Armed Forces News

The Air Force and Navy made their cases on Capitol Hill for the need to upgrade their fleets of C-130 Hercules aircraft.
The Air Force would like modernization efforts to be more thorough and move forward more quickly, Lt. Gen. Jerry D. Harris, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, told the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee during a Sept. 28 hearing.
Lt. Gen. Donald E. Kirkland, commander of the Air Force Center, told the panel that late and declining budgets combined with sequestration could hinder the service from using the C-130 to meet strategic needs and changing threats.
“The C-130T … is the only Navy aircraft capable of lifting all modules of the F-35 engine,” Navy Rear Adm. Scott D. Conn, director of air warfare in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, told the panel.