• tags: airpower, air_force, F-22

    • 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.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.