Posts Tagged ‘Warplanes’

AFSOC to “Borrow” from Army to Create AC-27J Gunship Force

December 14, 2008

Air Force Special Operations Command is slated to receive two of seven C-27J aircraft bought with fiscal year 2009 dollars originally intended for the Army to build gunship versions of the aircraft, Inside the Air Force has learned.

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When Will Obama Reveal National Security Strategy?

December 12, 2008
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Pentagon observers disagree on how soon President-elect Barack Obama’s team will develop its new national security strategy and whether his administration will have time to conduct a new, sweeping national security review before completing the Pentagon’s 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, reports Inside Defense.

By law, Obama is required to submit a comprehensive national security strategy report within 150 days of taking office. A Defense Department briefing slide reviewed by Inside the Pentagon suggests the new team might develop high-level planning guidance next spring, followed by a new national security strategy next summer. In early 2010, the Obama team’s first QDR report would be issued, along with a National Defense Strategy and National Military Strategy, according to the slide.

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USAF Needs 200 New Aircraft Yearly, Says CoS

October 9, 2008
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The US Air Force’s aircraft have been flying, on average, for 24 years, representing the oldest fleet in the service’s 61-year history. This leads to degraded performance, increased accident risk, and huge increases in maintenance costs — money which would be better spent on new equipment and ordnance.

USAF needs to procure 200 new aircraft every year in order to rejuvenate its fleet, says General Norton Schwartz, the new Air Force Chief of Staff. This is almost twice as many planes as USAF currently buys.

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Air Force Will Need 50 Years to Replace its Aircraft, Says AFA President

October 9, 2008
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Air Force Association President Michael Dunn has presented some frightening statistics. According to his calculations:

First, the AF is procuring 750 aircraft over the six year period of the FYDP. That equates to 125 aircraft per year. At that rate it will take about 46 years to replace every aircraft in the inventory. This means that – unless something changes – the average age of our aircraft will rise to 46 years.

Secondly, about 270 of the aircraft are UAVs … and arguably are not replacing other aircraft in the inventory. That leaves about 80 aircraft per year – which equates to a replacement rate of 72 years.

Thirdly, you say not all aircraft need to be replaced. OK – let’s assume the Air Force is only going to replace about two-thirds of its aircraft. That means it will take 50 years to replace them all.

Finally, the reason the number is so high for 2008 is the war time supplemental bill. DOD has indicated that it no longer wants to submit a supplemental funding bill … which would, if put in place this year, have resulted in only 93 aircraft being procured – 52 of which were UAVs. This results in a replacement rate of 141 years.

Read the facts and figures on USAF aircraft procurement plans in a PDF file by clicking here: http://www.afa.org/EdOp/Aircraft_Procurement.pdf .