General: The United States Air Force is forced to use old aircraft due to funding cuts

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Perennial cuts in the military budget had a negative impact on the supply of new military equipment, which could lead to a decrease in the ability of the American army to perform combat missions, leads RT the words of the USAF General Scott West.

Boeing B-17E

“The B-17 bomber that flew during World War II flew during the Desert Storm (military operation). The bombers we use today are older than the B-17 would be, ”West said at the congressional hearing.

Such a situation could have a negative impact “not only on the fulfillment of tasks to protect the country, but also on the process of training new recruits,” he noted.

“The capacity of our Air Force is determined by the time of training flight crews. The average time of their flight reached a historical minimum. Every lost day, every hour missed is a lost experience, ”West Marine Commander of the Marine Corps supported aviation John Davis

He stressed that “in order to successfully confront an adversary equal to the United States in capabilities, a much larger number of training sessions is needed”.
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  1. +9
    July 7 2016
    The rich (the US defense budget is over $ 607 billion) also cry.
    1. +15
      July 7 2016
      They do not cry, they again troll their government for additional appropriations.
      1. +2
        July 7 2016
        Quote: tiredwithall
        They do not cry, they again troll their government for additional appropriations.

        The guys are just used to living in a big way and ordering equipment more expensive. Even with the possibilities of the US budget, this Laf once had to end. Let them learn like others - to create a superweapon out of nothing ... smile
        1. +3
          July 7 2016
          Quote: Verdun
          The guys are just used to living in a big way and ordering equipment more expensive. Even with the possibilities of the US budget, this Laf once had to end. Let them learn like others - create a superweapon from nothing

          The Pentagon and arms manufacturing companies are moving to the next financial level of production of superweapons, only Congress hasn’t time to print dollars. Why produce the F-16 if you can produce the F-35 and lobbyists will help take it into service. The latest Pentagon acquisitions are super valuable.
          "George W. Bush" (eng. USS George HW Bush (CVN-77)) - an American aircraft carrier type "Nimitz" $ 6,2 billion
          Zumwalt class guide missile destroyers - a new type of destroyer of the US Navy with missile weapons - unit cost can reach $ 3 billion
          Northrop B-2 "Spirit" (eng. Northrop B-2 Spirit) is an American heavy stealth strategic bomber developed by Northrop Grumman-Unit cost 1 billion (without equipment) 2 billion 1 million (with equipment), according to NSIAD-97- 181
          Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (English Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, Russian Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II) is a family of promising fifth-generation stealth fighter-bombers developed by the American company Lockheed Martin - Unit cost planned for the start of full-scale large-scale production in 2019:
          F-35A: $ 83,4 million
          F-35B: $ 108,1 million
          F-35C: $ 93,3 million
    2. Hon
      +4
      July 7 2016
      Quote: avvg
      The rich (the US defense budget is over $ 607 billion) also cry.

      they don’t cry, they buzz, trying to knock themselves out more money
      1. +3
        July 7 2016
        “The B-17 bomber that flew during World War II flew during the Desert Storm (military operation). The bombers we use today are older than the B-17 would be, ”West said at the congressional hearing.

        Well, Flying Fortress is a very beautiful car. And how much I like it as the basis of American strategic aviation is beyond convey. And the FAU-2 would have been taken as the main ballistic missile, since the Americans would have had no price at all.
  2. +3
    July 7 2016
    Well, cry again, but why are you continuing to build bases around the world now for more than 800, reduce it and money will appear, ours are peace-loving. Right crying Yaroslavna.
  3. +2
    July 7 2016
    Poor, they are unhappy ... With only a military budget larger than the general budget of Russia and ... there is no money. Here is a top-level "cut"
    1. 0
      July 7 2016
      Quote: svp67
      Poor, they are unhappy ... With only a military budget larger than the general budget of Russia and ... there is no money. Here is a top-level "cut"

      80 billion dollars our budget is military, it's 4% like. In my opinion you are cheating a bit)
      1. +4
        July 7 2016
        svp67 RU  Today, 15: 48
        Muvka RU  Today, 15: 58
        ,,
        1. -1
          July 7 2016
          So what? And here are other figures for the same 15 year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%BA_%D1%81%D1%82%
          D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BD_%D0%BF%D0%BE_%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BD%D1%8B%D0%BC_%D1%80
          %D0%B0%D1%81%D1%85%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B0%D0%BC
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    2. +1
      July 7 2016
      Don't look at the size of the military budget figures. It only looks so big. In fact, there is really "tight" with the money. See for yourself:
      For 2015, the size of the military appropriation amounted to 580 billion dollars. Of these, 63,7 billion were determined for military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, as well as for the training of troops of the moderate Syrian position and the army in Iraq. Another 5 billion is intended to strike at positions of a terrorist group called the Islamic State.

      Total remains for everything about everything about 510 ... The number of bases scattered around the world in the United States is about 800. Total about 0,63 billion per base. But this, of course, is a lot, part, insignificant, goes to development and production. And how much does it cost so far 1 F-35? So they cry
  4. +1
    July 7 2016
    I would say: Many years of budget cuts, not cuts.
  5. +5
    July 7 2016
    which could lead to a decrease in the ability of the American army to carry out combat missions,


    The main combat mission of the US Army is a steady increase in funding. Everything else is just a well-designed design, necessary to solve the main combat mission.
  6. +1
    July 7 2016
    It reminds me very much of Scakland. Ammunition isn’t over yet.
    1. Hon
      +3
      July 7 2016
      Quote: Flinky
      It reminds me very much of Scakland. Ammunition isn’t over yet.

      a friend in Israel, he will soon finish his service at the IDF. just the other day she said that during the war in Kuwait, the Americans transferred reserves for 3 years for 50 thousand soldiers to them, and still keep them just in case. far from a squadron, you should not believe the whining of the American military about a lack of funds, they are just trying to increase the defense budget, they have a bunch of bases that can become a bridgehead, and on which everything is stored for this, the maintenance of such bases is a costly thing
  7. 0
    July 7 2016
    Money sucks that she’s an affectionate calf ... There is a suggestion: dress all the generals in hb from our warehouses, and send them as a gift 200 maize with the GIGIPIPI system ... bully
  8. +5
    July 7 2016
    Oh laughed at the expense of B-17 laughing No, well, the measure must be known!
    1. 0
      July 7 2016
      Soon the Wright brothers' airplanes will be whispered - "We don't have enough drones, so we are using the technique of a century ago."
  9. +6
    July 7 2016
    In the post-war period, already by 1946, the B-17s had been removed from the armament of the bombing units, and subsequently were used only for auxiliary purposes. The longest — until mid-1956 — the search and rescue SB-17Gs served.
    Beautiful car, a classic bomber jacket!
  10. +3
    July 7 2016
    And what, an excellent plane (was). Germany was smashed to pieces by these planes. Even Prague was bombed () when they realized that they were "out of the blue." They have a lot of things stored there in the desert. Well, don't build new ones wassat
  11. -1
    July 7 2016
    There’s nothing strange about that. Most of the time, these fighting vehicles are just right for repelling aggression from the side of the “barmaley” when they invade the continental part of the pendostan.
  12. 0
    July 7 2016
    Quote: tiredwithall
    The main combat mission of the US Army is a steady increase in funding. Everything else is just well thought out designnecessary for solving the main combat mission.
    FOR DESIGN - 5 points.
    1. +2
      July 7 2016
      Thank. I am very impressed by the unequivocal and friendly reaction of the people to the HE in the cry of the mattress general. After all, drugs from Afghanistan can be carried on both old and decommissioned bombers.
  13. +1
    July 7 2016
    They run the risk of being left without serious combat aviation soon. The F-22 is small, the F-14,15,16,18 by 4 ++ fall short, and the F-35 is generally an enfant terribl of the striped aircraft industry. Even if all problems are solved, his characteristics are not a fountain. The bombers are no better. No wonder they were combing themselves about the "b-2light" and the resumption of the release of raptors. It's time to get some money for a dose.
    1. +1
      July 7 2016
      And if you think about why they generally need serious military aviation - thousands of drones, tens of thousands of cruise missiles - you only see in order to finish off the crumbs that will remain after the raids and attacks of the first two.
  14. VP
    +4
    July 7 2016
    Where, excuse me, did he fly a B-17 ??
    This is not a quartermaster general, by any chance?
  15. +1
    July 7 2016
    They believed in invincibility, but then the bang-bear crossed the road, and everything turned out to be bad in their state.
  16. 0
    July 7 2016
    Well, do not be so dramatic, the situation with the Americans as a whole is not bad. It’s just one thing, to fight the Yugoslav air force and brag about how the Western air famously destroys the MIG-29, despite the fact that by 1999 there were no serviceable MIGs left in Yugoslavia, and it’s another matter when they are opposed by Russian aviation, and it’s not so with them just handle it. So the American bureaucrats ached they say everything is bad with us, give me money
  17. 0
    July 7 2016
    They don’t like modern cars, they don’t like the B-17s, so what if they fly on NEWUPARS or PHARMANS - the last word of airplane technology of the 1910s!
  18. +1
    July 7 2016
    What a rotten bazaar about B17 and a desert storm? Bullshit, no? Either the American general is not up to date, or complete inadequately!
    PS, as it were, the oldest cars could be B 52 and Hercules, and from helicopters, Chinook. And the general apparently still B17 and Mustang are preparing for battle with the Yak3 and Zero ...
  19. 0
    July 7 2016
    And we only have super news?
    1. +2
      July 8 2016
      Quote: Nik2013
      And we only have super news?

      No, TB-3 are on alert! wassat laughing Believe it?
  20. 0
    July 8 2016
    Whining about: "Give money, give money ...."
  21. -1
    July 8 2016
    marines for aviation ...
    I offer the Americans our unforgettable: "the headquarters of the divisions of heavy machine guns, the underground nickname" Chapaevets ", has the right to wear all shiny objects on both breasts" - well, I stopped a little, google ...
  22. -1
    July 8 2016
    Poor, unfortunate pin..dosas..papers they don’t have enough for new mattresses .. EAT NEED LESS !!!
  23. 0
    July 8 2016
    And where is almost $ 600 billion a year to go?

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