According to simulations, the US Air Force will lose its advantage from 2027 on the current trajectory

“Combat simulations (wargaming) show that we are not accelerating fast enough, … we have to go faster”. It is in these terms that General Clinton Hinote, who leads operational foresight for the US Air Force, described the situation during a webinar organized by the Center for an New American Security. And according to him, where the United States previously estimated to have the advantage over China with the current planning until at least the beginning of the 2030s, and the arrival of the NGAD, these same simulations now show that the point of inflection would be in 2027, a very symbolic date since it is the one advanced for the…

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For its leaders, the US Air Force must move quickly or lose to China

If anyone still had doubts, the United States and its armies are actively preparing for a possible confrontation, and only one, against China. And to do so, the US Air Force will not only have to mobilize all its resources, but also quickly evolve, otherwise it may well not be able to give US and allied forces the essential advantage to stand up to the armed forces. from Beijing. At least that's what several of the world's premier air force leaders said, with remarkable synchronicity, at the annual Air Force Association's Air, Space &…

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The US Air Force sharpens its strategy to reduce the number of F-35As it will buy

For nearly 15 years, the US Air Force had only one answer to all questions about its fighter fleet, the F-35A. Decked out with quasi-mystical abilities of stealth and combat power, the aircraft had to meet all the challenges they could face in the next 30 years. But since the first pranks of Will Roper, then Director of Developments and Acquisitions of the US Air Force on this program in 2018, until the most recent declarations of General Brown, Chief of Staff of the USAF, and the General Kelly, who commands the American fighter, the reserves of the first air force in the world...

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F-35 costs once again in the sights of US Congress

The political and budgetary management of the defense effort of the United States is not, as one might think, the responsibility of the White House, but of Congress. This is why discussions around the draft budget presented each year by the executive give rise almost systematically to tough negotiations within Senate committees and the House of Representatives, sometimes with substantial variations in volume such as trajectory at the end of the course. This year, with a House of Representatives with a Democratic majority and a Senate with full 50-50 parity between the two major parties, is no exception to the rule.…

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The US Air Force wants to design the NGAD program as a family of fighter jets

Since the beginning of the 70s and the arrival of the first digital systems on board combat aircraft, very few development programs have focused on developing, not one device, but a family of devices linked by the same technological base. , as was the case with the Mirage III family or the F4 Phantom II. At best, some specialized versions appeared, such as the EA18G Growler derived from the F/A 18 F Super Hornet for electronic warfare, or the F15E Strike Eagle derived from the F15C Eagle for assault. The only family of combat aircraft having truly succeeded in winning these 50…

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Facing Congress, US Air Force calls for more 15-EX, but no F35A

In the United States, the annual defense budget is certainly proposed by the administration in place, but it is above all decided and broken down by Congress, and not the executive. In fact, once the Pentagon budget has been presented by the White House, it is customary for the US Armed Forces to publish a list of requests for additional funding not included in the draft budget, in order to encourage US parliamentarians to strike more or less supported in certain areas. This year was no exception to the rule, since the US Army submitted a request for additional funding of $5,5 billion, covering…

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The US Air Force wants to get rid of its first F35As

Decidedly, the US Air Force now has a hard tooth against the F35. After having leaked that it intended to reduce the number of F35As it will order from 48 to 43 units each year for the next 3 years, now it intends to get rid of the first copies received which cannot evolve towards the current standard without very large investments, almost identical to those represented by the purchase of a new device. Like the US Navy and its first 4 LCS, these devices have so far been reserved for training missions. But the maintenance costs are such that the US Air Force today estimates that...

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US Air Force begins resistance and wants to reduce F35A orders by 10%

As we know, the US Air Force is increasingly resistant to the plan which initially planned to acquire more than 1700 F35As to replace its fleet of F16s, A10s and part of its F15s. In question, the annual maintenance costs of each device, which it estimates in a report obtained by the AirForceMag.com site, at $36.000 per unit and per year in 2036, where it was aiming, in 2012, for a cost of 4,1 $.90m per unit, an increase of XNUMX%. But the pressures suffered by General Brown, the USAF Chief of Staff, after he raised the possibility of developing…

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The US Air Force's future NGAD fighter program will be the antithesis of the F35 (2/2)

This article follows the article "The future NGAD fighter program of the US Air Force will be the antithesis of the F35 (1/2)" published on May 18, 2021. During his hearing before the American Congress on the sidelines of the preparation of the annual Defense budget for 2022, the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, General Brown, presented the future format of American fighters for 2030. This is based on "4 aircraft +1 “, namely the F15EX Eagle II, the F16 Viper, the F35A Lighting II and the A10 Thunderbolt 2. The F22, pillar of American air superiority for 15 years, no longer appears in…

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The program of the future NGAD fighter of the US Air Force will be the antithesis of the F35 (1/2)

For a little over 3 years, the program initially intended to design the air superiority fighter to replace the F22, the Next Generation Air Dominance or NGAD, has been profoundly transformed, breaking with decades of industrial and operational paradigms that have put the versatile and scalable mass-produced aircraft at the heart of Western industrial effort. Indeed, since the end of the 70s, and the advent of so-called 4th generation devices, such as the F15, the F16 or the Mirage 2000, the increasing integration of on-board electronics has made it possible to design devices capable of fulfilling many missions, sometimes simultaneously. The dogma of the specialized device,…

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