Georgia lawmakers Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) and Rep. Jim Marshall (D) came together to ensure the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Georgia got the funding it needs to begin building a new software support facility. Chambliss noted in a joint statement that work on the $21 million project should begin “as soon as possible.” Marshall said he and Chambliss had “fought long and hard” to secure the construction money. The new facility will enable the center to expand its software support workload, which currently supports special operations, E-8, and F-15 aircraft. Amanda Creel reports that the center expects to add work for C-17 and F-22A aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. Center officials expect to start the contract bid process this fall.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.