The U.S. Air Force plans to equip F-16s with automatic crash avoidance systems by the spring of 2014, a move expected to save 10 pilots and 14 jets over the lifespan of the aircraft. This comes as the USAF and NASA are completing research on the Ground Collision Avoidance System that has been underway since 2011. It is designed to pull a jet out of an impending ground collision and is expected to lead to the development of other systems for use on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor. While analysis is not complete, flight test data suggest that the system is meeting its design goals and is on schedule for the 2014 installation on 620 F-16s. (Image Credit: USAF)
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