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The US Air Force again will not be able to decommission 32 old F-22 Raptor fighters to save billions of dollars

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The US Air Force again will not be able to decommission 32 old F-22 Raptor fighters to save billions of dollars

While some F-22 Raptor were transferred to the Middle East to pacify Russian aircraft, the US Air Force is trying to get permission to decommission old fighters. But the authorities are again opposed.

What is known

Lawmakers from the House Armed Services Committee have once again blocked the US Air Force’s request to withdraw older fifth-generation fighters. The service wanted to get rid of 32 F-22 Raptor Block 20 aircraft in fiscal year 2024 (FY).

Decommissioning the fighters would save $400 million annually through FY2027 and another $200 million in FY2028. The US Air Force wanted to redirect those funds to the development of a sixth-generation fighter, which will appear in the middle of the next decade as a replacement for the Raptor.

Committee members oppose the decommissioning of Block 20-level aircraft, as they believe that they can be combat-ready depending on the threat. In addition, older F-22s can be used for exercises without increasing the wear and tear of newer and “most advanced” Block 30/25 fighters.

Source: Breaking Defense





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