Tactical Aircraft Modernization: Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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This report provides an overview discussion on the modernization of U.S. military tactical aircraft, meaning fighter aircraft, strike-fighters, and attack planes. Tactical aircraft are a major component of U.S. military capability, and account for a significant portion of U.S. defense spending. In early 2009, the Air Force, Navy, and Marine collectively had an inventory of about 3,500 tactical aircraft. Current efforts for modernizing U.S. tactical aircraft center on three aircraft acquisition programs--the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF program, the Air Force F-22 fighter program, and the Navy FA-18EF strike fighter program. For discussions of issues relating specifically to the F-35 program, the F-22 program, or the FA-18EF program, see CRS Reports RL30563, RL31673, and RL30624, respectively.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics