Alternatives for Modernizing U. S. Fighter Forces

Alternatives for Modernizing U. S. Fighter Forces

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The U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps are in the process of replacing the bulk of todayAis fighter aircraft Ai most of which were purchased in the 1980s Ai with new F/A-18E/F, F-22, and F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter) aircraft. Although current procurement plans call for the purchase of about 2, 500 aircraft over the next 25 years, the services are projecting that those purchases will not keep pace with the need to retire todayAis aircraft as they reach the limit of their service life. This study examines the capabilities and costs of the fighter force under DoD plans and the potential implications for DoDAis long-term budget and inventory levels if planned purchases of new aircraft are insufficient to maintain fighter inventories called for by current service requirements.Most of those aircraft were purchased at high annual rates during the 1980s, however, and are expected to reach the end of their service life at similarly high rates over the next decade. To counteract those impending retirements andanbsp;...

Title:Alternatives for Modernizing U. S. Fighter Forces
Publisher:DIANE Publishing - 2010-10

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