Senior House lawmakers are ratcheting up pressure on Defense Department officials to release congressionally approved funding for an Air Force fighter that has been the subject of a running battle between Pentagon and Air Force leaders.
In a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has said he wants the F-22 Raptor’s fate decided by the next presidential administration, senior House Armed Services Committee lawmakers demanded an explanation for why $140 million already set aside for the plane’s suppliers is being held up.
Production is coming to an end, and if it stops completely it will be even more expensive to re-start later. Meaning that it won’t re-start later.
Are 183 F-22 Raptors enough? Would it make more sense to put that money toward more F-35s?