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We need the new capabilities no matter what, but we need to keep the costs under control.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: spy66
Yes. Because the F-35 can't send all the information that it gathers to other aircraft. The existing network used by other aircraft, including AWACS and BACN has been compared to having a dial up modem, with the F-35 having huge packets of data to send. One of the things PCA will do is allow more information to be spread wider.
Not to mention there's no point in having a limited number of airframes capable of doing the mission and the rest of your fleet being 40 years old.