Aging Array of American Aircraft Attracting Attention

September 15/15:Boeing is expected external link to market a set of F-15 modifications capable of equipping the jet with sixteen air-to-air missiles at the Air Force Association conference in Maryland next week. The plans are yet to be outlined fully by the company, which would double the carrying capacity of the F-15 from the current eight missiles and allow the aging design to remain operational potent, given the potential pairing of the AIM-120D medium-range missile with the aircraft’s Active Electronically Scanned Array radar system.

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The USAF's aircraft fleet will continue to see its average age rise, even if it gets every aircraft it wants. Many of its planes are now older than their pilots, and in the coming decades many aircraft will pass the 50-year mark. The causes are systemic, and the effects are very serious. This is DID's Spotlight article, covering some of the measures being taken, and providing in-depth research resources that cover the problem at both a macro level and a front-line level.

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