The Air Force Is Asking a Big Question: How to Replace the F-22 and F-15

    Dave Majumdar

    Security,

    The United States Air Force has budgeted $ 500 million for its Penetrating Counter Air program to study a next-generation successor to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the Boeing F-15C Eagle.

    The United States Air Force has budgeted $ 500 million for its Penetrating Counter Air program to study a next-generation successor to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the Boeing F-15C Eagle.

    The idea would be to ensure that whatever comes after today’s air superiority fighters can ensure America’s command of the skies in the post-2035 environment. However, until the Air Force completes an analysis of alternatives (AOA), it will not know what exactly the PCA will look like.

    “As far as next-generation air dominance, which is what Penetrating Counter-Air relates to. We have about $ 500 million in the budget this year to finish an analysis of alternatives,” Carolyn M. Gleason, Deputy for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, told reporters at the Pentagon on Feb. 12. “As far as Penetrating Counter-Air, that decision really hasn’t been made.”

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    As with any new effort, the Air Force has to perform a formal analysis of alternatives to fully understand its requirements. “We’re still looking at that analysis, and we’ll determine,” Gleason said. “We’re not wed to any one platform, but will go forward based on the results of AOA.”

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