Air Force Fighter Plane Programs: F-35, F-15EX and F-22


John H. Harris (Editor)

Series: Defense, Security and Strategies
BISAC: TEC025000

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), also called the Lightning II, is a strike fighter airplane being procured in different versions for the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. The F-35 program is DOD’s largest weapon procurement program in terms of total estimated acquisition cost. Current DOD plans call for acquiring a total of 2,456 F-35s. Allies are expected to purchase hundreds of additional F-35s, and eight nations are cost-sharing partners in the program with the United States. Chapters 1 through 6 address issues and concerns with this program.

The Trump Administration’s FY2020 budget proposal includes a request for $1.1 billion to buy 8 F-15EX aircraft, the first procurement toward a planned initial buy of 144. As reported in chapter 7, this proposal represents a change from previous Air Force plans to procure only stealthy “fifth-generation” fighter aircraft.

Chapter 8 examines the extent to which the Air Force’s organization of its F-22 fleet maximizes availability of aircraft and utilization of its F-22 fleet affects pilot air superiority training.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program (Updated)
Jeremiah Gertler
Chapter 2. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Development Is Nearly Complete, but Deficiencies Found in Testing Need to Be Resolved
Chapter 3. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Action Needed to Improve Reliability and Prepare for Modernization Efforts
Chapter 4. F-35 Aircraft Sustainment: DOD Needs to Address Substantial Supply Chain Challenges
Chapter 5. Warfighter Support: DOD Needs to Share F-35 Operational Lessons Across the Military Services
Chapter 6. Defense Acquisitions: Observations on the F-35 and Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System
Statement of Michael J. Sullivan
Chapter 7. Proposed Air Force Acquisition of New F-15EXs
Jeremiah Gertler
Chapter 8. Force Structure: F-22 Organization and Utilization Changes Could Improve Aircraft Availability and Pilot Training

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