With the dearth of new programs, upgrades to keep aircraft relevant through their extended service lives are increasingly driving operating costs. As software is now the key to capability, it should be easier to keep pace with technology and ahead of threats, but the costs and timescales for avionics upgrades are escalating. With a long history of fielding advanced aircraft from the airborne early-warning E-2 Hawkeye to the anti-submarine P-8 Poseidon and electronic-attack EA-18G ...


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