USAF Wants $$$ to improve Aircraft Ranges

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    US Air Force requests funding to improve aircraft ranges


    Pat Host, Washington, DC
    - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
    09 June 2017

    Key Points
    • USAF requesting USD127 million for improved training ranges
    • Top USAF officer says virtual training key to maximising pilot effectiveness
    The US Air Force (USAF) requested funding in its fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request for construction of improved aircraft ranges in Utah and Nevada.

    USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and service Secretary Heather Wilson said on 6 June in a prepared congressional testimony that the improved ranges at the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) and Red Flag would allow the USAF to use the full range of capabilities available to F-35A aircrews. Red Flag, an air-to-air combat training exercise, is located at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada.

    The FY 2018 budget requested USD28 million in military construction (MILCON) funds to build a Consolidated Mission Control Centre (CMCC) at UTTR. USAF spokesperson Erika Yepsen said on 6 June the CMCC will provide a secure mission facility that will be able to command and control four separate test, evaluation, or training events on the range at a single time.

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