U.S. Air Force that supports the defense proposed cut-off F-22 fighter
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WASHINGTON, April 13 (Xinhua correspondent Wang Wei Yang Qingchuan) Air Force Secretary Donley and Schwartz 13, Air Force chief of staff in the “Washington Post” joint comments on the online article said, the Air Force to support Defense Secretary Robert Gates 6, to stop the production F-22 “Raptor” fighter of the proposal.
article said that now is the U.S. Air Force F-22 fighter jets from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter transition, when the Air Force fully endorses the recommendations of Gates.
Air Force has long been asking to purchase a total of 381 F-22 fighter. But U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced on August 6 2010 fiscal year defense budget plan, said he has advocated in the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 fighter jets to increase the number four, a total of 187 stops the production of this model.
Donley and Schwartz said in the article, the experience gained and the latest threats to the United States re-understanding, they change their mind and decided to support Gates’ proposal.
F-22 fighter aircraft for the U.S. response to the Soviet Union during the Cold War Air Force’s fifth-generation fighter was developed, but now the world except the United States and other countries can not produce the fifth generation fighter. Gates that the Pentagon not only designed to get rid of obsolete Cold War weapons systems, but also to give up those weapons designed for a superpower rival systems, including F-22 fighter. However, the cut-off F-22 fighter of the proposal has been defense contractors and the strong opposition of some members of Congress, Gates can finally get this idea was approved by Congress is unknown.