In the face of these attacks, Admiral Anselmo defended the competency of OPTEVFOR
, saying, "I think Admiral Hill |the current head of OPTEVFOR
~ and his staff have done an admirable job.
The OPTEVFOR report did not reveal, however, that the older ALQ-126B system was not designed to counter advanced threats, and an additional system, Northrop's ALQ-162, would be required to supplement it to counter some of the threats addressed by the ASPJ.
Among these is a group of Air Force engineers and analysts who reviewed the OPTEVFOR report.
We understand the government of South Korea had asked the US Air Force to investigate the implications of the negative OPTEVFOR report on the F-16 contract.
Acceptance of the OPTEVFOR test results could lead to cancellation of ASPJ and jeopardize F/A-18 sales as well.
There appears to be general agreement within the DOD that the OPTEVFOR tests and conclusions were flawed; however, the ASPJ program is still not out of the woods.