Original plans were for
381 aircraft, now adjusted to 290
The Reuters news service is reporting that the US Air Force has
lowered their plans for the purchase of the F/A-22 Raptor fighter
jets, from an original planned fleet size of 381 to an adjusted
plan for 290 aircraft.
"We've have always said that we need 381. We're on target right
now to give us something in the neighborhood of 290 throughout
2012," Marvin Sambur, acquisitions chief for the U.S. Air Force,
said at the Reuters Air and Defense Summit.
"We haven't been given the budget to reach the goal," Sambur
said. "We have to make that case." Sambur also added that when it
comes to the need for the jet, the plans have not changed.
"We obviously have this as our first priority," said Sambur.
"Our goal here is air dominance."