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A Pentagon tactical aircraft study being done for the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) likely will recommend fleetwide reductions that will lead to a cut in domestic F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) purchases, said Lexington Institute analyst Loren Thompson.
The QDR team in the Office of Net Assessment “is likely to recommend a 30 percent cut in tactical air forces,” Thompson said.
That would likely mean the Air Force would return to its earlier plans to buy about 400 F/A-22s Raptors and 1,000 F-35s. “In the case of the Navy, that cut could result in elimination of the carrier-based variant of the F-35,” he said.
acknowledged that the Air Force ultimately will buy fewer than its planned 1,760.
The Teal Group, which tracks the military aviation industry, also says JSF cuts are coming. It believes the Air Force purchase will drop to about 1,200.
Originally posted by FredT
I fail to see why the Navy would get thier portion of the JSF cut?
Originally posted by waynos
Maybe I don't know enough about the real F-35 and I am just thinking about the X-35 demonstrator?
Time will tell.