Aging F-16s demand new U.S F-35 fleet

|By:, SA News Editor

Following the Air Force's mandatory inspections on all 157 of its F-16 D-model jets this week, 82 of the fighters are still grounded due to cracks between the front and rear pilot seats.

The aging fleet of Cold War-era fighter jets underscores the U.S. Air Force's need for new equipment, say analysts.

Incidents like these are expected increase in coming years, due to the relatively slow pace at which the military is buying F-35 fighter jets which will replace the F-16s.

The F-35 program is facing its own set of issues, including funding, the delay of software testing and flight restrictions due to June's engine fire.