2025 National Defense Authorization Act To Stop Retirement Of Oldest F-22s and F-15Es | Aviation

An F-22 Raptor performs a high g-force turn at the Gulf Coast Salute Air Show at Panama City Beach, Florida, May 4, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Corley)

The NDAA draft aims to block for the foreseeable future the divestment of the two aircraft, as well as increasing again the planned F-15EX fleet.

After the U.S. Air Force planned to retire 250 aircraft in 2025, including 32 F-22A Raptor and 26 F-15E Strike Eagle fighters, the House Armed Services Committee is proposing significant changes to the Air Force’s plans. The lawmakers, in fact, want to prevent the divestment of these tactical fighter jets as well as increase the F-15EX orders.

The divestment of the oldest airframes for both F-22 and F-15E fleets was proposed a couple of years ago, in an effort to optimize resources. The retirement of the oldest aircraft was decided because of the high costs that it would take to upgrade those fighters, so their retirement would free up resources to upgrade the rest of the two fleets.

Among the 250 aircraft to be retired are also 56 A-10, 65 F-15C/Ds and 11 F-16s, whose divestment appears to have been granted. Recently, it was also discovered that the Air Force is divesting its first B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, an airframe which was damaged in a 2022 incident and whose repairs have been deemed uneconomical.

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