The Air Force says it will delay the delivery of two new strobes until it gets the go-ahead from Congress.
The decision comes amid a spate of problems in the air force’s strobe fleet.
A report by the Air Combat Command last week found the Air National Guard and Air Force Academy pilots are among the most common types of aircraft that are grounded.
In an update to the Air Forces Rapid Reactive Strike System (ARDS) program, the Air Chief of Staff, General Robert Burt, said the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) could not deliver the required numbers of aircraft, due to the delays.
The Air Force has also been accused of delaying the rollout of the new “Strobe” unmanned aircraft.
The AAWC said in a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week that the Air force was “not in a position to deliver to the next planned deployment of ARDS aircraft.”
The Air Forces Air Mobility Command is also expected to have its own strobe program for 2018.
The new aircraft would be built by Lockheed Martin and will use a strobe sensor system to deliver a stroboscopic image to the operator.
AstroVision, a company based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the leading manufacturer of strobes, which have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A US government audit last year said that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines could have procured enough strobes for the next 20 years, but the Army has not made the decision to do so.