The US House Armed Services Committee has directed the USAF to look at a production re-start for the Lockheed martin F-22 Raptor.
In a release, the committee notes that production of the F-22 concluded in 2009, and notes 187 aircraft were produced, far short of the
initial program objective of 749 aircraft, as well as the Air Combat Command’s stated requirement of 381 aircraft.
The report continues:
The committee also understands there has beeninterest within the Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense, and
Congress in potentially restarting production of the F-22 aircraft. In light of growing threats to US air superiority as a result of adversaries closing the
technology gap and increasing demand from allies and partners for high-performance, multi-role aircraft to meet evolving and worsening global security
threats, the committee believes that such proposals are worthy of further exploration.
Therefore, the committee directs the Secretary of the Air Force to conduct a comprehensive assessment and study of the costs associated with resuming
production of F-22 aircraft and provide a report to the congressional defense committees, not later than January 1, 2017, on the findings of this assessment.
The report is expected to include F- 15C retirement plans and service-life extension programs; estimated next-generation aircraft initial operating capability dates; and estimated end-of-servicetimelines for existing F-22s.
Senior USAF officers have recently told CA that re-starting F-22 production would be prohibitively expensive, and some even ruled it out completely.
Others say that porting some F-35 technology into the F-22 would provide an immediate solution to the USAF’s F-X fighter needs in an expedient manner.
March 2020The March issue of Combat Aircraft Journal features the SR-71 Blackbird on the cover of our US and Global edition to herald a fascinating feature from Warren Thompson covering the secret missions of the Yom Kippur War. The issue also details the latest development for the Eurofighter Typhoon related to the ongoing competition in Finland. We also bid farewell to the Indian Air Force’s last MiG-27 ‘Floggers’ and the last USAF HC-130N/Ps. The issue includes the second part of our F-22 insight report plus a full evaluation of the latest F-35 embarkation aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth under Westland 19 and all the latest news and in-depth analysis.
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