The Air Force may opt to lose more than three F-35 strike fighters from the Fiscal 2013 buy as a result of the budget sequester; it all depends on whether the service gets the authority to reprogram sequestered funds, said Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program executive officer. Back in early February, Air Force Acting Undersecretary Jamie Morin first quoted the F-35 sequester hit as “up to three” aircraft, but Lt. Gen. Charles Davis, the Air Force’s military deputy for acquisition, told Congress in late February the number could be “up to five.” Bogdan told the Daily Report on March 5 that “it depends on what [the Air Force wants] to do and if Congress will let them reprogram” funds. He said cutting the remaining F-35 development and software efforts would be very damaging to the F-35 program at this point, and the Air Force might actually opt to divert production money to these efforts. “It could be five airplanes if they want to put the money back in R&D,” said Bogdan. Pre-sequester, the Air Force said it was adding money to the F-35 software effort to make sure early aircraft are combat-ready.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…