The US Air Force’s fiscal year 2024 reserve budget includes plans to retire more than 300 aircraft, helicopters and drones. We have already written about A-10 Thunderbolt II, B-1B Lancer, F-15 Eagle, MQ-9 Reaper Block 1 and F-22 Raptor. But the service does not want to stop there.
What is known
The US Air Force wants to retire 37 HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and one Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk drone. But mostly planes will fall under the knife:
- 24 KC-10A Extender air tankers;
- 3 aircraft combat control and target designation E-8C JSTARS;
- 2 E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft;
- 2 electronic warfare aircraft EC-130H Compass Call;
- 4 psychological warfare aircraft EC-130J;
- 3 attack aircraft A-29 Super Tucano;
- 52 T-1A Jayhawk training aircraft.
Despite the fact that more than 300 aircraft will be decommissioned, the US Air Force wants to buy only 95 aircraft. 72 of them are F-35 Lightning II and F-15EX Eagle II fighters. It is also known that instead of the E-3 Sentry, the United States wants to receive 26 aircraft by 2026. Boeing E-7 Wedgetail.
Source: The Drive