18 May '18, 9pm

Air Force secretary: China, Russia could shoot down new JSTARS on day one of a war

Air Force secretary: China, Russia could shoot down new JSTARS on day one of a war

Even a new version of the Air Force’s JSTARS battlefield management and control aircraft would be vulnerable to being shot out of the sky during the opening salvo of a conflict with Russia or China, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told lawmakers Thursday. As part of its proposed fiscal 2019 budget, the Air Force wants to cancel the program to recap the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, which previously sought to buy 17 new Boeing 707-sized planes to replace its old inventory. But some lawmakers aren’t thrilled with that plan, and are putting up roadblocks. Last month, the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee included a provision in its portion of the 2019 defense authorization bill that would make life difficult for the Air Force if it doesn’t recap JSTARS . This provision would cap funding for its proposed Advanced B...

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