US Air Force intends to abandon the F-22

The United States Air Force plans to eventually phase out the F-22 Raptor fighters, as their use has revealed a number of significant problems.

According to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Charles Brown, the US military aviation will reduce the fleet of fighters and attack aircraft to four types of aircraft - now there are seven types of such combat vehicles in service. The F-22 Raptor will be dropped from this list. The correct combination of combat aircraft will be determined through a special "TacAir research". Military experts are planning to define the concept of future fighters that combine the capabilities of the 4th and 5th generations.

During the McAleese and Associates conference, the general noted that the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) fighter will replace the F-22 and interact with the F-35. Also, the US Air Force will continue to use the F-15EX and F-16 and the A-10 Warthog attack aircraft - thanks to the update, the latter can be operated until the 2030s.

A total of 186 F-22 Raptor aircraft are at the disposal of the US Air Force, the average age of fighters is about 15 years. According to the deputy chief of staff for plans and programs of the United States Air Force, Lieutenant General David S. Nahom, these aircraft now dominate the American airspace dominance.
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 14 May 2021 10: 24
    Unlikely, but the news itself is interesting to others. Efforts are increasingly being made to bring military spending into line with common sense, even remotely. The possibilities of the printing press are not limitless. People see the problems in perspective, they will have time and will be able to prepare for them or everything will go according to the Soviet scenario, the big question is.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 May 2021 11: 24
    plans to give up over time

    As the others.
    ... The stump is clear, someday they will refuse. When the service life comes out and something new is developed.
    1. monman Offline monman
      monman (Garik Mokin) 14 May 2021 16: 18
      Both fraternal editions, Voyennoye Obozrenoye and Reporter, in their articles on reducing the number of US Air Force gliders from 7 to 4 by 2030, they deliberately missed one moment - the F-22 is being replaced by NGAD, a 6th generation glider, a prototype of which is and flies and will go into service in 2030 year.
      This is what the orig. article:

      We see the F-22 as a bridge to NGAD capabilities, ”the general said, using the acronym for the Next Generation Air Dominance program, in which the service plans to develop a sixth generation fighter to replace the F-22.

      The four aircraft include the NGAD, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Boeing F-15EX, and the Lockheed F-16.
      The characteristics of the 6th generation in Russia and the United States are different. Here's what the U.S. Air Force wants:
      (lane google)

      During a recent webinar, engineers at Raytheon Intelligence & Space said they believe the next generation of fighters will be driven by several new technologies, including one large transmitter that acts as an air-to-air radar, air-to-ground radar ", radio and electronic warfare platform. A single software-driven system would replace several different systems, switching between tasks as needed.
      Raytheon engineers said the sixth generation fighters will also be equipped with self-landing systems, according to a review of the Aerotech News webinar. The aircraft of the future will most likely be designed for autonomous landing on aircraft carriers, which can be used to land aircraft in inclement weather in the "precision landing zone." The sixth generation fighter could land autonomously, without human control, or give instructions to pilots landing in difficult conditions.
      And then there is the AI ​​that will act as the co-pilot of a human pilot on a next-generation fighter jet. In fact, earlier this year, the Air Force revealed that their secret new fighter would have an AI-like R2-D2-style partner who flew a U-2 spy plane for the first time in history.
      The AI ​​tethered to the cockpit could watch for enemy radars being blocked and track threats to the plane, such as incoming missiles, and then automatically launch traps to lure the missile. AI can also be used to control a "loyal wingman" drone - a semi-autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly alongside crewed fighters.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 May 2021 16: 26
        Good translations, IMHO, a very useful thing.
        Much better than bad translations, but with remorse ...

        It turns out that we are talking about the 30-35-40s, when the service life of F22, according to the articles earlier, should have ended this way ...
        1. monman Offline monman
          monman (Garik Mokin) 14 May 2021 18: 03
          The F-22 will leave before 2030 - the US Air Force will not have enough funds to support both the F-22 and NGAD. Fiscal 2022 will show timing and priorities ...
  3. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 15 May 2021 01: 27
    Both fraternal editions, Voennoye Obozrenoye and Reporter

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  4. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
    Michael1950 (Michael) 18 May 2021 18: 52
    Quote: cmonman
    The F-22 will leave before 2030 - the US Air Force will not have enough funds to support both the F-22 and NGAD. Fiscal 2022 will show timing and priorities ...

    - In no case. Until NGAD begins to be mass-produced, only after that, gradually and step by step, will begin to withdraw the F-22 into the reserve. Not before.