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USAF REFOCUS and/or FIGHTERS RETIREMENT


Accelerate F-35 buy
or develop a 6th generation fighter
because at current production rate half of the USAF fleet will be non-stealthy in 2030.


Procure OA-X (light CAS planes) to replace the A-10,
The prolonged conflict in the Middle East, with the Islamic State and other extremist groups extending their influence in the region, is the impetus for buying another CAS fighter…
Fighters like the F-35 are too fast to get more than one hit on a ground target, so you need something that not only can stick around longer, but also can withstand ground firing weapons.

Expand the heavy bombers fleet
The USAF plans to expand its fleet of heavy bombers in the 2020s, with the the B-21 Raider next generation stealth bomber
The B-21 is expected to enter service by 2025. It is to complement existing Rockwell B-1 Lancer, Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit and Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleets in U.S. service and eventually replace these bombers.

Develop hypersonic weapons (fighters ?)
Considering the development of hypersonic arms in China and Russia, the USAF is looking for manned and/or unmanned vehicles traveling at minimum 5-times the speed of sound, skipping off the boundary of the upper atmosphere and descending upon enemy targets with targeted force.

Emerging hypersonic weapons promise to massively reshape weapons and combat tactics.
Will fighter aircraft become obsolete ?