Multi-purpose fighter F-22 Raptor has a unique fighting properties, but its application scenarios are limited confrontation with modern fighter jets and air defense forces of the enemy. This statement was made by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during the visit of the Air Institute in Alabama on April 15. In his own speech to the soldiers Gates stressed that the F-22 is the "silver bullet" that may be needed only in the rarest of cases.
Taking the decision to terminate the procurement F-22 and evaluating its properties, the U.S. military experts took into account the ability of the other fighters like the fifth-generation F-35, Gates said. It also has the highest level of invisibility to enemy air defense and ground attack capabilities. Purchases budgeted for these aircraft. Apart from this, the adoption of such solutions is associated with an increase in abilities of unmanned aerial vehicles and other means of the U.S. Air Force.
Bimbo policy funding modernization, as the head of the Pentagon, will allow the U.S. to keep an advantage in the air, which is a condition of mandatory military might provide at least 6 decades. Gates also stressed that funding programs from the F-35 in a promising military department budget will be increased from 6.8 to 11.2 billion dollars. This will allow to speed up the development of the project and the development of the aircraft. In the coming five years, with the flow of the assembly should get more than 500 of these machines.
Our homeland, according to the views of Gates, will be able to create a similar battle-worthy fighter 5th generation no earlier than 6 years. China is useful for this more than 10-12 years. By this time, according to the calculations of the U.S. military, already in service with the U.S. will be more than a thousand of these machines.
Recall that plans to re-program configuration U.S. Army Robert Gates said on April 6 press conference. More cuts may be subject to applets F-22 Raptor and "Battle of the future" (Future Combat Systems). Instead of the Pentagon wants to focus on the development and production of weapons needed in irregular warfare conflicts. The termination of the F-22 displeases American producers, referring not only to his fighting properties, and job cuts during the crisis.