Magazine article National Defense

Joint Strike Fighter Cannot Replace F-22, Says Air Force Chief

Magazine article National Defense

Joint Strike Fighter Cannot Replace F-22, Says Air Force Chief

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If Congress cancels the Air Force F-22 next-generation air superiority fighter, the service will review its goals and priorities for another key program, the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The JSF is scheduled to replace the Air Force F-16 fighter in about a decade. Its mission primarily will be airto-ground combat with precision bombs.

The Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael E. Ryan told reporters that the service is counting on congressional support to keep the program alive, despite actions by the House Appropriations defense subcommittee to suspend $1.8 billion in procurement funding for F-22 in fiscal year 2000. "The JSF requirements and F-22 don't come even close. The F-22 goes deep into the battle-space and takes out air defenses. It also protects high-value assets" such as reconnaissance and radar planes, Ryan said. F-22 also is designed to be stealthy in order to penetrate sophisticated air defenses. Its stealth features would be more advanced than those in the current generation of stealth aircraft.

"The JSF today is not being designed to meet those requirements. …

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