The general said that he "sleeps and sees" the resumption of production of the F-22, and he does not undertake to say "how much it will cost and whether Congress and the Pentagon will agree to such a move."
The publication notes that “the number of purchased F-22 was repeatedly reduced - first from 750 to 339, then to 195 aircraft.” According to Carlisle, "this is the biggest mistake ever made."
“Thoughts about the resumption of production of F-22, most likely, will remain a dream, because the US government in the coming years is aimed primarily at solving three other tasks in this area - the production of the F-35 fighter-bomber, KC-46 transporter and long-range bomber ", - quotes the newspaper edition Look.
As a temporary measure (instead of resuming production of the F-22) until the creation of the 6 fighter generation (promised by 2020), the United States Air Force proposes to upgrade the F-15C and talk about "closer cooperation of the F-35 and F-22".
“F-35 is not intended to provide superiority in the air; it was designed to work primarily on ground targets while the F-22 is doing work in the air-to-air area. The purchase of the F-22 has been curtailed, and now there are not enough aircraft available to ensure air superiority. ”- Fightglobal leads the words of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Mark Welch.
In his opinion, the Pentagon "should complement the F-22 in the short term," and this can be done "by upgrading the previous-generation fighter F-15C, which, in particular, can be equipped with the latest radars, which will allow fighter competitive in its field for the next 10 years. "
The general believes that "this is the only way to maintain air superiority if the production of the F-22 is not restored."