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Pentagon Plans to Buy Four More F-22 Raptors March 19, 2009

Posted by Stephen Abott in Analysis, News.
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Source: DOD

Source: DOD

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale  was quoted in Wednesday’s CQ Today article (subscription required) by Josh Rogin about the Pentagon’s plans to procure four additional F-22 Raptors in the coming DOD supplemental budget in exchange for offsets in fuel costs.

The action, if taken, would add four more aircraft to the F-22 production line which would otherwise start to close this year. This is less than 20% of recent annual production and would call for nearly $750 million in offsets. Additionally, the 2% increase in planned F-22 production will cost tens of millions in increased O&M costs over the long-term.

Such a step may keep the F-22 production line open over the next year as the administration examines the future of the fighter. This may thus be a prelude to either halting the program or keeping it alive as more political muscle is gathered by the system’s proponents.

For more information, read Dr. Adam’s recent piece at www.democracyarsenal.org for additional background on the F-22 debate.



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