USAF Looks At Extending F-16 Lifespan | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.02.16

Airborne 05.03.16

Airborne 05.04.16

Airborne 05.05.16

Airborne 05.06.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 05.02.16

Airborne 05.03.16

Airborne 05.04.16

Airborne 05.05.16

Airborne 05.06.16

AEA2016 LIVE Aero-TV: 04/27-0830ET, 04/28-1400ET, 04/29-1100ET

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Tue, Apr 06, 2010

USAF Looks At Extending F-16 Lifespan

Hedge Against Possible F-35 Delivery Delays

The U.S. Air Force has begun conducting structural stress assessments on its existing fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft in an effort to assess the feasibility of continuing to fly the jets for an additional 10 years. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norman Schwartz confirmed the action is underway as a hedge against the possible delay in the delivery of over 1,700 F-35 JSF aircraft.

In a speech to the Air Force Association, Schwartz said "I think it's pretty clear that our strategy is to pursue service-life extensions [SLEPs] to the extent that is affordable rather than purchase new generation four-and-a-half aircraft while we're working hard to bring on F-35," said Schwartz. "I do not think it is wise to dissipate the limited pool of resources available for F-35 by procuring less capable aircraft that will last as long" as the new generation fighters.

Defense News reports that some members of Congress think the Air Force should procure what are called 4.5 generation fighters (the JSF is considered a 5th generation fighter) to prevent what they see as a "fighter gap" between the end of the service life of the current fleet and the availability of the F-35's. Those in-between aircraft would be planes like the F-15 SE Silent Eagle or the Block 60 F-16.

Schwartz insists that it would not be prudent to spend limited procurement dollars on anything other than the 5th generation fighters. The Air Force plans to retire as many as 250 of the longest-serving F-15 and F-16 fighters, as well as a few A-10 Thunderbolts over the next five years for a cost savings of about $3.5 billion.

FMI: www.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

Textron Aviation Opens New Facility In Germany

Expands Line Maintenance Offering With New Bremen Site Textron Aviation has opened a new European line maintenance station in Bremen, Germany, further enhancing its service offerin>[...]

NASA Moves To Begin Historic New Era Of X-Plane Research

Supersonic Aircraft Will Be Built And Flown Over The Next 10 Years History is about to repeat itself. There have been periods of time during the past seven decades – some bus>[...]

Michigan High School Establishes Aviation Program

Classes Will Be Held At Pellston Regional Airport Alanson, Michigan Superintendent of Schools Dean Paul has established an aviation program for high school students with classes to>[...]

FAA Provides An Update At UAS Symposium

The FAA Administrator Says Progress Is Being Made On UAS Issues The FAA held a UAS Symposium in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University last week to broaden the dialo>[...]

FAA Approves 5,000 Section 333 Exemption Petition Grants

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace Looks To The Future Of Non-Recreational UAS Use FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division announces 5,076 approved Section 333 petition grants. The FAA furthe>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC