3 weeks ago, an American site indicated that the US Air Force was considering acquiring new F16s to replace some of its oldest tactical fighters, and this more than 20 years after the last order of this model of aircraft by the American air force. Today, the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, General CQ Brown, gave details on this file. And the least we can say is that his words imply more than important consequences for the future of American air power, but also Western.
General Brown has indeed decided to launch a new study in order to determine, by next year, what would be the need of the US Air Force in terms of the mix of combat aircraft, and in particular for concerns the need for aircraft of 5th generation and above, and the need for advanced 4th generation or reduced 5th generation aircraft. And to determine, on the basis of the work around the Next Generation Air Dominance and eT-7a program, two flagship programs of the "Roper method", if it were possible to develop a new single-engine tactical fighter to replace the F16, rather than acquire new ones.
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