The US Department of Defense has released funding to build an additional four F-22 Raptor fighter jets beyond the 183 already
US lawmakers have called on the Pentagon to release USD140 million in advanced procurement funds that have already been appropriated
to pave the way for the purchase of an additional 20 F-22s.
They – along with some US Air Force (
USAF) officials – have argued that failing to robustly fund the F-22 would lead to the
shut-down of the world’s only fully operational fifth-generation fighter production line.
However, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Pentagon officials have until now resisted efforts to fund the F-22 beyond
the 183 already purchased, preferring to focus funding on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Young is meeting both sides half way by keeping the line open in the short term but leaving long-term decisions about F-22
production to the next administration.
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