RAF FAIRFORD — The U.S. Air Force’s plans for a forthcoming program to buy a communications system to connect fifth-generation fighters to their fourth-generation counterparts is only a first step, according to Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Ultimately, within a few years, he wants to embark on a similar effort to facilitate sharing of data -– threat pictures, for example -– among fifth-generation systems, including the F-35. But, with its initial operational ...

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