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In 2023, the US Air Force will reduce the fleet of fighters from 1970 to 1800 units, and congress prohibits decommissioning the F-22 Block 20

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In 2023, the US Air Force will reduce the fleet of fighters from 1970 to 1800 units, and congress prohibits decommissioning the F-22 Block 20

After several years of resistance, the US Congress still allowed the Air Force to part with part of its fleet A-10 Warthog, after approving the service's plans to retire 21 units in 2023.


Although it's not clear if this means the Air Force will be successful in future attempts to retire all of its A-10 ground attack aircraft.

At the same time, it became known that as part of the US National Defense Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023, promulgated on Tuesday, the House of Representatives and the Senate prohibited the Air Force technical services from mothballing, decommissioning, 33 of their F-22 Block 20 Raptor fighters.

Service chiefs said the planes were not operational and would cost approximately $1,8 billion to maintain over the next eight years. However, Congress has defended the current fleet of F-22s vigorously, and lawmakers have included language barring the divestment of aircraft — along with any cuts in personnel and logistics funding — from 2023 to 2026.

The USAF planned to sell over 260 aircraft from several fleets the following year.

The compromise NDAA allows the Air Force to reduce the total fleet of fighters from 1970 to 1800, which allows the service to abandon 26 and 67 F-16C / D and F-15C / D units, respectively. However, House and Senate commissioners have included language that compels Air Force officials to report on how the planned F-15 sale will affect ongoing operations before mothballing those aircraft.

For other platforms, Congress was more inclined to sell funds aviationwho served their own. The bill allows the Air Force to decommission 50 T-1 Jayhawk trainers that are used to train cadets before they move to platforms like the C-17 or KC-10. This will allow the service to use only the T-6 trainer.

For refueling tankers, the NDAA allows the Air Force to phase out 10 KC-10s and 13 KC-135s, but maintains a limit on the number of KC-135s.
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  1. Fedor Sokolov
    Fedor Sokolov 10 December 2022 08: 40
    0
    It is not difficult to guess where the decommissioned aircraft will go, really! Ukraine will suck everything into itself without a trace, like a black hole.
    1. Orange Bigg
      Orange Bigg 10 December 2022 08: 48
      +1
      Quote: Fedor Sokolov
      It is not difficult to guess where the decommissioned aircraft will go, really! Ukraine will suck everything into itself without a trace, like a black hole.


      Black hole. Just not to feed the horse. Well, and earlier there was information that Ukrainian pilots are learning to fly on American A-10 attack aircraft.
      And here's what they think in the West about the unsurpassed F-22 and F-35.
      “The small number of F-22s, short range, outdated avionics, extremely low range and inability to effectively interact with modern combat assets, as well as its lack of out-of-sight combat capabilities, severely limit its potential,” Military Watch Magazine reports. notes that the rival F-22, the Russian fifth-generation fighter Su-57, “has already marked itself in the Ukrainian theater of operations by suppressing enemy air defenses and pinpoint strikes beyond the line of sight, and the F-22 is deprived of such capabilities.” F-22 Raptor de- actually not suitable for use in combat.


      A simplified and cheaper version of the Raptor, the F-35, is massively exported, but does not participate in hostilities in conditions of strong enemy air defense, and is unlikely to participate. The only time this happened was when an Israeli Air Force F-35 was instantly shot down by an old Soviet S-200 air defense missile system, according to The Drive. Israel will no longer use the F-35 in combat missions in Syria, since "this expensive and newest American aircraft is a delicate topic for Israel and they will no longer risk the machine." In addition, numerous design defects of the F-35 have not been eliminated. The Lockheed Martin corporation that produces these fighters has not eliminated the defect in the 871 fighter that was previously discovered, Bloomberg reports.

      https://dzen.ru/a/Y4tE0dW290gpFxqJ
      1. solar
        solar 10 December 2022 12: 03
        -2
        Only Zen was still lacking here as an authoritative publication. And why not immediately an expert - Katya from Facebook?
        1. Orange Bigg
          Orange Bigg 10 December 2022 12: 18
          -1
          Quote from solar
          Only Zen was still lacking here as an authoritative publication. And why not immediately an expert - Katya from Facebook?


          Zen only quotes respected Western publications such as
          Military Watch Magazine.
          ,
          . portal The Drive.
          ,
          .reports Bloomberg.
          .
          1. Negro
            Negro 10 December 2022 13: 05
            -1
            Quote from Orange Bigg
            Zen only quotes respected Western publications such as
            Military Watch Magazine.
            ,
            . portal The Drive.
            ,
            .reports Bloomberg.

            1. Who are respected?
            2. Does not quote, but misrepresents.
            1. unhappy
              unhappy 11 December 2022 08: 11
              -1
              The young man does not respect anyone, everyone lies and only he knows the truth! Nihilist however laughing
              1. Negro
                Negro 11 December 2022 14: 32
                0
                There are a lot of lies on the Internet. Is this news to you?
                1. unhappy
                  unhappy 12 December 2022 07: 38
                  0
                  People go to the Internet for new information (this is news), and not for finding lies. Of course, a pig will find dirt (like the end of the world in such and such a year), if it is a stupid pig and is looking for dirt, but thinking people always find reliable information for themselves. Is this news to you?
                  1. Negro
                    Negro 12 December 2022 09: 40
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                    Quote: unhappy
                    thinking people always find reliable information.

                    Orange Big's statements are obviously false, verifiable in two clicks. Whom did you mean by thinking person?
                    1. unhappy
                      unhappy 13 December 2022 09: 09
                      0
                      I did not learn about the problems with the Fu-22 today and not from Orange Big, but much earlier. I THINK that you are deliberately ignoring real and available information or lying. hi
  2. Kaufman
    Kaufman 10 December 2022 08: 43
    +5
    Wow .. There are 6 times more fighters than in the Russian Aerospace Forces. These are just the states.
    1. cold wind
      cold wind 10 December 2022 10: 04
      +3
      It's just the US Air Force. They still have fighters in the Navy and the ILC. Only in storage about 700 F-15/16/18.
      1. Negro
        Negro 10 December 2022 12: 54
        +2
        Quote from cold wind
        They still have fighters in the Navy and the ILC.

        Forget the National Guard.
    2. Negro
      Negro 10 December 2022 13: 06
      +1
      Quote: kaufman
      There are 6 times more fighters than in the Russian Aerospace Forces. These are just the states.

      You just found out, right?
  3. Pavel57
    Pavel57 10 December 2022 08: 52
    +2
    Are -10, F-15, F-16 disposed of in Ukraine?
    1. cold wind
      cold wind 10 December 2022 10: 08
      +1
      They have more than F-15/16/18 and A10 in storage 800 things. If they wanted to supply these planes, they would have done it a long time ago. For the sake of this, it makes no sense to write off the current ones. Yes, and some will be disposed of, mostly they will be carefully stored.
  4. Nross
    Nross 10 December 2022 08: 55
    -4
    The A-10 attack aircraft is their only workhorse, the best Amer's front-line air-to-ground fighter.
    If the SGA decide to withdraw them from the composition, then they will have nothing to put on any high-intensity theater of operations.
    It is possible that their idea is to replace front-line aviation covering ground battalion groups with drones, but so far there are not even such in terms of bomb load and the range of A-10 tasks.
    At the same time, there is a risk that in the 2nd or 3rd year of the NWO, Polish pilots on the A-10 may appear there. For Russia, this is a threat, and one must be prepared for it.
    1. PPD
      PPD 10 December 2022 09: 45
      +8
      A-10 attack aircraft ........ the best Amer frontline air-to-ground fighter.

      wassat
      Is an attack aircraft the best fighter?
      And more format...
      To be honest, it's not bad. laughing
      1. Nross
        Nross 10 December 2022 11: 42
        -2
        Your comment once again confirms that the "topvar" is a bunch of ridiculous sofa patriots. Mostly...
        1. PPD
          PPD 10 December 2022 11: 51
          +2
          Your comment

          Your.
          No need to be rude.
          frontline

          Front-line know, there is something like that.
          Oh, where the technology on skis is walking .. laughing
          exterminator

          Fighter is spelled with E.
          Maybe something new already. Then I will know.
          An attack aircraft, a fighter, a fighter, a bomber are not the same thing.
          front-line air-to-ground fighter.

          It is a masterpiece. You made my morning.
          I haven’t laughed like that for a long time. hi
    2. Negro
      Negro 10 December 2022 13: 01
      -2
      Quote: Nross
      It is possible that their idea is to replace front-line aviation

      Naturally. In modern conditions, aviation with pilots in a high-intensity conflict in the area of ​​\u10b\uXNUMXbanti-aircraft artillery destruction is insane. And you can attach controls to anything. A-XNUMX is not needed.
      Quote: Nross
      it means they will have nothing to put on any high-intensity theater of operations.

      Dream.
      Quote: Nross
      At the same time, there is a risk that in the 2nd or 3rd year of the NWO, Polish pilots on the A-10 may appear there

      Why the hell are the Polish pilots there? Poland does not have A-10, it is easier to teach Ukrainian pilots from Su-24 again. Or has Konashenkov shot them all down twice?

      And why the hell do Ukrainians A-10? Of course, they won’t interfere, but the F-16 is much more needed, and most importantly, the means of destruction that are integrated with the F-16: AGM-84, AGM-88, AGM-158 and so on.
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 10 December 2022 09: 24
    +1
    In 2023, the US Air Force will reduce the fleet of fighters from 1970 to 1800 units, and congress prohibits decommissioning the F-22 Block 20
    InterEsnaya muddled ... optimization plus the option to shove, albeit old, but military equipment to their satellites, henchmen.
  6. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 10 December 2022 10: 38
    0
    Aviation is being reduced, the fleet is being reduced, about the army, in general, as about a dead person, that is, nothing, but billions are going to Ukraine. Where is the logic here?
    1. Negro
      Negro 10 December 2022 13: 07
      0
      Quote: TermNachTER
      Aviation is being reduced, the fleet is being reduced, about the army, in general, as about a dead man

      )))
      Dream.
      Quote: TermNachTER
      but billions go to Ukraine

      Not "but" but "also". Yes, it's nice to be rich.
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 10 December 2022 13: 12
        +2
        The printing press is not wealth, but a dangerous illusion, especially now.
        1. Negro
          Negro 10 December 2022 14: 16
          +2
          Quote: TermNachTER
          The printing press is not wealth, but a dangerous illusion, especially now.

          )))
          You see, anyone can print dollars, but for some reason only Americans get real dollars, the rest have fake ones. Didn't you wonder why?
          1. TermNachTer
            TermNachTer 10 December 2022 15: 35
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            Alas, for the owners of the printing house, there is bad news. If earlier, the transition of the dollar from the category of the main reserve currency, into the category of one of several, was expected by 2050, now they are already talking about 2030. That is, it will not be so interesting to print dollars, because they will not be bought.
            1. Negro
              Negro 10 December 2022 15: 38
              +2
              Quote: TermNachTER
              now they are talking about 2030

              They've been talking for as long as I can remember. And they will talk, apparently, until I die.
              1. TermNachTer
                TermNachTer 10 December 2022 18: 26
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                I don’t know how long you remember yourself, but they started talking about it seriously about 10 years ago, when China “got on its feet”. Then the optimistic date was called - 2050. Now this figure has been heavily adjusted, because the national debt of 31 trillion dollars is no longer funny. Even not the smartest people understand that even if you sell the entire mattress land, together with grandfather Bidon, you won’t even get half of this amount. By the way, this year, a record volume of purchases of gold in gold reserves. Nobody wants to buy dollars, pounds, euros, or yen. I wonder why?))))
                1. Negro
                  Negro 10 December 2022 21: 14
                  +1
                  Quote: TermNachTER
                  I don’t know how long you remember yourself, but they started talking about it seriously about 10 years ago, when China “got on its feet

                  You remember yourself for 10 years. Prior to this, the "killer of the dollar" was the euro, before that the yen-mark-pound, whatever they invented. And somehow it doesn't.

                  Quote: TermNachTER
                  a debt of 31 trillion bucks is no longer funny

                  Nobody is going to laugh. Their debt is slightly higher than GDP, while they owe mostly to their own central bank. Unlike China, where the debt hangs on the balance sheets of state-owned companies and amounts to about three times GDP (it is not yet known exactly), while part of the debt is not in yuan. And the Bank of China does not print dollars yet, as I have already noted.
                  Quote: TermNachTER
                  By the way, this year, the record volume of gold purchases in gold reserves

                  Someone decided to speculate, expecting that gold always goes up in a recession? It's funny, but for almost the entire 22nd year, gold went down. Which hints that few people took the latest geopolitical news seriously.
  7. Jafar
    Jafar 10 December 2022 11: 13
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    Service chiefs said the planes were not operational and would cost approximately $1,8 billion to maintain over the next eight years. However, Congress has strongly defended the current fleet of F-22s.


    IMHO, the cost of maintaining an incapacitated park can only be explained by sawing
  8. Pavel57
    Pavel57 12 December 2022 12: 20
    0
    20 years ago, on another forum, I suggested that the next Ukrainian fighter would be the F-16. Now the choice has expanded.