The U.S. Air Force general in charge of U.S. Northern Command (NorthCom) says he needs multi-role aircraft to perform his varied missions, meaning the newest U.S. fighter is not necessarily the answer. Those missions include maritime surveillance and air patrol and interdiction, Gen. Victor Renuart told Aviation Week after a speech last week on Capitol Hill. “Part of this air sovereignty mission is identification and non-kinetic enforcement. It’s diverting airplanes away. It’s ...

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