15 May '17, 9pm

With budget passed, hunt for a new Compass Call 'off and running'

The Air Force's hunt for a new electronic warfare aircraft is "off and running" now that a budget has been approved for the rest of fiscal 2017, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force's acquisition chief, said Monday. The Air Force is planning to acquire 10 new aircraft by 2029 to replace its aging fleet of 15 EC-130H Compass Calls, some of which date back more than five decades. The suite of sophisticated and secretive communication-jamming equipment that now resides in the Compass Call will be transplanted into the new airframes, dubbed EC-X. Before Congress reached a deal last month to fund the government for the rest of the year, service officials were worried that a full-year continuing resolution would delay the fielding of the first EC-X by at least 12 months. This would have forced the Air Force to continue repairing old planes longer than expected, which would have ...

Full article: https://www.airforcetimes.com/articles/with-budget-passed...

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