The Pentagon is upgrading the F-16 to fly the stealthy Joint Strike Fighter in an attempt to keep it from becoming too expensive to maintain.
The upgrade to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is the latest in a series of upgrades the service is making to keep the planes afloat.
F-35 Fighter jet upgrades at Lockheed Martin, Inc., in Red Bank, New Jersey.
(Photo: Lockheed Martin)The Air Force plans to spend $3.3 billion on the Super Hornets for the next 10 years.
The Air Force is also working on upgrades to the Super Hornets for the 2020-2022 budget year.
The Air National Guard will spend $4.1 billion on upgrades and other items to the aircraft.
This story has been updated to include a statement from Lockheed Martin.
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