U.S. Air Force plans to upgrade the active F16/15 not in favor of a half-generation fighter purchase 4
Air Force officials believe that the original procurement of the F-35 for the limited funds are diverted for the purchase of four generations of fighting worse half fighter is unwise.
Air Force think F-16/F-15 fleet life extension, than to buy a new fourth-generation fighters economy better half .
According to the U.S. “Defense News” Web site April 2, 2010 reported that Air Force Chief of Staff Norton ? Siwa Zi (Norton Schwartz) General recently confirmed to the outside world, in order to compensate for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter delivery delay caused by a “fighter gap”, the U.S. Air Force has already begun on the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” (Falcon) aircraft test team, I hope in the next period of time to keep hundreds of such aircraft in service.
Siwa Zi on March 31 revealed to the media, the current U.S. Air Force is the F-16 and F-15 fighter aircraft for destructive structural assessment to ensure that these aircraft engineers are able to do the remaining service life precise assessment. Siwa Zi said, with the purchase of a number of the new 4th generation fighter than a half, some active fighter for life extension should be a better economic way. He believes that in the present circumstances for the procurement of the original F-35′s limited funds are diverted for the purchase of combat aircraft is even worse would be unwise.
order to prevent possible future “fighter gap”, there are some lawmakers are struggling to promote the Air Force to purchase a number of new fourth-generation semi-fighters, such as the Boeing F-15SE “Silent Eagle” ( Silent Eagle) and Luo ? Malaysia’s F-16 Block-60. (China Aviation Industry Development Research Center Chen Li)