did you mean reducing the total procurement numbers of the F-35s because of those new F-15s?? from what I figured, this shouldn't happen according to what they say at this point in time;... Clearly there is a case and a need to address capacity through additional F-15 purchase but it will come at the expense of an equivalent number of F-35 buy. There is no getting around this problem when money is tight.
inside Lockheed, Frustrated with US Air Force, Eyes Foreign F-35 Sales
... Pentagon leaders have been “very clear that they’re going to stay on their full procurement plan for that jet.”
“They don’t have any intention to pull away from that at all,” Hewson said. “We see that going forward. How [Pentagon leaders] manage what they buy year-to-year — that’s always been a challenge as they look at what their overall needs are relative to the budgets that they have to work with.”
etc., and linked inside Friday at 2:35 PM
The following is the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Production Status from Vice Adm. Mat Winter, the director of Joint Strike Fighter program office.
As of April 2019, 386 F-35 air systems have been delivered, with about 20 percent going to international partners and customers. Ultimately, international partners and customers are expected to receive 780 F-35 aircraft.
The U.S. military will eventually receive 2,456 divvied up among the service branches as follows:
- 1,763 F-35A fighters to the Air Force
- 353 F-35B fighters to the Marine Corps
- 67 F-35C fighters to the Marine Corps
- 273 F-35C fighters to the Navy