Lexington Senior Vice President Daniel Goure was quoted by CNBC on whether the age of the Air Force’s E-3 Sentry might affect its readiness for airborne conflict. The first updated prototypes are still several years away, at a minimum, but the recent Chinese spy balloon incidents have highlighted the urgency of updating this aircraft sooner rather than later.
“Having the first one out in 2027 is not bad from an acquisition point of view,” said Goure. “Even for a system that’s been in some variants in the field for a long time, that’s pretty darn quick, but if there is a way to get them quicker we really need to consider that in order to make sure that we don’t lose the capability because of a problem with the aging AWACS.”
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