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Learn New Tricks for Old ISR Planes, Senate Says

Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft housed at Offutt AFB, Neb., are prime candidates for modern maintenance approaches that use additive manufacturing and predictive analytics, the state?s senior senator argues.

Offutt?s fleet of C-135-based ISR platforms, which entered service in the 1960s and 1970s, perform secretive intel-gathering missions in the Middle East and near North Korea, China, and Russia. But the reconnaissance stalwarts face problems ranging from failing hydraulic and pressurization systems to fires that were detailed in an Omaha World-Herald investigation last year.

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