Apparently the USAF wants to cut down its fleet of fighter aircraft from seven to four.
Gen Charles (Don't call me Charlie) Brown says: "Really, it's four+one because we're holding onto the A-10 for a while."
Currently, the USAF fields the A-10, F-15, F-15E, F-16, F-18, F-35 and F-22. (I think)
They are looking to reduce that to the new F-15EX, F-18, F-35 and NGAD + A-10. The article cites difficulty of maintenance and cost of running the F22. Why the bloody hell the A10 is still doing here is beyond me.
The F22 has only been in service for 16 years, so this is surprising to me. This seems like a very expensive, very shortlived project, like the Comanche. I'd love to know what the more informed posters on here think. Is NGAD such a game-changer?