As explained by the publication, of the additional funds allocated for the purchase of aircraft, 1,7 billion dollars will be spent on the purchase of F-16 fighter jets in excess of the 35 plan, of which eight F-35A, two F-35B and six F-35C. In addition, there is an option for six more F-35 aircraft (two for each version, with 5 spending millions for testing). With regard to additional purchases of fourth-generation aircraft, detailed data are not available.
Starting in 2020, the United States Air Force (USAF) is considering the possibility of deploying additional F-35A (including up to 24 variants of Block 3F) with a dislocation based on Eglin. Aircraft of this version that are in service with the 58 squadron are considered the oldest among the F-35, their number is 25 machines (software version Block 2B).
Previously, plans were made to deploy all three versions of the F-59 fighter jets at the Eglin air base in Eglin for training purposes, but the Marine Corps transferred its F-35B aircraft to Beaufort Air Base in South Carolina. In addition, in the 35 year in Eglin, the US Navy’s F-2019C fighter pilot training program is closed, thereby opening up the possibility for the United States Air Force to deploy 35 F-34A fighter jets.