Roll the first three squadrons into the first 65 x CF-18 replacement fighters while the UCAV technology matures and then the LAST squadron transitions into the new platform.FJAG said if we dropped fighters we'd have a Squadron of pers to put towards UCAV.
With 2 aircraft built right now, the literal only UCAV that we'd consider buying is the X-47B. If you look at how long it took to make the F-35, which was a generational change aircraft, there's no possible way a UCAV is ready to bid in the early 2030s that FOC is supposed to be for FFCP. We also need to know what the damn are capable of, and what doctrine they support before we even start a project office and send out a RFP. We're supposed to have our first future fighter in mid-2020s, so for arguments sake in 2025. CF-188s start retiring then. There might be 4x X-47Bs flying around then. Totally a good idea to dump billions of finite defense dollars into an experimental project.
And Boeing is projecting that they will be mass producing Loyal Wingman by the middle of the decade.