posted on Feb, 10 2016 @ 01:09 AM
Confirmation from the US Airforce that the delay in modernising their fleet is going to cause real trouble. The need to fund the development and
acquisition of 3 new systems has put so much pressure on the budget that they've now admitted that they can't afford to do everything that's
I can't help wondering if the cutting of the 5 F35s from next years budget is as a result of the delay in retiring the A10 and the need to have the
supply line in place. Longer term the upgrades to it to keep it flying till 2020s are interesting. I wonder if this will take some of the strain off
the F15 and F16s in a low threat environment. I do wonder however what impact pushing back its retirement date that far will have on the IOC date for
the F35 especially given the Airforce has already said it can't maintain both types.
It'll also be interesting to see what impact this combined with the future enhancements and need to keep the teens series flying has on the airforce
maintenance budget and staff retention. Could pushing everything futher back just build up the problems to a greater degree?
Finally, I know they run two planes at a time when the president is out and about but a cost of over 1/2 Billion dollars/year is a hell of a lot to be
paying. Especially as this is down for R&D rather than the purchase of the new plane.
Interestingly it looks like there is no more work planned on the Dragon Lady after FY2019.