The Pentagon is not going to reduce the cost of maintaining F-35 fighters in the coming years
On Monday, the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Armed Services, Adam Smith, exercised his right to amend the 2022 defense budget cuts. Specifically, this right allows you to determine how many F-35 fighter-bombers can be bought or serviced by the Pentagon.
In return, it was proposed to buy more aircraft of other classes.
- A. Smith explained.
In particular, if the military fails to achieve the cost of maintaining F-35 aircraft in the amount of $ 4,1 million per year, then the services will not be able to purchase the planned number of combat vehicles. For comparison, in the 2020 financial year, an average of about 35 million was spent on the maintenance of an F-8 fighter.
However, an amendment to the US Defense Budget Act was passed on Wednesday, according to which the restrictions were postponed for a couple of years. They were supposed to take effect in fiscal 2026, and now the US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps can meet the required spending figures for the F-35 until 2028. Thus, the Pentagon is not going to reduce the cost of maintaining the fifth generation F-35 fighters in the coming years.
Lloyd Austin, the US Secretary of Defense, has the opportunity to waive restrictions, if necessary and the requirements of unit commanders to purchase additional F-35 models. This will mean meeting the requirements of the national strategy.
Democratic Representative Mark Veasey, who represents Fort Worth, Texas, where Lockheed Martin makes F-35 fighters, suggested that Austin exercise this right.
The International Aerospace Engineers and Workers Association - a union representing aerospace workers such as those who make the F-35 - has sent a letter to committee members supporting the amendment.
- said the President of the International Association Robert Martinez.
- Ilya Storchilov
- Twitter / NATO Air Force Joint Command
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