The National Guard Bureau (NGB) proposes to beddown one squadron of F-15EX aircraft at two of three alternative locations and one squadron of F-35A aircraft at one of four alternative locations. The F-15EX would replace existing F-15C/D aircraft at two installations analyzed. The F-35A would replace the existing F-15C/D aircraft at one of the installations analyzed. In addition, the NGB would implement necessary construction projects to successfully beddown the aircraft at the selected installations.
The purpose of the proposed action is to replace aging F-15C/D aircraft currently utilized by the Air National Guard with the state-of-the-art fighter aircraft to better address future mission requirements, offer expanded capability, and provide life-cycle cost savings in comparison to continued operation of existing F-15C/D aircraft. The proposed action is needed because the F-15C/D aircraft are reaching the end of their service life. It is not economically feasible to retain the F-15C/D aircraft beyond fiscal year 2026, and the Department of the Air Force has already begun to retire aircraft that have reached the end of their serviceability.