Gates Recommends Killing F-22A, CSAR-X, New Bomber, C-17 (Updated)

By Marcus Weisgerber, John Reed / April 6, 2009 at 5:00 AM
Editor's Note: The updated version includes industry reaction to the proposed termination of the CSAR-X program. Defense Secretary Robert Gates today said he is recommending the termination of a handful of the Air Force's largest acquisition programs, including the F-22A fifth-generation fighter and C-17 cargo hauler. Gates also said the Defense Department will not continue the combat search-and-rescue helicopter and Transformational Satellite competitions or the development of a 2018 Next-Generation Bomber. The cuts to these major Air Force aircraft programs...

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