DOD 15-year plan shrinks overall aircraft inventory; grows bomber, refueling, SOF fleets

By Jason Sherman / April 25, 2023 at 5:29 PM
The U.S. military plans to steadily shrink the total number of aircraft it operates over the next 15 years from 13,749 to 12,721 -- a 7% reduction -- with the bomber force, aerial refueling and Special Operations Forces slated for growth, according to the most detailed public forecast of the Defense Department's aircraft inventory to date. The “ Annual Aviation Inventory and Funding Plan Summary Report: Fiscal Years 2023-2037 ” -- an unclassified version of an October 2022 report cleared...

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