Officials at Little Rock AFB, Ark., say that training of C-130 aircrews is falling behind because too many older C-130 Hercules are grounded or restricted for wing-box fractures. The base has 33 of the 82 C-130s currently grounded by Air Mobility Command, reports the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The Air Education and Training Command base also supplies C-130s to support operations in Southwest Asia. To keep up with its commitments, Little Rock has borrowed C-130s from Air National Guard units in North Carolina and Wyoming. The prognosis for relief—all the unit’s C-130s repaired with new wing boxes—is years.
The Collaborative Combat Aircraft will be operational in the late 2020s, several years before the Next-Generation Air Dominance family of systems, Air Force officials told the House Armed Services tactical aviation panel. The CCAs will first be “shooters,” then electronic warfare platforms, then sensors, in that order, they added.