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US Air Force concerned about breaking minimum amount of fighter aircraft

18 January 2019

Key Points

  • A top US Air Force official is concerned the service could break a congressionally mandated minimum level of fighter jets
  • The service faces looming aircraft retirement

A top US Air Force (USAF) official is concerned the service could break a congressionally mandated minimum number of fighter jets if it does not improve its fighter recapitalisation rate.

“We need to increase our fighter procurement replacement rate,” Under-Secretary Matthew Donovan told an audience on 18 January at an event by the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) Mitchell Institute. “If we don’t replace our airplanes that are getting ready to age out, then we’re going to bust that floor, and not at a good time as we go into the mid-2020s.”

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