Gen. William Fraser said he’s happy with the current status of the F-35 fighter. The Air Combat Command boss said Wednesday at AFA’s Air & Space Conference, “I’m encouraged by what I’m seeing in some of the … tests out at Edwards. … They are meeting the test points … and numbers of sorties.” He said all indicators are now “pointing in the right direction.” However, ACC will “continue to stay very engaged with joint program office” to make sure “we … have our voice heard” about the fighter’s progress and capabilities, added Fraser. The Air Force will fly the lion’s share of F-35s in the US, with some 1,763 of a planned 2,443.
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.