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Aircraft Procurement: Status and Cost of Air Force Fighter Procurement

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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In February 1984, the Air Force briefed the Congress on the first Roadmap. At that time, the Roadmap called for procuring 276 new fighter aircraft annually, beginning in fiscal year 1986, to replace older aircraft and to expand the force structure from 36 to 40 wings, an increase of about 400 aircraft. The Roadmap also included aircraft modification plans for integrating major weapons and capability improvements, such as the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile AMRAAM and the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared System for Night LANTIRN.The Air Force developed the Roadmap to project what it believed was an achievable force structure rather than include all of the systems it believed were needed to counter the Soviet threat. It planned to update the Roadmap to reflect changes in requirements, budgetary limitations, or time frames, Many changes have occurred and two annual Roadmap revisions- Tactical Fighter Roadmap- to 1994 and Tactical Fighter Roadmap- 1986 to 1996 -have been provided to the Congress, each incorporating changes and updating the lo-year planning period covered by the Roadmap.


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  • Aircraft

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[A, Approved For Public Release]