F-22 fight coming to a head

Lawmakers Pressure Pentagon to Release Funds for Controversial F-22 Fighter Jet

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?

UPDATE: The C-17 is facing the same production line and supply chain issues.


  1. Don’t do it. No, the F-22 isn’t the be-all and end-all of fighter jets, but it’s one of the few high-tech military programs that more or less delivered what it promised, and it makes the US Air Force by far the most advanced in the world today. I’d cancel or cut back some other military boondoggle which is never going to deliver what it promised and use that money to continue low rate production of the F-22. The incremental cost is small enough and you’ll need new planes eventually anyway to replace old worn out ones.

  2. The problem, as I see it, with the F-35 is that it has no integral gun.

    Without a gun, you might as well take the pilot out as well because you will simply have no close-in air combat capability. Hard to shoot missiles in a phone booth.

  3. The problem with the F-35 is that its development is a complete mess, its a mediocre plane, very heavy for its size (fitted with great tech though), and it gets more and more expensive.

    But isnt supposed to have a 25mm gun?

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