The Pentagon Spends Too Much on Acronyns

Case in point, a digital autopilot based gunnery enhancer that the USAF has named Digitally Enhanced Aiming Through Control Law (Death Claw).

The concept is simple, using the flight control system to aid gunnery accuracy, but someone spent weeks coming up with this name:

A 40-year-old idea to improve strafing accuracy by transferring flight control of a manned fighter to the autopilot to aim the gun is being revived as the U.S. Air Force looks internally for innovations that can be demonstrated and delivered quickly.

An operational version of the Digitally Enhanced Aiming Through Control Law (Death Claw) system is in development less than two years after the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School conceived and performed an eight-month demonstration.

The concept is sound technically, but the name is beyond silly.

Also, I recall a similar system being tested on an F-15 in the late 1980s.

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