Monday, July 27, 2009
Ending F-22 production
Fred Kaplan has an interesting discussion about the decision to stop production of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter plane at Slate.com.
One thing that I will take issue with in this piece is the way Kaplan says repeatedly that the F-22 has been "killed" or "scrapped." That simply isn't true. I have heard no suggestion anywhere that the Air Force plans to take its existing fleet of 187 F-22s out of service. What the recent Senate vote did was to simply cut off funds for additional F-22s.
Otherwise it is an interesting piece on the relationship between the military, defense contractors and Congress. It's worth taking a moment to read.