The Air Force has sent six of its “Golden” F-15s, those receiving upgrades including the latest radars—the Active Electronic Scanned Array System version 2—to Kadena AB, Japan, on the island of Okinawa. Over the next 10 years, the Air Force plans to upgrade 178 F-15s with the v2 AESA and send several more to Kadena, reports SrA. Jeremy McGuffin. The new radars are designed to provide better target acquisition and greater reliability. With no moving parts, the v2 AESA requires maintenance about every 1,000 hours compared to the aircraft’s earlier radar, with a hydraulically steered antenna, needed maintenance about every 80 hours.
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.