AF to release draft impact statement on proposed F‑35 pilot training center

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will file a draft Envi­ron­men­tal Impact State­ment for the pro­posed estab­lish­ment of an F‑35 Light­ning II pilot train­ing cen­ter with­in the con­ti­nen­tal Unit­ed States Jan 20.

 -
U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab
Click to enlarge

The cur­rent Air Force and Air Nation­al Guard instal­la­tions under con­sid­er­a­tion are: Boise Air Ter­mi­nal Air­port Air Guard Sta­tion, Ida­ho; Hol­lo­man AFB, N.M.; Luke AFB, Ariz.; and Tuc­son Inter­na­tion­al Air­port Air Guard Sta­tion, Ariz.

“Can­di­date instal­la­tions were iden­ti­fied through a delib­er­ate process that began with a clear def­i­n­i­tion of train­ing require­ments and pro­gressed through a screen­ing process,” said Kath­leen Fer­gu­son, Deputy Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of the Air Force for Instal­la­tions. “For plan­ning pur­pos­es, the Air Force is ana­lyz­ing the impacts of bas­ing incre­ments of 24 air­craft, from 24 to 144, depend­ing on capac­i­ty at the can­di­date instal­la­tions.”

Luke AFB is the Air Force’s pre­ferred alter­na­tive for the pilot train­ing cen­ter. No final deci­sions regard­ing the train­ing center’s loca­tion will be made until after the envi­ron­men­tal impact analy­sis is com­plete.

The F‑35A is a fifth-gen­er­a­tion fight­er air­craft designed with stealth, maneu­ver­abil­i­ty and inte­grat­ed avion­ics to assume mul­ti-role mis­sions. The Air Force views the fifth-gen­er­a­tion air­craft inte­gral to the future of strike avi­a­tion and to counter emerg­ing anti-access/area denial threats.

“Our aging fourth-gen­er­a­tion air­craft lack mod­ern stealth tech­nol­o­gy and inte­grat­ed avion­ics, and will become increas­ing­ly less use­ful against bur­geon­ing adver­sary anti-access and area-denial strate­gies and capa­bil­i­ties such as air defense sys­tems, radars, mis­siles, and air­craft,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Nor­ton Schwartz said. “As such, we remain com­mit­ted to the fifth-gen­er­a­tion F‑35, which rep­re­sents the future of tac­ti­cal avi­a­tion for the Air Force.”

The Draft envi­ron­men­tal impact state­ment for the F‑35A pilot train­ing cen­ter opens a 45-day pub­lic com­ment peri­od end­ing March 14. The Air Force will con­duct 13 pub­lic hear­ings at loca­tions sur­round­ing the poten­tial­ly impact­ed com­mu­ni­ties to receive oral and writ­ten com­ments on the Draft EIS, Fer­gu­son said.

“The Air Force is com­mit­ted to plan­ning future activ­i­ties while con­sid­er­ing envi­ron­men­tal and com­mu­ni­ty impacts and min­i­miz­ing them where prac­ti­cal,” she said. “A final deci­sion will be reflect­ed in a Record of Deci­sion expect­ed in the sum­mer of 2012.”

The Fed­er­al Avi­a­tion Admin­is­tra­tion and U. S. Marine Corps are coop­er­at­ing agen­cies in the EIS process.

Source:
U.S. Air Force

More news and arti­cles can be found on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Fol­low GlobalDefence.net on Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefenc.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →