Roper: Retiring aging aircraft would mean 'immediate improvement' to Air Force readiness rates

By Courtney Albon / November 24, 2020 at 3:30 PM
The head of Air Force acquisition said today he expects the service would see "immediate improvement" in its readiness rates if it were authorized to retire older aircraft as proposed in its fiscal year 2021 budget request. The Government Accountability Office last week released an assessment of Defense Department aircraft, which found that over the last 10 years, most fleets consistently missed their mission-capable rate goals due to aging systems and supply chain issues. Air Force aircraft have an average...

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