Air Force: 1,900 fighter jets is low-end requirement; service likely needs about 2,100

March 30, 2017 at 10:32 AM
The Air Force thinks 1,900 fighter jets is its "bare minimum" inventory requirement, and one service official told lawmakers this week the true requirement -- to grow to 60 fighter squadrons -- is likely closer to 2,100 jets. Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans, programs and requirements, told the Senate Armed Services airland subcommittee March 29 the service is committed to meeting a provision in the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that calls...

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